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Little Island Opens Tomorrow Photo Little Island Opens Tomorrow
by Stephi Wild - May 20, 2021

The park ‚Äď one of the first to open in the city since the COVID-19 pandemic ‚Äď provides serene spaces to explore, new venues for live performances and cultural events, and unique vantage points to view the surrounding area.

Theater Stories: GYPSY, EVITA, THE COLOR PURPLE, the FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Revival, & M Photo Theater Stories: GYPSY, EVITA, THE COLOR PURPLE, the FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Revival, & More About The Broadway Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 17, 2021

This week's Theater Stories features the Broadway Theatre! Learn about the shows to have graced the stage of the theatre, including Gypsy, The Color Purple, Evita and more; the show that broke the theatre's box office record, and much more!

Little Island Announces 2021 Performance Open Call Photo Little Island Announces 2021 Performance Open Call
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 6, 2020

Little Island, New York City's newest public park under construction in Hudson River Park by W. 13th Street, has announced the opening of Perform in the Park, an open call for performing artist submissions, on Monday, August 6th, 2020.

BC/EFA's Emergency Assistance Fund Sends $5 Million to The Actors Fund Photo BC/EFA's Emergency Assistance Fund Sends $5 Million to The Actors Fund
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 20, 2020

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced today that it has sent $5 million from its COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund to The Actors Fund, ensuring thousands who work in theater and the performing arts receive vital, lifesaving support during and after this devastating pandemic.

VIDEO: MOULIN ROUGE! Tops List of Outer Critics Circle Honorees! Photo VIDEO: MOULIN ROUGE! Tops List of Outer Critics Circle Honorees!
by Nicole Rosky - May 11, 2020

The Outer Critics Circle (OCC), the official organization of writers on New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers and national publications, today announced its plans for honoring the 2019-2020 season of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.

Broadway Producers Come Together For Another $1 Million Challenge For BC/EFA's Emerge Photo Broadway Producers Come Together For Another $1 Million Challenge For BC/EFA's Emergency Assistance Fund
by Stephi Wild - Apr 14, 2020

A second group of Broadway producers have stepped up to match all new donations up to $1 million

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Announces Broadway Closing Photo WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Announces Broadway Closing
by Alan Henry - Mar 21, 2020

The producers of the Broadway revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? announced today that the production will not open when Broadway resumes performances, due to ensuing cast scheduling conflicts amid the shutdown.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Soars to New Heights in Front of 18,000 Students at Madison Squ Photo TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Soars to New Heights in Front of 18,000 Students at Madison Square Garden
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 28, 2020

Under typical circumstances, it would be a difficult task to judge just how much a piece of theater is affecting an audience. The average age of a theatergoer hovers in the range of 40 to 45 years old, and by then social mores have taken over and hammered in the rules of 'proper' theater etiquette. You may hear measured laughs and gasps or catch a few tears slipping out, but for the most part, instinctual, visceral and verbal reactions are reeled in. But, when you take a Broadway play and put it in front of 18,000 students in one of the world's most famous arenas, the energy rises to match its surroundings. High points are celebrated with deafening cheers, the dislike of characters is vocalized, and the silences are heightened. When Aaron Sorkin's To Kill A Mockingbird became the first ever Broadway play to perform at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, the sheer magnitude of the surroundings and the unbridled energy that comes from 18,000 kids sharing a space made it impossible to forget for even a second that history was unfolding in front of your eyes.

Photo Coverage: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Makes History at Madison Square Garden Performa Photo Photo Coverage: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Makes History at Madison Square Garden Performance
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 27, 2020

Just yesterday, a capacity crowd of 18,000 New York City public school students made history, along side the Broadway cast of To Kill a Mockingbird. Aaron Sorkin's new play, directed by Bartlett Sher, and based on Harper Lee's classic novel, became the first-ever Broadway play to perform at The World's Most Famous Arena, New York's Madison Square Garden. With the extraordinary support of James L. Dolan, executive chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company, this unprecedented, single-performance event was entirely free to students of New York City Department of Education public middle and high schools from all five boroughs.

Photo Flash: History-Making Performance of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Madison Square Ga Photo Photo Flash: History-Making Performance of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Madison Square Garden
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 26, 2020

This afternoon, a capacity crowd of 18,000 New York City public school students made history, along side the Broadway cast of To Kill a Mockingbird. Aaron Sorkin's new play, directed by Bartlett Sher, and based on Harper Lee's classic novel, became the first-ever Broadway play to perform at The World's Most Famous Arena, New York's Madison Square Garden.  With the extraordinary support of James L. Dolan, executive chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company, this unprecedented, single-performance event was entirely free to students of New York City Department of Education public middle and high schools from all five boroughs.

Breaking: Greg Kinnear Will Make Broadway Debut as TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD's Next Attic Photo Breaking: Greg Kinnear Will Make Broadway Debut as TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD's Next Atticus Finch
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 25, 2020

Producers¬†Scott Rudin¬†and¬†Barry Diller¬†announced today that Academy Award nominee and two-time Emmy Award winner¬†Greg Kinnear¬†will make his Broadway debut in the iconic role of 'Atticus Finch' in the Broadway production of¬†To Kill a Mockingbird,¬†Aaron Sorkin's new play, directed by¬†Bartlett Sher, and based on Harper Lee's classic novel,¬†beginning Tuesday, April 21. Two-time Golden Globe¬ģ winner¬†Ed Harris'¬†final performance will be on¬†Sunday, April 19.

Wake Up With BWW 1/10: Dharon E. Jones Replaces Ben Cook in WEST SIDE STORY, and More Photo Wake Up With BWW 1/10: Dharon E. Jones Replaces Ben Cook in WEST SIDE STORY, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Jan 10, 2020

Today's top stories: Dharon E. Jones replaces Ben Cook in West Side Story, and more!

Dharon E. Jones Replaces Ben Cook in WEST SIDE STORY Photo Dharon E. Jones Replaces Ben Cook in WEST SIDE STORY
by Stephi Wild - Jan 9, 2020

Dharon E. Jones, making his Broadway debut, will succeed actor Ben Cook in the role of 'Riff' in the new Broadway production of West Side Story, producers Scott Rudin/Barry Diller/David Geffen announced today.

Wake Up With BWW 12/31: CATS Box Office Loss, and More Photo Wake Up With BWW 12/31: CATS Box Office Loss, and More
by Stephi Wild - Dec 31, 2019

Today's top stories: CATS is expected to suffer a $100 million loss, Thomas Kail and Michelle Williams announce engagement, and more!

WEST SIDE STORY Has Broken All-Time Broadway Theatre House Record Photo WEST SIDE STORY Has Broken All-Time Broadway Theatre House Record
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 30, 2019

Producers Scott Rudin / Barry Diller / David Geffen announced today that the Broadway return of the Jerome Robbins / Arthur Laurents / Leonard Bernstein / Stephen Sondheim musical, West Side Story, has once again broken the all-time Broadway Theatre house record for a single week, with a gross of $1,807,025.94. In 7 performances the previous week, West Side Story broke the record (with a gross of $1,497,319) held by Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella ($1,479,889.97, established on 12/29/13, for an 8-performance week).

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Will Hold Free Performance For Students at Madison Square Garde Photo TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Will Hold Free Performance For Students at Madison Square Garden
by Stephi Wild - Dec 18, 2019

New York City students will get to attend a free performance of To Kill A Mockingbird in 2020, staged at Madison Square Garden!

Rhys Ifans Is Atticus Finch In West End's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Photo Rhys Ifans Is Atticus Finch In West End's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
by Marianka Swain - Nov 28, 2019

Producers Scott Rudin, Barry Diller and Sonia Friedman Productions today announced that Rhys Ifans will play the iconic role of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, the new play by Aaron Sorkin based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, directed by Bartlett Sher, which will open in London's West End in 2020. Further casting will be announced.

National Theatre Announces December 2019 ‚Ä" June 2020 Lineup; ROMEO & JULIET, SEA SI Photo National Theatre Announces December 2019 ‚Ä" June 2020 Lineup; ROMEO & JULIET, SEA SICK, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Nov 15, 2019

The National Theatre has announced its upcoming lineup for December 2019 - June 2020.

Rhys Ifans To Star In TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD West End Transfer Photo Rhys Ifans To Star In TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD West End Transfer
by Alexa Criscitiello - Nov 14, 2019

Rhys Ifans will lead the West End transfer of the TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in the iconic role of Atticus Finch.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is Headed to the West End Photo TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is Headed to the West End
by Stephi Wild - Oct 31, 2019

Producers Scott Rudin, Barry Diller and Sonia Friedman Productions announced today that To Kill a Mockingbird, Aaron Sorkin's new play based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, directed by Bartlett Sher, will open at London's Gielgud Theatre in May 2020.

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