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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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 ... More »

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.... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Theater-Goer Snaps Photo of Tony Winner in Nude Scene

'Not cool at all,' tweeted Audra McDonald

(Newser) - Broadway star Audra McDonald is understandably nervous to perform in front of a live audience while naked. "Maybe strippers get real used to it. But for me there's nothing normal about that," the six-time Tony Award winner told the New York Times . Those comments came during a... More »

Faye Dunaway Fired After Crew 'Feared for Their Safety'

The legendary actress was starring in 'Tea at Five'

(Newser) - The producers of a one-woman, Broadway-bound play announced Wednesday they had cut ties with their famously temperamental star—Oscar-winner Faye Dunaway, the New York Post reports. Sources say the July 10 performance of Tea at Five was scrapped at the last minute after Dunaway threw a backstage fit at the... More »

Kanye Sorry for Behavior During Broadway Show

'Look up from your cell phone,' actor tweeted Monday

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian West was excited to attend the Broadway debut of The Cher Show, a musical based on the singer's life. Her husband was apparently less so, and he ended up apologizing for his fascination with his phone during the Monday show, reports USA Today . "Hey @kanyewest so... More »

The World Is Getting a Michael Jackson Musical

It's expected to hit Broadway in 2020

(Newser) - The King of Pop is the latest celebrity to get his own Broadway musical. A show inspired by Michael Jackson's life is in the works and expects to hit the Great White Way in 2020, according to the Hollywood Reporter . The biographical musical's score, of course, will be... More »

Her Young Daughter Was Killed by a Car. Now, New Tragedy

Broadway star Ruthie Ann Miles has lost her unborn child

(Newser) - What kept Ruthie Ann Miles going after her 4-year-old daughter, Abigail, was killed when a car crashed into them in March in Brooklyn was her unborn baby, due this month. Now another tragedy for the Broadway star and her husband, Jonathan Blumenstein, delivered via their lawyer. "This past Friday,... More »

Tony Nominations Good News for Tina Fey, Amy Schumer

'Mean Girls' adaptation grabs a dozen; Schumer up for best actress

(Newser) - Tina Fey's musical Mean Girls, which she adapted from her much-beloved and oft-quoted 2004 high school comedy movie, and the goofy undersea cartoon adaptation SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical lead the Tony Award nominations with a dozen nods each. A British revival of Angels in America, Tony Kushner's... More »

For 6 Hours, Traffic Was Silenced on Broadway

NYC bans vehicles from 2-mile stretch of iconic street ahead of Earth Day

(Newser) - In a nod to Earth Day, New York City shut down two miles of perhaps its most iconic street, Broadway, for six hours on Saturday. In place of honking cabs and fumes were pedestrians, anything on two wheels, artistic performances, fitness classes, craft workshops, vendors, free rollerblade rentals, and educational... More »

Harper Lee's Estate Suing Over Sorkin's View of Atticus

Broadway play is still set to open in December, however

(Newser) - A Broadway production of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is still set to open this year despite a lawsuit filed by the estate of the author, an attorney for the producer said. Jonathan Zavin, who represents Scott Rudin's Rudinplay Inc., said Thursday the adaptation is scheduled to... More »

Can We Really Blame a Dog for Freaking Out During Cats?

Service animal went after feline-dressed performer during Broadway play

(Newser) - A showing of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats almost went to the dogs this week, quite literally. Witnesses tell the New York Post that during a performance at New York City's Neil Simon Theatre, a service dog broke free from its owner during the opening number and rushed the... More »

After Show, Moore Leads Audience to Trump Tower

With Mark Ruffalo, they chant the name of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer

(Newser) - Michael Moore led the audience of his Broadway play to Trump Tower on Tuesday to protest President Trump's comments about the deadly violence in Charlottesville. On Facebook, Moore urged people to join him at the tower following Tuesday night's performance of his one-man show The Terms of My ... More »

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