Tag Archives: musical theater

Hadestown Dominates At 2019 Tony Awards [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: “Hadestown,” a pulsing, poetic contemporary riff on an ancient Greek myth, won the Tony Award for best new musical Sunday night, triumphing over film adaptations, a musical comedy and a jukebox show. The win, coming at a time when Broadway is enjoying a long-running box office boom, marks the sixth year in a row that …

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2019 Tony Awards Nominations Announced [VIDEO]

Playbill reports: The nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards were announced April 30. Entering awards season with the most nominations is Hadestown, which earned a total of 14 nominations. Trailing closely behind was Ain’t Too Proud—The Life of the Temptations with 12. Joining the two titles in the coveted Best Musical category were Beetlejuice, The Prom, and Tootsie. Meanwhile, in …

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SF’s Beach Blanket Babylon To Close After 45 Years

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: For 45 years, the team at “Beach Blanket Babylon” has donned enormous hats and skewered politics and pop culture in a campy musical revue in a snug North Beach theater. The beloved show has become so ingrained in San Francisco culture that many rank it alongside the Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars. Though seemingly …

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SAN FRANCISCO: Mass Panic At Hamilton Performance After False Shooter Alarm, Three Hospitalized [VIDEO]

The San Jose Mercury News reports: A medical emergency at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco triggered an alarm about a potential active shooter during a performance of the hit musical “Hamilton,” leading the audience to evacuate. There was no shooter, and the evacuation was set off by a woman’s unspecified medical emergency about 9:50 p.m. Friday, said Officer Joseph …

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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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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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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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Broadway Legend Barbara Cook Dies At Age 89

Variety reports: Barbara Cook, the golden-age Broadway ingenue who became a beloved cabaret and concert performer in the second act of her career, has died. She was 89. Her son, Adam LeGrant, confirmed to Variety that she died early Tuesday morning at her home in Manhattan, surrounded by friends and family. Known for her rich, clear soprano with an astonishing …

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Donna Summer: The Musical Set For Fall Opening

Broadway World reports: Donna Summer’s husband Bruce Sudano has big Broadway plans as he prepares to launch his new stage show SUMMER at La Jolla Playhouse in November. The show, based on the life of his late wife, will feature all of the disco queen’s greatest hits, with hopes taking the show the Broadway in 2018. According to WENN, the …

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At Broadway Backwards 2017: Kathleen Turner, Len Cariou, Josh Groban, Andrew Rannells [VIDEOS]

How about some fabulously gay show tunes to close out your week? Via press release: Equality, solidarity and warmth filled the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on March 13, 2017, when the biggest stars on Broadway proved gender doesn’t matter, but love does as they explored and embraced the great songs of musical theatre at the 12th annual Broadway Backwards. This year’s …

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March 13th: Broadway Backwards 2017 [VIDEO]

Just in from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS: Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple), four-time Grammy Award nominee Josh Groban (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Tony winner Cady Huffman (The Producers), three-time Tony nominee Carolee Carmello (Sweeney Todd) and Tony nominee Santino Fontana (Cinderella, TV’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) are joining the spectacular cast of Broadway Backwards, a …

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COMING SOON: The Devil Wears Prada: The Musical, Writers Will Be Sir Elton John And Paul Rudnick

Deadline reports: “Is there some reason that my coffee isn’t here? Has she died or something?” That’s a snippet of Meryl Streep’s dialogue from the 2006 comedy The Devil Wears Prada. Now Sir Elton John and Paul Rudnick are writing a musical adaptation for Broadway. A production timeline is TBA for the show, which will be produced by Kevin McCollum, …

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Broadway Battle: NPH Vs James Corden [VIDEO]

US Magazine recaps: Pants off to you! Neil Patrick Harris challenged James Corden to a Broadway musical riff-off on the The Late Late Show on Monday, January 9, and the outcome was epic. The How I Met Your Mother alum, 43, got so into the battle he ended up splitting his pants, but that wasn’t the only comical moment. Harris …

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The Lion King Cast Delivers Movingly Topical Number At HIV/AIDS Fundraiser For Broadway Cares [VIDEO]

You’ll want to watch the clip below. From Broadway Cares: Broadway’s best spread messages of unity, hope and resilience through satire, song and dance December 5 and 6, 2016, at the 28th annual Gypsy of the Year competition. Gypsy of the Year , which celebrated six weeks of dedicated fundraising from 55 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies, raised $4,492,636 …

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Positive Reviews For NBC’s Hairspray Live! [VIDEOS]

Watch the highlights clips below. Variety reviews: It’s hard to imagine better casting for the production. Jennifer Hudson stole the show, once Motormouth Maybelle got to the screen; Ariana Grande, certifiable pop star, came away as the show’s MVP, acting as both reliably overlook-able sidekick and, once the situation required it, showstopping diva. Harvey Fierstein was predictably great, reprising his …

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OPEN THREAD: Hairspray Live!

As a desperately needed diversion from the ongoing decline of our nation, let’s gay the fuck out of this joint and watch Hairspray Live! together. NBC’s live broadcast begins at 8PM Eastern and stars Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana Grande, with Maddie Baillio making her television debut as Tracy Turnblad. You can watch via NBC’s smartphone app and …

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TEASER: Hairspray Live! [VIDEO]

Via press release from NBC: “Hairspray Live!” features an all-star cast that includes Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Ephraim Sykes, exciting newcomer Maddie Baillio and special guest stars Billy Eichner, Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin and Rosie O’Donnell. “Hairspray Live!” will bring back the creative talents of …

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CHICAGO: Drunk Trump Fan Ejected From Hamilton After Screaming “We Won! You Lost! Fuck You!”

Broadway World reports: Broadway World has learned that a Trump supporter interrupted the Saturday evening performance of Hamilton in Chicago. An audience member seated in the balcony allegedly shouted “We won! You lost! Get over it! F*ck you!” during the number “Dear Theodosia.” One Twitter user who attended the show alleges that the audience member also shouted profanities and had …

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BROADWAY BABY: Trump Has Tantrum After Hamilton Cast Member Addresses Mike Pence From The Stage

USA Today reports: Vice-president elect Mike Pence made a surprise visit to watch the award-winning Broadway show Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre Friday night, and received a loud chorus of boos from the audience as he made way to his seat. At the conclusion of the show, cast members addressed Pence’s appearance — as a group locked in hand-to-hand …

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