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School Is In Session
The littlest rock stars of Broadway took to the streets earlier this week for the School Of Rock photo shoot. I’m excited to this cast really stick it to the man! Check out their photo shoot video here.
The Gin Game Begins Previews
It’s time to watch some gin rummy between two acting legends, James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson at the Golden Theater. Previews began on Wednesday and the show is scheduled to run through January 10, 2016. No rush or lotto policies have been announced.
Dames At Sea Begins Previews
Dames at Sea starring John Bolton, Mara Davi, Danny Gardner, Eloise Kropp, Laurence Olivier, Lesli Margherita and Cary Tedder began previews at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Thursday night. The show announced that they will offer a student rush at the theatre for every performance. A limited number of $32 tickets will be available to students with a valid student ID. Only one ticket will be given for each transaction.
Corden Takes on Phantom Of The Opera…Again
Theatre lovers rejoice! The Late Late Show with James Corden is NOT one to miss. This week Corden finally had the chance to play his dream role, The Phantom. This newly imagined production took place right on a L.A. crosswalk. Watch this hilarious version of the musical here.
Hamilton Drops Digitally Today
The day is finally here! Hamilton is now available for digital download. On Monday, NPR had a First Listen and fans took to social media about their excitement.
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Amazing Grace Sets Closing Date
The musical based on the story behind the iconic song will play its final performance on October 25. By the time of closing, Amazing Grace will have played a total of 24 previews and 114 regular performances. Don’t lose faith folks, a national tour is in the works! Stay tuned…
AT&T, You Just Got Patti LuPwned
THE QUEEN HAS SPOKEN and she urges you to drop AT&T! “I dropped them years ago, not because of an arrogant and ignorant spokesperson, but because their service stunk,” LuPone told Playbill.com. “I made the right decision to go with Verizon.” Read the rest of her statement here. Come on AT&T, who do you think you are?!
Mann Steps In To Finding Neverland
Tony nominee Terrence Mann is returning to Broadway as Charles Frohman and Captain Hook in Finding Neverland. Mann will be replacing Anthony Warlow who replaced Emmy winner Kelsey Grammer during his summer hiatus. There is no news if Grammar will be returning to the production. Mann will begin performances on September 29.
Tony Nominee Sydney Lucas to Depart From Fun Home
Lucas will play her final performance on October 4. Not to worry Fun Homies, Gabriella Pizzolo will take over the role of Small Alison beginning October 6.
Meet The Tucks
Principal casting has been announced for the much anticipated musical, Tuck Everlasting. This new musical will star 11-year-old Sarah Charles Lewis as Winnie Foster, Andrew-Keenan Bolger (Newsies) as Jesse Tuck, Carolee Carmello (Finding Neverland) as Mae Tuck, Michael Park (How to Succeed…) as Angus Tuck, Terrence Mann (Pippin) as the Man in the Yellow Suit, Fred Applegate (The Last Ship) as Constable Joe, Robert Lenzi (South Pacific) as Miles Tuck, Machel Wartella (Wicked) as Hugo and Valerie Write (Elf) as Betsy Foster. Tuck Everlasting directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (Something Rotten!, The Book of Mormon), will begin previews at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre on March 31.
Cell phone disturbances and poor etiquette are unfortunately nothing new to the theatre community. We’ve had Patti LuPone stop a show (2009), Patti LuPone take an audience member’s phone mid-performance (2015), a college student try to charge his phone on stage (2015), etc. Just when we thought this madness had ended AT&T released this ad…
I spent most of my summer inside Broadway theatres and was shocked by the lack of etiquette when it came to phone use during a performance. When I saw “An American In Paris”, I had to ask the man next to me to turn off his phone as he started to play a game during the overture. I mean, I get it. “An American In Paris” isn’t for everyone. Gershwin music and Tony Award-winning choreography are SO boring (HA!). With the price of a Broadway ticket skyrocketing, I find it ridiculous that someone would feel the need to do anything besides sit and enjoy the experience.
This ad is distasteful and extremely offensive to anyone who admires the theatre. It baffles me that this ad was even approved. Thankfully, AT&T is #NotMyService!
Here’s what the Broadway community had to say:
— A Gentlemans Guide (@GentlemansGuide) September 14, 2015
— Ruthie Ann Miles (@RuthieAnnMiles) September 14, 2015
The ad has been removed from all AT&T’s social channels but people are still voicing their opinion on social media.
So, before you pull out your phone mid-performance, remember who’s watching…
Choreographer On Board For The SpongeBob SquarePants Musical
Are ya ready, kids? Tony Award-winning choreographer, Christopher Gattelli joined the creative team of the Broadway-bound The SpongeBob SquarePants Musical. I’m excited to see some airborne choreography to music written by T.I., David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper and many others.
Hand To God Sets Closing Date
The lead producer of Hand To God announced on Wednesday that the Tony-nominated play will be closing on Jan. 3. Not to worry puppet lovers, the terrible Tyrone will make his way to the West End on Feb. 5.
Hedwig and the Angry Itch starring Taye Diggs is closing this Sunday. Originally set to be a limited engagement 16-week run, Hedwig has made audience members lift up their hands for over a year! Check out Taye’s interview with Broadway.com here.
Spring Awakening Begins Previews
Deaf West’s innovative production of Spring Awakening began previews this week. This exciting theatrical experience features a mix of 28 speaking and non-speaking actors, 20 of which made their Broadway debut! Spring Awakening opens on Sept. 27.
A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder Sets Closing Date
The Tony Award-winning musical announced this week that it will be committing its final murders on Jan. 17. The closing cast features Tony Award-winning actor, Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham.
2. Thank You For The Music, Mamma Mia!
This Saturday, Mamma Mia! dances and jives one last time after over 6,000 performances. Mamma Mia! has featured some of our favorite Broadway leading ladies over the last 14 years including Judy Kaye, Carolee Carmello, Dee Hoty and Beth Leavel.
1. I ❤ NY
Now, go see some theatre!
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