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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...

'Woke' Spears Musical Gets Shakespearean Start

DC's Shakespeare Theatre Company to debut 'Once Upon a One More Time' in November

(Newser) - Britney Shakespears is in the house, or will be soon, according to Broadway World's latest news. The Shakespeare Theatre Company has announced its 2021-22 season, officially kicking off later this year in DC's Sidney Harman Hall, and the opening piece is a notable one. Once Upon a One ...

Powerful Broadway Producer 'Steps Back' After Allegations

Scott Rudin apologizes after report detailing his abusive bullying of employees

(Newser) - Amid mounting anger over allegations of bullying, Broadway and Hollywood producer Scott Rudin broke his silence Saturday, saying he is “profoundly sorry” and will step back from his theater work, per the AP . “After a period of reflection, I’ve made the decision to step back from active...

Game of Thrones Characters Are Headed to the Stage

Play due on Broadway in 2023 will portray 'The Great Tourney'

(Newser) - A Game of Thrones prequel re-creating a mysterious event in Westeros history is being developed for the stage. George RR Martin is working on the story, a dramatization of the Great Tourney at Harrenhal, said to have been held 16 years before the happenings in the HBO series. The idea...

Stars Mourn a Voice That Would 'Wrap You in Peace'

Rebecca Luker appeared in Broadway hits for decades

(Newser) - Rebecca Luker, a soprano and three-time Tony-nominated actor who starred in some of the biggest Broadway hits of the past three decades, died Wednesday. She was 59, the AP reports. Her death was announced by her husband, veteran Broadway actor Danny Burstein, who said in a statement: "Our family...

Broadway Legend Dead at 71
Broadway Mourns a Legend

Broadway Mourns a Legend

Tony-winning choreographer, actress Ann Reinking dies at 71

(Newser) - Ann Reinking, the Tony Award-winning choreographer, actress, and Bob Fosse collaborator who helped spread a cool, muscular hybrid of jazz and burlesque movement to Broadway and beyond, has died. She was 71. Reinking died Saturday while visiting family in Seattle, said her manager, Lee Gross. No cause of death was...

Andrew Lloyd Webber Sums Up His Take on Cats Movie

In a word, 'ridiculous'

(Newser) - If you don't have anything nice to say ... well, whatever. Andrew Lloyd Webber had previously made his less-than-rosy thoughts on the movie version of Cats known via some harsh words for James Corden's performance as alley cat Bustopher Jones, reports NBC News . He returned to the topic during...

Broadway Extends Its Shutdown a Third Time

The lights will stay out for the rest of 2020

(Newser) - The shutdown on Broadway has been extended again—until at least early January. Although an exact date for performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through Jan. 3, reports the AP . “The Broadway experience can...

He's Been in the ICU for 79 Days. Finally, a Visit With His Wife

Broadway star Nick Cordero, recovering from COVID-19, sees Amanda Kloots

(Newser) - Nick Cordero is no longer testing positive for COVID-19, but the Broadway star is still in bad shape at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. On Friday, however, there was a bright spot, when his wife, Amanda Kloots, was finally able to visit him in person in the ICU after...

Broadway Shutdown Extended Until Labor Day

'Difficult but necessary,' says actors' union

(Newser) - The shutdown on Broadway has been extended again—until at least early September. Although an exact date for performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through Sept. 6. "While all Broadway shows would love to...

Nick Cordero's Wife: His Lungs Are 'Severely Damaged'

Amanda Kloots gives the world an update as her husband fights for his life

(Newser) - Looks like Nick Cordero isn't out of the woods yet. The Broadway actor, who apparently had a leg amputated after testing positive for COVID-19, is now said to have other lingering health effects. CNN reports that while he isn't bleeding internally, his wife Amanda Kloots says "we...

Andrew Lloyd Webber Offers Something to 'Lift the Spirits'

Win contest and you could sing for 13 seconds after 'Phantom' performance on Broadway or in London

(Newser) - Andrew Lloyd Webber has launched a virtual competition that could lead to one fan singing on Broadway or the West End when musicals resume playing. The composer has invited singers to make up their own tiny vocal showcase at the end of the song "Think of Me" from The ...

For Actor With Coronavirus, the News Is Devastating

Amanda Kloots posted an update about Nick Cordero on Instagram

(Newser) - The wife of Broadway actor Nick Cordero revealed heartbreaking news Saturday—that her husband's right leg is being amputated as he struggles with complications from the coronavirus, People reports. His wife, Amanda Kloots, said the 41-year-old had been in intensive care for 18 days when she got the news....

Broadway Going Dark Over Virus
Broadway Going Dark,
Hollywood Shutting Down

Broadway Going Dark, Hollywood Shutting Down

New York governor orders theaters to close until April 12

(Newser) - The entertainment industry prepared Thursday for an unprecedented shutdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, canceling upcoming movies, suspending all Broadway performances and eliminating live audiences from television shows until it's safe to welcome crowds back, the AP reports. To accommodate calls for social distancing, Hollywood moved to...

Rising Broadway Star Dies Suddenly at 13

Laurel Griggs had a 'massive asthma attack'

(Newser) - Broadway is mourning a rising star who was taken far, far too soon. Laurel Griggs, 13, died on Tuesday of what grandfather David Rivlin says was a "massive asthma attack," USA Today reports. She managed to fit a seven-year Broadway career into her short life: Laurel made her...

After Loud Sound, a 'Sea of People Running' in NYC

People started screaming, thinking it was another shooting

(Newser) - The mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso and Dayton have everyone on edge, and that anxiety played out Tuesday night in New York City after a loud sound sent people running. ABC News reports that thousands of locals and tourists in Times Square started screaming and fleeing in...

Broadway Giant Hal Prince Dead at 91
A Legendary
Broadway Figure
Is Dead at 91

A Legendary Broadway Figure Is Dead at 91

Harold Prince won a record 21 Tonys

(Newser) - Harold Prince, a Broadway director and producer who pushed the boundaries of musical theater with such groundbreaking shows as The Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, Company, and Sweeney Todd and won a staggering 21 Tony Awards, has died. Prince was 91. Prince's publicist said Prince died Wednesday after a...

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