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Michael C. Hall Plans Off Broadway Run In Solo “Thom Pain (Based On Nothing)”

Michael C. Hall will hit the stage solo in an Off Broadway revival of Thom Pain (based on nothing), Will Eno’s 2004 monologue and Pulitzer Prize finalist. The Signature Theatre production begins its limited engagement Oct. 23, with a Nov. 11 opening date and closing Nov. 25. Thom Pain will be performed on the Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Hall, known to TV audiences for Dexter and Six Feet Under, has extensive stage credits, most recently… Read

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Rosie O’Donnell & Broadway Stars Protest Trump With Show Tunes Of Resistance

Broadway made its way down from New York City to Washington D.C.’s Lafayette Park Monday when Rosie O’Donnell and company members from Hamilton, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables set up shop for a special staging of show tunes that served as a protest against Donald Trump. “Let your voice be heard,” said O’Donnell in a crowd of people carrying signs that said “Liar” and “Treason”. She continued, “Let the president know in no uncertain terms that we are… Read

Box Office

Broadway B.O. Dips To $36M; ‘Pretty Woman’ Musical Stays In Millionaires Club

Broadway’s Pretty Woman: The Musical passed the $1 million box office mark for a second consecutive week — no doubt the beginning of a habit — playing seven previews, including one heavily-comped tribute performance for the late Garry Marshall. The previewing musical, at the Nederlander Theatre starring Samantha Barks and Andy Karl, grossed $1,008,726, a drop of about $60,000 from the previous week, reflecting the August 2 memorial performance (attended by the film’s star… Read

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‘Waitress’ Review: A Musical Slice Of Sweet Joy Drizzled With Female Empowerment

In Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson’s stage musical adaptation of the feature film Waitressthere’s a purity and innocence baked into the sweet story which follows, like the title suggests, a small-town waitress who unexpectedly gets pregnant from her abusive husband and escapes reality by baking spectacularly quirky pies and develops a relationship with her so-dorky-that-he’s-charming doctor. But rumbling through this musical’s sun-kissed score is a story about the… Read

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New ‘Diary Of Anne Frank’ Stage Production Inspired By Real-Life Immigration Narrative

Director Stan Zimmerman is helming a unique take on Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett’s play The Diary of Anne Frank. The play, which will have a limited three-week run at the Dorie Theatre in Los Angeles starting Sept. 6, will follow the 1997 Wendy Kesselman revival but will incorporate a timely immigration narrative. Zimmerman’s staging was inspired by the true story of a Jewish woman in Los Angeles who created a “Safe House” for a Latina mother and her two daughters… Read

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Hugh Dancy Cast Opposite Stockard Channing In Off Broadway ‘Apologia’

Hugh Dancy will join the previously announced Stockard Channing in this fall’s Roundabout Theatre production of Apologia, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s West End hit. Also newly cast in the play is Megalyn Echikunwoke (of the upcoming feature Night School). Performances of the play begin Thursday, September 27, with an official opening Tuesday, October 16. The limited engagement runs through December 16 at the Roundabout’s Off-Broadway Laura Pels Theatre. Also announced for the… Read

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‘Twelfth Night’ Review: Shakespeare In The Park Dazzles With Musical Re-Imagining

New Yorkers couldn’t ask for a sweeter summertime lift than Free Shakespeare in the Park’s vibrant, contemporary and very funny musical adaptation of Twelfth Night. Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah (who directs with Oskar Eustus) and Shaina Taub (who wrote the music and lyrics, and performs), this colorful, spirited production is a joy from start to finish. With a large cast of professionals (in the lead roles, all excellent) and community members from all five of the city’s… Read

Box Office

Broadway’s ‘Pretty Woman’ Tops $1M In Seven-Show Week; ‘Head Over Heels’ Totters

Pretty Woman played seven previews to nearly SRO audiences and Mean Girls set another house record, but the Go-Go’s musical Head Over Heels just couldn’t find its footing as it opened to sales as weak as its reviews during Week 9 of the Broadway season. Overall, summertime Broadway was anything but wilted for the week ending July 29, taking in a strong $39,633,285 in total box office. That’s a jump of nearly 8% over the previous week’s $36M, and a big 26% over the same… Read

TV

Melissa Benoist On Playing Broadway’s Carole King, ‘Supergirl’s’ Topical Shift And ‘Glee’ Castmate Demi Lovato: Q&A

Melissa Benoist broke out on television, but her original show business ideal was being where she is right now: Broadway. Her summer stint playing the lead in the long-running Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ends Saturday. The role has been an organic fit for Benoist, who grew up hearing King’s music while nurturing the ambition to one day make it to the Great White Way. “I am essentially living out my childhood dream,” Benoist said. Beyond checking off a big… Read

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‘Head Over Heels’ Review: The Go-Go’s Musical That Isn’t

For better or worse, Broadway’s Head Over Heels is stuck with being known as “the Go-Go’s musical” – better because of the good will floating on stage with all those lighter-than-air hits by Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, et.al., worse because the hard-working new production can’t seem to keep itself from popping those effervescence tune bubbles one by one. With the Go-Go’s music shotgun-wedded to Sir Philip Sidney’s 16th century prose poem The Arcadia – a marriage… Read

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Michael Grandage To Produce & Direct ‘Jack And Lem’ Kennedy Biopic

Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage will produce and direct Jack and Lem, a feature film chronicling the thirty-year friendship between John F. Kennedy and Kirk Lemoyne “Lem” Billings. Screenwriter David Scearce (A Single Man) will adapt David Pitts’ book Jack and Lem: The Untold Story of an Extraordinary Friendship. Grandage, director of current Broadway hit Frozen and winner of the 2010 Tony for his direction of John Logan’s Red, will produce Jack and Lem under… Read

Film

‘Hamilton’ Filmed Performance With Lin-Manuel Miranda Could Hit Big Screen: Report

A week after Netflix announced it will film Bruce Springsteen’s hotter-than-hot one-man Broadway show for streaming in December, a similar – but big-screen – plan reportedly is in the works for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. The Wall Street Journal reports today that unnamed Hollywood studios are bidding for the rights to a filmed performance of Hamilton from 2016 – when Miranda still headed the cast in the title role. The worldwide theatrical rights, WSJ reports, could… Read