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James Corden is odds-on favorite to host the TonysThe 70th Annual Tony Awards

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:01:06 -0500

CBS is wasting no time lining up a host for this year’s Tony Awards. I hear the offer is out to James Corden, who hosted the telecast to great acclaim in 2016. Sources say the host of “The Late Late Show With James Corden” is likely to accept. The network scrambled to land a host...

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Why Broadway’s SpongeBob gave up pizza and boozeSPONGEBOB

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:48:18 -0500

The star of “SpongeBob SquarePants” knows his sponges, in the kitchen and onstage. Just so happens that offstage, he swears by Scrub Daddy. And before Nickelodeon flips out over that unauthorized endorsement, please note that it’s Ethan Slater — Broadway’s SpongeBob — who’s doing the endorsing. “Scrub Daddy was on ‘Shark Tank,’” he tells The...

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New ‘Dolly!’ star once played a flying monkey

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:37:58 -0500

Just five nights ago, Charlie Stemp was in London, taking his final bow in the holiday pantomime “Dick Whittington” at the Palladium next to West End royalty Elaine Paige. After the curtain fell at 9 p.m., the 24-year-old British charmer raced home, packed his life away and boarded a flight to New York. He was...

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‘Pretty Woman’ hooker gets a feminist twist on BroadwayPRETTY WOMAN, Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, 1990.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:37:18 -0500

Even in 2016, Garry Marshall knew that what worked for his 1990 hit film “Pretty Woman” wouldn’t work in a musical. Times had changed, and Vivian and Edward — the characters played by Julia Roberts and Richard Gere — would have to change, too: No longer could a hooker with a heart of gold be...

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Can Bryan Cranston be lured back to Broadway for ‘Network’?a_scene_from_network_left_and_onescreen_bryan_cranston._ima.jpg

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 19:18:15 -0500

Bryan Cranston is winning raves as wild-eyed anchorman Howard Beale in the stage adaptation of “Network” at London’s National Theatre. The “Breaking Bad” star was a major box-office draw in Broadway’s 2014 “All the Way,” so it’s no surprise that plans are afoot to bring “Network” to New York. But Cranston may need a little...

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Blockbuster shows are finding new life off-BroadwayLexi Fridell, Jason Jacoby and Darren Bluestone .jpg

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:23:09 -0500

When Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” closed up shop last January after a nearly 12-year run, fans were thrilled to hear it would soon return — off-Broadway. But with a smaller stage and budget, would we be getting Frankie Valli and the Three Seasons? Happily, that’s not the case. All four Seasons are present and accounted for...

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Gwyneth Paltrow actually got a Go-Go’s musical to B’wayPaul Natkin Archive

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 20:37:22 -0500

Sorry, Go-Go’s: My lips are not sealed: “Head Over Heels,” a new musical featuring songs by the ’80s girl band, will open this summer at the Hudson Theatre. Gwyneth Paltrow is producing the $15 million musical with her ex-boyfriend Donovan Leitch. Helping them finance the show will be Jujamcyn Theaters president Jordan Roth. Roth wanted...

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‘SNL’ alum heading to Broadway … for Gershwin?24 Hour Plays On Broadway Honoring Marsha Norman

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:00:04 -0500

Here’s a blast of heart-warming good cheer on a cold winter day — “Crazy for You” is headed back to Broadway. Susan Stroman, who directed “The Producers” and “The Scottsboro Boys,” is staging a workshop of the delightful 1992 musical later this month. The cast includes Laura Osnes (“Grease”), Tony Yazbeck (“On the Town”) and...

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‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Harry Potter’ are set to rule BroadwayHP_5.jpg

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 19:08:18 -0500

Here are the people, shows and events sure to grab Broadway’s attention in 2018. Abracadabra: The “Harry Potter” carnival is headed to town, and tickets are going fast: Every time a new block goes on sale for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” they’re gone within an hour or so, and the advance is racing...

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Matthew Broderick to read ‘A Christmas Memory’ at NJ Church2013 Ripple of Hope Awards Dinner

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 23:00:36 -0500

Matthew Broderick, a high-priced talent with an estimated net worth of $45 million, is in the Christmas spirit. His next performance will be far off-off-Broadway, but it is sold out, since tickets were free. On the twelfth day of Christmas this Friday night, the Tony Award-winning performer will give a 7:00 p.m. reading of Truman...

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New Year’s Eve is not Sandra Bernhard’s favorite holiday7th Annual "Home For The Holidays" Concert

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 20:22:48 -0500

The last time Sandra Bernhard partied on New Year’s Eve was more than a decade ago, in Palm Springs, Calif., and the experience was “just dreadful,” she says. “New Year’s Eve is not a fun night, unless you’re doing what I do and gather people together,” says the 62-year-old, who started a party of her...

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The top shows, stars and theater scandals of 2017Hello, Dolly!

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 20:46:16 -0500

With a nod to Oscar Hammerstein II: Bette at the Shubert Bruce Springsteen on Broadway Garth Drabinsky starts yelling and Mandy says “No way” Michael Moore dances and even sings These are a few of my favorite things! Before we ring in 2018, let’s look back at the people, shows and gossip that filled this...

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How these giants we lost in 2017 made their mark in theaterRiedel_Main_Trio1a

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 19:09:07 -0500

Let’s salute a few showbiz folks who took their final bows this year. Several were Broadway fixtures, while others found fame on TV or in Hollywood but couldn’t resist the lure of the stage. Mary Tyler Moore, who died in January, had a scarring experience in the 1966 musical “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which closed before...

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Falsetto-voiced opera singer finds new fans in theater debutDavies Rylance Garbiya Grove Farinelli (c) Joan Marcus 0128.JPG

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 18:04:21 -0500

No one suffered more for their art than the castrati, the men whose heavenly high voices cost them part of their manhood. Among the most famous of their ranks was the 18th-century Italian known as Farinelli, the Pavarotti of his day. So enthralled was Queen Isabella with his voice that she took him home to...

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‘The Band’s Visit’ is already a Tony favorite0327_The company of THE BAND'S VISIT, Photo by Matthew Murp.jpg

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 19:31:22 -0500

Broadway musicals are getting more expensive every season, but there’s still plenty of money to be made on a shoestring budget. One of the biggest hits so far this season is “The Band’s Visit,” which cost about $6 million. That’s peanuts — or bananas — compared with the $35 million being spent on “King Kong,”...

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‘Molly Dodd’ star’s tips for avoiding the High Line hordes"The Parisian Woman" Broadway Opening Night

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:39:07 -0500

Blair Brown moved here in 1976, just in time to see the tall ships come in. “I lived on 72nd Street and the West End, stuck my head out of the window and there was this huge black sailing ship on the Hudson,” the Washington, DC, native recalls. One Tony Award, four Emmy nominations and...

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Donna Summer musical producers are scared of CherRiedel_Summer_Cher_Inset1a

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:45:27 -0500

A giant disco ball called “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” is headed to Broadway earlier than expected. The $12 million show, produced by music legend Tommy Mottola, will open at the Lunt-Fontanne in April, just before the Tony Award cutoff date, sources tell The Post. “Summer” opened last month at the La Jolla Playhouse to...

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‘Moulin Rouge!’ will bring sensual cabaret to BroadwayMSDMORO FE004

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:37:40 -0500

The big event on Broadway this week is taking place on the Lower East Side, where “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” is having a no-expense-spared workshop. Heavy-hitters, including Broadway’s powerful landlords — the Shuberts, the Nederlanders and Jujamcyn Theaters — will be at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center on Suffolk Street on Thursday and Friday...

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Will Hugh Jackman help bring ‘Barnum’ back to Broadway?THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, center: Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, right: Keala Settle, 2017. ph: Niko

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:50:59 -0500

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus packed up for good this year — but P.T. Barnum is still the toast of the town, thanks largely to Hugh Jackman. You can’t turn on the TV without seeing him and co-stars Zac Efron and Michelle Williams swinging from a trapeze in “The Greatest Showman,” starring...

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Easy-to-watch movies are having an overdue momentMCDLABI EC014

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:09:33 -0500

Hollywood has finally gotten the memo. Awards season will kick off in earnest when the Golden Globes nominations are announced on Monday, but the main crop of contenders has already become clear: “Lady Bird,” “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out” receiving much of the early buzz and nods. What’s so crazy about this...

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