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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

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


‘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


‘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,, 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


Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatres Division Gets A New Name

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s six theaters in London’s West End are getting a collective re-brand. The venue division of Lloyd Webber’s company, until now known as Really Useful Theatres, has been renamed LW Theatres. The name change is designed to “end any confusion” between the theatre/venue division and the Really Useful Group, which handles Lloyd Webber’s creative output. “The change will help the theatre company communicate directly and more effectively with a wider public… Read


Kennedy Center Honors Set: ‘Hamilton’ Creators, Cher, Reba McEntire Among Recipients

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The Kennedy Center Honors said that Cher, composer Philip Glass, Reba McEntire and jazz great Wayne Shorter will be the recipients of this year’s annual awards, which recognize artists who have made enduring and indelible marks on the culture. The organization also revealed that it will honor the creators of Hamilton with a special Kennedy Center Honors award. The honorees will receive tributes at the 41st annual Kennedy Center Honors that will tape December 2 in… Read


Michael Grandage’s West End Production Of ‘Red’ Gets Theatrical Release

Michael Grandage’s West End production Red is headed to theaters via Trafalgar Releasing. MGC announced today that Trafalgar will film the production of the John Logan-written play starring Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch to release in UK and North American theaters on Nov. 7. The play will be filmed on July 28 when it ends its run at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London. The production is based on Grandage's original 2009 Donmar Warehouse production which won six Tony Awards… Read


‘Straight White Men’ Review: Armie Hammer, Josh Charles & Paul Schneider In Broadway Debuts, Labels Be Damned

Armie Hammer, Josh Charles and Paul Schneider, names and faces well-known to film and TV audiences, make self-assured Broadway debuts in Straight White MenNo sarcasm about artistic stretches or the lack thereof necessary. Young Jean Lee's delicate balance of a play, directed by Anna D. Shapiro with a more sensitive understanding of character than pace, brings together three adult brothers and their widowed dad over a Christmas holiday that will see laughter and… Read

Box Office

‘Pretty Woman’ Musical Arrives To Full Houses; Broadway’s Total B.O. Tops $36M

Broadway’s Pretty Woman: The Musical showed other summer newcomers how it’s done. Though it performed only two previews during the season’s Week 8, the show with the big title recognition grossed $328,854, 96% of its potential, with admission of 2,336 at 100% of capacity. Average ticket price was a solid $141. Based on the 1990 Julia Roberts & Richard Gere movie and staged at the Nederlander Theater, the musical features direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Kinky… Read


Imagine Sets Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Helming Debut: ‘Rent’ Creator Jonathan Larson’s ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’; ‘Evan Hansen’s Steven Levenson Scripting

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EXCLUSIVE: In what shapes up as a stage-to-film transfer with iconic Broadway talent, Imagine Entertainment has set Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to make his feature directorial debut on Tick, Tick…Boom! That is based on the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the late playwright behind the smash musical Rent. The Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen book writer Steven Levenson is aboard to write the screen adaptation. Miranda will produce alongside Imagine… Read


Bob Dylan Musical Announces Off Broadway Cast: Stephen Bogardus, ‘The Affair’s Mare Winningham

Update with new Toronto info The American cast of the London hit musical Girl From The North Country was announced by Off Broadway’s Public Theater today, with Mare Winningham (The Affair) taking the role that won Scottish actress Shirley Henderson a 2018 Olivier Award. Broadway veteran Stephen Bogardus will take the lead actor role of Nick Laine, which earned an Olivier nomination for Ciaran Hinds, and Glee‘s Samantha Marie Ware has been cast in the supporting role of… Read