Broadway

Ariana Grande May Add Some Pop Star Glitz to Wicked on Broadway

Ariana Grande, who began her career in 2008 in Broadway musical 13, could be making a return to the Great White Way as witch Elphaba in the long-running Disney hit Wicked. Jackie Burns is currently reprising the role. The 24-year-old pop star is reportedly in discussions to take on the role and seems an odds on favorite to take it. She has made no secret that she is a huge fan of the production.... Read More...

Harry Connick Tapped to Bring Iconic 1973 Movie ‘The Sting’ to Broadway as Musical

Harry Connick Jr., a veteran Broadway stage actor, has his eyes set on the Great White Way, again. He’ll star in the an musical adaption of the iconic 1973 film “The Sting.” The musical will bow next month at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, with an eye on jumping to Broadway later. The movie starred Paul Newman as Henry Gondorff, a grifter who teams up with another con man to hatch an elaborate plot against a mob boss. Robert Redford played his cohort Johnny “Kelly Hooker.... Read More...

Rolling Stones Taking the Stage… As Subjects of New West End Musical?

The Rolling Stones have played their music on stages all over the world. So is it time for the stage to return the favor with a musical based on the rock group? Actors are reportedly auditioning in London’s West End… with one caveat. Mick Jagger and crew–Keith Richards, 73, Charlie Watts, 76, and Ronnie Wood, 70, have yet to sign off on the production. ... Read More...

James Monroe Iglehart Warms Hearts With Lots of Soul at 54 Below

James Monroe Iglehart has punch and pizzazz. Both were on display at Feinstein’s/54 Below in his solo cabaret show, “How the Heck Did I Get Here?” This Genie holds more magic in his big heart than he’s ever displayed in Broadway’s Aladdin. Iglehart won a Tony award in 2015 for his show-stopping performance in Aladdin’s “A Friend Like Me.” What might be surprising is the number of layers beneath his comical veneer.... Read More...

Jude Law Honored at Only Make Believe 17th Annual Gala (Photos!)

Jude Law was the marquee guest at Only Make Believe’s 17th Gala, an event that brings together Broadway stars to help raise funds for the non-profit organization’s interactive theatre for children in hospitals and care facilities. The non-profit organization is dedicated to the principle that freeing a child’s imagination is a valuable part of the healing process.... Read More...

Holiday Inn Musical Not Equal to the Sum of Its Parts on Broadway

Holiday Inn has all of the ingredients for a sparkling Broadway musical–glitzy costumes, actors with the vocal chops, twenty Irving Berlin classics and dance numbers so energetic, performers almost fly from the stage. The story is another matter. Director Gordon Greenberg and co-writer Chad Hodge turned the film, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, into a feel-good piece of eye candy.... Read More...

Jennifer Hudson Bittersweet Finale in Color Purple on Broadway (Pics!)

Jennifer Hudson ended her six-month run as lead actress in Broadway’s ever popular The Color Purple with a bittersweet fan sendoff last night outside the stage door of the Bernard Jacobs Theater in New York City. Fans were on hand to greet the actors as they exited. Heather Headley, who won a 2000 Tony Award for “Aida,” will take over in the lead role.... Read More...

Cirque du Soleil to Challenge Biggest Shows for Broadway Supremacy

Cirque du Soleil, the famed Canadian avante garde circus, is about to set up its tent poles for the first time on Broadway. The spectacular show will challenge the supremacy of some of the street’s biggest and most popular shows. The only question is, what took so long? For it’s Broadway production, Cirque du Soleil is pulling out all the stops. It will be staging Paramour, a show set during Hollywood’s Golden Age.... Read More...

Aaron Sorkin Putting His Spin on ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ for Broadway

Aaron Sorkin, a writer and producer whose works include “A Few Good Men” and hit TV show “West Wing,” is putting his own spin on “To Kill a Mockingbird” for a play that will bring the book that rocked America to Broadway for the first time. Author Harper Lee won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for penning the novel about racial injustice in the deep South.... Read More...

Van Dean Keeps Artistry of Musicals Alive at Label, Broadway Records

Van Dean of Broadway Records has made an indelible mark on Broadway over the past four years by steadily releasing some of the best cast albums. He’s also released soundtracks from such hit productions as NBC’s ‘The Wiz.’ But he has some new surprises in store for 2016. Among his recent initiatives is a diversification of the brand to include a debut album, Stopping Time from Nickelodeon pop princess Isabel Moner. ... Read More...

Beth Malone Takes the Lead in First Broadway Musical About a Lesbian

Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs and Sydney Lucas will make history when they debut in a new Broadway musical featuring the first openly lesbian woman as the lead actress in Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Will conservative theatergoers buy into it? The show is based on the best-selling, graphic memoir by writer/cartoonist Alison Bechdel. It’s a coming-of-age musical that examines Bechdel’s life as a lesbian growing up in a dysfunctional family. ... Read More...

Vanessa Hudgens Exuberant in Gigi Sneak Peek on ABC’s GMA (watch!)

Vanessa Hudgens previewed her upcoming role in the Broadway revival of iconic musical Gigi in a role once played by acting legend Audrey Hepburn. The performance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” sparkled, boding well for the show. Hudgens, who broke out as an actress in Disney movie “High School Musical,” and its sequels has solid skills that should translate well to the stage. The new musical, adapted by Heidi Thomas and directed by Eric D. Schaeffer, played the Kennedy Center for a month in January and February with Hudgens in the lead role. ... Read More...

Larry David’s New Comedy Curbs the Enthusiasm of Broadway Critics

Larry David’s new play Fish in the Dark has gone from the hottest ticket on Broadway to cold fish in the eyes of Broadway critics. Reviews have been less than enthusiastic for the Seinfeld creator’s first theater venture. The play was greeted enthusiastically; advance tickets went through the roof, largely on David’s reputation for comedy. And that may be enough to save the show. As for the critics... not so much. ... Read More...
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