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BY NAVEEN KUMAR In a night that rewarded daring and creative page-to-stage adaptations (while promising an upcoming glimpse of JLo at every commercial break), Fun Home was this year’s big Tony winner, taking the Best Musical prize and delivering the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR The 69th annual Tony Awards will be handed out on Sunday, June 7, for a Broadway season that embraced romantic abandon, troubled youth, and (of course) fierce queens, in equal measure. Stage-and-screen vets Alan Cumming and Kristin... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Towleroad
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> Danielle Brooks, best known for her role as Taystee on Orange Is the New Black, will make her Broadway debut as Sofia in The Color Purple this fall. As previously announced, the stateside transfer of director John Doyle’s acclaimed... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at Towleroad
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> Lincoln Center Theatre’s acclaimed revival of The King and I will play an open-ended run at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, the company announced last week. In addition, a national tour is slated to kick off in November 2016 from... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR The propelling force that drives Grounded, a solo play by George Brant that opened Off Broadway Sunday night at the Public Theatre, feels like strapping into the cockpit with its fighter pilot protagonist. Fueling every minute of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Nominations for the 69th annual Tony Awards were announced this morning, with new musicals Fun Home and An American in Paris racking up top honors at 12 nominations each. Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth were also revealed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Towleroad
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> Fresh on the heels of their Broadway openings, two new musicals have already announced national tours: the critically acclaimed An American in Paris, featuring a score of classics by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Craig Lucas;... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR There are a lot of questions begged by The Visit, an unequivocally strange new musical that opened last night at the Lycium Theatre — i.e. “On what dark planet is this story set?” “Who are those blind... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR A love of musicals is something of a requisite for enjoying Something Rotten, a crowd-pleasing new one that opened on Broadway last night at the St. James Theatre. An origin story in the form of a send-up,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR The dizzying rush of the first time we had sex or set eyes on a dead body aren’t the sort of memories most of us try putting into boxes (the cropped squares of Instagram can only hold... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR The best of American theatre tends to come from rare and kinetic collaborations. This season, two such pairs have joined forces for a breathtaking revival of The King and I, which opened on Broadway last night in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR The plot of Finding Neverland, a new musical that opened on Broadway last night at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, doesn’t promise many surprises. Google can tell you that (spoiler alert!) J.M. Barrie wrote Peter Pan, and that by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR There is an airy and dizzying quality to Christopher Wheeldon’s wonderfully imaginative production of An American in Paris, a new musical that opened last night at the Palace Theatre. It feels something like a first gasp of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Hillary may have just set up campaign digs in Brooklyn, but Bill’s two terms are getting a bawdy send-up across the river in Clinton the Musical, which opened Off Broadway at New World Stages last night. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR The titular appendage in Hand to God, playwright Robert Askins’ wickedly hysterical play that opened on Broadway last night at the Booth Theatre, goes by the name of Tyrone. He delivers some of the most apt criticism... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Towleroad
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> NBC announced last week that The Wiz will be its next live broadcast musical, with an air date set for December 3. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, newly freed from their two-year stint producing the Oscar telecast, have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR In one remarkable scene of director Stephen Daldry’s arresting and vivid production of Skylight, which opened on Broadway last night at the Golden Theatre, Kyra and Tom, the two main characters in David Hare’s 1995 drama, recall... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Towleroad
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> Brandy Norwood (otherwise known as Brandy) will make her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the long-running production of Chicago, producers Barry and Fran Weissler announced this week. The revival, which opened on Broadway in 1996, has welcomed many... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Towleroad
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> As reported earlier, producers have announced that Glee star Darren Criss will take over as Broadway’s next Hedwig on April 29, after the musical’s creator and original star, John Cameron Mitchell, ends his run in the acclaimed revival at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Towleroad
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> Anne Hathaway and director Julie Taymor are teaming up Off-Broadway at the Public Theater this spring for Grounded, a new play by George Brant. The solo show, which was previously produced in New York by Page 73 Productions and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Towleroad
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> Emma Stone will extend her stint as Sally Bowles in Cabaret at Studio 54 for two additional weeks through February 15, and Sienna Miller will take over the role for the musical’s final six weeks of performances through March... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR > Andrew Lloyd Webber announced his new project, a musical adaptation of Richard Linklater and Mike White’s 2003 film School of Rock starring Jack Black, will come to Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre in November 2015. Featuring songs... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Make no mistake: The main attraction at the Booth Theatre, where a prosaic revival of Bernard Pomerance’s 1977 drama The Elephant Man opened last night, isn’t the freak-show headliner in the title, but the A-list name emblazoned... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Towleroad
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> Producers announced that Sting will step into a role in The Last Ship, the new musical for which he wrote music and lyrics, beginning next week on December 9 through January 10. The move is an effort to boost... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Towleroad
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As we revealed earlier today, John Cameron Mitchell will debut in the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on January 21, returning to the role he created Off-Broadway 15 years ago and immortalized in the cult-hit 2001 film.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Towleroad
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