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New Play By ‘The Americans’ Writer Among Roundabout Theatre Company’s Off Broadway Plans

A new play by The Americans writer Hilary Bettis is among a trio of new works announced for the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2019-2020 Off Broadway season. The world premiere of Bettis’ 72 Miles to Go… is set for a winter 2020 bow at the Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre, the company’s artistic director/CEO Todd Haimes announced today. The Off Broadway season will also include the world premiere of a Roundabout commission ...what the end will be by Jiréh Breon Holder; and… Read


‘Sea Wall/A Life’ Review: Tom Sturridge & Jake Gyllenhaal Deliver Powerhouse Performances Off Broadway

In the Public Theater’s double bill Sea Wall/A Life, Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal deliver scorching performances that can stand alongside anything on the New York stage so far this season. The pair – also currently co-starring in Netflix’s Velvet Buzzsaw – might owe their fame to movies, but here again they stake their claim on the stage. None of which will come as a surprise to anyone who saw Gyllenhaal in his previous collaboration with playwright Nick Payne (Conste… Read


Actors’ Equity Disputes Strike’s Impact On Michael Jackson Musical’s Canceled Chicago Staging – Update

Update, with Equity statement Actors’ Equity isn’t shouldering the blame for the cancellation of a pre-Broadway engagement of the new Michael Jackson jukebox musical, saying any delays caused by the recent Equity strike were “modest.” “It's incredibly disappointing that the actors and stage managers who are currently working to develop this project were not informed about a major production change before a public media announcement was made,” said Brandon Lorenz… Read


Audible Plans ‘True West’ Audio Release With Kit Harington, Johnny Flynn

EXCLUSIVE: Sam Shepard’s 39-year-old True West is definitely on a roll: Broadway theatergoers can see Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano in the play, London theatergoers can see Game of ThronesKit Harington and Johnny Flynn in the same roles, and in April subscribers of Audible, an Amazon subsidiary, can hear the latter production. Audible plans an April 4 audio release of the West End True West, “allowing global audiences to experience the celebrated production after the live… Read


Julia Sweeney Talks One-Woman Show ‘Older And Wider’ And Life After ‘SNL’ In Trumpian #MeToo Era

From 1990 to 1994, Julia Sweeney was part of one of the most remarkable Saturday Night Live casts in the history of the iconic late-night comedy show. Sweeney performed alongside some of the most notable names in the game on the stage at Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center: Chris Rock Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Tim Meadows, David Spade as well as the late greats Chris Farley and Phil Hartman. She is best known for her androgynous character “Pat” (which we get into… Read

Box Office

Broadway Box Office Warms A Bit: Receipts For Week 37 Hit $28M

Broadway had a slight rebound last week, warming up a tad from the previous week’s chilly winter numbers. In all, the 27 productions combined averaged a small 4% uptick, grossing $27,661,258 for Broadway’s Week 37 (ending Feb. 10). Attendance was up about 5% to 249,720, a solid 93% of capacity. Average ticket price of $111 – compared to $118 at this time last year – kept receipts at about 78% of potential. Mean Girls, for example, filled 94% of seats at the August Wilson… Read


‘Beetlejuice’ Musical Announces Full Broadway Cast Of 25

Still more of last fall’s pre-Broadway Beetlejuice cast will be making the move to Broadway when the new musical begins previews next month: Jill Abramovitz, Kelvin Moon Loh, Danny Rutigliano and Dana Steingold were confirmed in principal roles in a full-cast announcement today. The production also released a new cast photo. See it below. The newly-announced cast members join the previously confirmed Alex Brightman (in the title role), Sophia Anne Caruso, Kerry Butler… Read


‘Beetlejuice’ Sets Broadway Cast: Alex Brightman, Sophia Anne Caruso To Star

Alex Brightman, Sophia Anne Caruso and four other principal stars of the pre-Broadway run of Beetlejuice will repeat their roles when the new musical begins previews March 28 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre, Deadline confirms. Reprising their roles from last fall’s Washington, D.C. engagement are Brightman, Caruso, Kerry Butler, Rob McClure, Leslie Kritzer and Adam Dannheisser. As previously announced, Beetlejuice opens April 25. Directed by Alex Timbers, with a score… Read


UTA Signs Spotify Alum Troy Carter For Projects Spanning Film, TV And Theater

Entrepreneur Troy Carter, who exited Spotify last summer after serving as its Global Head of Creator Services, has been signed by UTA to develop projects across film, TV, theater and other areas. Carter offers a unique background in music and entertainment and was an early innovator in the realm of digital music and media, building massive online fanbases for artists like Lady Gaga. He has several film and TV projects in development at Netflix, Universal Pictures and… Read


‘Hercules’ Musical Based On Disney Film Set For Shakespeare In The Park Staging

A new adaptation of Hercules based on Disney’s 1997 animated film and featuring additional music by Alan Menken and David Zippel, a new book by Glow writer Kristoffer Diaz and choreography by Be More Chill choreographer Chase Brock will conclude this summer’s season of the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare In The Park, the Public announced today. Hercules will close out the season at the Delacorte theater in Central Park following productions of Much Ado About Nothing… Read


New York Stage And Film Taps Christopher Burney As Artistic Director

Christopher Burney, whose tenure at New York’s Second Stage Theater included such hits as Dear Evan Hansen, Next to Normal and Lobby Hero, will be the new artistic director of the New York Stage and Film, the not-for-profit company that’s helped develop Hamilton, The Humans and Taylor Mac’s Pulitzer finalist A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. Burney’s hire followed a nationwide search and was announced today by New York Stage and Film. Also announced was the promotion… Read


Cirque du Soleil Acquires The Illusionists’ Production Company

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group announced today the acquisition of The Works Entertainment, the production company behind The Illusionists stage magic franchise and other variety shows. The transaction marks the third acquisition for Cirque since the 2017 purchase of Blue Man Group and VStar Entertainment Group last year. The Illusionists recently staged its fourth annual holiday engagement on Broadway. Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group purchased The Works… Read