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Deadline Hollywood reports: MTV and Michelle Obama’s nonpartisan When We All Vote organization announced on Friday that they will host a virtual prom event for the Class of 2020, whose proms and graduations have all been canceled due to COVID-19. The event will air live on MTV on Friday, May 22. Prom-athon is a daylong on-air takeover on MTV featuring …

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Playbill reports: The upcoming streaming service Broadway on Demand has revealed some of the offerings it will provide in its initial rollout. The “30 Days of Opening Nights” series begins with the platform’s official launch May 17, and includes filmed presentations of Broadway titles, classes, concerts, interviews, and more. Among the filmed performances featured is Broadway’s Allegiance, which makes its …

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ABC News reports: Arkansas officials plan to shut down a socially-distanced Travis McCready concert planned for Friday. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that the state’s health department will be issuing a cease-and-desist order for the concert at TempleLive in Fort Smith, due to the timing of the state’s coronavirus lockdown measures. Hutchinson said during a coronavirus briefing that there were …

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Variety reports: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s mega-hit, zeitgeist-tapping, precedent-breaking, Broadway smash “Hamilton” will land on Disney Plus just in time for our Nation’s birthday. The rap-infused look at Alexander Hamilton’s life and formative role in American history will now be released on the streaming service on July 3, roughly a year before it was supposed to debut. It had originally been slated …

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Playbill reports: Tony winner Ben Platt’s solo concert at Radio City Music Hall, filmed September 29 last year, will make its debut on Netflix next month: Ben Platt Live From Radio City Music Hall will drop on the streaming platform May 20. The performance, the final date of Platt’s concert tour, featured songs from his debut solo recording, Sing to …

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Billboard Magazine reports: Legendary soul and R&B singer Betty Wright, known for classics such as “Tonight Is the Night,” “No Pain, (No Gain)” and “Clean Up Woman,” has died. She was 66. Wright died from cancer at her home in Miami, Billboard has confirmed. Wright earned a top 10 single in 1972 with “Clean Up Woman,” which peaked at No. …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: Chinese authorities will allow further leisure venues, including cinemas, to gradually re-open now that the coronavirus pandemic has largely been controlled in the country, the top administrative body said on Friday. This comes after movie theaters were shuttered nationwide in January, ultimately dealing a $2.5B+ loss to the box office. The State Council posted a statement to …

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Billboard reports: Especially with the world in its current state of disarray, Mother’s Day (May 10) is an important time for everyone to show their moms the love and appreciation they deserve — and Alex Newell has the perfect video to do just that. Today Newell unveiled his new video for “Mama Told Me,” a disco-tinged anthem where he sings …

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Deadline reports: Disney said Thursday that Disney Springs, part of the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL, will begin a phased reopening May 20 as coronavirus-related restrictions begin to ease. According to the Disney Parks Blog, “a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are owned by third-party operating participants will begin to open during this …

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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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