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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...

Bruce Willis, an Oldie But a Newbie to Broadway, To Debut in New Play

Bruce Willis is an oldie, but a newbie when it comes to Broadway. At 59, he’s making his stage debut in an new adaptation of Stephen King’s 1987 book “Misery,” which was also made into an Oscar-winning, 1990 film. He’ll be joined on stage by “House of Cards” actress Elizabeth Marvel, 45, for an all Hollywood production. William Goldman, a two-time Oscar winner, is crafting the script. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1990 psychological thriller, starring James Caan and Kathy Bates.... Read More...

Larry David Comedy Buoys Broadway With Record Ticket Pre-Sales (video)

Larry David is giving Broadway a shot in the arm after his new play Fish in the Dark–sight unseen–racked up $13.5 million in ticket pre-sales ahead of previews, which begin Monday (Feb. 2). David, 67, is best known for his work as a writer on the hit CBS sitcom “Seinfeld,” and for “Curb Your Entusiasm,” his own hilarious show on HBO. David will star in the play as a character much like himself with Rita Wilson, Rosie Perez, Jayne Houdyshell, Jonny Orsini, Jerry Adler and Jake Cannavale. It also stars Ben Shenkman, Lewis J. Stadlen, Marylouise Burke, Jenn Lyon and Molly Ranson.... Read More...

Sting’s Last Ship Swept to Sea as Hard Winter Takes a Toll on Broadway

Sting’s childhood memoir turned Broadway musical The Last Ship will close on Jan 24, despite the heroic efforts of the iconic singer himself, who jumped on board and performed in a last-ditch bid to keep it afloat. The Last Ship is one many casualties so far this Broadway season. January and February are brutal months. Sting, real name Gordon Sumner, made a valiant effort to keep the show alive.... Read More...

Emma Stone Brings Intensity, Sexual Energy to Sally Bowles in ‘Cabaret’

Emma Stone radiates on-screen chemistry in the movies; so it’s hard to expect anything less on Broadway, where she’s currently playing Sally Bowles, the decadent, yet vulnerable singer in the hit musical Cabaret. No surprise, she largely delivers. Sally is a complex role that has been essayed by some of the most renown actresses over its many revivals, including the incomparable Liza Minnelli. Jill Haworth played Sally when Cabaret debuted on Broadway in 1966, kicking off more than 1,100 performances that saw Anita Gillette and Melissa Hart also play the part. But Minnelli defined the role in the 1972 movie version directed by Bob Fosse. She was joined by Michael York and Joel Grey, who reprised his role from Broadway. ... Read More...

Hugh Jackman, Bradley Cooper Battle for Broadway Holiday Supremacy

Hugh Jackman and Bradley Cooper, who are starring in The River and The Elephant Man, respectively, helped power Broadway to record ticket sales over the Thanksgiving Holiday along with big name Broadway productions like The Lion King and Aladdin. In all, plays and musicials on the Great White Way grossed $34,121,642 for the holiday weekend a $2.6 million increase over last year’s record take, according to The Broadway League, the industry’s trade group. Among other big winners were The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ($952,107); Cinderella ($1.1 million) with Real Atlanta Housewife NeNe Leakes and The Illusionists ($1 million).... Read More...