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Broadway Legend Chita Rivera Dead at 91
Chita Rivera Was a
'True Broadway Legend'

Chita Rivera Was a 'True Broadway Legend'

Tony-winning dancer, singer dead at 91

(Newser) - Chita Rivera, the dynamic dancer, singer, and actress who garnered 10 Tony nominations, winning twice, in a long Broadway career that forged a path for Latina artists and shrugged off a near-fatal car accident, died Tuesday. She was 91. Rivera's death was announced by her daughter, Lisa Mordente, who...

This Prince Film, Album Is Headed for the Stage

1984's 'Purple Rain' will be adapted into a musical that's a Broadway hopeful

(Newser) - It's been four decades since Prince's Purple Rain first appeared on the big screen, along with an accompanying album, and now it's headed for the big stage. Producer Orin Wolf announced on Monday that the prolific singer-songwriter's 1984 film would be adapted into a stage musical,...

With 'Yes' Vote, Union Could Shut Down Broadway

IATSE votes on strike authorization

(Newser) - Theater artists could soon join screenwriters and radio, TV, and film actors in taking to the picket line. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (IATSE), representing 1,500 stagehands, wardrobe personnel, and hair and makeup artists on 28 of 30 Broadway productions...

Tony Awards Make History
Tony Awards Make History

Tony Awards Make History

First nonbinary actors win

(Newser) - The intimate, funny-sad musical Kimberly Akimbo nudged aside splashier rivals on Sunday to win the musical crown at the Tony Awards on a night when Broadway flexed its creative muscle amid the Hollywood writers’ strike and made history with laurels for nonbinary actors J. Harrison Ghee and Alex Newell, the...

Andrew Lloyd Webber Worries About the Math of Broadway

Composer reflects on financial realities of the theater as 'Phantom' ends its epic run

(Newser) - Now that the last performance of the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway is in the books after a 35-year run, people are tossing around the phrase "end of an era." That's not quite accurate, writes Andrew Lloyd Webber in a New York Times essay. He points...

After Tiff With NYT, a New Broadway Show to Close

Producers of 'KPOP,' first Broadway play about Koreans by Koreans, cite 'casual racism' in review

(Newser) - Sunday is the last day to catch KPOP on the Great White Way, per an announcement of what Playbill calls an "unusually abrupt" closing. The musical, which opened Nov. 27 at Manhattan's Circle in the Square Theatre, tells the story of a group of Korean pop superstars who...

Phantom of the Opera's Demise Slightly Exaggerated

Broadway's longest-running show will run a little longer thanks to strong ticket sales

(Newser) - The longest-running show in Broadway history is set to run a little longer. Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera was due to close in February after 35 years, but the September announcement of its impending doom sent ticket sales sky-high, with pretty much every ticket on sale...

Broadway Star Patti LuPone Blasts 'Worst Union'

3-time Tony winner says she's happy to be out 'of that circus'

(Newser) - Three-time Tony winner Patti LuPone says her time on Broadway is over—at least for now. "When the run of Company ended this past July, I knew I wouldn't be onstage for a very long time," the 73-year-old says in a statement, per Deadline , adding she then...

Report: Baldwin Has First Acting Job Since Tragedy

Sources tell the 'New York Post' actor is returning to Broadway

(Newser) - Almost a year after the shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins led to the indefinite suspension of his Rust project, Alec Baldwin has lined up another acting job, insiders say. Sources tell the New York Post that in his first major Broadway role since 2013, Baldwin will appear in a revival...

Into the Woods Producers Have Big Boots to Find

They disappeared after 2002 revival

(Newser) - Into the Woods has returned to Broadway, and producers of the Stephen Sondheim musical have some big boots to find. A giant inflatable leg with a boot attached hung over the marquee of the Martin Beck Theatre when the fairytale-based musical made its debut in 1987, with another boot on...

Here Are Your Tony Award Winners
Here Are Your
Tony Award Winners

Here Are Your Tony Award Winners

'A Strange Loop' wins best new musical

(Newser) - A Strange Loop, an irreverent, sexually frank work about Blackness and queerness took home the best new musical crown at the Tony Awards on Sunday, as voters celebrated Broadway’s most racially diverse season by choosing an envelope-pushing Black voice, the AP reports. Michael R. Jackson’s 2020 Pulitzer Prize...

You Know Her as Scout. She Has a Different Role Now
You Know Her as Scout.
Now, She's Come 'Full Circle'

You Know Her as Scout. Now, She's Come 'Full Circle'

Six decades later, Mary Badham is playing old neighbor Mrs. Dubose in 'Mockingbird'

(Newser) - Mary Badham became a child star—an Oscar-nominated one, at that—for her portrayal of young Scout in the film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. Now, the New York Times reports that six decades later, she's back in a different Mockingbird production, this time on the stage and...

Broadway's Harry Potter Fired After Complaint

Actor James Snyder accused of unspecified misconduct by female co-star

(Newser) - The actor playing Harry Potter has been fired from the Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child following a complaint by a co-star about his conduct. Producers said Sunday night that, after an independent investigation of the incident, they decided to terminate the contract of James Snyder, per...

Music Man Canceled After Hugh Jackman Gets COVID

But it will be back in the new year

(Newser) - The Broadway revival of The Music Man has been one of the hottest tickets in town and it has limped along without co-star Sutton Foster, who tested positive for COVID-19 during previews on Dec. 23. But now the show is being shuttered until the new year because Hugh Jackman has...

Stephen Sondheim Dead at 91
Dead at 91

Stephen Sondheim Dead at 91

Master behind 'Sweeney Todd,' 'West Side Story' had just celebrated Thanksgiving with friends

(Newser) - CNN calls him a creator "perhaps without par" in American musical theater. The New York Times praises him as "one of Broadway history's songwriting titans." Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, the musical force behind Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park With George, and Into the ...

Broadway Fans Pull a Wicked Move Against Star

A petition asking to keep James Corden out of adaptation is going viral

(Newser) - People love Wicked. James Corden—not so much. The Broadway hit—you can still get tickets to it—has been around since 2003. Unless you’re a fan of the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacy, Corden, who took over the Late Late Show in 2015, has not been a hit...

Weeks After Reopening, Bad News for Broadway
Weeks After Reopening,
Bad News for Broadway

Weeks After Reopening, Bad News for Broadway

'Aladdin' shuts down due to COVID cases

(Newser) - Aladdin reopened on Broadway Tuesday night after having been shuttered, along with all other Broadway shows, in March 2020 due to the pandemic. The next day, it closed again. Breakthrough COVID-19 cases amongst the company caused the shutdown, NBC News reports. The announcement went out shortly before Wednesday night's...

Here Are Your Tony Award Winners
Here Are Your
Tony Award Winners

Here Are Your Tony Award Winners

'Moulin Rouge' wins big

(Newser) - Moulin Rouge! The Musical, a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 movie, won the best new musical crown at the Tony Awards on a Sunday night when Broadway looked back to honor shows shuttered by COVID-19, mourn its fallen, and also look forward to welcoming audiences again. The...

Breakthrough COVID Kills Actor
Breakthrough COVID Kills Actor

Breakthrough COVID Kills Actor

A longtime advocate, Alvin Ing appeared on Broadway, on TV, and in films

(Newser) - Alvin Ing's death last week followed a breakthrough COVID-19 infection, the actor's representatives said Tuesday. Ing received a pneumonia diagnosis in mid-July and tested positive for COVID-19 a few days later, Deadline reports. "Honolulu native and American Army veteran with a gift to serve, he felt a...

AstraZeneca Recipients Can See Springsteen After All

Rules changed ahead of this weekend's Broadway show

(Newser) - AstraZeneca vaccine recipients can see Bruce Springsteen, too. Springsteen will be the man at the helm of Broadway's return, with "Springsteen on Broadway" reopening Saturday in front of a fully vaccinated audience in New York. Originally, only those who'd received an FDA-approved vaccine were to be allowed...

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