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Review: In ‘Spamilton,’ Broadway’s Savior Meets His Match. It’s Not Burr.
This spoof from Gerard Alessandrini, the creator of “Forbidden Broadway,” takes aim at “Hamilton” and its place in the battlefield of musicals.
2161 points by The New York Times | Musical theatre Broadway theatre The King and I Gerard Alessandrini A Little Night Music Hair Avenue Q Cats
DCPA production of Phantom of the Opera canceled Thursday night
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts production of Phantom of the Opera was canceled Thursday night turning away theater patrons and opera fans.
34 points by The Denver Post | Andrew Lloyd Webber Performing arts Music Cats The Phantom of the Opera Musical theatre Opera Donald Seawell
Off Broadway Review: ‘Spamilton,’ The Musical Spoof of ‘Hamilton’
Hip-hop, Broadway showtunes, Viennese waltzes — is there anything this guy can’t write ?  No, not “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, but Gerard Alessandrini, whose ingenious parody “Spamilton” simultaneously salutes and sends up Miranda and his signature musical.  Much is owed to the agile five-member cast of actor-singer-spoofers, but the big kudos go to “Forbidden Broadway” creator Alessandrini,... Read more »
62 points by Variety | Gerard Alessandrini Forbidden Broadway Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab Musical theatre Stephen Sondheim Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre Broadway theatre Barbra Streisand
Danny DeVito set for Broadway debut
He's playing a wily furniture dealer in Arthur Miller's "The Price."
15 points by New York Post | Broadway theatre New York City Danny DeVito Musical theatre It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia American Airlines Theatre Theatre Roundabout Theatre Company
We’re getting closer to a Colin Firth ‘My Fair Lady’
I never deal in rumors. This column is like “Dragnet”: “Just the facts, ma’am.” But here’s a rumor I can’t resist. Lincoln Center Theater hopes to entice Colin Firth to star in a revival of “My Fair Lady.” The director would be Lincoln Center’s go-to guy for classy revivals — Bartlett Sher, who staged acclaimed...
708 points by New York Post | My Fair Lady Academy Award for Best Actor Pygmalion Musical theatre Alan Jay Lerner Rex Harrison
Danny DeVito to Make Broadway Debut in ‘The Price’
Danny DeVito has signed on to join John Turturro and Tony Shalhoub in “The Price,” the Arthur Miller play getting a Broadway revival in the spring from Roundabout Theater Company. DeVito makes his Broadway debut in the show as the furniture dealer appraising an estate recently inherited by two brothers (Turturro and Shalhoub). The “Always... Read more »
75 points by Variety | Broadway theatre Theatre Arthur Miller It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia American Airlines Theatre Musical theatre Danny DeVito American film actors
Atlanta Theater Review: ‘The Prom,’ Directed by Casey Nicholaw
You might wince at the prospect of a group of Broadway egotists landing in a conservative town to fight for a teen lesbian to bring her date to the prom — but it turns out to be a happy merging of disparate worlds in “The Prom,” a loopy, loving and joyous musical receiving its world... Read more »
2509 points by Variety | The Drowsy Chaperone Musical theatre Casey Nicholaw Beth Leavel Jerry Herman William Ivey Long La Cage aux Folles Young Frankenstein
David Fynn cast in London production of 'School of Rock'
LONDON (AP) - Andrew Lloyd Webber says comic actor David Fynn and 39 "quite awesome" kids will star in the London production of stage musical "School of Rock." Fynn, the British star of NBC sitcom "Undateable," takes the lead role of Dewey Finn, a rocker-turned-substitute teacher who forms a classroom ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Andrew Lloyd Webber House of Lords Cats West End theatre United Kingdom Musical theatre Parliament of the United Kingdom Really Useful Group
‘Grease’ fan theory claims Sandy and Danny were actually dead
This theory is giving off chills — and they’re multiplying.
2374 points by Daily News | John Travolta Grease English-language films Olivia Newton-John Musical theatre Musical film Broadway theatre Cliff Richard
Broadway Review: ‘Miss Saigon’ Returns to New York
This is what people mean when they talk about “a Broadway show” — melodic songs, big, beautiful voices, a huge ensemble, full-scale pit orchestra, sumptuous production numbers, and the spectacle of lavish sets and special effects. Something just like this big-time revival of the 1991 mega-hit “Miss Saigon,” by the same folks — Alain Boublil... Read more »
12 points by Variety | Alain Boublil Ho Chi Minh Claude-Michel Schönberg Les Misérables Miss Saigon Musical theatre Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam War
Catonsville singer to appear on Broadway recording
A familiar voice in Catonsville is one step closer to stardom. Julia Tucker, a 25-year-old Catonsville resident, sang on the upcoming original Broadway cast recording of "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812," an adaptation of a portion of Leo Tolstoy's book, "War and Peace." The production...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Josh Groban Musical theatre Singing The Star-Spangled Banner Oriole Park at Camden Yards Goddard Lieberson Baltimore County Maryland Oriole Park
Review: From Stewart Copeland, 'Invention of Morel' a brilliant piece of musical surrealism
As the notion of "alternative facts" gains currency in today's theater of politics, it is worth reminding ourselves that alternative realities have held sway in the world of opera since time immemorial, and still do.Those realities are in fact the beating heart of "The Invention of Morel," a brilliant...
1598 points by Chicago Tribune | Adolfo Bioy Casares Opera Jorge Luis Borges The Invention of Morel Stewart Copeland Der Ring des Nibelungen The Fugitive Musical theatre
From Pikesville to 'La La Land,' producer Marc Platt sees a bright future for movie musicals
If this year's Oscars play out as predicted, the night's final award could be accepted by one of Baltimore's own. Pikesville native Marc Platt is one of four producers of best picture nominee (and early front-runner) "La La Land." The musical, an ode to  dashed dreams but inextinguishable hopes...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Academy Award for Best Picture Film Musical film Academy Award Musical theatre Music Golden Globe Award Cinema of India
Broadway Box Office: Glenn Close, Jake Gyllenhaal Draw Crowds
Marquee names and musical revivals made waves at the Broadway box office last week, with Glenn Close raking in a hefty tally in the opening week of “Sunset Boulevard” and Jake Gyllenhaal making a promising bow with the first preview of “Sunday in the Park With George.” “Sunset Boulevard” ($1,142,254) topped the $1 million mark... Read more »
284 points by Variety | Jake Gyllenhaal Broadway theatre Holmby Hills Los Angeles California Manhattan Wicked Glenn Close Musical theatre The Broadway
Harold J. Stern, piano teacher, singer and actor
Harold J. Stern, a piano teacher, actor and chorister who had been associated with several Baltimore organizations and congregations through the years, died Jan. 25 from complications of prostate cancer at Brightview Senior Living in Towson. The former longtime Bolton Hill resident was 87. "He...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Piano Music education Opera Piano pedagogy Pedagogy Classical music Music Musical theatre
Jake Gyllenhaal sings 'Sunday in the Park With George' song in new video
Wade SheridanFeb. 8 (UPI) -- Jake Gyllenhaal displays his singing skills in a preview video for his upcoming appearance in Broadway musical, "Sunday in the Park With George."
2 points by UPI | Tony Award Hair United Press International Broadway theatre American film actors Musical theatre Theatre Wicked
Jake Gyllenhaal’s singing will blow you away in ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ rehearsal video
Jake Gyllenhaal has shown his acting chops on Broadway before, but now the actor is showcasing an impressive singing voice as he readies for the new revival of Sunday in the Park With George.On Tuesday, the actor posted a video on Facebook of himself performing the emotional number “Finishing the Hat” in rehearsals for the musical, which begins previews this weekend.
1 points by Boston Herald | New York City Broadway theatre Musical theatre Manhattan Jake Gyllenhaal American Jews Columbia University Stephen Sondheim
Lyric's new season promises to rock the house - not just with 'Jesus Christ Superstar'
Local opera lovers are bound to disagree about this or that vocal casting, this or that production concept. What's important is that Lyric Opera of Chicago continues to make intelligent decisions as to how a leading international opera company can satisfy committed operagoers, tempt new audience...
1764 points by Chicago Tribune | Maria Callas Opera Richard Wagner Tenor Gianna Rolandi Enrico Caruso Der Ring des Nibelungen Musical theatre
Broadway’s ‘Jersey Boys’ Closing in January
“Jersey Boys,” the long-running Broadway musical hit about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, will close in January 2017 after a run of 11 years. With strong reviews from critics, powerful box office momentum and four Tony Awards including the top musical trophy, “Jersey Boys” proved instrumental in helping to redeem the idea of a “jukebox... Read more »
3774 points by Variety | Jersey Boys Musical theatre Broadway theatre Frankie Valli Theatre New York City Tony Award Jukebox musical
Catch shows for less during Chicago Theatre Week
Chicago is a fantastic theater town. You can discover how fantastic during the 5th annual Chicago Theatre Week, Feb. 9-19.Area theater companies will offer more than 100 productions at bargain rates, with tickets selling for $15 or $30, and in some cases even less for everything from events at...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Theatre Musical theatre Performing arts Play Street theatre West End theatre Theatre director Broadway theatre
Berlinale: Canales’ Film Factory Presents Musical Comedy ‘Holy Camp!’ at the European Film Market (EXCLUSIVE)
Vicente Canales’ Film Factory Entertainment has acquired worldwide sales rights outside Spain to Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi’s offbeat musical comedy “Holy Camp!,” the film adaptation of hit stage play “La llamada.” One of the top sales agents in the Spanish-speaking world, Film Factory will be presenting “Holy Camp!” and showing its first teaser promo... Read more »
698 points by Variety | Theatre Musical theatre Film Spain Spanish language Stephen Sondheim Comic opera Musical film
‘Phantom of the Opera’ Sequel ‘Love Never Dies,’ Broadway Hits to Play Pantages
“Love Never Dies,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to his long-running smash musical “The Phantom of the Opera,” will play the Hollywood Pantages next season, where a new national touring production of the show appears on a full slate that will also include tours of Broadway hits “Aladdin,” “The Color Purple,” “Waitress” and “On Your Feet!”... Read more »
-2 points by Variety | Andrew Lloyd Webber The Phantom of the Opera Musical theatre West End theatre Broadway theatre Love Never Dies The Color Purple Cats
'Waitress' and 'The Color Purple' coming to the Hollywood Pantages for 2017-18 season
The crowd-pleasing adaptation of “Waitress” and the national tour of Tony winner “The Color Purple” highlight the Hollywood Pantages season for 2017-18, the theater announced Tuesday. Rounding out the lineup are the Los Angeles debut of Disney’s “Aladdin,” as well as L.A. premieres of Andrew Lloyd...
-2 points by Los Angeles Times | Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical theatre The Phantom of the Opera Cats West End theatre Tony Award Broadway theatre Evita
‘An American in Paris,’ ‘Phantom of the Opera’ lead Smith Center’s Spring 2017 lineup
An entirely new look to “The Phantom of the Opera” is promised when it returns here this spring. That’s the guarantee from The Smith Center President Myron Martin for Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera.”
4 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Garrison Keillor Broadway theatre Frank Sinatra Tony Award Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical theatre A Prairie Home Companion Chicago
New $770mn Kuwait opera house goes up in flames (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
Kuwait’s brand new opera house caught fire Monday, just three months after it opened its doors to the public. Read Full Article at
253 points by Russia Today | Andrea Bocelli Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical theatre Tenor Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah Sarah Brightman
Jake Gyllenhaal and Broadway’s ‘Sunday in the Park’ Will Not Compete for Tony Awards
Broadway bookies can eliminate the upcoming revival of “Sunday in the Park With George” and its stars, Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, from their betting on the race for the Tony Awards: The producers of the limited-run production, which begins previews next week, have opted to take the show out of the running entirely. In... Read more »
7 points by Variety | Broadway theatre Tony Award Tony Award for Best Musical Musical theatre American film actors Theatre Sunday in the Park with George New York City
Broadway Box Office: ‘Les Miserables’ Soars in Final Week
Broadway box office surged up 9% in the final week of summer before the Labor Day holiday, with major gains at closing shows — particularly “Les Miserables” — helping to move the needle before the back-to-school downturn hits this week. The Broadway revival of “Les Miserables” ($1,326,559), wrapping up its two-and-a-half year run, exploded up... Read more »
12 points by Variety | Musical theatre Broadway theatre West End theatre Les Misérables Tony Award for Best Costume Design Les Misérables The Broadway Theatre New York City
Eric Clapton Movie to Be Directed by Oscar-Winner Lili Fini Zanuck
Lili Fini Zanuck, the Oscar-winning producer of “Driving Miss Daisy,” is to direct documentary feature “Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars,” partnering with producer John Battsek, whose credits include Oscar-winners “One Day in September” and “Searching for Sugar Man.” Altitude Film Sales is handling international sales, and Altitude Film Distribution has taken U.K. rights.... Read more »
454 points by Variety | Richard D. Zanuck Eric Clapton Film Movie theater Musical theatre American Cinema Editors Movie studio Driving Miss Daisy
'Hamilton' cast has strong message for Mike Pence: 'Work on behalf of all of us'
The vice-president elect made a surprise visit and received a loud chorus of boos from the audience.       
39348 points by USA Today | Broadway theatre Chicago Nederlander Organization Musical theatre Evangelicalism Associated Press Broadway Roaring Twenties
'Hamilton' cast has a message for Pence: 'Work on behalf of all of us'
The vice-president elect made a surprise visit and received a loud chorus of boos from the audience.         
39348 points by Arizona Republic | Broadway theatre Chicago Nederlander Organization Musical theatre Evangelicalism Associated Press Broadway Roaring Twenties
Mike Pence booed after surprise 'Hamilton' visit
At the end of the show, cast members addressed their concerns directly to the vice-president elect.         
39350 points by Arizona Republic | Broadway theatre Chicago Musical theatre Nederlander Organization Roaring Twenties Evangelicalism Theatre New York City
Mike Pence booed after making surprise 'Hamilton' visit
At the end of the show, cast members addressed Pence's visit and their future concerns for America.       
39350 points by USA Today | Broadway theatre Chicago Musical theatre Nederlander Organization Roaring Twenties Evangelicalism Theatre New York City
Mike Pence Booed at ‘Hamilton’ Performance
Vice-president elect Mike Pence went to see the hip-hop musical “Hamilton” on Broadway Friday night, and the performance was disrupted when the audience wouldn’t stop booing him. Here's Pence getting booed as he gets to his seats at Hamilton — David K (@dkipke12) November 19, 2016 Upon arrival at the Richard Rodgers Theater, he... Read more »
39143 points by Variety | Theatre Performance Musical theatre Homosexuality Stephen Sondheim Audience Richard Rodgers Thought
Stephanie Mills likes performing in Metro Detroit
Grammy Award-winning singer, who once lived in Detroit, performs Sunday and enjoys the intimacy of Andiamo        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Detroit Singing Metro Detroit Maggie Flynn Grosse Pointe Musical theatre Warren Michigan Stephanie Mills
Off-Broadway avoids strike with a -year contract agreement
NEW YORK (AP) - Off-Broadway actors and producers agreed Friday on a new labor contract that boosts performers' wages in a deal that ensures dozens of New York shows stay open as the holidays approach, from "Shear Madness" to "The Fantasticks." The agreement between Actors' Equity Association, which represents actors ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Theatre Broadway theatre New York City Minimum wage Musical theatre Actor Drama Stage management
Film Review: ‘Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened’
The legendary lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim is worthy of a great, big, expansive documentary. But if you’re going to make a film that centers on a single show of his, there are certain obvious candidates. In 1970, D.A. Pennebaker documented the recording of the cast album of “Company,” the musical that dissected modern love... Read more »
116 points by Variety | Stephen Sondheim Musical theatre Harold Pinter Company Sweeney Todd Lonny Price Merrily We Roll Along Cast recording
Theo Ubique plans move to Evanston
The Theo Ubique Theatre, since 2003 a mainstay of the Rogers Park cultural district and well known for its skilled, hyper-intimate productions of Broadway musicals, is likely moving to Evanston. Despite the new suburban address, Theo Ubique's custom-designed new home in a gutted former retail building...
106 points by Chicago Tribune | Evanston Illinois New York City Rogers Park Chicago West Ridge Chicago Chicago Theatre Musical theatre Red Line
‘White Christmas,’ featuring music of Irving Berlin, returns to Smith Center
The 13th annual “White Christmas” tour checks into The Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall for an eight-performance Thanksgiving week run.
6 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Fred Astaire Irving Berlin Bing Crosby White Christmas Musical theatre Holiday Inn White Christmas Jerome Kern
Ramin Karimloo Cast in ‘Anastasia’ Broadway Musical
Ramin Karimloo, who played Jean Valjean in the latest revival of “Les Miserables,” has been cast in “Anastasia,” the new Broadway musical based on 20th Century Fox’s 1997 animated film. Karimloo, currently on the West End in “Murder Ballad” and set to play Bolshevik general Gleb in “Anastasia,” joins a cast that already includes Christy Altomare... Read more »
217 points by Variety | Les Misérables 20th Century Fox Lynn Ahrens Jean Valjean Anastasia Broadway theatre Musical theatre Stephen Flaherty
Broadway Musical ‘Allegiance’ Starring George Takei To Screen in Cinemas
“Allegiance,” the Broadway musical that starred George Takei in a four-month run last season, will come to movie theaters around the country in a one-night-only December screening presented by Fathom Events, the distributor of alternative cinema content. “Allegiance” tackles the serious historical subject of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, in a story loosely... Read more »
6880 points by Variety | Lea Salonga Musical theatre West End theatre Les Misérables Theatre Miss Saigon World War II Broadway theatre
Shows coming to larger Detroit theater stages
The fall theater season in Metro Detroit promises productions featuring murder, love, shifting identities and music.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Hair Musical theatre Michigan Detroit Theatre English-language films Nederlander Organization Christmas
‘Jersey Boys’ to close on Broadway in January after 11 years
It is the 12th-longest running show in Broadway history.
55 points by New York Post | Jersey Boys Frankie Valli Bob Gaudio Broadway theatre Musical theatre Bob Crewe Tony Award August Wilson Theatre
Broadway Director Laurence Connor Signs with Paradigm
Laurence Connor, the “School of Rock” director who’s restaged a string of British megamusicals, has signed with Paradigm Talent Agency, where the head of the Theater Literary Department is Jack Tantleff. Co-represented by Michael Garrett at Global Artists, Connor’s reimagined staging of “Les Miserables” brought the musical back to Broadway for a profitable run that opened... Read more »
-1 points by Variety | Musical theatre West End theatre Claude-Michel Schönberg Andrew Lloyd Webber Alain Boublil Cats Les Misérables Tony Award for Best Original Score
Looking for 'Hamilton' tickets?
Looking for tickets to the Chicago run of "Hamilton" and seeing only sold-out houses? Look again Monday and over the next couple of days, says Jeffrey Seller, the hit musical's lead producer. In an interview here Thursday, Seller said that more tickets were in the process of being added to the...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Ticket resale Broadway theatre Musical theatre New York City Secondary market Chicago Broadway West End theatre
Toronto Film Review: ‘Sing’
For Illumination Entertainment, “Sing” is a game-changer, underscoring why company founder Chris Meledandri is the hottest name in animation today
792 points by Variety | Illumination Entertainment Walt Disney Animation Studios Chris Meledandri Reese Witherspoon Singing Buster Williams Musical theatre Prize
Clinton supporter Streisand sends up Trump with ‘Send In The Clowns’ parody

4029 points by The Washington Post | Hillary Rodham Clinton Grammy Award winners Donald Trump New York City Barbra Streisand President of the United States Musical theatre Parody music
Broadway in L.A.: Which touring musicals are coming to Southern California?
For those who like a little song with their dance and vice versa, here’s a rundown of new and classic musicals headed to Southern California stages in the coming months — including the much-anticipated arrival of the 2015 Tony winner “Fun Home.” Oct. 4-16 ‘Beautiful -- The Carole King Musical’ ...
24 points by Los Angeles Times | Musical theatre The King and I Diana Ross Bing Crosby Marvin Gaye Hair Jeffrey Kahane Rock of Ages