- Odds & Ends: Original Rent Stars Reunite for the Musical's 25th Anniversary & Moreby Broadway.com Staff on January 25, 2021 at 8:19 PM
Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently. New York Theatre Workshop's Gala to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Rent New York Theatre Workshop is honoring the Tony Award & Pulitzer Prize-winning Rent at its annual gala to celebrate the 25th anniversary since the hit musical first premiered at NYTW. 25 Years of Rent: Measured in Love's virtual event will premiere on March 2 at 8PM EST and will remain available to stream through March 6. The gala will reunite original Rent cast members Gilles Chiasson, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rodney Hicks, Idina Menzel, Aiko Nakasone, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Byron Utley. Other performers include Sebastian Arcelus, Brandon Victor Dixon, Neil Patrick Harris, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Eva Noblezada, Ben Platt, Billy Porter and more. Andy Señor Jr. will direct the evening with musical supervision by Stephen Oremus. Tickets for the gala are now available. Alan Cumming Joins Season Two of Prodigal Son Tony winner Alan Cumming will star in the upcoming second season of Fox’s serial killer thriller Prodigal Son. Cumming will play Simon Hoxley, one of the most celebrated criminal profilers in the world. …
- Hamilton & Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Among American Film Institute Award Winnersby Lindsey Sullivan on January 25, 2021 at 7:32 PM
Rise up! The filmed performance of Broadway's Hamilton is continuing to be the subject of a lot of buzz this awards season. As previously announced, the film will compete in this year's Golden Globe musical categories, and it is also up for a 2021 Critics' Choice Award. Hamilton has also won a special award from the American Film Institute. The 2020 AFI Awards honorees will be recognized on February 26 with an event that will stream on AFI's YouTube channel and on AFI.com. Broadway stars appeared in many of AFI's movies of the year, which include the film adaptation of August Wilson's play Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, One Night in Miami, Da 5 Bloods, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Soul, Judas and the Black Messiah, Mank, Minari, Nomadland and Sound of Metal. The AFI television programs of the year include Better Call Saul, Bridgerton, The Crown, The Good Lord Bird, Lovecraft Country, The Mandalorian, Mrs. America, The Queen's Gambit, Ted Lasso and Unorthodox.
- What To Do (Without Broadway!): A Day-to-Day Scheduleby Broadway.com Staff on January 25, 2021 at 3:00 PM
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! MONDAY, JANUARY 25Live at The Lortel Series: Chukwudi Iwuji @ 7PM ET This series offers viewers the opportunity to see interviews and participate in a Q&A with artists. Hosted by Eric Ostrow along with co-hosts Joy DeMichelle, John-Andrew Morrison and Daphne Rubin-Vega, this week's guest is Olivier Award winner Chukwudi Iwuji (above).Watch Online MONDAY, JANUARY 25Snowpiercer Season 2 Premieres @ 9PM ETSnowpiercer’s second season begins on TNT. Starring Tony winner Daveed Diggs and Jennifer Connelly (above), the series is based on the Bong Joon-ho film of the same name that follows the lives of those on a train that perpetually circles the globe following an event that turned the world into a frozen wasteland.Watch on TNT MONDAY, JANUARY 25 The Reflections of Native Voices Festival Begins This two-week festival from Safe Harbors NYC features theater, music and native dance performances by visionary Indigenous artists from across the country and is hosted in partnership with La MaMa.Get Tickets MONDAY, JANUARY 25Ben Vereen: Master Class Begins …
- Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal Launches Monthly Digital-Only Show Spotlight Seriesby Lindsey Sullivan on January 25, 2021 at 2:59 PM
The John Gore Organization has announced that Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal is launching the Broadway Profiles Show Spotlight Series, a special digital-only series that will feature nationally touring theatrical productions. The first episode, focusing on the Tony-winning musical Hadestown, premieres on BroadwayProfiles.com on January 25. In this episode, Hadestown's composer AnaÏs Mitchell, director Rachel Chavkin, stars Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada and André De Sheilds and producers Mara Isaacs and Dale Franzen discuss the production. “We miss our audiences—on Broadway and on tour,” said lead producer Isaacs. “This new series will give audiences a taste of the outstanding productions in store for them as soon as performances are able to safely resume. We are grateful to Tamsen and the Broadway Profiles team for shining a light on the industry and those who make it run.” Earlier this month, Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal, the first nationally syndicated Broadway entertainment program, increased production to become a weekly television show distributed in 97 percent of U.S. television households. Hosted and executive-produced by 12-time Emmy Award winner Fadal, Broadway Profiles is a New York Emmy Award-winning entertainment show with unprecedented access to A-list celebrities, Broadway’s biggest stars and behind-the-scenes stories on and off the stage. …
- Chase Away the January Blues with Elaine Paige on Sunday!by Broadway.com Staff on January 24, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Olivier-winning actress Elaine Paige is giving Broadway.com listeners a chance to hear her BBC Radio 2 show, Elaine Paige on Sunday. This week, Paige is playing show tunes and songs from movie musicals that will have listeners chasing away their January blues. Hear tunes from Mamma Mia!, Holiday Inn, The Phantom of the Opera, Grease, Moulin Rouge! and more. Listen to the episode below!
- Odds & Ends: Ethan Hawke to Release New Novel About a Broadway Debut & Moreby Lindsey Sullivan on January 22, 2021 at 6:00 PM
Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently. Ethan Hawke to Release New Novel A Bright Ray of Darkness Oscar and Tony nominee Ethan Hawke, who was last seen on Broadway in the 2019 revival of Sam Shepard's True West opposite Paul Dano, will release a new novel on February 2 from Penguin Random House. Entitled A Bright Ray of Darkness, the book tells the blistering story of a young man making his Broadway debut in Henry IV just as his marriage implodes. Hawke's previous books include Rules for a Knight, The Hottest State and Ash Wednesday. Everybody's Talking About Jamie Film Gets Additional SongEverybody's Talking About Jamie songwriter Dan Gillespie Sells said "the movie spreads its wings musically a little bit." According to London Theatre Direct, the big-screen adaptation of the Olivier-nominated musical will include a new song. Inspired by the 2011 documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, the West-End-show-turned-movie follows the title character who, after receiving pushback when he announces he will wear a dress to prom, overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness and into the spotlight. Fans are still waiting for a new theatrical …
- Bob Avian, Broadway’s Beloved Dancing Man, Has Died at the Age of 83by Broadway.com Staff on January 22, 2021 at 4:32 PM
Bob Avian, the Tony-winning choreographer of A Chorus Line and Ballroom, died at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on January 21 after suffering from cardiac arrest, a spokesperson confirmed. He was 83. Born in New York City, Avian was educated at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts as well as the Boston Ballet School. He began his professional career as a dancer and was in more than a dozen Broadway shows, including West Side Story, Funny Girl and Henry, Sweet Henry. He first met Michael Bennett when they both appeared in Nowhere to Go But Up in 1962. He then became an integral part of every Bennett production for the next 20 years, working as associate choreographer and assistant director on productions including Promises, Promises, Coco, Company, Follies, Twigs, Seesaw and God’s Favorite. Bob Avian & Michael Bennett with their 1979 Tony Award for Ballroom (Photo: Bob Deutsch)Avian received his first Tony Award as co-choreographer of A Chorus Line in 1976 and won his next Tony Award for co-choreographing Ballroom in 1979 as well as serving as producer. He was also a lead producer on the original and national companies of Dreamgirls, the highly …
- Cinderella Movie, Starring, Camila Cabello, Billy Porter, Idina Menzel & More, Delays Releaseby Lindsey Sullivan on January 22, 2021 at 3:03 PM
The prince is giving a ball, but audiences will need to wait a little longer to attend. The previously announced Cinderella film remake is delaying its planned February 5 release to July 16, according to Deadline. As previously reported, the new modern-day Cinderella movie musical, led by three-time Grammy nominee Camila Cabello, will feature a script adapted by Emmy nominee Kay Cannon (Blockers), who will also direct. Details about plot changes and music are being kept under wraps. The film's cast also includes Tony winners Idina Menzel and Billy Porter as the evil stepmother and the fairy godmother, respectively, as well as Maddie Baillio and Charlotte Spencer as the stepsisters. Tony winner James Corden (who first devised the idea for the new Cinderella) and Broadway alum John Mulaney play mice/footmen along with stand-up comedian Romesh Ranganathan. Oscar nominee Minnie Driver takes on the role of Queen Beatrice, and Grammy winner Missy Elliott portrays the Town Crier. English actor Nicholas Galitzine steps into the throne as Prince Robert.
- Lin-Manuel Miranda Congratulates Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman: 'You Smashed It!"by Caitlin Moynihan on January 21, 2021 at 9:15 PM
History has its eyes on Amanda Gorman. The 22-year-old poet, who made history as the country's first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, performed her poem "The Hill We Climb" during the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on January 20. The speech caught the eye of a certain Tony-winning creator. Shortly after Gorman stepped down from the podium, Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted his congratulations to which Gorman replied saying, "Did you catch the 2 Hamilton musical references in the inaugural poem? I couldn’t help myself!' The following morning, the Harvard graduate appeared on Good Morning America to talk about the historic moment and got a surprise video message from Miranda saying, "The right words in the right order can change the world, and you proved that yesterday with your brilliant piece. I’m so incredibly proud of you and I can’t wait to see what’s next. You smashed it!" Gorman went on to talk about meeting Lady Gaga, who performed the National Anthem at the inauguration, saying, "It was just such a great moment because what she does with music I aspire to do with poetry, so it was great to have that woman-to-woman camaraderie." …
- Get a Burst of Broadway Joy as a Slew of Stars Perform 'Seasons of Love' & 'Let The Sunshine In'by Lindsey Sullivan on January 21, 2021 at 8:20 PM
A bevy of Broadway stars united for the inauguration festivities. Stars in the House hosts Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley as well as director Schele Williams created the special video, gathering over 35 performers to belt out two Broadway anthems: “Season of Love” from Rent and “Let The Sunshine In” from Hair. The video features Broadway's Audra McDonald, Anthony Rapp, Ali Stroker, Andy Karl, Orfeh, Beth Malone, Betty Buckley, Chita Rivera, Christopher Jackson, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Derrick Baskin, Fredi Walker-Browne, James Monroe Iglehart, Javier Muñoz, Jessie Mueller, Keala Settle, Laura Benanti, Leslie Uggams, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Ruthie Ann Miles, Vanessa Williams, Wilson Heredia—and Charlotte d’Amboise strutting her stuff on a picnic table! Enjoy the performance below.
- Odds & Ends: London's Les Misérables: The Staged Concert Cancels Performances & Moreby Caitlin Moynihan on January 21, 2021 at 8:00 PM
Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently. Les Misérables: The Staged Concert Cancels February Performances London's Les Misérables: The Staged Concert has canceled all of its February performances due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The official Les Miz Twitter account shared the news. The concert stars Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Michael Ball as Javert, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine and Matt Lucas as Thénardier. The full staged production is still due to open at the Sondheim Theatre on May 29. 101 Dalmations Canceled at Regent's Open Air Park's 2021 Season Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre's previously announced run of 101 Dalmatians will no longer happen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 101 Dalmatians was originally set to play in March as part of the 2021 season. Artistic Director Timothy Sheader said, "Although we will be contacting all ticketholders to provide them with a full refund, we are exploring all options with our co-producers, writers, and creative team and very much hope to be able to announce new plans for the production in due course." Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is currently still planning to have a full run of Romeo and Juliet and Carousel. Bridgerton Renewed for …
- Watch the Powerful Music Video for Leslie Odom Jr.'s 'Speak Now' from One Night in Miamiby Lindsey Sullivan on January 21, 2021 at 5:48 PM
Tony and Grammy winner Leslie Odom Jr. is drumming up movie buzz with his performance in the Regina King-directed One Night in Miami, which is now available to view on Amazon. In addition to playing legendary singer Sam Cooke in the movie, he has released the song "Speak Now." Between One Night in Miami and Hamilton on Disney+, fans of the former Broadway.com vlogger will certainly be watching for his name during awards season! Check out the music video for the powerful song below.
- Odds & Ends: Nick Cordero's Final Public Performance Released and Moreby Lindsey Sullivan on January 20, 2021 at 5:17 PM
Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently. Nick Cordero's Final Performance of 'Dear Hate' Released Broadway Records has released Nick Cordero's last public performance. Cordero died on July 5, 2020 from complications resulting from COVID-19. Performed by Cordero and Liana Stampur, the song “Dear Hate” was recorded live at Sony Hall on March 9, 2020. Produced by Emmy-winning music director Michael J Moritz Jr., the single is now available on BroadwayRecords.com and iTunes. The song will be available later this week on all other digital platforms. The performance can be viewed below, and proceeds from "Dear Hate" benefit The Actors Fund. John Slattery and More Tapped for MTC Virtual Programming Manhattan Theatre Club has announced a slew of online programming as part of its MTC Virtual Stage 2021 initiative. Beginning in February, MTC will premiere a monthly Snapshots Series. Each installment will be approximately 10 minutes long and created exclusively for the digital format. The first, Ritual, written by Alexis Scheer and directed by Scheer and Gabrielle Carrubba, will run from February 1 through February 6. Additional Snapshots will include Camille A. Brown: A glimpse behind the curtain and more. During the …
- See Moulin Rouge!'s Karen Olivo, Mrs. Doubtfire's Rob McClure & More on Broadway Profilesby Broadway.com Staff on January 20, 2021 at 3:06 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 January 24 at 6PM ET on WPIX. Be on the lookout for Broadway Profiles, the only nationally syndicated weekly theater news program, on your local TV station. Featured this month: Moulin Rouge! The Musical star Karen Olivo chats about the show’s audience response and how Broadway has changed during her career. Rob McClure on the joys of fatherhood and importance of playing a beloved character in the new musical Mrs. Doubtfire. The music of the upcoming Broadway show Sing Street pays tribute to the British pop-rock bands of the '90s. Moulin Rouge! and Sing Street choreographer Sonya Tayeh discusses staying true to her herself during quarantine and how she looks forward to rejoining the community. Broadway Fresh Face Shoba Narayan open ups about being the first South Asian performer to play the role of Nessarose in Wicked. A special tribute to the late Broadway star Rebecca Luker. An update in movie musical news: Steven Spielberg brings West Side Story back to the big screen, the upcoming …
- The West End's Frozen, Starring Stephanie McKeon and Samantha Barks, Delays Openingby Caitlin Moynihan on January 19, 2021 at 4:57 PM
The West End production of Frozen has delayed its opening night due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Frozen was originally announced to open in November 2020, and then pushed back to April 2021. A new opening night date has not been announced. As previously reported, Stephanie McKeon and Samantha Barks will star as Anna and Elsa, respectively, with direction by Michael Grandage. "In light of the recent government implementation of a full national lockdown, it has become necessary to postpone the opening of Frozen, which was planned for April, just a little longer," reads a statement from Disney. "The health and wellbeing of our audiences, cast and crew are paramount, and we cannot wait to share the production with you as soon as we are safely able to without current social distancing regulations. Therefore, we have taken the decision to temporarily take the show off sale, and to reassess our timeline. We will announce our new opening date as soon as possible." The cast will also feature the previously announced Obioma Ugoala as Kristoff, Craig Gallivan as Olaf, Oliver Ormson as Hans, Richard Frame as Weselton and Mikayla Jade and Ashley Birchall, who will alternate …
- Jagged Little Pill's Lauren Patten Shares What It's Like to Belt Out 'You Oughta Know' on Broadway Profilesby Lindsey Sullivan on January 19, 2021 at 4:49 PM
The latest episode of Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal features an interview with newly minted Tony and Grammy nominee Lauren Patten of Broadway's Jagged Little Pill. "When you first start in theater, you just think about the people who have had such a great impact on you. It's a strange and beautiful thing to know you've become that for somebody else, even for just one person," she said of her rising stardom. Though the show remains on pause with the ongoing Broadway shutdown, Patten was able to perform Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" on NBC's One Night Only: The Best of Broadway special, which was hosted by Tina Fey and raised over $3 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. "It's unlike anything, and it's not something you adjust to or get used to," she said of performing the song. Watch the segment below, and check local listings for Broadway Profiles. Hosted by Emmy-winning anchor Tamsen Fadal and powered by Broadway.com, it is the only nationally syndicated weekly theater news program.
- Hamilton, What the Constitution Means to Me & More Receive 2021 Critics' Choice Award Nominationsby Lindsey Sullivan on January 19, 2021 at 3:45 PM
The 2021 Critics' Choice Award nominations are in, and many theater stars have been recognized for their work in movies and television. The winners will be revealed live on March 7 on The CW. Stage and screen star Taye Diggs will host the event, which will have its format announced at a later date as coronavirus health and safety guidelines are taken into consideration. Film nominees are set to be revealed on February 7. Both Hamilton on Disney+ as well as Amazon's What the Constitution Means to Me received nominations for Best Movie Made for Television. Stage alums include 2020 Tony nominee Laura Linney and Tony winner Janet McTeer for their work on Ozark, Tony winner Cynthia Erivo for The Outsider, Tony winner Daveed Diggs for The Good Lord Bird, Alex Newell for Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, two-time Tony winner Christine Baranski for The Good Fight, two-time Tony winner John Lithgow for The Crown, Tony winner Rita Moreno for One Day at a Time as well as Tony nominees Andrew Rannells for Black Monday, Ashley Park for Emily in Paris, Christina Applegate for Dead to Me, Hank Azaria for Brockmire, Mark Ruffalo …
- Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal: January 23, 2021by Broadway.com Staff on January 18, 2021 at 9:02 PM
Hear from Mrs. Doubtfire star Rob McClure, Moulin Rouge! Tony nominee Karen Olivo and Sing Street & Moulin Rouge! choreographer Sonya Tayeh. Plus, get to know Wicked's Shoba Narayan.
- Listen to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella and More on Elaine Paige on Sundayby Broadway.com Staff on January 17, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Broadway might still be shut down, but Elaine Paige on Sunday is not! Olivier-winning actress Elaine Paige is giving Broadway.com listeners a chance to hear her BBC Radio 2 show. On this week's episode, Paige is highlighting Andrew Lloyd Webber's upcoming Cinderella musical. She also highlights numbers from Ryan Murphy's film adaptation of The Prom. Be sure to catch the full episode by clicking the link below!
- Odds & Ends: Lin-Manuel Miranda Honored By Hollywood Critics Association & Moreby Caitlin Moynihan on January 15, 2021 at 7:43 PM
Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently. Lin-Manuel Miranda Named Honoree of the Hollywood Critics Association Tony-winning Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will receive an honorary award at the 4th Annual Hollywood Critics Association Awards Ceremony. Miranda will be honored with the HCA Inspire Award, a recognition given to an individual within the entertainment industry whose work serves as an inspiration to others. A full list of nominees will be announuced on February 2, ahead of the virtual ceremony on March 5. Patrick Dempsey Confirms He Will Reprise His Role in Enchanted Sequel Emmy nominee Patrick Dempsey is officially reuniting with Amy Adams for the upcoming Disney musical Disenchanted, a sequel to their 2007 film Enchanted. Dempsey confirmed on Good Morning America, that he will once again play Robert Phillip saying, "I just got this script for the second movie, and then I'm starting to go through and get notes together. There's talk that we'll start shooting that in the spring, which is exciting." The sequel is set to release on Disney+. Camille A. Brown Honored with Distinguished Artist Award Tony nominee Camille A. Brown received the Distinguished Artist Award by the International Society for …