• Grammy-Winning Rapper Nas Joins Creative Team for Broadway Musical Adaptation of Beat Street
    by Broadway.com Staff on June 15, 2024 at 2:30 AM

    Tonight, at a 40th anniversary screening of Beat Street at the Tribeca Film Festival, Grammy Award-winning rapper Nas announced that he has joined the creative team adapting the 1984 hip-hop film into a Broadway musical. The show will be produced by Arthur Baker, Michael Holman and Richard Fearn. Holman was also an associate producer of the original film, and Baker was its co-producer, composer and music producer. Additional creative team members will be announced in the coming weeks. “Beat Street wasn’t just a film—it spread the revolution of hip-hop culture throughout the country and the world. It left an indelible mark, inspiring generations of young artists and creating new hip-hop fans alike,” Nas said in a statement. “It’s a thrill for me to join the creative team of Beat Street, bringing the raw energy of hip-hop into the fabric of Broadway. It’s an honor to breathe new life into this iconic work and celebrate its enduring legacy.” Set in the early 1980s, Beat Street revolves around a group of aspiring young talents in the South Bronx, including a graffiti artist, a DJ and a break-dancer, as they pursue their dreams in the emerging hip-hop scene while facing the …

  • Secrets of the Tony Nominees! The Nominees 'Adele Dazeem'-ify Their Own Names
    by Broadway.com Staff on June 14, 2024 at 6:00 PM

    Broadway's biggest night is just days away, and that means it's time to spill the tea on this year's Tony-nominated artists.  Our Tony hopefuls have one last secret to share—and it's one the awards presenters should study carefully. For anyone with the opportunity to butcher a name on live television this Sunday night, here's your chance to study up on all the pronunciations to check off your list. If you require further instructions, in the words of Tony nominee Lila Neugebauer, "Google it." 

  • Ron Simons, Four-Time Tony-Winning Producer, Dies at 63
    by Darryn King on June 14, 2024 at 3:16 PM

    Ron Simons, a four-time Tony-winning actor and producer, died on June 13. His death was confirmed by his production company, SimonSays Entertainment. The cause of death and surviving family members were unspecified. He was 63. “We are heartbroken to learn of our friend and former trustee Ron Simons’ passing,” Classical Theatre of Harlem said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with his family. Ron has left behind an unmatched legacy on Broadway and beyond. We will always remember his kindness and incredible talent that inspired so many.” Simons was born November 30, 1960, in Detroit, MI. Despite being an aspiring actor from a young age, he embarked on a career in software engineering, feeling the pressure, he said in an interview in 2017, to be “the family breadwinner.” He later attended Columbia Business School and obtained an MFA in marketing and international business. After stints working for Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Microsoft in California, he returned to his acting dreams at the age of 39, obtaining an MFA in acting from the University of Washington, graduating in 2001. He went on to perform in regional theaters including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival and, moving …

  • Nicole Scherzinger to Perform During the Tony Awards In Memoriam; Chita Rivera to Receive Special Tribute
    by Hayley Levitt on June 14, 2024 at 3:09 PM

    Nicole Scherzinger, who will bring her Olivier Award-winning performance as Sunset Boulevard's Norma Desmond to Broadway this fall, will sing at the Tony Awards during the In Memoriam segment. Brooke Shields, the newly elected President of Actors' Equity, will introduce the segment. Chita Rivera, who died in January at the age of 91, will be honored with a separate tribute, featuring Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Bebe Neuwirth. They will celebrate Rivera's legendary, seven-decade career on stage in productions such as West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago and many others. Also set to perform during the ceremony are the casts of Stereophonic, Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club, Hell’s Kitchen, Illinoise, Merrily We Roll Along, Suffs, The Outsiders, The Who's Tommy and Water for Elephants. The 77th Annual Tony Awards ceremony, hosted by Ariana DeBose, will be broadcast live from the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center—housing the event for the first time in its history—on June 16. The ceremony will air on the CBS Television Network and stream on Paramount+ in the U.S.  For more information about the 77th Tony …

  • Broadway Bares: Hit the Strip to Feature Ariana DeBose, Amber Iman, Amber Ardolino and More
    by Hayley Levitt on June 14, 2024 at 2:10 PM

    Broadway Bares: Hit the Strip, this year's Vegas-themed edition of the annual striptease fundraising event, has announced a lineup of Broadway performers to take the stage. Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares will have two performances at 9:30 PM and midnight on June 23 at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The show will feature special appearances by Oscar winner and Tony Awards host Ariana DeBose, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Taylor Iman Jones, Jelani Remy, Constantine Rousouli, Johnny Sibilly and The Boy Band Project’s Jesse Corbin, John Edwards, Chris Messina, Travis Nesbitt and Jesse Starrs. Striptease leads include former Broadway.com vlogger Amber Ardolino, Ehizoje Azeke, Kristina Doucette, burlesque star Jake DuPree, Aydin Eyikan, Michael Graceffa, 2024 Tony nominee Amber Iman, Nick Kenkel, Cajai Kennedy, Wayne “Juice” Mackins, Yani Marin, Elliot Mattox, Jimin Moon, Benjamin Rivera, Alvin Ailey School and Martha Graham Center instructor Ben Schultz and Andrew Slane. Tony Award-winning director and choreographer and Broadway Bares creator Jerry Mitchell serves as executive producer, alongside Nick Kenkel. Kellen Stancil, a Broadway Bares veteran who recently concluded an 11-year run as dance captain at Broadway’s The Lion King, will direct. He is joined …

  • Secrets of the Tony Nominees! What's Your Secret Weapon on the Red Carpet?
    by Broadway.com Staff on June 14, 2024 at 2:00 PM

    Broadway's biggest night is just days away, and that means it's time to spill the tea on this year's Tony-nominated artists.  One does not just stroll onto the Tonys red carpet without a plan. So what are the red-carpet secret weapons of this year's hopefuls? Nominees Eli Gelb, Kara Young, Shaina Taub, Dorian Harewood and more reveal all.

  • Aaron Lazar Will Release Star-Studded Debut Album, Impossible Dream
    by Darryn King on June 14, 2024 at 1:00 PM

    The actor and singer Aaron Lazar, whose Broadway credits include roles in The Phantom of the Opera, The Light in the Piazza and Les Misérables, is set to release his debut album, featuring an array of guest performers from Broadway and beyond. Impossible Dream will be released on August 16 (To pre-order, click here.) The album includes performances by Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O’Hara, Leslie Odom, Jr., Kate Baldwin, Norm Lewis, recording artist Loren Allred, the late Rebecca Luker, the National Children's Chorus, the Broadway Inspirational Voices and more. Joining the aforementioned stars in a star-studded group performance of "The Impossible Dream" from the musical Man of La Mancha are Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Liz Callaway, Joanna Gleason, Brian d'Arcy James, Adrienne Warren, Shoshana Bean, Christy Altomare, Christiane Noll, Adam Jacobs and more. Lazar recently revealed to the Broadway community that he has been diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease Ameotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (A.L.S.), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. As he explained in an interview with Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek, Lazar has adopted “The Impossible Dream” …

  • Lempicka's Broadway Cast Album Has Arrived
    by Hayley Levitt on June 14, 2024 at 1:00 PM

    After severals delays, the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Lempicka is now available digitally, with a CD release set for August 9. The album was originally scheduled for a May 29 release, which was then pushed until June 12, and then pushed again until June 18. The album now drops four days ahead of that last announced date. The show, which opened at Broadway's Longacre Theatre on April 14, starred Eden Espinosa in the title role and was directed by Tony winner Rachel Chavkin. It tracked the life of Tamara de Lempicka, a Polish painter who navigates political and personal turmoil following the Russian Revolution. The musical was written by Carson Kreitzer (book, lyrics and original concept) and Matt Gould (book and music), with choreography by Raja Feather Kelly.  In addition to Espinosa, the cast featured Amber Iman as Rafaela, Andrew Samonsky as Tadeusz Lempicki, Abud as Marinetti, Natalie Joy Johnson as Suzy Solidor, Zoe Glick as Kizette, Nathaniel Stampley as the Baron and Tony Award winner Beth Leavel as the Baroness. Lempicka played its final Broadway performance on May 19 and is nominated for three Tony Awards: Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Espinosa), Best Featured Actress in a …

  • Secrets of the Tony Nominees! Which Nominees Make Even the Stars Starstruck?
    by Broadway.com Staff on June 13, 2024 at 6:00 PM

    Broadway's biggest night is just days away, and that means it's time to spill the tea on this year's Tony-nominated artists.  In a room full of Tony nominees, the star factor is pretty high. So which celebs in this year's crop make their fellow stars tongue-tied? Find out who can turn even the coolest customers into a swooning fan.

  • The Heart of Rock and Roll Cast Album Is Almost Here
    by Darryn King on June 13, 2024 at 3:15 PM

    The original Broadway cast recording of The Heart of Rock and Roll, the Huey Lewis and the News-scored musical romcom, will be released on June 14. Featuring musical-theaterized versions of such irrepressible '80s hits as “The Power of Love,” “Hip to Be Square,” "Workin’ For A Livin’," "Stuck With You," and “If This Is It," the album will be available on all streaming services. The album features vocal performances from the show's stars Corey Cott, McKenzie Kurtz, Josh Breckenridge, F. Michael Haynie, Zoe Jensen, Tamika Lawrence, Raymond J. Lee, John-Michael Lyles, Orville Mendoza, Billy Harrigan Tighe and John Dossett.  Music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations for The Heart of Rock and Roll are by Brian Usifer with music direction by Will Van Dyke. The Heart of Rock and Roll Band includes Ravi Best, Nate Brown, Matt Deitchman, Gina Benalcazar, Vivi Rama, Jeff Roberts John Scarpulla and Will Van Dyke. Michael Aarons is music coordinator with Anja Wood as associate music coordinator. The album is produced by Huey Lewis, Usifer and Van Dyke with Hunter Arnold, Tyler Mitchell and Kayla Greenspan serving as executive producers and mixing and engineering by Derik Lee. …

  • Suffs' Tony-Nominated Costume Designer Paul Tazewell Knows How to Dress Up American History
    by Hayley Levitt on June 13, 2024 at 3:00 PM

    Costume designer Paul Tazewell is a seasoned veteran of the Tony Awards, earning the ninth nomination of his career this season for his work on Shaina Taub's historical musical Suffs. The piece follows Alice Paul and her fellow suffragists from 1912 through the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 (with a brief foray into the 1970s)—a vastly different period than the late-18th-century era he captured to Tony-winning effect in his designs for Hamilton. Even so, there's a sense of serendipity around Tazewell's return to the realm of American history, which once again, has challenged the designer to finely balance period authenticity with modern theatricality.  Emily Skinner as Alva Belmont in "Suffs" (Photo: Joan Marcus) "As a designer, I'm always looking at fashion and what is trending," Tazewell shared with The Broadway Show during a backstage tour of his designs. "But when I'm exploring a specific year or period, I'm drawn to style that appeals to me and also aligning that with the character."  Research, naturally, comes first—and for many of the musical's characters, archival photographs were at his fingertips. That well of imagery allowed him to capture particulars like famed socialite Alva Belmont's affinity for fur …

  • Secrets of the Tony Nominees! When Today's Broadway Stars Sucked
    by Broadway.com Staff on June 13, 2024 at 2:30 PM

    Broadway's biggest night is just days away, and that means it's time to spill the tea on this year's Tony-nominated artists.  In what early roles did this year's biggest Broadway stars (by their own admission) suck? Let the likes of Sarah Paulson, Will Brill, Michael Stuhlbarg and Amber Iman open up their least award-worthy performances.

  • The Outsiders Director Danya Taymor Remembers What It Was Like as a Teenager
    by Darryn King on June 13, 2024 at 2:00 PM

    Before 2 PM on a Wednesday outside the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, the anticipation is high and the energy is electric. “It’s like 800 high school students,” said The Outsiders' Tony-nominated director Danya Taymor as the show’s matinee audience eagerly filed past. Lately, Taymor has been very much in touch with her adolescent self. “Once I got the script and the score and read Susie Hinton's novel, it unlocked to me what it felt like to be 14 years old,” Taymor told Charlie Cooper on The Broadway Show. “What I tried to do when working on the show was bring myself back into that headspace and direct it through the eyes of my 14-year-old self—try to be honest, try to not hold back.” With The Outsiders, Taymor found herself directing a lot of young performers making their Broadway debuts. It was a privilege, she said. “I love creating ensembles. I love creating trust in the space and the opportunity to earn one another's trust.” It was especially important to create a space where the performers could bring their full selves—something that even applies to the understudies. “We have an understudy going on today for the first time …

  • Idina Menzel to Lead Original Musical Redwood on Broadway in 2025
    by Hayley Levitt on June 13, 2024 at 1:00 PM

    Tony Award winner Idina Menzel will return to Broadway next year as part of the 2024-25 season in Redwood, a new musical written and directed by Tony Award nominee Tina Landau with music by Kate Diaz and lyrics by Diaz and Landau. Redwood is conceived by Landau and Menzel, with additional contributions by Menzel. Dates and a venue are yet to be announced. Redwood, which had its world premiere earlier this year at La Jolla Playhouse, follows Jesse (Menzel), a successful businesswoman, mother and wife who seems to have it all, but inside, her heart is broken. Finding herself at a turning point, Jesse leaves everyone and everything behind, gets in her car and drives. Thousands of miles later, she hits the majestic forests of Northern California, where a chance meeting and a leap of faith change her life forever. “I’m so thrilled to be returning to Broadway, and the fact that I get to do it with Redwood, a musical that means so much to me, makes it even more special,” Menzel said in a statement. “This show has lived in my bones for 15 years, from the very first time Tina and I discussed working together. Finally getting …

  • Alan Mingo Jr. Whizzes Back to The Wiz on Broadway Tonight
    by Darryn King on June 13, 2024 at 4:00 AM

    Alan Mingo Jr. will reprise his title performance in The Wiz, joining the featured Broadway cast at the Marquis Theatre on June 13. He replaces Wayne Brady, who played his final performance on June 12. Mingo played the role of The Wiz on tour before Brady joined the company at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre and Los Angeles' Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Brady subsequently opened the revival on Broadway in April.  "I’m thrilled to return to playing The Wiz, a role that I loved playing nightly on the national tour," Mingo said in a statement when the reprise performance was announced. "My mother took me to see this musical when I was a child, and there aren’t many shows you can say that about." Mingo has replaced Brady on Broadway before, in the role of Lola in Kinky Boots. His other Broadway credits include Tom Collins in Rent and Sebastian in The Little Mermaid. He has also been serving as Brady's standby throughout the Broadway run. An all-Black retelling of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Wiz features such beloved numbers as “Ease On Down the Road,” “Be A Lion,” “Home” and “Brand New Day.” The …

  • Stereophonic's Record-Breaking Broadway Stars Drive Toward Tony Night
    by Hayley Levitt on June 12, 2024 at 9:57 PM

    Stereophonic, David Adjmi's painstakingly constructed musical play about the inner workings of a band on the rise, made Tony history this year with 13 nominations—the most ever received by a play. Directed by Daniel Aukin and punctuated by the music of Arcade Fire's Will Butler, the production stews inside the pressure cooker of a music studio where a group of emotionally and creatively enmeshed bandmates (Will Brill, Juliana Canfield, Tom Pecinka, Sarah Pidgeon and Chris Stack) and engineers (Andrew R. Butler and Eli Gelb) live and breathe the unglamorous work of making art. Time passes without meaning, the outside world ceases to exist and sleep is exchanged for a supersized bag of cocaine.  Fortunately for the seven members of this Broadway ensemble—which first came together for an unassuming fall run off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons—the art of making art has been bolstered by joyful camaraderie rather than of toxic, drug-fueled strife. With the help of The Broadway Show and a vintage convertible fit for rock stars, the actors-turned-band-turned-family are riding into Tony weekend as a history-making group with nothing but love for this artistically fulfilling chapter and the sounds of their new …

  • Robyn Hurder Extends Run as Velma Kelly in Broadway's Chicago
    by Darryn King on June 12, 2024 at 7:53 PM

    Tony nominee Robyn Hurder has extended her run as nightclub murderess Velma Kelly in Chicago at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre. Originally slated to fill the role until June 16, she will stay in the role until September 15. Hurder took over the role from Amra-Faye Wright on March 26. Hurder is no stranger to the show, having previously played the roles of Roxie, “Mama” Morton and Mona. Her other Broadway credits include Moulin Rouge!, for which she earned a Tony nomination, and, most recently, A Beautiful Noise, the Neil Diamond Musical. Aside from Hurder, the cast of Chicago currently features Bianca Marroquín as Roxie Hart, Max von Essen as Billy Flynn, Lili Thomas as Matron "Mama" Morton, Red Concepción as Amos Hart, Max Clayton as Fred Casely and R. Lowe  as Mary Sunshine. As previously reported, Jinkx Monsoon will take over the role of "Mama" Morton from June 27 to July 12 and Ariana Madix will return to the role of Roxie from August 1 through 27.  Chicago is directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking. The iconic musical features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music …

  • Secrets of the Tony Nominees! Broadway Stars Spill the Biggest Lies on Their Resumes
    by Broadway.com Staff on June 12, 2024 at 6:00 PM

    Broadway's biggest night is just days away, and that means it's time to spill the tea on this year's Tony-nominated artists.  Who among us hasn't crafted a resume with a few strategically placed white lies? A handful of this year's nominees are honest to a fault, but plenty admit to massaging that list of special skills. Find out who fibbed their way into a school play, who does not speak French and who could be tinkling the imaginary ivories all the way to a Tony Award. 

  • Joy Riding with the Stars of Stereophonic, a Photo Shoot with First-Time Tony Nominees and More on The Broadway Show
    by Broadway.com Staff on June 12, 2024 at 5:56 PM

    It’s all Tonys all the time this week on The Broadway Show with Tamsen Fadal. Broadway’s big night is this Sunday, June 16, and we’re highlighting some of the most exciting nominees of the season—and their secret talents.  David Adjmi’s Stereophonic is riding up to the Tony Awards with 13 nominations—a record-breaking number for a Broadway play. Take a peek inside The Broadway Show’s revved-up photo shoot with the cast, including exclusive interviews with each of the seven ensemble members about their time with the history-making production. Paul Tazewell (Photo by Sergio Villarini for Broadway.com) First-time Tony nominees Corey Stoll, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Betsy Aidem and Joshua Boone also gathered for a photo shoot to celebrate this milestone moment in their careers. Each nominee sat down with Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek to talk about their journey this Broadway season: Hear Stoll, one of the stars of Appropriate, talk about his upbringing in the world of theater; learn how Kritzer found freedom in Spamalot’s Lady of the Lake; find out how Aidem’s long career on stage finally led her to the Tonys by way of Joshua Harmon’s Prayer for the French …

  • Nominees for 2024 Jimmy Awards, Student Reporters and Inspiring Teachers Announced
    by Darryn King on June 12, 2024 at 5:25 PM

    The Broadway League Foundation has announced the nominees who will compete for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress at the 15th annual Jimmy Awards, the yearly showcase of the country's top high school musical theater talent. The event will take place at the Minskoff Theatre on June 24, hosted by Josh Groban. Read the full list of nominees here. The 2024 Jimmy Awards Student Reporter Initiative will also welcome two student reporters, Nicole Scimeca and Richard “Ricky” Ragazzo, who will cover the Jimmy Awards on social media, conducting exclusive interviews with the 2024 Best Actor and Best Actress winners following the awards ceremony. Additionally, the recipients of the 2024 Inspiring Teacher Award have been announced: Jacqueline McLean, Le Roy Jr. Sr. High School (Rochester, NY) and Paul Fillingim, Ronald Reagan High School (San Antonio, TX). The creative team of the 15th annual Jimmy Awards includes director Van Kaplan, music supervisor Geoffrey Ko, choreographer Kiesha Lalama and feature group director/choreographer Luis Salgado. The 2024 Jimmy Awards will stream for free online beginning at 7:30 PM ET on June 24 via the Jimmy Awards Facebook and YouTube channels. The ceremony will remain available online for three days afterwards, through June …