• Go Inside In the Heights on This Week's Elaine Paige on Sunday
    by Broadway.com Staff on June 13, 2021 at 2:00 PM

    Olivier-winning actress Elaine Paige is giving Broadway.com listeners a chance to hear her BBC Radio 2 show Elaine Paige on Sunday. On this week's episode, Paige is taking her listeners to New York City to celebrate the release of the movie adaptation of In the Heights. Tune in to hear songs from the movie's just-released soundtrack and more for the perfect Sunday. Catch the full episode by clicking the link below!

  • Katori Hall's The Hot Wing King Wins 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
    by Lindsey Sullivan on June 11, 2021 at 5:38 PM

    The 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Drama has been awarded to Katori Hall's The Hot Wing King, which made its world premiere at off-Broadway's Signature Theatre in 2020. The Hot Wing King marks Hall's first Pulitzer win; she will receive a prize of $15,000.  Eric B. Robinson in "The Hot Wing King" (Photo: Monique Carboni)Originally scheduled for April 19, the prizes in journalism, books, drama and music were announced on June 11 at 1PM ET via video stream at Pulitzer.org. As previously reported, with theaters shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the board updated eligibility requirements for its 2021 Prize for Drama. For the 2021 award, eligible entries could also include plays that were scheduled to be produced in theaters in 2020 but were postponed or canceled due to the pandemic. In addition, plays produced and performed in places other than theaters, including outside, in site-specific venues or online, were also eligible. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama is presented to a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life. The 2021 Pulitzer finalists are Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley's Circle Jerk and Zora Howard's Stew. The Hot Wing …

  • Tony and Grammy Winner Tom Kitt to Release Album Reflect, Featuring Many Broadway Stars, in August
    by Lindsey Sullivan on June 11, 2021 at 4:31 PM

    Tony and Grammy winner Tom Kitt is releasing his debut solo album, Reflect, on August 13. Available for preorder now, the Sony Masterworks album features music from Kitt and lyrics from many Broadway stars. Kitt is known as a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and music superviso for film, television, theater and music. He garnered the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and two Tony Awards for Next to Normal and won a 2021 Grammy Award for his work on the Broadway cast recording of Jagged Little Pill. His body of work as a composer spans everything from Almost Famous [written with Cameron Crowe] and High Fidelity to Dave and If/Then for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. He served aa music supervisor, arranger and orchestrator for such diverse projects as The SpongeBob Musical, Grease Live!, Jagged Little Pill and Green Day’s American Idiot. Collaborating with the legendary rock band, he also contributed additional arrangements to their Grammy-winning album 21st Century Breakdown and their trilogy, ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! Kitt also took home an Emmy Award as co-writer (with Lin-Manuel Miranda) for the 2013 Tony Awards opening number, “Bigger.” His television songwriting credits include the 2019 Tony Awards Opening Number, “Live!,” Royal Pains, Penny Dreadful and Sesame …

  • Odds & Ends: Ian McKellen Uses Solo Show Profits to Raise Over £5 Million for the Theater Industry
    by Broadway.com Staff on June 11, 2021 at 4:27 PM

    Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently. Actors' Salaries Covered by Fund Created by Ian McKellen on Stage Here's another reason to adore stage and screen legend Ian McKellen. The actor along with Ambassador Theatre Group Productions and director Sean Mathias have partnered with the National Theatre and Amazon Prime Video to broadcast and distribute his solo show Ian McKellen on Stage in both the U.K. and Ireland. Profits from licensing the broadcast will combine with remaining profits from the West End run of the show and create a new fund to support emerging producers and artists. McKellen devised his solo show to celebrate his 80th birthday year, earning £3 million for over 80 U.K. theaters. Through proceeds of its extended run at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre, further fundraising and the broadcast distribution of the show, the total money raised for the theater industry is now over £5 million. Distributed via ATG Productions, multiple funding rounds will offer grants of up to £25,000 to pay actors’ wages for both new plays and revivals across U.K. theaters, as long as they employ six or more actors and include a recent graduate from a theater training school. Further information …

  • NBC Cancels Musical Comedy Series Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
    by Lindsey Sullivan on June 11, 2021 at 3:21 PM

    This news won't be music to the ears of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist fans. Variety reports that the show has been canceled after two seasons at NBC. The show premiered on January 7, 2020. Created by Austin Winsberg, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist follows the socially awkward Zoey (Jane Levy), who learns that she can hear the inner thoughts of people in the form of big musical numbers. The cast includes Broadway alums Alex Newell, Skylar Astin, Lauren Graham, Peter Gallagher and Chip Zien. Fans of the show have already got #SaveZoeysPlaylist trending on Twitter. Broadway alum Astin thanked them for their support. It is really heart warming to see the immediate response to the cancellation news. Use #SaveZoeysPlaylist to tell us why YOU want the show back in your life pic.twitter.com/iqY2s32fAn — Skylar Astin (@SkylarAstin) June 9, 2021

  • What To Do (Without Broadway!): A Day-to-Day Schedule
    by Broadway.com Staff on June 11, 2021 at 10:34 AM

    Even with Broadway on hold, there's plenty to do. Trust the Broadway.com editors to get you in on the best online events, theater-centric films, TV shows and more! FRIDAY, JUNE 11 Announcement of 2021 Pulitzer Prize Winners @ 1PM ET The Pulitzer Prize Board announces the 2021 awards for journalism, books, music and drama. For the 2021 drama award, eligible entries may include plays that were scheduled to be produced in theaters in 2020 but were postponed or canceled due to the pandemic. In addition, plays produced and performed in places other than theaters, including outside, in site-specific venues or online, are also eligible.Watch Online FRIDAY, JUNE 11A Cold Supper Behind Harrods @ 2:30PM ET Stars David Jason, Stephanie Cole and Anton Lesser reunite for a semi-staged rehearsed reading of the popular BBC Radio 4 play. David Morley's work follows three Special Operations Executive agents who meet once again to record interviews for a television documentary investigating the murder of their colleague at the hands of the Gestapo.Get Tickets FRIDAY, JUNE 11The Light in the Piazza Reunion on Stars in the House @ 8PM ET Kelli O'Hara and Victoria Clark (above) reunite along with Matthew Morrison …

  • Odds & Ends: See Donna Murphy, Laura Benanti & More in the Juicy Trailer for the Gossip Girl Reboot & More
    by Broadway.com Staff on June 10, 2021 at 6:36 PM

    Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently. Spotted: A Glitzy Trailer for HBO's Gossip Girl The previously announced Gossip Girl reboot is slated for release on HBO Max on July 8, and a trailer filled with glitz, glamour and a healthy dose of Upper East Side drama has just dropped. As previously reported, the reboot will feature several Broadway favorites like Donna Murphy, Laura Benanti, Adam Chanler-Berat, Tavi Gevinson and Jason Gotay. Spot them in the trailer below! What the Constitution Means to Me & More Set for Guthrie Season Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater is set to resume in-person performances beginning September 30 with the national tour of Heidi Schreck's What the Constitution Means to Me, starring Cassie Beck. The Tony-nominated and Pulitzer Prize finalist play will run through October 24 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage. Lavina Jadhwani's new adaptation of Charles Dickens's holiday classic A Christmas Carol will follow on November 6 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Guthrie Artistic Director Joseph Haj helms the production, which will run through December 27. The new year will include A Raisin in the Sun (January 8—February 13), The Tempest (February 26—April 16), Emma (June …

  • Grammy Nominee Lily Allen Set to Make Her West End Debut in Thriller 2:22
    by Lindsey Sullivan on June 10, 2021 at 3:31 PM

    Go ahead and smile! Grammy nominee and BRIT Award winner Lily Allen will make her West End debut in Danny Robins' thriller play 2:22 - A Ghost Story. The show will begin performances at the Noël Coward Theatre on August 3. Allen shared the news on Instagram.         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Queen of MySpace (@lilyallen) Matthew Dunster, who was nominated for a 2016 Olivier Award for directing Hangmen, will helm the play. Julia Chan, Hadley Fraser and Jake Wood are set to join Allen in the cast. The four play friends who are having dinner together in a house that Allen’s character fears is haunted. She hears a strange sound at the same time every night—2:22AM—so they stay up late to see if they can solve the mystery. Allen's albums include Alright, Still, It's Not Me, It's You, Sheezus and No Shame. She earned 2008 Grammy Award nomination for her debut album, and a 2010 BRIT Award for British Female Solo Artist. Her hit songs include "Smile," "F*ck You," "Hard Out Here," "The Fear" and more. 2:22 - A …

  • Off-Broadway's Blindness Will Conclude Its Run in July
    by Caitlin Moynihan on June 10, 2021 at 3:02 PM

    Blindness, the socially-distanced sound installation that was one of the first shows to open in New York City since COVID-19 shut down theaters, will have its final performance at off-Broadway's Daryl Roth Theatre on July 25. “We are proud to have been the first show to open safely in New York City and welcome audiences back to the theater for a cathartic experience," said producer Daryl Roth in a statement. "Our thanks to everyone who helped us let in the light, and we hope even more theatregoers will experience this imaginative, thrilling production before it ends on July 25." Adapted by Tony Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens, Blindness is based on the dystopian novel by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago and directed by Walter Meierjohann. Through spellbinding storytelling narrated by Olivier Award winner Juliet Stevenson, it unveils the gripping story of a world changed forever in the blink of an eye, reminding us that from the darkness, we will all emerge stronger. Blindness began performances on April 2, opened on April 6 and was a transfer of the production seen at London’s Donmar Warehouse that ran last year from August 22, 2020 through September 5. Watch Roth talk about the …

  • Watch the Trailer for Jonathan Larson's Tick, Tick... BOOM!, Starring Andrew Garfield and Directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda
    by Caitlin Moynihan on June 10, 2021 at 2:04 PM

    This first trailer of the film adaptation of Jonathan Larson's Tick, Tick... BOOM! is here. The movie, directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and starring Andrew Garfield, is set to arrive on Netflix and in select theaters this fall. Broadway favorites Robin De Jesús, Joshua Henry and Judith Light appear in the movie along with Vanessa Hudgens, Bradley Whitford and Alexandra Shipp. With a screenplay by Tony winner Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen), Tick, Tick... BOOM! is Larson's autobiographical work that is set in 1990 and tells the story of aspiring theater composer Jon who is waiting tables in New York City while writing Superbia, which he hopes will be the next great American musical. The role of Jon was originated in the 2001 off-Broadway premiere staging by Raúl Esparza, while a 2014 Encores! Off-Center production featured Miranda in the role. Get a taste of what to expect by watching the trailer below!

  • Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Introduce Daphne Rubin-Vega Singing 'Carnaval del Barrio' from In the Heights
    by Caitlin Moynihan on June 10, 2021 at 1:00 PM

    You had paciencia y fe and now (finally!) the In the Heights movie is available to watch in theaters and HBO Max. Get a taste of what to expect from the film adaptation by watching this exclusive clip of Broadway's Daphne Rubin-Vega, who plays Daniela, performing "Carnaval del Barrio." Plus, Tony-winning In the Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda gives Broadway.com fans a shoutout while introducing the sneak peek. Starring Anthony Ramos as Usnavi, In the Heights, directed by Jon M. Chu, follows a Washington Heights bodega owner and the trials and celebrations of the neighborhood of friends who surround him. The musical, which featured a book by the Quiara Alegría Hudes (who wrote the film's screenplay), opened on Broadway in 2008, netting Tony Awards for Miranda's score, Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman's orchestrations, Andy Blankenbuehler's choreography and for Best Musical. The show was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Watch the teaser below and be sure to experience In the Heights for yourself.

  • Jeff Daniels & Celia Keenan-Bolger to Return to Broadway's To Kill a Mockingbird
    by Broadway.com Staff on June 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM

    Jeff Daniels and Celia Keenan-Bolger will reprise their roles of Atticus Finch and Scout Finch, respectively, in Aaron Sorkin's stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway. The production will resume performances at the Shubert Theatre on October 5. Tickets are now on sale. Based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer-winning novel and set in Alabama in 1934, the story of racial injustice and the destruction of childhood innocence centers on one of the most admired characters in American literature, small-town lawyer Atticus Finch. Broadway's To Kill a Mockingbird features a script adapted by Sorkin and direction by Bartlett Sher. The production, which began previews on November 1, 2018 and officially opened on December 13, received nine Tony nominations in 2019, including one for Daniels' performance and a win for Keenan-Bolger. At the time fo the Broadway shutdown, To Kill a Mockingbird was led by Ed Harris as Atticus Finch and Nina Grollman as Scout Finch. Daniels received a 2016 Tony nomination for his performance in Blackbird and a Tony nod for God of Carnage in 2009. His other Broadway credits include Redwood Curtain, The Golden Age, Fifth of July and Gemini. Daniels' film resume includes The Purple …

  • Daniel Fish Reunites with Oklahoma! Alums for The Most Happy Fella Concert
    by Lindsey Sullivan on June 9, 2021 at 5:15 PM

    Bard SummerScape has announced casting for Most Happy in Concert. The event is directed by Daniel Fish, and reunites him with arrangers Daniel Kluger and Nathan Koci, who all previously collaborated on the Tony Award-winning revival of Oklahoma! that originated at Bard SummerScape in 2015. The performances are scheduled to take place on August 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30PM ET on an outdoor stage being constructed at Bard’s Montgomery Place campus on the Hudson River. It was previously announced that Fish intended to make the Frank Loesser musical his next project. He had been scheduled to mount the musical from July 7 through August 2, 2020 at the Bard SummerScape festival prior to theater shutdowns caused by COVID-19. Mary Testa (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com)The cast consists of seven female and non-binary vocalists, backed by a 13-piece instrumental ensemble composed of Grammy-nominated members from the Resonance Collective Jazz Orchestra. The performers include Mikaela Bennett, Tina Fabrique, Jules Latimer, Erin Markey, April Matthis, Oklahoma! alum Mallory Portnoy and Oklahoma! Tony nominee Mary Testa. "What happens when, out of stasis, the need to scream becomes a song? What occurs in people when they allow music to work on …

  • Ana Villafañe to Star in Night Court Sequel Series on NBC
    by Caitlin Moynihan on June 9, 2021 at 3:26 PM

    Ana Villafañe, the star of Broadway's On Your Feet!, will appear as a series regular in the upcoming NBC series Night Court, according to Deadline. Written and executive produced by Dan Rubin and based on the original series created by Reinhold Weege, Night Court serves as a follow-up to the classic legal comedy series of the same name. Original series star John Larroquette, a Tony winner for his performance in the 2011 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, will reprise his Emmy-winning role as Reinhold Daniel Fielding Elmore. Melissa Rauch headlines the show as Abby Stone, the daughter of the late Harry Stone. The series will follow Stone as she presides over the night shift of a Manhattan arraignment court and tries to bring order to its crew of oddballs and cynics, most notably former night court prosecutor Dan Fielding. Villafañe will play Monica, the court’s assistant district attorney. Villafañe made her Broadway debut starring as Gloria Estefan in On Your Feet! and has several screen credits to her name, including Younger, New Amsterdam, South Beach, Sunnyside and more. More information, including premiere date, is to come.

  • Hear From Ali Stroker, Krysta Rodriguez & More on Broadway Profiles
    by Lindsey Sullivan on June 9, 2021 at 3:22 PM

    Before it airs nationwide, we're offering a look at the latest episode of Broadway Profiles. Hosted by Emmy-winning anchor Tamsen Fadal and powered by Broadway.com, this installment will air in New York City on June 13 at 6:30PM ET on WPIX. Be on the lookout for Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal, the only nationally syndicated weekly theater news program, on your local TV station. Featured this week: Tamsen Fadal talks with Tony winner Ali Stroker about making history and inspiring others with her new book, The Chance to Fly. Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek speaks with Broadway's Krysta Rodriguez about playing Liza Minnelli on Netflix’s Halston. Broadway Profiles heads to Times Square to capture the performers of Broadway Bares: Twerk from Home as they take it all off for a great cause. A benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the broadcast premieres online on June 20. Artist Terron Brooks talks about the creative process behind his new album, The Soul of Broadway. Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek chats with Halston star and Broadway alum David Pittu. Host Tamsen Fadal briefs audiences on the thrilling story of Broadway smash hit Wicked. To find out where Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal …

  • Tony Nominees Alex Brightman and Rory O'Malley & More Set for Demi Lovato’s Comedy Hungry
    by Caitlin Moynihan on June 9, 2021 at 3:02 PM

    A trio of stage favorites are set to appear in the upcoming NBC comedy pilot Hungry, starring and executive produced by Demi Lovato. Tony nominees Alex Brightman and Rory O'Malley and Jay Klaitz will be series regulars, according to Deadline. Written by Suzanne Martin, Hungry follows a group of friends who belong to a food-issues group helping one another as they look for love, success and the perfect thing in the fridge that’s going to make it all better. Brightman, who mostly recently earned his second Tony nomination for starring in Beetlejuice, will play Cooper, a sweet and self-deprecating cop working for LAPD’s Jumper Squad, talking people off ledges and bridges, often by offering pizza. He joined the group to lose weight for his wedding, but that gets complicated when he meets Teddy (Lovato) and is instantly smitten. Jay Klaitz (Photo: c/o Boneau/Bryan-Brown)The Book of Mormon Tony nominee O'Malley, who was recently seen in Broadway's Hamilton as King George, will portray Linus, a smart and witty RuPaul’s Drag Race fan. Tired of getting his heart broken, he’s determined to lose weight and be the heartbreaker. Klaitz, whose Broadway credits include Getting the Band Back Together and Rock …

  • Odds & Ends: Frankie Grande Announces Engagement to Hale Leon
    by Lindsey Sullivan on June 9, 2021 at 2:57 PM

    Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently. Frankie Grande & Hale Leon Are Engaged Broadway alum and former Broadway.com vlogger Frankie Grande is going to tie the knot with Hale Leon. People reports that Grande popped the question on June 8 surrounded by close friends and family at the site of one of the couple's memorable first dates: Dreamscape, an immersive VR adventure venue in Los Angeles. The couple met in 2019 at a line dancing bar in L.A. "I’m so happy my best friend said he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me," Grande said on Twitter. His sister Ariana Grande recently married Dalton Gomez on May 15. Fran Drescher Says The Nanny Musical Is "Almost Ready" Here's an update on the previously announced stage adaptation of The Nanny. The TV show's creator and star Fran Drescher appeared on The View on June 9 and said, "It’s been very sad to see New York without the theater community, which is really such a pulse for the city. I’m very, very thrilled we’re coming out the other side and that theater is coming back and we’ll be almost ready to launch …

  • Matilda Movie Musical, Starring Emma Thompson & Alisha Weir, Set to Release in December 2022
    by Lindsey Sullivan on June 9, 2021 at 2:37 PM

    Audiences are one step closer to getting loud for the Matilda movie musical! Deadline reports that Netflix will release the film in December 2022. In addition, Sony Pictures U.K. and TriStar Pictures have set a December 2, 2022 theatrical release for Matilda in the U.K. and Ireland. Emma Thompson (Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)As previously announced, Oscar winner Emma Thompson will play headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Newcomer Alisha Weir takes on the title role. Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham, Andrea Riseborough and Sindhu Vee will play Miss Honey, Mr. Wormwood, Mrs. Wormwood and librarian Mrs. Phelps, respectively. Matthew Warchus, who was nominated for a Tony Award for directing Matilda on Broadway, will helm the Netflix adaptation. The show's scribe Dennis Kelly and songwriter Tim Minchin adapted the screenplay as part of the movie's creative team. Based on the 2013 musical, which was adapted from Roald Dahl's children's novel, Matilda is the story of a little girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, she dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Dahl's book received a non-musical screen adaptation in 1996.

  • The Windsors: Endgame, Starring Harry Enfield, to Play the West End in August
    by Caitlin Moynihan on June 9, 2021 at 2:25 PM

    The royals are coming to the West End! The world premiere stage adaptation of The Windsors: Endgame, the popular Channel 4 comedy series, will play at the West End's Prince of Wales Theatre beginning August 2. The production is written by George Jeffrie and Bert Tyler-Moore, who are the creators of the TV series. Michael Fentiman will direct. Comedian Harry Enfield who plays Prince Charles on The Windsors series will reprise his role in the stage adaptation. It is expected that many of the TV cast members will also appear. Futher casting is to be announced. Like all good soap operas, this is the story of intergenerational conflict, with Wills challenging his father for the crown and Camilla determined to see him off and rule the land with an iron fist. Wills needs Harry and Meghan’s help if he’s ever going to triumph—but will they come back from California and their authentic life with their rescue chickens? And how will Beatrice and Eugenie ever clear their father Prince Andrew’s name? All that and more is discovered in The Windsors: Endgame. The Windsors: Endgame features set design by Madeleine Girling, lighting design by Jack Knowles, sound by George Dennis, music by …

  • Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda and a Slew of Stars Celebrate Broadway's Return
    by Lindsey Sullivan on June 9, 2021 at 2:14 PM

    Ahead of the In the Heights film release on June 10, creator Lin-Manuel Miranda appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a medley celebrating the return of Broadway with a tribute that included shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown, The Lion King, Moulin Rouge!, Wicked, Hamilton and more. A slew of stage and screen stars also participated in the performance, including Kristin Chenoweth, Laura Benanti, Christopher Jackson, Olga Merediz, Phylicia Rashad and Jimmy Smits. Enjoy the burst of Broadway joy below!