Hugh Jackman Was Energizer Bunny in Stellar Tonys Opening (watch!)

Hugh Jackman scored as host of the American Theatre Wing’s 68th Annual Tony Awards last night (June 8). Could the Oscars be next? Jackman showed off his versatility with an extended song and dance number that featured Neil Patrick Harris and other Broadway stars. The 45-year-old Australian actor, who had a recent scare with skin cancer, opened the show from the red carpet outside.... Read More...

Broadway Big-Wig Lawsuit Against Valerie Harper on Flimsy Ground

Broadway big-wig Matthew Lombardo claims in a Manhattan Federal District Court lawsuit that Valerie Harper and husband Tony Cacciotti never told him she was ill with cancer before he signed her to perform in his play “Looper.” Harper, 74, appeared in the play on Broadway, and earned a Tony Nomination, but had to drop out of the national tour last year after the cancer spread to her brain. ... Read More...

Rocky on Broadway Connects For a Blockbuster Opening (15 photos!)

Sylvester Stallone’s famous movie line, “I ain’t no bum,” could apply to his rockin’ new musical Rocky on Broadway. It’s no tanker either. Opening night drew a celebrity crowded that flocked to an after-party to celebrate what looks like a sure crowd pleaser. Actress Katrina Bowden, actress Margo Seibert, actors Terence Archie and Andy Karl, Director James Cameron, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Whoopi Goldberg, Wesley Snipes and designer Ralph Lauren were all spotted in the crowd. ... Read More...

Broadway Makes Post-Sandy Bounce Over Thanksgiving Holidays

Broadway is back again after taking a beating from Hurricane Sandy. The Great White Way’s 31 shows, including standards like Wicked, The Lion King and Spider-Man, grossed $27 million over the Thanksgiving holidays, according to the Broadway League. Usually one of the theater district’s biggest weekends, this year’s holiday topped the previous week’s gross of $20.88 million from 33 shows by more than 30 percent. But it didn’t take home the turkey. But it came close.... Read More...

R. Kelly Ready to Take His Hip-Hop Opera to Broadway

Rapper and R&B singer R. Kelly is getting hot again at 45 with “Trapped in the Closet,” which he calls a hip-hop opera. The show has been appearing on cable television an Kelly says he’s geared up to do a Broadway production in the near future. The International Film Channel (IFC) has been airing the opera, which Kelly has written in chapters. It’s been described as bizarre and a guilty pleasure with distinctive characters like Twan, Sylvester, Pimp Lucius and “the package.” In other words, it may be just the right formula for a rollicking Broadway musical. Kelly hinted he might star in the production himself.... Read More...

Usher Signs for Two Shows Off-Broadway in ‘Fuerza Bruta’

R&B star Usher is making a special visit to off-Broadway show Fuerza Bruta: Look Up for two performances later this month at the Daryl Roth Theatre in Manhattan. The show marks his return to New York theater. His seventh studio album, Looking for Myself, is set for a June 12 release. His seventh studio album, Looking for Myself, is set for a June 12 release. Usher will play the boxing great Suger Ray Leonard, along with Robert De Niro, on the big screen.... Read More...
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