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Extra, Extra! NEWSIES Is Now Available For Licensing!
March 1, 2018

Check the headlines! The beloved Disney musical Newsies, featuring songs like 'Seize The Day', 'Santa Fe', and 'King of New York', could be coming to your stage! Music Theatre International announced that they would be exclusively licensing this New York tap extravaganza! Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right.

Rosie O'Donnell Sells Out Anti-Trump Art On Her Etsy Page
February 23, 2018

Famed LGBT activist is officially making money off of her long-time feud with the current president of the United States. O'Donnell's first collection has already sold out on her Etsy page, ROSIEOart. The collection consisted of a dozen 5x7 inch aluminum printed art pieces that are each signed and numbered. The pieces themselves depict 'Trumpy' alongside several descriptors, such as 'CHEAT', 'CON MAN', and 'LIAR'.

Photo Flash: The Cast of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Finds Immense Success In Olympic Curling!
February 23, 2018

Oops, wait... that headline might be wrong.  The Broadway stars of the smash hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong got in the Olympic spirit in advance of the U.S. Men's Curling team going for the gold medal tonight against Sweden at the PyeongChang Olympics in the last must-see winter Olympics event of the season airing at 1:35am EST. Naturally…their attempt to master the sport of curling all went wrong at The Lefrak Center at Lakeside in Bryant Park, Brooklyn despite expert instruction from CurlNYC coach Dean Roth.

Will Scar's 'Be Prepared' Make The Cut For Live-Action THE LION KING?
February 22, 2018

The live-action Lion King is set to feature four of the film's original songs by John and Tim Rice. Elton John told The Sun, 'They need to have a new end credits song. There's going to be four of our songs in the film, from the original: 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight?', 'Hakuna Matata', 'I Just Can't Wait To Be King' and 'Circle of Life'. And then there will be an end, closing song, and we've been speaking to Beyonce's people and hopefully Tim and I and her can cook up something.' But will Scar's 'Be Prepared' make the cut for live-action THE LION KING?

VIDEO: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Finds Its Judas, Peter, Simon & More- Meet the New Cast Members!
February 22, 2018

More members of the 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live!' cast have been announced. Set for Easter Sunday (April 1, 2018), NBC will bring to broadcast television 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live!' -- a one-of-a-kind live staging of the iconic 1971 Broadway rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The event will be executive produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Get to know the cast with some of their past performances below!

Liza Minnelli's CABARET Costume Among 1,000 Pieces Up For Auction
February 15, 2018

Profiles in History, an auction house located in Southern California, announced on Wednesday that Liza Minnelli would be auctioning off more than 1,000 items from her personal collection of items, including items that belonged to her mother, Judy Garland, and her filmmaker father, Vincente Minnelli, in the auction dubbed 'Love, Liza'. The dazzling list of items includes her signature Cabaret costume -- the classic bowler hat, boots, and halter top vest included -- and her Cabaret script, complete with her hand-written annotations. In addition to these, the 'Love, Liza' auction will also include her 1971 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.

Photo Flash: KINKY BOOTS Welcomes Flynn the Bichon Frise to Broadway
February 15, 2018

The Tony Award-winning cast of Kinky Boots spent their Valentine's Day with Flynn the Bichon Frise -- aka the winner of the 2018 Westminster Dog Show! Flynn is the adorable Bichon Frise who was named 'Best in Show' yesterday at the 2018 Westminster 'Best in Show'. Last night, he continued his NYC tour, making his Broadway debut with a walk-on role in Broadway's hottest show!

KINKY BOOTS Welcomes Westminster 'Best In Show' Winner To Broadway!
February 14, 2018

The Tony Award-winning cast of Kinky Boots is about to meet Flynn the Bichon Frise -- aka the winner of the 2018 Westminster Dog Show! Flynn is the adorable Bichon Frise who was named 'Best in Show' yesterday at the 2018 Westminster 'Best in Show'. This Valentine's Day, he continues his NYC tour, making his Broadway debut with a walk-on role in Broadway's hottest show!

Casting Controversy Leads to Online Threats Against High School Students
February 8, 2018

The Ithaca High School production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME has been cancelled following an outcry over the lack of diversity in casting. However, the national attention placed on the school has lead to online threats. The Ithaca Journal reported that students complained when a white actress was cast in the role of Esmerelda, a part intended to be portrayed as a Romani person living in 15th century Paris. In recent productions, including its 2014 premiere at La Jolla Playhouse and the New Jersey's 2015 production at the Paper Mill Playhouse, a woman of color -- Ciara Renee -- was cast in the leading role. Additionally, the 1996 Disney film animates Esmerelda with a dark complexion, and this is the film that the students of Ithaca High School grew up watching. An African-American Ithaca High School student told the Ithaca Journal, 'It shows you that, if you can't get the parts that are written for you, what parts are you going to get?'

DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Pasek and Paul Help Students See Their First Broadway Show... And You Could, Too!
February 1, 2018

This past fall, Tony/Oscar/Grammy award-winning writers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul helped forty-five students from a Bed Stuy public middle school in Brooklyn, NY learn about musical theatre through their renowned Broadway show, Dear Evan Hansen, through ASCAP's Children Will Listen program. 'My students and I cannot thank The ASCAP Foundation enough for our experience seeing Dear Evan Hansen… Not only did the students learn to have empathy for one another through this story, but they saw themselves within the characters on stage, which provided the perfect gateway theatre experience… If not for this organization, many of these children may never have set foot in a Broadway theatre,' said Jennifer DeRosa, drama teacher, M.S. 57 in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, NY.  

Google Cracks Down On Scalping By Vetting Broadway Ticket Resellers
January 10, 2018

Google may be on the right track towards cracking down on those scalped, $1,000+ tickets. The #1 Internet search engine has began the process of vetting Broadway ticket resellers in an effort to reduce the number of notoriously expensive scalpers. Google wishes to remove these sellers from their top results by requiring an inspection that must be passed in order to receive advertisement on their website. This will hopefully clarify to online ticket customers which sites are real Broadway ticket vendors and which are deceptive ones.

Jeffrey Seller's New NBC Show RISE Could Do HAMILTON... But You Might Have To Wait
January 10, 2018

Jeffrey Seller's upcoming NBC Show 'Rise' is redefining the high school theatre TV-show template. The Hamilton producer's new show puts its focus on a small town in Pennsylvania where a dedicated teacher revolutionizes his school's theatre department. Each season will bring a new musical to the screen, following the ups and downs of high school drama on and off the stage. Of course, the question must then become: will viewers ever get the chance to see a rendition of Tony-award winning Hamilton?

The New Group Announces Full Casting and Creatives for JERRY SPRINGER - THE OPERA
January 8, 2018

The New Group has announced full casting for the Off-Broadway premiere JERRY SPRINGER - THE OPERA with Jennifer Allen, Florrie Bagel, Brandon Contreras, Sean Patrick Doyle, Bradley Greer, Luke Grooms, Nathaniel Hackmann, Billy Hepfinger, Justin Keyes, Beth Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth Loyacano, Tiffany Mann, Jill Paice, Kim Steele and Nichole Turner joining, as previously announced, Terrence Mann and Will Swenson. Jerry Springer The Opera features Music by Richard Thomas and Book & Additional Lyrics by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas, with Choreography by Chris Bailey. John Rando directs. This production includes Set Design by Derek McLane, Costume Design by Sarah Laux, Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter, Sound Design by John Shivers, Projection Design by Olivia Sebesky, Orchestrations by Greg Anthony Rassen and Music Direction by Michael Brennan. Previews begin January 23 in advance of an Official Opening Night on Thursday, February 22. A limited Off-Broadway engagement is slated through March 11 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street).



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