Tag Archives: Broadway

Broadway Legend Carol Channing Dies At Age 97

The Huffington Post reports: Actress and singer Carol Channing died early Tuesday morning at the age of 97 at her home in Rancho Mirage, California. Her longtime publicist B. Harlan Boll confirmed she died of natural causes. Whether you knew her as Dolly, Lorelei, Muzzy or just Carol, Channing was a one-of-a-kind talent who captivated any audience. Her razor-sharp wit, …

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Obama Features On New Hamilton Remix [AUDIO]

CNET reports: On Friday, Lin-Manuel Miranda shared a new remix of the song One Last Time from his hit musical Hamilton. The rework, a gospel version titled One Last Time (44 Remix), features original cast member Christopher Jackson, who played George Washington; Grammy Award-winning artist BeBe Winans; a gospel choir; and none other than former US President Barack Obama. At …

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Hair Composer Galt MacDermot Dies At Age 89

Rolling Stone reports: Galt MacDermot, who composed the hit Broadway musicals Hair and Two Gentlemen of Verona, died Monday, a day before his 90th birthday. His death was confirmed to Playbill by his granddaughter, though a cause of death was not revealed. With a plot that questioned the Vietnam War, the production of Hair was a timely smash and earned …

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Prince Harry Sings At London’s Hamilton [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Prince Harry stole the show at London’s West End after bursting into song at the hit US hip-hop musical Hamilton. The Duke of Sussex gave those in the theater something to remember on Wednesday night after breaking into song at the end of a charity performance of the show, treating the cast to a song sung by the …

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Pulitzer Winning Playwright Neil Simon Dies At 91

TMZ reports: Neil Simon, one of the most prolific playwrights in American history, has died, TMZ has learned. Sources tell TMZ, Simon died Sunday morning at 1 AM ET after being on life support. We’re told he had a failing kidney and also Alzheimer’s. Simon had a kidney transplant in 2004 and the donor was his longtime friend and publicist …

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Google Celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday

Newsweek reports: The life and work of American music composer Leonard Bernstein is being celebrated with a Google Doodle marking the famed musician’s 100th birthday. In a statement, Google said its Doodle “celebrates Bernstein’s life set to one of his most iconic works—the score to West Side Story.” Bernstein, who died Oct. 14, 1990, aged 72, was the youngest conductor …

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Disney Channel Star Garrett Clayton Comes Out

The New York Daily News reports: Disney Channel star Garrett Clayton, who starred in “Teen Beach Movie” as well as NBC’s “Hairspray Live,” came out as gay Monday in a moving Instagram post. Clayton, 27, penned the post as an explanation as to why he signed on to the upcoming film “Reach,” and quietly slipped in the fact that he …

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LIVE VIDEO: Broadway Protests Outside White House

The Associated Press reports: Rosie O’Donnell and cast members from some of Broadway’s biggest musicals plan to serenade President Donald Trump on Monday — but from outside the White House in protest. The group will sing “The People’s Song” from “Les Miserables,” Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” ″A Brand New Day” from “The Wiz” and “Climb …

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Rosie O’Donnell And Broadway Performers To Serenade Trump From Outside The White House On Monday

The New York Post reports: Rosie O’Donnell and cast members from some of Broadway‘s biggest musicals plan to serenade President Donald Trump on Monday — but from outside the White House in protest. The group will sing “Do You Hear The People Sing” from “Les Miserables,” Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” ”A Brand New Day” from …

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Hillary Gets Standing Ovation At Hello Dolly [VIDEO]

Last night Hillary Clinton received a standing ovation from the audience at a performance Hello Dolly at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre, complete with chants of her name and one audience member shouting, “You can still be 46!” Clinton was supposed to have seen the show back in April, but instead chose to be honored at the New York City LGBT Center, …

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Tony Winning Gay Actor Gary Beach Dies At Age 70

Theater Mania reports: Gary Beach, the longtime Broadway vet who won a Tony for playing Roger De Bris in The Producers, has died at the age of 70. Born in Alexandria, Virginia, on October 10, 1947, Beach graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He made his Broadway debut as an understudy during the original run of 1776. …

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HUNGARY: Run Of Billy Elliot Musical Cut Short After Newspaper Claims Show Turns Boys Into Homosexuals

Pink News reports: The Hungarian National Opera in Budapest has been forced to cancel 15 performances of the musical Billy Elliot, blaming an intense hate campaign from the local media. Daily newspaper Magyor Idok ran a series of stories claiming that the show could “transform Hungarian boys into homosexuals”, and another article said it promoted a “deviant way of life”. …

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Trump Supporter Disrupts De Niro-Directed Musical

The New York Post reports: A Trump supporter tried disrupting a performance of the Robert De Niro directed musical “A Bronx Tale” on Saturday — standing up during the curtain call and displaying a “Keep America Great!” flag towards the audience. Photos posted on Twitter showed the Trump supporter standing up in the front row with the “Keep America Great” …

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Robert De Niro At Tony Awards: “Fuck Trump” [VIDEO]

Variety reports: Robert De Niro had a few choice words for President Donald Trump while the legendary actor was on stage at Sunday’s Tony Awards to introduce Bruce Springsteen’s musical performance. “I’m going to say one thing, Fuck Trump,” De Niro said while pumping his fists in the air. “It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s fuck Trump.” The political …

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NBC’s Next Live Musical Will Be Hair

From the Hollywood Reporter: Don’t hold your breath for the show’s famous nudity to make its way to broadcast television, but NBC has chosen Hair as its next live musical. The network on Thursday announced that the 50-year-old Broadway hit of the hippie generation will be its latest live staging, with plans for a spring 2019 telecast. That fills the …

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2018 Tony Awards Nominations Announced: Most Nods Go To Angels In America, Mean Girls, And SpongeBob

TIME Magazine reports: With no Hamilton or Dear Evan Hansen, the nominations for the 72nd Annual Tony Awards are a wide-open playing field. The official Tony Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning by Leslie Odom Jr., who won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his role as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, and Katharine McPhee, …

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Nathan Lane: Trump Learned To Lie From Roy Cohn

The Hill reports: In an interview with “The Late Show,” Lane, who is starring as Roy Cohn in the play “Angels in America,” told host Stephen Colbert that he thinks Trump learned a lot about how he acts today from the attorney, a famous “fixer” who mentored Trump. Cohn died in 1986. “Really, what you learn [from the play] is …

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Patti LuPone Electrifies At The Grammys [VIDEO]

Entertainment Weekly reports: The Grammys got its own dose of musical theater last night. Tony Award-winners and Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Ben Platt took to the Madison Square Garden stage at the 2018 Grammy Awards Sunday evening to perform a tribute to composers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein. Platt, 24, took up the Bernstein portion of the tribute, …

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Donna Summer Musical Set For Broadway Bow

From the Hollywood Reporter: Broadway’s gotta have some “Hot Stuff” next spring. Producers Tommy Mottola and The Dodgers confirmed Tuesday that Summer: The Donna Summer Musical will begin previews March 28 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre ahead of an April 23 opening. The bio-musical tracing the life and career of the singer, who teamed with music producer Giorgio Moroder and Casablanca …

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Boys In The Band Set For Broadway Revival, Cast Includes Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto

Variety reports: Matt Bomer will make his Broadway debut (following his one-night-only appearance in “8“) in “The Boys in the Band,” a new revival of the landmark 1968 drama to be directed by Joe Mantello with a cast that includes Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Andrew Rannells. Ryan Murphy, the TV megaproducer (“Glee,” “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story: The …

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