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Dig at Shakespeare Theater Reveals a Surprise

It was rectangular, not circular; and toys for sound effects were found

(Newser) - The Bard was truly ahead of his time—and not only because of his way with words. Archaeologists digging at one of London's oldest playhouses , where Shakespeare's company performed from 1597 to 1599, have found a ceramic bird whistle they believe was used for sound effects—perhaps during... 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 »

JK Rowling Announces Plot for Harry Potter Sequel Play

Play will follow Potter and his son, 19 years later

(Newser) - JK Rowling announced back in June that Harry Potter was coming to the London stage, but until now, there was much speculation the stage play's plot would be a prequel to the books. Rowling debunked that today: "So now you know it really isn't a prequel,"... More »

Why LA Stage Actors Don't Want to Make Minimum Wage

They fear the closure of small theaters

(Newser) - While many low-paid workers fight for increased wages , actors in Los Angeles have become activists for the opposite cause. Many who perform in small theaters are raising their voices against their own union as it pushes for them to receive California's $9 minimum wage, the New York Times reports.... More »

From Stage, Spacey Scolds Theatergoer About Phone

And he didn't even break character

(Newser) - A cell phone went off last night in London's Old Vic theater as Kevin Spacey was in the middle of a tense scene. The theatergoer apparently thought he could play innocent and let it keep ringing—until Spacey himself erupted from the stage, reports the Independent . "If you... 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 »

JK Rowling Working on Harry Potter Prequel Play

Will explore Harry's 'years as an orphan and outcast'

(Newser) - Harry Potter has traveled from page to screen—and now to stage. JK Rowling said today she is working on a play about the boy wizard's life before he attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Rowling's seven-book saga begins when Harry, an unloved orphan grudgingly raised by... More »

Monty Python Plans Stage Reunion

Will be surviving members' first performance together since 1998

(Newser) - For the first time in more than a decade, all surviving members of Monty Python will be performing together. Member Terry Jones confirmed the event to the BBC following a Sun report. "We're getting together and putting on a show—it's real," he says. "I'... 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 »

Theater Bans Madonna After Texting Incident

She's not welcome at the Alamo Drafthouse

(Newser) - Madonna made headlines last week for texting while watching the premiere of 12 Years a Slave at the New York Film Festival. And as a result, she's not welcome ... at a theater chain based in Texas. The CEO of the Alamo Drafthouse chain, known for its awesome no-talking-no-texting rules... More »

Norway Massacre Turned Into a ... Musical?

New work contemplates Anders Breivik's mass killing

(Newser) - An upcoming British musical show will tackle the grim subject of Anders Breivik's 2011 massacre of 77 people, reports the Guardian . But after researching in Norway, David Greig opted to set his work, called The Events, in Scotland and not mention Breivik's name. "Some people asked us... More »

Shia LaBeouf Quits Broadway Play...

And a feud with Alec Baldwin might be to blame

(Newser) - Shia LaBeouf was set to make his Broadway debut in Orphans, but the actor has walked away from the production less than a month before previews were set to begin. The initial news release cited only "creative differences" for LaBeouf's departure, the Los Angeles Times reported. But LaBeouf... More »

Composer Marvin Hamlisch Dead at 68

Broadway to dim lights for 'Chorus Line' maestro

(Newser) - Broadway will dim its lights tonight in memory of composer Marvin Hamlisch, who has died at the age of 68 after a short illness. Hamlisch, whose hits included "A Chorus Line" and "The Way We Were," worked in movies, theater, and TV in his long and prolific... More »

Once Scoops Up 8 Tonys

'Falling Slowly' romance grabs Best Musical, Performance, Book, Design

(Newser) - The come-from-behind Broadway hit Once won a Tony Award—but it didn't just do it once. The sweet reverie based on the 2006 movie about the unlikely love affair between a Czech flower seller and Dublin street musician took home eight Tonys, including wins for Best New Musical, Best... More »

Theater That Staged Shakespeare's 1st Plays Found

Curtain Theatre believed to have seen debut of 'Henry V'

(Newser) - Archaeologists say they have discovered the remains of an Elizabethan theater where some of William Shakespeare's plays were first performed. Experts from the Museum of London have uncovered a yard and gallery walls from the Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch, just east of London's business district. The Curtain opened... More »

The Real Tribute to Great Theater: a Seated Ovation

Show your appreciation by keeping your butt in the seat: Ben Brantley

(Newser) - At one time, a standing ovation may have meant something—but lately, you can hardly go to a Broadway show without being forced to join in one. Almost every show "ends with people jumping to their feet and beating their flippers together like captive sea lions when the zookeeper... More »

National Mall's $700M Plan: Skating, Theater, Gardens

'Overused' lawn set for major renovations

(Newser) - The National Mall is getting a serious facelift: Soon, we'll be going skating, watching outdoor theater, and exploring vibrant gardens in America's so-called "front yard." The $700 million project will mark a big change from the "overused" grass currently between the Lincoln Memorial and Capitol... More »

In Today's America, Death of a Salesman Is Dead

Because we have no middle class to celebrate

(Newser) - Philip Seymour Hoffman gives a bravura performance in the new revival of Death of a Salesman, but as he watched, Lee Siegel wondered "why the play was revived at all," he writes in the New York Times . After all, Salesman is about the delusions of the middle class,... More »

The 13 Most Worthless Majors

Want a job? Avoid fine art, according to 'Daily Beast' list

(Newser) - Hey, college students: If your life plans include getting an actual job, you may want to avoid the stars of the Daily Beast 's "most useless" majors list. Majors are ranked in terms of employment, taking into account unemployment rates among recent and experienced grads, earnings, and likely... More »

Broadway's Most Expensive Flop Is Back

'Carrie' to open off-Broadway tomorrow

(Newser) - When the musical Carrie had a sudden early death on Broadway in 1988, few were as unhappy as three men who worked hard to give it life. Lawrence D. Cohen, Michael Gore, and Dean Pitchford, who wrote the script, music, and lyrics, clearly were not happy with the final product,... More »

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