• The Beat Goes On! The Cher Show Will Launch a National Tour in Fall 2020
    by Ryan Gilbert on June 25, 2019 at 10:53 PM

    You haven't seen the last of her! The new Broadway jukebox musical The Cher Show will launch a national tour in October 2020. The traveling production will kickoff in Rochester, NY, before heading out across the country. Exact dates, additional cities and casting for the tour will be announced at a later date. The Cher Show will close at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre on August 18. “Telling Cher’s life story on Broadway has been a joy,” said producer Flody Suarez, in a statement. “Watching audiences relive her empowering story through six decades worth of iconic songs, movies, costumes and relationships has been incredible. We look forward to taking this inspiring message on the road next year. We are incredibly thankful to this brilliant cast and crew.” Directed by Tony nominee Jason Moore and featuring a book by three-time Tony nominee Rick Elice, The Cher Show chronicles the rise of Cher to a score of hits like "I Got You Babe," "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" and "If I Could Turn Back Time." Tony winner Christopher Gattelli choreographs the production, which features orchestrations, arrangements and musical supervision by Tony winner Daryl Waters. Leading the cast are three actresses ... […]

  • The Cher Show Sets Final Performance Date on Broadway
    by Andy Lefkowitz on June 25, 2019 at 10:35 PM

    The Cher Show, the flashy new Broadway bio-musical about the life of the Oscar-winning music legend, has scheduled a final performance date of August 18 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The production began previews on November 1 and officially opened on December 3. By closing, The Cher Show will have played 34 previews and 296 regular performances. Directed by Tony nominee Jason Moore and featuring a book by three-time Tony nominee Rick Elice, The Cher Show chronicles the rise of Cher to a score of hits like "I Got You Babe," "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" and "If I Could Turn Back Time." Tony winner Christopher Gattelli choreographs the production, which features orchestrations, arrangements and musical supervision by Tony winner Daryl Waters. Leading the cast are three actresses playing Cher at different points throughout her life: Stephanie J. Block, who won a 2019 Tony Award for her performance, along with Broadway alum Teal Wicks and newcomer Micaela Diamond. They are joined by Tony nominee Jarrod Spector as Sonny Bono, Tony nominee Emily Skinner as Georgia Holt, Tony nominee Michael Berresse as Bob Mackie, Michael Campayno as Rob Camilletti and Matthew Hydzik as Gregg Allman, with Dee Roscioli as the standby. The company also includes ... […]

  • King Kong Will End Its Broadway Reign
    by Andy Lefkowitz on June 25, 2019 at 10:30 PM

    The new musical King Kong has scheduled a closing date of August 18 at the Broadway Theatre. The show began previews on October 5, 2018 and officially opened on November 8. By closing, King Kong will have played 29 previews and 324 regular performances. Based on the iconic 1932 novel, King Kong follows a young actress (played by Christiani Pitts) and a maverick filmmaker (Eric William Morris) as they voyage from the bustling streets of 1930s New York to an uncharted island to capture the greatest wonder the world has ever seen. At the center of the stage show is a 20-foot-high, 2,000-pound gorilla brought to life by a team of seamlessly integrated artists and technicians. Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company were honored with a special 2019 Tony Award for their work on King Kong. The show also received competitive Tony nominations for scenic designer Peter England, costume designer Roger Kirk and sound designer Peter Hylenski. Drew McOnie directs and choreographs the musical, which features a book by 2018 Tony winner Jack Thorne and a score by Marius de Vries and Eddie Perfect. The creative team also includes lighting designer Peter Mumford and aerial movement director Gavin Robins. Joining Pitts and Morris ... […]

  • Stephen Sondheim Joins Jason Robert Brown & an Epic Group of Broadway Stars for Subculture Benefit
    by Andy Lefkowitz on June 25, 2019 at 9:32 PM

    Broadway icon Jason Robert Brown and Marc Kaplan of the downtown venue Subculture made Broadway fans' dreams come true on June 24, with a special performance at Town Hall benefiting the gun violence prevention organization Brady. Songwriting legend Stephen Sondheim made a rare onstage appearance as the special guest of the evening that also featured Katrina Lenk, Joshua Henry, Shoshana Bean and Rob McClure. Among the concert's highlights was a surprise appearance by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who duetted with Brown on "Franklin Shepard, Inc." from Merrily We Roll Along, and a beautiful moment featuring Sondheim accompanying himself to sing "Good Thing Going" from that fan-favorite musical. Check out photos from the one-of-a-kind benefit below and learn more about Brown's residency at Subculture here. Jason Robert Brown and Stephen Sondheim discuss songwriting (Erika Kapin Photography) Katrina Lenk and Joshua Henry sing "Move On" from Sunday in the Park with George (Erika Kapin Photography) Jason Robert Brown and Lin-Manuel Miranda sing "Franklin Shepard, Inc." from Merrily We Roll Along (Erika Kapin Photography) […]

  • #LiveatFive with Mallory Portnoy of Oklahoma!
    by Staff on June 25, 2019 at 9:28 PM

    Mallory Portnoy stops by HQ to chat about Oklahoma! and more with Ryan Lee Gilbert. […]

  • Kent Overshown Completes Cast of Encores! Off-Center's Promenade
    by Andy Lefkowitz on June 25, 2019 at 8:37 PM

    New York theater alum Kent Overshown will take the stage of City Center next month, co-starring in the Encores! Off-Center staging of Al Carmines and Maria Irene Fornés' 1969 musical Promenade. The previously announced two-night production, directed by Laurie Woolery, choreographed by Hope Boykin and music-directed by Greg Jarrett, will appear on July 10 and 11. Overshown has been seen on Broadway in Memphis and The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. His regional credits include The Music Man, Applause and Sister Act. Promenade follows two escaped prisoners, known only as 105 (played by the previously announced James T. Lane) and 106 (Overshown), as they run through the city, mingling with an assortment of characters from the poor and homeless to the extremely wealthy. The cast will also include Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels) as Miss Cake, Mark Bedard (Pride and Prejudice) as Jailer, Becca Blackwell (Hurricane Diane) as Mayor, Eddie Cooper (The Cradle Will Rock) as Mr. R, Daniel Everidge (Found) as Mr. T, Carmen Ruby Floyd (After Midnight) as Miss I, Marcy Harriell (Rent) as Miss U, Bryonha Parham (Prince of Broadway) as Servant, Don Darryl Rivera (Aladdin) as Soldier/Driver, Soara-Joye Ross (Les Misérables) as Miss O, Steve Routman ... […]

  • Don't Stop Believin'! See the Cast of Rock of Ages Celebrate Re-Opening Night at New World Stages
    by Staff on June 25, 2019 at 7:26 PM

    Rock of Ages has officially returned to the New York stage! The 1987-set musical is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a return run at New World Stages through October 6. Stars CJ Eldred, Mitchell Jarvis, Kirsten Scott and the rest of the cast hit the red carpet for opening night on June 24. Peek the pics, then go see the show! Rock of Ages choreographer Kelly Devine, scribe Chris D'Arienzo and director Kristin Hanggi get together. Mitchell Jarvis plays Lonny in Rock of Ages. He reprises his role from the Broadway and original off-Broadway run. Tiffany Engen plays Regina in Rock of Ages. Rock of Ages' P.J. Griffith plays Stacee Jaxx. Rock of Ages' Jeannette Bayardelle plays Justice. Rock of Ages gents Justin Colombo, Kevin Michael Riponey, Dane Biren, Matt Ban and Tom Galantich snap a pic. […]

  • Odds & Ends: Adam Pascal to Debut Acoustic Solo Show in NYC & More
    by Staff on June 25, 2019 at 7:03 PM

    Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Adam Pascal to Debut Acoustic Solo Show in NYC Adam Pascal, the beloved stage star whose iconic, Tony-nominated performance as Roger Davis in Rent put him on the map, has announced an acoustic concert set to play NYC's Green Room 42 this summer. The solo evening, titled So Far, will run on July 18 at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. The solo career retrospective is described as an evening of songs, stories, questions and answers in an intimate acoustic retrospective of his career. In addition to his turn in Rent, Pascal has appeared on Broadway in Pretty Woman: The Musical, Disaster!, Memphis, Aida, Cabaret, Chicago and Something Rotten! Marsha Mason Will Star in Little Gem at Irish Rep Marsha Mason is headed back to the stage. The four-time Oscar-nominated actress and Broadway alum will lead the cast of Irish Repertory Theatre's upcoming revival of Elaine Murphy's 2008 play Little Gem, set to begin previews on July 17 and open on July 25 at Irish Rep's downtown space. Mason, who will take on the role of Kay, earned Oscar nominations for Cinderella Liberty, The Goodbye Girl, Chapter Two ... […]

  • See Ben Platt, Winners Ekele Ukegbu & Ethan Kelso & More at the 2019 Jimmy Awards
    by Lindsey Sullivan on June 25, 2019 at 6:28 PM

    The 11th Annual Jimmy Awards took place on June 24 at the Minskoff Theatre, current home to The Lion King. The Jimmy Awards, also known as National High School Musical Theatre Awards, is basically the Tonys for high school students. Last year's winners Andrew Barth Feldman and Reneé Rapp made their Broadway debuts this year in Dear Evan Hansen and Mean Girls, respectively. This year, top prizes went to Ethan Kelso, winning Best Performance by an Actor for his work as Will Bloom in Big Fish at Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts in Logan, Utah and Ekele Ukegbu, who won Best Performance by an Actress, having played Aida in Aida at Elmont Memorial Junior-Senior High School in Nassau County, New York. Kelso performed "Wondering" from The Bridges of Madison County, and Ukegbu performed "I'm Here" from The Color Purple. Both were awarded $25,000 scholarships. More than 80 students competed, and Dear Evan Hansen Tony winner Ben Platt hosted the big night. Congrats to winners Kelso and Ukegbu! Take a look at these fun shots from the ceremony! Jimmy Awards host and Dear Evan Hansen Tony winner Ben Platt visits the gents before the ceremony. Ekele Ukegbu ... […]

  • Judith Ivey to Headline Samuel D. Hunter's World Premiere Greater Clements at Lincoln Center Theater
    by Andy Lefkowitz on June 25, 2019 at 6:11 PM

    Lincoln Center Theater has announced the world premiere staging of Greater Clements, a new work by Lortel winner Samuel D. Hunter (The Whale), slated to play the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater this fall. Two-time Tony winner Judith Ivey (The Heiress) will star in the production, directed by Davis McCallum, scheduled to begin previews on November 14 and open on December 9. The play follows the once-proud mining town of Clements, Idaho, which is rapidly disintegrating. As Maggie (Ivey) prepares to close one of the town's last remaining businesses, a visitor (played by James Saito) arrives on her doorstep, resurrecting long-buried hope and shame rooted in her family's past and the town's history. Now, for the first time in nearly 50 years, Maggie is forced to consider if the life she envisioned for herself at 17 might still be possible today. Joining Ivey and Saito in the cast will be Edmund Donovan, Andrew Garman, Nina Hellman, Kate MacCluggage and Haley Sakamoto. Greater Clements will feature scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Yi Zhao and original music/sound design by Fitz Patton. The production is scheduled to play a limited engagement through January 19, 2020. […]

  • Dave Chappelle Adds Second Week to Broadway Comedy Engagement
    by Andy Lefkowitz on June 25, 2019 at 5:00 PM

    Now there are more chances to check out Dave Chappelle in his upcoming Broadway debut. The comedian and actor has extended his previously announced engagement through July 20 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The comedy show, titled Dave Chappelle Live on Broadway, was originally announced to play through July 13. Performances will kick off on July 9. Chappelle, whose award-winning comedy is trademarked by his sharp wit and irreverent social commentary, explores race, popular culture, sex, drugs, politics and fame. In 2017, Chappelle released four highly anticipated specials on Netflix: The Art of Spin, Deep in the Heart of Texas, Equanimity and The Bird Revelations. All four specials were delivered on vinyl as double-feature albums and received Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album in 2018 and 2019. Chappelle's small-screen accolades include Emmy wins as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for Saturday Night Live and Outstanding Variety Special for Equanimity. […]

  • Tootsie's Julie Halston on Her Big Wig, Finding Confidence Through Comedy & More
    by Caitlin Moynihan on June 25, 2019 at 4:14 PM

    Julie Halston has been gracing Broadway stages for the past 20 years, and now she's playing quick-witted producer Rita Marshall in Tootsie. "I think what's phenomenal is I've been in so many musicals and I really can't sing and dance," Halston said to Ryan Lee Gilbert in a recent interview on's #LiveAtFive. "I'm thrilled to be in Tootsie, it is so much fun. It is laugh-out-loud funny and audiences literally stop the show. That's not a phenomenon that you come across easily, particularly in a musical, so I'm just thrilled." Santino Fontana and Julie Halston in Tootsie (Photo: Matthew Murphy) Halston has been with the production since its pre-Broadway run in Chicago, and she didn't even need to audition. "When you get old enough, people go, 'Is Elaine Stritch still with us? No? OK, get Julie Halston'," she said. "[Director] Scott Ellis called me up and said, 'We don't even know what this character is going to be yet, but we want you to come in.' I'll do anything for Scott, so I went to the reading. I will never forget it; Scott [Ellis] pulled me aside and he said, 'Do you want ... […]

  • Backstage at Aladdin with Michael James Scott, Episode 1: Welcome!
    by Staff on June 25, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Need a little Genie magic this summer? Aladdin star Michael James Scott is here for you! Head backstage at the New Amsterdam Theatre for the inaugural episode of his new vlog! […]

  • The Prom Film to Star Meryl Streep, James Corden, Andrew Rannells & Nicole Kidman
    by Andy Lefkowitz on June 25, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    It's time to dance! A star-packed cast has been assembled to lead Netflix's upcoming film adaptation of the Tony-nominated musical The Prom. The previously announced movie, produced by Emmy and Tony winner Ryan Murphy, will debut in fall of 2020. According to Deadline, leading the cast will be two-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia!) as Dee Dee Allen, Tony and Emmy winner James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors) as Barry Glickman and two-time Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (Murphy's The Boys in the Band) as Trent Oliver, with Oscar and Emmy winner Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies) as Angie. Ariana Grande (13) was previously reported to appear as Alyssa Greene; Billboard says she is not involved in the film. A nationwide casting search is underway to fill the central role of Emma. Additionally, rapper and actress Awkwafina will take on the role of the group’s publicist, Ms. Sheldon, and Keegan-Michael Key (Meteor Shower) will portray Emma's ally and Dee Dee's love interest, Mr. Hawkins. Further casting will be announced at a later date. The Prom follows seventeen-year-old Emma, who wants only one thing before she graduates: to dance with her girlfriend at the senior prom. When the school's PTA finds out, her prom is ... […]

  • #LiveAtFive with Julie Halston of Tootsie
    by Staff on June 24, 2019 at 9:48 PM

    Julie Halston stops by HQ to chat about Tootsie and more with Ryan Lee Gilbert. […]

  • West End Mamma Mia! Star Mazz Murray on Graduating from Tanya to Donna, Performing in We Will Rock You for a Decade & More
    by Matt Wolf on June 24, 2019 at 7:41 PM

    Mazz Murray (the snappy first name is short for Marianne) has lent her distinctive rock sound to such West End musical mainstays as We Will Rock You, as the Killer Queen, and Chicago. The gutsy, take-no-prisoners performer is now returning to Mamma Mia!, not in her previous supporting role as Tanya but, instead, taking on the leading part of Donna over the next year at the Novello Theatre. caught up with Murray early in her current run to discuss stepping up within a show and why she is happy to stay with jobs she loves. What has it been like graduating to the lead role of Donna after two years on the West End in this same show as Tanya? It’s most bizarre to find that when you know a show from one perspective, then you really don’t know it from another. I’ve found myself leaving the stage as Donna and going, “What’s next? What’s going to happen?” And they’re all looking at me like “How can you not know?” Is it a quasi-surreal experience? It’s like when you see friends out of context and you feel as if you don’t know them. Throw in the ... […]

  • Broadway Grosses: Beetlejuice Has Highest-Grossing Week Yet
    by Staff on June 24, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    The June 9 Tony Awards telecast did a great service to the acclaimed Tony-nominated musical Beetlejuice, which has seen a steady rise at the box office since its delightful televised performance. Since the Tonys ceremony, the new musical's gross has risen from $821,713.40 (June 9) to $923,837.00 (June 16) and eventually this past week's all-time high of $981,335.44 (June 23). Among other milestones this week was a record-breaking gross for To Kill a Mockingbird, which, with a gross of $2,018,314.00, became the first American play to gross more than $2,000,000.00 in a single week.  Here's a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending June 23. FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. Hamilton ($3,179,856.00) 2. The Lion King ($2,422,497.00) 3. To Kill a Mockingbird ($2,018,314.00) 4. Wicked ($1,992,828.00) 5. Ain't Too Proud ($1,590,238.00) UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Waitress ($519,144.50) 4. Be More Chill ($459,378.80) 3. Ink ($397,578.00) 2. Hillary and Clinton ($302,871.00) 1. Frankie and Johnny in ... […]

  • Raúl Esparza, Brandon Uranowitz & More to Star in Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman's Road Show at Encores! Off-Center
    by Andy Lefkowitz on June 24, 2019 at 5:01 PM

    Casting has been announced for the upcoming Encores! Off-Center staging of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's 2008 musical Road Show. The previously announced production, directed and choreographed by Will Davis and music-directed by James Moore, will run at New York City Center from July 24-27. The company will include four-time Tony nominee Raúl Esparza (Company) as Wilson Mizner, three-time Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz (Burn This) as Addison Mizner, Tony winner Chuck Cooper (Much Ado About Nothing) as Papa Mizner, Tony nominee Mary Beth Peil (Anastasia) as Mama Mizner and Jin Ha (M. Butterfly) as Hollis Bessemer. Road Show tells the somewhat true story of two brothers who inherit a small fortune at the turn of the 20th century and grab their piece of the American Dream in a country where anything seems possible. The ensemble will include Brandon Contreras, Rheaume Crenshaw, Daniel Edwards, Marina Kondo, Jay Lusteck, Liz McCartney, Matt Moisey, Shereen Pimentel, Sharone Sayegh and Vishal Vaidya. Encores! Off-Center was founded in 2013 with the mission of presenting off-Broadway musicals that pushed creative boundaries when they were first produced. Filtered through the lens of today's artists, these shows are presented not as historical documents but as living, vital works ... […]

  • Tootsie's Julie Halston, Oklahoma!'s Mallory Portnoy and More Set for #LiveAtFive
    by Caitlin Moynihan on June 24, 2019 at 3:57 PM's #LiveAtFive is a daily news show on Facebook Live, in which our editors discuss the newest buzz on Broadway, chat with stage stars about their current projects, and take questions from viewers. This week's guests are starring in the hottest new shows on the boards, so be sure to tune in! Monday, June 24: Julie Halston of Tootsie Julie Halston is currently appearing in Tootsie as Rita Marshall and will be a #LiveAtFive guest on Monday, June 24. The 11-time Tony-nominated new musical marks Halston's ninth Broadway production in her impressive resume that features turns in On the Town, Anything Goes, Gypsy, Hairspray and more. She has been seen on screen in Sex and the City, The Class, The Battery's Down and more. Don't miss out on this live interview! Tuesday, June 25: Mallory Portnoy of Oklahoma! Mallory Portnoy has been busy making her Broadway debut in the Tony-winning revival of Oklahoma! and will be a #LiveAtFive guest on Tuesday, June 25, to talk all about it. While this may be her first time on the Great White Way, Portnoy is no stranger to the spotlight. She has been with director Daniel Fish's reimagined Oklahoma! since its run ... […]

  • Christian Borle Pens Stage Play Featuring Characters from Marvel Comics
    by Andy Lefkowitz on June 24, 2019 at 3:55 PM

    Two-time Tony-winning actor Christian Borle is among a talented group of authors participating in the launch of Marvel Spotlight, a collection of stage plays featuring characters from Marvel comic books. The first round of one-act plays, penned by Borle, Masi Asare and Karen Zacarías, are now available for retail purchase and licensing within the educational theater market. Designed for the high school demographic and starring the iconic superheroes Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl and Thor, the plays explore universal challenges facing 21st-century young adults, including self-image, understanding vulnerability, adjusting to change, the importance of responsibility and being true to oneself. Borle's play, Hammered: A Thor & Loki Play, finds a teenage Thor and Loki competing for the favor of their parents through Asgardian rites of passage. The other plays launching the series include Asare's Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play and Zacarías' Squirrel Girl Goes to College: A Squirrel Girl Play. Marvel Spotlight was created in a partnership between Samuel French and Marvel Entertainment. Get a first look at the cover of Borle's play below. […]

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