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Playbill reports: A host of additional artists have joined the upcoming ABC broadcast The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II. Following the success of the April 16 special The Disney Family Singalong, ABC will present its second edition May 10. Again hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the one-hour program will begin at 7 PM ET on the network. The broadcast, featuring celebrity …

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Playbill reports: The Society of London Theatre has announced that all West End performances are canceled through June 28. The update follows earlier statements, initially announcing closures through April 26 and then through May 31. SOLT represents all of the West End. The May 5 statement outlines that theatres will not necessarily reopen June 29; the closure announcements will continue …

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The Daily Beast reports: The short film, Bolero Juilliard, may be only just shy of ten minutes, but it’s a mighty and striking work. It features Ravel’s famous piece of music—which premiered in 1928—reinterpreted by current students from the famed performing arts school’s music, dance, and drama divisions, alongside famous alumni. Filmed via cellphones in lockdown, and then scored, directed …

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: Florida deputies arrested a man who had been living out his quarantine on a shuttered Disney World island, telling authorities it felt like a “tropical paradise.” Orange County Sheriff’s deputies found Richard McGuire on Disney’s Discovery Island on Thursday. Orange County Marine deputies on Bay Lake used a public address system to tell McGuire he was …

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Variety reports: A handful of movie theaters in San Antonio and Austin, Texas, are set to reopen in the coming days, providing an early test case for coronavirus protection measures. EVO Entertainment plans to open two theaters on Monday using “airport security-style check-in,” says CEO Mitchell Roberts. Guests will enter a cordoned area near the front door, where they will …

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Playbill reports: The 30th annual Broadway Bares fundraiser, scheduled for June 21, has been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The annual striptease event, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, is now set for June 20, 2021, at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Those who have already purchased tickets for 2020 will be contacted by email. …

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Stereoboard reports: Groove Armada have shared a new single. The vibrant Get Out On The Dancefloor is the first track to be lifted from the electronic duo’s first new album in a decade, which is expected to arrive later this year, though a release date and title are yet to be finalised. The club-ready single features guest vocals from Empire …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: In an announcement today, California Gov. Gavin Newsom deemed movie theaters to be part of a stage 3 opening in the ultimate four-prong easing of COVID-19 at-home restrictions, meaning they’d be able to open “months, not weeks” in the future. Movie theaters would be part of phase of higher risk workplaces which require a close proximity to …

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Billboard Magazine reports: When World of Wonder announced that RuPaul’s DragCon in Los Angeles had been canceled for the first time in the franchise’s history, fans of Drag Race were heartbroken. But lucky for them, the event is still taking place — just with some new, social-distancing-friendly caveats. On Monday (April 27), World of Wonder announced the first-ever edition of …

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You’ll enjoy skipping around on the full program. Jake Gyllenhaal was a particular revelation and even non-theater queens will likely recognize many faces. These ever-surprising songs, mostly written for big Broadway stages, turn out to thrive in close quarters. That was the happy discovery of “Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration,” a starry, streaming tribute to …

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Variety reports: Disco legend Hamilton Bohannon passed away Friday at the age of 78. No official cause of death has been released and arrangements are pending, according to family members. In a discography ranging from 1973 to 1990, Bohannon released 22 albums. As a pioneer of disco and funk, his sounds have been sampled by the likes of Jay Z, …

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Bloomberg News reports: Potbelly said it’s returning a loan it received under the Payroll Protection Program, amid criticism that national chains landed loans at the expense of mom-and-pop firms as the program ran out of money. The Chicago-based sandwich chain said it was “surprised and disappointed” when the fund was quickly exhausted, leaving many companies without help. It’s returning the …

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Billboard Magazine reports: 50-year-old singer and actor Billy Porter can’t help but look seven months ahead to see the November general election on the horizon. He knows that in order to vote out President Donald Trump, people are going to need to be galvanized to a cause. Luckily, he has a galvanizing anthem for the world to hear. On Friday …

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The Associated Press reports: A feature film about Whitney Houston’s life is in the works from the screenwriter of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The biopic is being shepherded by the Whitney Houston Estate, music producer Clive Davis and Primary Wave Music, the partners said Wednesday. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” will follow Houston from obscurity to pop stardom and promises to be …

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We’ve missed you, Florida Man: A Florida shop owner is selling face masks made out of the skin of a Burmese python, an invasive species in the Everglades, to create a “fashion statement” and stop the spread of the coronavirus. Brian Wood, the owner of All American Gator Products in Dania Beach, is crafting different leather masks from the skin …

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Yahoo Finance reports: Netflix reported its Q1 earnings after the closing bell on Tuesday, adding 15.7 million global users amid stay-at-home orders related to the novel coronavirus pandemic — a 23% jump since the same quarter last year. The reason? With people stuck in their homes — unable to participate in any form of outdoor entertainment — consumers are turning …

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Playbill reports: The first official trailer for Ryan Murphy’s Tinseltown drama Hollywood has dropped, and it seems the show will tackle the usual topics of historical dramas like racism, secret romances, and predatory power figures, but with twists like gas station attendants who offer their customers extra services. The series, starring Broadway alums Darren Criss, Jeremy Pope, Patti LuPone, and …

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The New York Daily News reports: Italy could lose one-sixth of its beloved bars and restaurants to the coronavirus crisis — with a staggering 50,000 predicted to have to close for good, according to reports. The startling economic toll is being projected by Fipe, an Italian lobbying group for bar and restaurants in Italy — the first European nation to …

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Pitchfork raves: Fiona Apple’s fifth record is unbound. No music has ever sounded quite like it. Apple recorded Fetch the Bolt Cutters both in and with her Venice Beach home, banging on its walls, stomping on its ground. Self-reliance is its rule, curiosity is its key. Fetch the Bolt Cutters seems to almost completely turn the volume down on music …

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Playbill reports: In an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus, the Public Theater has canceled its summer programming—including the free Shakespeare in the Park season in Central Park, its production of Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s Cullud Wattah, and Joe’s Pub performances—through August 31. The 2020 Shakespeare in the Park lineup featured a production of Richard II, directed by Saheem Ali, followed …

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