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Andrew Lloyd Webber Is Furious With a Pussycat Doll

He's angry that Nicole Scherzinger left 'Cats'

(Newser) - In what might be one of the weirdest celebrity feuds ever reported, Andrew Lloyd Webber is furious with Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger. Scherzinger pulled out of her role in Cats just before rehearsals started for its return to Broadway, the Guardian reports. In an interview with the Economist Radio Thursday,... More »

Hamilton Makes Broadway History With 16 Tony Nods

No one's really surprised that Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical is leading the pack

(Newser) - The megahit musical Hamilton has grabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, the biggest haul in Broadway history and another notch in the show's march into theatrical history. Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-flavored biography about the first US treasury secretary broke the 15-nominations record Tuesday held by The Producers and... More »

Amy Schumer Left Big-Time Tip for Hamilton Bartenders

That'd be a $1K tip on a $77 tab

(Newser) - Amy Schumer took in a Broadway play and bought a few drinks Saturday night—and she left an ample tip to thank the bartenders for a fun night out. The comedian placed a $1,000 gratuity on top of her $77 bar bill at a showing of Hamilton, leaving the... More »

Hamilton Creator: Founding Father Will Stay on $10 Bill

Treasury Secretary says he'll be 'very happy'

(Newser) - Fans of Alexander Hamilton need not fear a new design for the $10 bill. Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of Broadway musical Hamilton, says Treasury Secretary Jack Lew assured him during a Monday meeting that he is "going to be very happy" with the new bill design, to begin... More »

Aaron Sorkin Bringing To Kill a Mockingbird to Broadway

Adaptation of Harper Lee novel scheduled for 2017-2018 season

(Newser) - It's already been made into an Oscar-winning movie ; now To Kill a Mockingbird is being transformed into a Broadway production. The New York Times reports that Harper Lee's acclaimed 1960 novel will be adapted for the Great White Way by Aaron Sorkin, best known for his work on... More »

2 Crazy Incidents Illustrate Broadway Menace: Phones

Including the guy who jumped on stage to charge his

(Newser) - Cell phones in theaters: After two high-profile incidents on Broadway, things seem to have reached a "tipping point," observes Variety . The first occurred when 19-year-old Nick Silvestri hopped up on the stage just before the start of Hand to God and plugged his phone into an outlet, not... More »

American in Paris, Fun Home Lead Tony Nominations

Each gets 12 nods

(Newser) - The musicals An American in Paris and Fun Home each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations today, showing two very different sides of this Broadway season. One side is sunny—the dance-heavy stage adaptation of the 1951 musical film choreographed by Gene Kelly—and the other moody—the dark... More »

Bruce Willis Making Broadway Debut

In play version of Stephen King's 'Misery'

(Newser) - Bruce Willis is hitting the Broadway stage for the first time. He'll make his debut in an adaptation of Misery by Stephen King; the play was written by William Goldman, who also wrote the screenplay for the 1990 movie version. Willis will play novelist Paul Sheldon, who was portrayed... More »

Unplanned Biopsy Led to Death of Joan Rivers: Source

Broadway dims its lights for late star

(Newser) - What was supposed to be a routine procedure ended up causing the death of Joan Rivers , a medical source tells the New York Daily News . According to the source, a doctor in the star's entourage performed an unplanned biopsy after she went in for routine surgery on her vocal... More »

Broadway Will Turn Down Lights for Lauren Bacall

And did so last night for Robin Williams

(Newser) - Broadway will turn down the lights for a minute tomorrow night in homage to one of its own, Lauren Bacall. Saluting the actress's "distinct presence on stage and screen during a career that spanned decades," the Broadway League's executive director said that "along with her... More »

'Brassy' Broadway Star Elaine Stritch Dead at 89

TV viewers will know her best as Jack Donaghy's mother

(Newser) - The phrase "Broadway legend" is getting heavy use today with the death of 89-year-old Elaine Stritch. Modern TV viewers might know her best as Jack Donaghy's mom on 30 Rock, but Stritch made her name on the stage, reports Entertainment Tonight . As the New York Times puts it,... More »

Cops Haul Shia LaBeouf Out of Broadway Show

Actor handcuffed after smoking, yelling during 'Cabaret'

(Newser) - More weirdness from Shia LaBeouf: The Transformers star was handcuffed by police and hauled out of the Broadway show Cabaret at Studio 54 last night, ABC reports. Sources tell the New York Post that the actor was smoking in the theater, yelling during the performance, and slapping random people on... More »

Neil Patrick Harris Curses Fan During Show

But rep says it was all in good fun

(Newser) - Neil Patrick Harris showed off his wicked tongue at last night's performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway by shouting at an audience member—but was it all part of the show? A female fan cried out, "I love you, Neil!" to which he responded,... More »

Coming to Broadway: Tupac Musical

'Holler If Ya Hear Me' opens June 19

(Newser) - Tupac Shakur is headed to Broadway—kind of. A new musical will reportedly be made up entirely of the late rapper's lyrics, but reports claim Holler If Ya Hear Me isn't actually about the rapper at all. The plot is about two friends living in the inner city... More »

Princess Bride Heading to Broadway

As you wish, Disney working on stage adaptation of iconic movie, book

(Newser) - "Wuv, twue wuv" is coming to the stage. Yes, Inigo Montoya fans, Disney is adapting The Princess Bride for the stage, Variety reports. It's not clear whether the show will be a play or a musical, nor is there a production timeline or a creative team just yet.... More »

Alanis Morissette Turning '95 Album Into Musical

'Jagged Little Pill' is headed to Broadway

(Newser) - Oh, the song puns and jokes about unmentionable acts in a theater are flying fast and furious with news that Alanis Morissette is adapting her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill into a Broadway musical. Yes, that album, the one with "You Oughta Know," "Hand in My Pocket,... More »

Amélie Director: Musical 'Deeply Disgusts Me'

Jean-Pierre Jeunet hates Broadway, approved project anyway

(Newser) - The news that Amélie is being made into a Broadway musical was met with quite a bit of enthusiasm on Twitter , but one noteworthy person is not happy about it, the Los Angeles Times reports. The idea "deeply disgusts me," Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who directed the 2001 French... More »

4th Actor Hurt in Spider-Man Musical

Leg seriously injured

(Newser) - The latest trouble for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark: An actor in the Broadway musical was injured during last night's performance, leading the show to be halted. Fire officials said they responded to treat a man whose leg got caught in equipment backstage. The actor, Daniel Curry, had a... More »

5 Biggest Talkers From Last Night's Tony Awards

Neil Patrick Harris hosts for 4th time

(Newser) - Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Tony Awards for the fourth time last night, so needless to say, there were quite a few entertaining moments. One came right at the beginning, when NPH opened the show with a big musical number ... involving Mike Tyson, who brought big cheers and, Mashable concludes,... More »

Most Tony Nods: Cyndi Lauper-Scored Kinky Boots

Tom Hanks also snags a nomination for 'Lucky Guy'

(Newser) - The Cyndi Lauper-scored Kinky Boots has earned a leading 13 Tony Award nominations, with the British import Matilda: The Musical close behind with 12. Kinky Boots is based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in fetish footwear; Lauper's... More »

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