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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...

Protests Force Moulin Rouge to Drop Snake Act

Terrestrial snakes were dropped in water tank with cabaret dancer

(Newser) - The snake show is now history at Paris' historic Moulin Rouge cabaret. The club has dropped a long-running act in which a dancer swims around snakes in a water tank, the Guardian reports. Animal rights campaigners said the snakes involved, Southeast Asian reticulated and Indian pythons, were terrestrial species and...

Theater World Pays Tribute to Angela Lansbury

Theaters in London's West End dimmed their lights

(Newser) - Angela Lansbury was a star on the stage as well as the screen, and theaters in London's West End dimmed their lights Wednesday night in her memory. Lansbury died in Los Angeles on Tuesday , days before she would have turned 97. In 2014, she returned to the West End...

Survivor of Theater Bombing: 'Terrible Things Were Happening'

Those who made it out of devastation in Mariupol, Ukraine, detail the day's events

(Newser) - It was just one laser-guided bomb that destroyed a drama theater in Mariupol, Ukraine, last week. That's the conclusion of Mckenzie Intelligence Services, which performed an analysis of the attack for the BBC . But that single bomb is all it took to wreak devastating havoc, and the broadcaster is...

After Theater Bombing, Rescue Services 'No Longer Exist'

With 130 survivors but 'hundreds' still buried in rubble, things still look dire in Mariupol, Ukraine

(Newser) - The search for survivors continued Friday in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol, where Russian forces have been accused of targeting civilians by bombing a mosque , a maternity hospital , and, most recently, a theater . Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine's human rights chief, told the Washington Post that 130 people have been...

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...

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Only Arrest Will Stop Me Reopening

He plans to reopen London theaters on June 21 'come hell or high water'

(Newser) - Andrew Lloyd Webber owns six London theaters—and he says he's going to reopen them on June 21 whether the British government changes its reopening date or not. The composer claims that scientific evidence shows theaters are "completely safe" even at full capacity, the Guardian reports. His production...

Andrew Lloyd Webber Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is

Says he would do 'anything' to reopen theaters, steps up for vaccine trial

(Newser) - Andrew Lloyd Webber is anxious to get audiences back to the theater, which is why he's now taking part in a coronavirus vaccine trial from Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. "I am excited that tomorrow I am going to be vaccinated for the Oxford Covid 19 trial,...

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...

Want to Live Longer? Go to a Concert or Art Gallery
New Proof of 'How
Powerful the Arts Are'

New Proof of 'How Powerful the Arts Are'

Researchers say engaging in art, music, theater can lower risk of dying early

(Newser) - It doesn't seem like a stretch to say most people feel pretty good after a stimulating afternoon at the museum or rousing Broadway production. Now, research out of University College London suggests that exposing oneself to the arts—be it going to museums, art galleries, concerts, the opera, or...

Maggie Smith on Harry Potter, Downton Abbey Roles: Meh

Dame 'didn't really feel I was acting'

(Newser) - Somebody give a dame a challenge. Legendary British actress Maggie Smith, star of Downton Abbey and Harry Potter, says she "didn't really feel I was acting in those things." Smith took home three Emmys, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild award for her role as...

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...

Actress' Historic Win Is a Tonys Highlight

Ali Stroker uses a wheelchair

(Newser) - Hadestown, the brooding musical about the underworld, had a heavenly night at the Tony Awards, winning eight trophies Sunday, including best new musical and handing a rare win for a female director of a musical. Playwright Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman was crowned best play. In the four lead actor...

Hamilton Went to Puerto Rico, With Tears and Its Original Star

Lin-Manuel Miranda reprised title role in emotional special fundraising performance

(Newser) - Lin-Manuel Miranda reprised his lead role in the hit musical Hamilton on Friday night to start a two-week run in Puerto Rico expected to raise thousands of dollars for artists and cultural groups struggling in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Miranda took the stage for the first time since his...

The Band's Visit Scores 10 Tonys
Musical That 'Makes
Borders Disappear'
Wins 10 Tonys

Musical That 'Makes Borders Disappear' Wins 10 Tonys

The Band's Visit left Harry Potter in 2nd place

(Newser) - The American, grown-up musical The Band's Visit outmuscled the acclaimed and sprawling British import Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for the most Tony Awards on Sunday, capturing 10 statuettes, including best musical, on a night where the theme of acceptance flowed through the telecast, the AP reports. The ...

Hamilton Actor Calls Out Crowd for Using Phones

'This isn't a movie, What is up with you guys?'

(Newser) - The lead actor in a production of the Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton has called out Salt Lake City theater-goers who pulled out their cellphones during performances in Utah. Soon after the show ended, Joseph Morales called the behavior shockingly rude in a tweet on Sunday, when he wrote: "SLC,...

Actors in Risque Theater Show Deal With Audience Groping

BuzzFeed talks to performers in the popular 'Sleep No More' production in New York City

(Newser) - It's not your average theater performance, and it's not your average problem for the actors involved: audience members who grope them. As BuzzFeed explains, the popular Sleep No More production at the McKittrick Hotel in New York City is a "blood-and-sex filled adaptation of MacBeth" in which...

Sponsors Flee as NYC Theater Portrays Trump as Slain Caesar

Delta, Bank of America yank sponsorship of NYC's Public Theater

(Newser) - Beware the ides of March ... or the withdrawal of six-figure sponsorships. Delta Air Lines and Bank of America on Sunday night pulled their sponsorship of New York’s Public Theater over its production of Julius Caesar. The issue: In this reimagining, it's a President Trump lookalike (Gregg Henry) who...

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...

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...

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