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See Jennifer Nettles Take Her First Bow in WAITRESS On Broadway | Photo Journal

It looks like the diner is getting a bit sweeter with Sugarland’s very own Jennifer Nettles who stepped into the role of Jenna in Waitress beginning tonight. Sara Bareilles’ hit musical tells the story of Jenna, a master pie baker trapped in a loveless marriage in a small town. With a book by Jessie Nelson, the production is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. Along with Nettles, the cast includes Maiesha McQueen, Ashley Blanchet, Erich Bergen, Ben Thompson, Dakin Matthews, Eric Anderson, and Nik Dodani as Ogie. The cast is rounded out by Tyrone Davis, Jr., Matt DeAngelis, Andrew Fitch, Henry Gottfried, Emily Koch, Molly Jobe, Anastacia McCleskey, Gerianne Pérez, Curtis Thomas, Stephanie Torns, Hattie Cecelia Tutalo, Nyla Watson, and Nora Lincoln Weiner. 

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Jamie Smithson on Bedlam and PERSUASION

Jamie Smithson is a fantastic actor who has delighted audiences across the country and can now be seen in Bedlam’s newest production of Jane Austen’s final novel Persuasion. Adapted by Sarah Rose Kearns, the performance is directed by Eric Tucker. We recently spoke with Smithson via Zoom on becoming a new father, his love of Jane Austen, and where he hopes Bedlam goes next.

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June 10, 2021

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CHICKEN & BISCUITS Celebrate Opening Night On Broadway | Photo Journal

Last night at the Circle in the Square Theatre, the new comedy Chicken & Biscuits officially opened on Broadway. Written by Douglas Lyons, the play is directed by Zhailon Levingston, who made history last night by becoming the youngest Black director in Broadway history. Go on the town and see photos from yesterday’s opening night!

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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LACKAWANNA BLUES Brings Love and Solidarity to the Broadway Stage At The End Of The Shutdown

As the New York City theatre community faces the collective reopening of Broadway shows while still reeling from nearly two years of crisis, Lackawanna Blues offers a space for healing within the memories and montages of one man’s childhood in mid-century New York.Based on writer and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s own life experiences, Lackawanna Blues is a one-man-and-one-guitarist show commemorating the woman who raised young Santiago-Hudson, Miss Rachel. He describes the play as “a love letter to the Black women that kept our communities standing on solid ground, and provided the sustenance we needed as human beings: spiritually, physically, mentally.” Santiago-Hudson is the only actor, and he is accompanied by blues-rock musician Junior Mack on guitar. 

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May 8, 2021

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Spilling BACKSTAGE TEA at Motel 23

Jarvis Derrell and Rob Morean are figures well-known in two distinct, but not entirely separate, New York social spheres: theatre and queer nightlife. The two friends are lifelong performers and personalities—Morean was an understudy in the Broadway revival of Torch Song Trilogy, and Derrell is perhaps best known for his “She Has Had It!” Instagram account—who can often be seen toasting each others’ theatrical nature around the NYC queer scene.They’ve now partnered up to host Backstage Tea, a weekly Broadway-themed cabaret at Motel 23, a gay cocktail lounge which opened last year in Chelsea. The show promises well-known stars and up-and-coming performers “singing their favorite songs, answering your burning questions, and spilling all the tea,” with their first lineup featuring J. Harrison Ghee (Mrs. Doubtfire, Kinky Boots) and Danny Peter Smith, and future guests including Jelani Remy (Ain’t Too Proud, The Lion King) and Sojourner Brown.The Monday night residency at first seems unlikely programming for the revelrous club perhaps best known for hosting Lil Nas X’s SNL after-party, so I spoke with Derrell and Morean ahead of their first performance to get the scoop on their ambitious plan. 

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May 8, 2021

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Nikiya Mathis on SEMBLANCE At NYTW

At a first glance, it may not seem like the worker at your local Sweetgreen has much in common with the Vice President of the United States. But a theatrical installation with New York Theatre Workshop is looking to challenge that idea. Written and directed by Whitney White, “Semblance” explores how Black women are perceived in society and challenges audiences to think about how they encounter Black women in everyday life. Nikiya Mathis, who stars in “Semblance,” says the show is a portrait of Black women, examining how Black women are perceived by others and how these perceptions line up with who these women really are. 

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May 8, 2021

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Gideon Glick on THE OTHER TWO

Gideon Glick has been endearing himself to audiences since originating the role of shy, lovestruck Ernst in Spring Awakening. An actor capable of generating an incredible amount of empathy for his often bashful characters, he was last seen onstage as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors—a lauded run which was cut short by the pandemic.Never one to stay too far away from the spotlight, he recently appeared in the second season of HBO’s hit series, The Other Two, created by Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider . Playing Jess, the level-headed boyfriend of co-lead Cary Dubek (Drew Tarver) he stuck out in the surreal, pop culture-savvy comedy. His character’s sheer normalcy gave the show—possibly the sharpest, funniest critique of modern gay culture—a chance to explore gay relationships in the age of Instagram.

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May 8, 2021

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AND… SCENE! The Tonys Hangover

Juan A. Ramirez spills on all of his thoughts on this year's Tony Awards in his latest column AND...SCENE!

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May 8, 2021

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BRIDGERTON THE MUSICAL’s Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear Chat Kennedy Center 50th Anniversary on PBS

Two options. You either know Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, or you are about to. The newest songwriting duo quickly (and I mean quickly) rose to fame via TikTok at the start of this year when they started composing a musicalilzed version of Netflix’s Bridgerton. Since posting their first video back in January of this year, the two creators have garnered millions upon millions of views. This past month, they released the Unofficial Bridgerton Musical concept album which has topped the charts ever since. (And yes, it really is as good as everyone says.) Now, the pair joins a star-studded roster of performers for The Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert which was taped a few weeks ago and will premiere on PBS tonight. 

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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MOULIN ROUGE! Celebrates Their 10 Tony Awards At Tonight’s Performance

On any typical night at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre before the curtain rises for Moulin Rouge! The Musical, there is a certain excitement that brews in the air. Walking in and seeing Derek McLane’s Tony winning scenic design truly immerses the audience in a way that is so rarely experienced in a Broadway house.But tonight was different. Tonight was the first performance since the team took home ten Tony Awards this past Sunday at the 74th Annual Tonys. Those awards included Best Musical, Best Scenic Design for Derek McLane, Best Sound Design for Peter Hylenski, Best Costume Design for Catherine Zuber, Best Lighting Design for Justin Townsend, and Best Orchestrations for Justin Levine with Matt Stine, Katie Kresek, and Charlie Rosen.

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June 10, 2021

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2020 Tony Awards — The Highs, Lows, and Whoas

After almost a year and a half from their first announcement, the 74th Annual Tony Awards finally happened last night. Here’s our ranking of the highs, the lows, and the whoas.

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Zack Reiser

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May 8, 2021

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Lily Rabe on AHS and Repertory Theatre

Chances are you’ve seen Lily Rabe in your favorite season of American Horror Story (AHS): she’s been on all but one of the long-running anthology’s ten iterations. The daughter of playwright David Rabe and actor Jill Clayburgh, she has made as much an impact onstage as she has onscreen, notably appearing in four productions at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park—one of which, The Merchant of Venice, earned her a Tony nomination.Back in the innocent Murder House days of the first AHS season, it’s unlikely that series creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck had envisioned forging what would essentially become a repertory theatre troupe. Now in its tenth season, the show has become a recurring playground for stage actors like Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, and Adina Porter.

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May 8, 2021

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Reed Luplau on Finding his Creative Energy with PLACES, PLEASE

Broadway productions are reopening for the first time in almost a year and a half, but the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the theatre community are still present. Places, Please, a film written and directed by Reed Luplau (who can currently be seen in Moulin Rouge! on Broadway), follows a group of theatre artists reflecting on the shutdown of the theatre industry and sharing their experiences about how it has affected them individually. 

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ALADDIN Reopens On Broadway | Photo Journal

Last night, Disney celebrated its return of the acclaimed hit musical Aladdin as it reopened at the New Amsterdam Theatre for the first time following the pandemic shutdown. See photos of the cast take their first bows back on Broadway.

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June 10, 2021

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A COMMERCIAL JINGLE FOR REGINA COMET Opens Off-Broadway | Photo Journal

Earlier tonight, A Commercial Jingle For Regina Comet, the first new musical to premiere in New York City since the pandemic shutdown opened at the DR2 Theatre down in Union Square. Performances run through November 14, 2021. The cast includes Broadway favorites Bryonha Marie Parham, Alex Wyse, and Ben Fankhauser. Fankhauser and Wyse are also responsible for the Book, Music, and Lyrics. See the cast celebrate and take their opening night bows:

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June 10, 2021

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Theatrely Thoughts | Live Commentary on the 2020 Tony Awards

Live Commentary on the 2020 Tony Awards from Theatrely staff as we watch and dish about this year's ceremony.

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June 10, 2021

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74th Annual Tony Awards — Our Predictions, Thoughts, and All That Jazz

As we near this Sunday and the 74th Annual Tony Awards, which celebrates the Broadway season of almost two years ago, we at Theatrely got together to try and rack our brains and reflect on the 19/20 season. Editor-in-Chief Kobi Kassal, Chief Critic Juan A. Ramirez, and Contributing Writer Meg Masseron recently sat down to discuss this year’s Tonys and see the results of the Theatrely team’s ballot. We had 20 of our staff members fill out their picks and our conversation followed.

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May 8, 2021

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2020 Tony Awards Drinking Game

What’s a Tony Awards night without some celebratory toasting to the Great White Way? Take your celebration a step further this year with Theatrely’s 2020 Tony Awards Drinking Game. Follow our rules and we guarantee you’ll be sloshed enough to think the show was actually worth watching. Bottoms up*

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May 8, 2021

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To Celebrate SLAVE PLAY, Honor its Black Predecessors that Haven’t Been on Broadway

To honor Jeremy H. Harris and Slave Play's historic twelve Tony Award nominations, culture writer Nathan Pugh looks at how the new generation of Black playwrights have leaned on their past predecessors that have yet to have shows produced on Broadway.

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June 29, 2021

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Go On The Scene of MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL’s First Performance Back On Broadway | Photo Journal

Yes you can can can! The Moulin Rouge is back open for business at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The acclaimed show, which is nominated for 14 Tony Awards including Best Musical, reopened on Broadway last night and Theatrely was on the ground to catch all the action. Check out photos from Moulin Rouge! The Musical’s first performance back and tune into the 74th Annual Tony Awards tomorrow evening, September 26 at 7pm ET, to see how many awards they take home.

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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Welcome BACK To The Rock | Watch COME FROM AWAY on Broadway Reopen and Take Their First Bow

The Tony-winning Come From Away has officially resumed performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway last night. Watch the cast and team at their first night back on Broadway.

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June 10, 2021

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Theatrely Three: MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL

Our top three reasons why you should not miss out on Moulin Rouge!'s return to Broadway.

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Jacob Rivera-Sanchez

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May 8, 2021

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Watch: Meet The Cast and Team Behind CHICKEN & BISCUITS

We guarantee you this is going to be the most fun you will ever have at a funeral! Written by Douglas Lyons and directed by Zhailon Levingston who is set to become the youngest Black director in Broadway history at the age of 27, Chicken & Biscuits begins previews tonight at the Circle in the Square Theatre. An official opening night is set for October 10, 2021. Meet members of the cast and team, and see why Chicken & Biscuits is a must see show this fall!

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Theatrely Three: COME FROM AWAY

Our top three reasons why you should not miss out on Come From Away's return to Broadway.

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Emily Hulbert

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May 8, 2021

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At the Lincoln Memorial, COME FROM AWAY Commemorates the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 with Triumph and Tears

The hit musical Come From Away recently honored the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

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June 29, 2021

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WATCH: We’ve Missed You Broadway! Watch Audiences Fill The Houses Once More

September 14, 2021 was a very special day for many of us who hold Broadway and the American Musical Theatre so near and dear to us. After 17 long months away, many shows were finally able to re-open including Wicked, Chicago, The Lion King, Hamilton, and the first preview of Lackawanna Blues at Manhattan Theatre Club. While Pass Over, Waitress, and Hadestown have been running, as of tonight we now have eight wonderful shows running on the Great White Way. 

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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WATCH: Pride Rock is Once Again Open For Business at THE LION KING on Broadway

Since opening on Broadway in 1997, The Lion King has dazzled millions of fans across the globe, and last night celebrated its triumphant return to the Great White Way. After many months away, the animals are back home at the Minskoff Theatre officially. Watch clips from the first performance back with "The Circle of Life" and remarks from Tony Award Winning director Julie Taymor.

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June 10, 2021

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Go Behind The Scenes of Broadway’s Historic Reopening Curtain Calls | Photo Journal

Theatrely was on the scene last night in Midtown Manhattan to capture the magic of Broadway’s jubilant return. Wicked, Chicago, The Lion King, and Hamilton are all beloved musicals in their own right, and last night all were able to safely reopen on the Great White Way. Go on the town and get a look at this historic night.

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June 10, 2021

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SIX The Musical Begins Performances On Broadway | Photo Journal

There was an electric feeling in the air at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre last night where Six The Musical started performances on Broadway once again. From writers Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow, the Queens are back bringing their “Divorced Beheaded Live Tour” to 47th Street right here in New York City. See photos from their first night back on stage.

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June 10, 2021

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AMERICAN UTOPIA Returns To Broadway | Watch Clips From David Byrne's First Performance Back

This past Friday evening, David Byrne’s American Utopia returned to Broadway, this time at the St. James Theatre. The hit theatrical concert based off Byrne’s 2018 album of the same name features returning band members Jacquelene Acevedo, Gustavo Di Dalva, Daniel Freedman, Chris Giarmo, Tim Keiper, Tendayi Kuumba, Karl Mansfield, Mauro Refosco, Stéphane San Juan, Angie Swan and Bobby Wooten III.

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June 10, 2021

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Times Square Comes Alive This Weekend with CURTAIN UP! FESTIVAL Honoring Broadway’s Return | Photo Journal

To kick-off a jam-packed weekend of Broadway festivities, hosts Norm Lewis and Michael Urie from the upcoming Chicken & Biscuits introduced a myriad of speakers including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Deputy Mayor Vicki Been, and Commissioner Anne Del Castillo of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. President of the Broadway League Charlotte St. Martin, President of the John Gore Organization Lauren Reid, Playbill’s Vice President and Chief Operating Office Alex Birsh, and Times Square Alliance President Tom Harris were also on hand to celebrate the official start of the festival. 

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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See Jeremy Jordan as Seymour in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Off-Broadway | Photos

As the story states, on the twenty first day of the month of September...Little Shop of Horrors is set to reopen their acclaimed musical revival tonight at the Westside Theatre on 43rd Street. See photos of the new cast including Jeremy Jordan, Tammy Blanchard and Christian Borle.

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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Curtain Up! Celebrates Broadway’s Return With Jimmy Awards Reunion Concert | Photo Journal

Earlier this evening, the future of Broadway congregated on the main stage of Curtain Up! as alumni of the Jimmy Awards returned to perform classics of Broadway old and new. Host Jelani Alladin of Hercules and Frozen fame welcomed fans and ushered in a new era for the Great White Way. The concert featured performances from Bryson Battle, John Clay III, Sofia Deler, Caitlin Finnie, Elena Holder, Lily Kaufmann, McKenzie Kurtz, Sam Primack, Josh Strobl, and Ekele Ukegbu.

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June 10, 2021

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AND… SCENE! They Nearly Tore the Balcony Down!

In Juan's column this week, he was on the ground at Chicago's opening night on Broadway and it was certainly a night for the books.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 8, 2021

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Lydia R. Diamond on Arena Stage’s TONI STONE and Contradictions in Black Performance

Playwright Lydia R. Diamond sits down with Theatrely's Nathan Pugh to chat about her play Toni Stone at Arena Stage.

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June 29, 2021

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WATCH: “All That Jazz” From CHICAGO’S First Performance Back On Broadway

Chicago is currently the second longest running musical in Broadway history, and after a long intermission, the revival of the hit Kander and Ebb show has officially resumed performances at the Ambassador Theatre on 49th Street. Watch Bianca Marroquín lead the cast as Velma Kelly in the show’s iconic opening night: “All That Jazz”

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June 10, 2021

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Jacqueline Novak’s Raunchy GET ON YOUR KNEES Lands In Boston

Comedian Jacqueline Novak is headed out across America to fill in audiences on a subject very near and dear to her heart: Blow jobs. Her quirky one-woman show Get On Your Knees is currently taking up residence at the Calderwood Pavilion’s Robert’s Studio Theatre by way of ATG’s Emerson Colonial in Boston.

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June 10, 2021

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CROSSOVERS LIVE! Assembles The Best of Broadway

Move over Jimmy Fallon, take a seat Andy Cohen...there’s a new host in town and he just so happens to have a Tony Award. Brian Stokes Mitchell is now in the host’s seat with a bevy of his Broadway friends for some riveting and fun conversations on Crossovers Live! 

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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HADESTOWN’S Electrifying Return To Broadway

For the first time since March 11, 2020, audiences had the chance to ride that train down to Hadestown which is now back in performances at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The Tony-winning musical reopened on Broadway last night after an 18-month intermission and Theatrely was on the ground to capture that electrifying first night back.

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June 10, 2021

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Theatrely Three: WAITRESS

Waitress is now in performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on 47th Street in New York City through January 9, 2022. Our top picks as to why to catch the show!

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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Theatrely Three: HADESTOWN

Hadestown is now in performances at the Walter Kerr Theatre on 48th Street in New York City.

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Zack Reiser

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May 8, 2021

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A Night On The Town: BROADWAY PLUS Celebrates 5 Years

This past Thursday evening, Broadway Plus celebrated their 5th anniversary with a star-studded party atop Manhattan’s Skylark rooftop lounge. The night began with a lively red carpet session, where attendees posed cheerfully together at what is likely one of their first red carpets of the past year-and-a-half. Beloved Broadway actors Tamar Greene of Hamilton, Andrea Macasaet of Six, and Max von Essen of Anastasia, are just some of the many stars that posed for photos before eventually making their way to the main floor for an endless array of drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

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Meg Masseron

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May 8, 2021

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My First BroadwayCon | OPINION

I attended BroadwayCon for the first time this year, and, long story short, it wasn’t what I was expecting at all. In past years, BroadwayCon seems like a gathering place for theatre superfans with the opportunity to connect with fellow enthusiasts and the Broadway stars we love.

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Jordanna Brody

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May 8, 2021

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Playwright Peter Gray Talks His New Comedy THE KARENS

In Peter Gray’s new comedy The Karens, he deconstructs what it means to be a Karen through the lens of three high school besties all named… Karen. The show, directed by Michael Alvarez, is a hilarious exploration of privilege, reclamation, and interaction within the digital world. I recently caught up with the playwright and chatted about what it was like to create the piece.

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May 8, 2021

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AND… SCENE! A Soulless Tribute to the Queen of Soul

Juan dives deep into "Respect" with Jennifer Hudson and debates why this biopic wasn't quite what he was hoping for in this week's AND...SCENE!

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 8, 2021

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Aaron Tveit on Scoring Emotions While Shooting a Horror Story for the First Time

Aaron Tveit has had a busy pandemic on-screen, from shooting two episodes of American Horror Stories on FX to starring in Schmigadoon on Apple TV+. I caught up with Aaron after his second episode of AHS, “Feral”, dropped to talk about how his theatre background helped him approach this challenging role, and what he would create if he could imagine a new season of American Horror Story.

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Zack Reiser

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May 8, 2021

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The Case For Grosses | OPINION

The Broadway League recently announced they would not be releasing grosses for the upcoming Broadway season. Contributing writer Joey Sims makes his case for why they are vital for the industry in his first Op-Ed for Theatrely.

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August 17, 2021

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Elena Holder and Bryson Battle Chat Winning THE 2021 JIMMY AWARDS

We spoke the 2021 Jimmy Award Winners Elena Holder and Bryson Battle all about their experience and what comes next!

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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Gavel Creel Chats AMERICAN HORROR STORIES and Kissing His Bestie Aaron Tveit

For any fan of Broadway, Gavin Creel is certainly a name you will know. From Thoroughly Modern Millie to She Loves Me and Waitress, The Book of Mormon, and his Tony winning performance in Hello Dolly!, Creel has cemented himself firmly in the American Musical Theatre canon. For his latest role, he has taken a turn to the darker side in American Horror Stories, a new anthology series on FX.

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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Nico Greetham on AMERICAN HORROR STORIES, Bro Houses, and Cockroaches

You may know Nico Greetham from The Prom on Netflix, as the Yellow Power Ranger in Power Rangers Ninja Steel, as a finalist on season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance, or if you really want to go back as Darcy and Jojo in Newsies on Broadway. This week you can catch him as total dude and aspiring social media influencer Zinn in the episode “The Naughty List” of American Horror Stories.

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Zack Reiser

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May 8, 2021

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Check Out PASS OVER’s First Bow on Broadway

See the first company bow of Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s Pass Over, that includes Tony Award nominee Jon Michael Hill, Namir Smallwood and Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert. The performance is now in previews on Broadway.

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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Go Inside PASS OVER’s First Performance on Broadway and Post-Show Block Party

Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s Pass Over, the first play to begin performances on Broadway since the pandemic shutdown, had its first preview tonight at the August Wilson Theatre on 52nd Street in New York City. Directed by Danya Taymor, the play reunites the original cast from the Lincoln Center Theater production: Tony Award nominee Jon Michael Hill, Namir Smallwood and Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert. 

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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Reed Birney on HOME BEFORE DARK and Finding Stillness

Reed Birney is one of those incredible performers who has graced our stages and screens for many years. The Tony Award winner has recently been starring as Sylvester Lisko in the latest season of Home Before Dark on Apple TV Plus. 

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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New York
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See The Stars at THE SHOW MUST GO ON Red Carpet Premiere

On Monday evening, the Majestic Theatre opened its doors for the first time since March 12, 2020 for the premiere of The Show Must Go On, a new documentary from theater director Sammi Cannold. See the stars arrive on the red carpet.

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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New York
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Getting Personal with Amber Iman

About midway through the first night of her Feinstein’s/54 Below residency, Amber Iman, a performer perhaps best known for her roles in Shuffle Along and Hamilton, said she “hates musical theatre, but loves not being homeless.” She was (sort of) kidding but, with a setlist that barely even touched the Broadway songbook, proved her talents brighter than a midtown marquee.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 8, 2021

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Krysta Rodriguez Talks Liza Minnelli and Messy Women

Krysta Rodriguez has spent much of her career playing ambitious, off-beat women. From Wednesday Addams, to Ilse in Spring Awakening, and Megara in the Public’s Hercules, her characters have often reflected her own scrappy, can-do spirit.In the Netflix miniseries Halston, about the fashion trailblazer’s life, she has found a perfect match playing Liza Minnelli. The EGOT recipient was a close friend of the fashion icon, and their Studio 54-heavy lifestyles closely mirrored each other in their highly publicized mix of brilliance and self-destruction.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 8, 2021

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SCHMIGADOON!'s Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron, Ann Harada, and Cinco Paul Talk Musical Comedy and Pie

I recently caught up with members of the Schmigadoon! team including showrunner and co-creator Cinco Paul, Tony Award-nominee Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron, and Ann Harada to learn more about the hilarious new series, and what they might include in their own auction picnic basket.

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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AND… SCENE! Concerts, Cabarets, and Causes Célèbres

Juan A. Ramirez spent the past weekend jumping from concert to concert and seeing stars from Adrienne Warren to Larry Owens. He reflects in this week's AND...SCENE!

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 8, 2021

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Jim Petosa on Potomac Theatre Project's Virtual Summer Season

After over three decades of producing thought-provoking and politically aware theatre that delves into topical and timely issues, Potomac Theatre Project continues its work with three virtual productions as part of its 34th year. Founded in Washington, D.C., in 1987, PTP was created with the primary goal of creating a theatre company that focused on politically charged pieces and allowed theatre to be used as a place to have deeper conversations about the human condition. Jim Petosa, PTP’s co-founder and co-artistic director, said that PTP’s early productions focused on issues such as Social Darwinism, the AIDS epidemic and corporate greed, all of which were hot-button issues around the time of PTP’s founding. While the themes and focuses of PTP productions have changed over time, PTP’s dedication to exploring timely issues has remained the same.

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Kaitlyn Riggio

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May 8, 2021

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Have We Forgot How To Behave At The Theatre? | OPINION

Caroline Giovannucci returns to in-person performances and notes how we as audiences members must do better.

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Caroline Giovannucci

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May 8, 2021

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New York
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Larry Owens: All Sondheim, All the Time

Tomorrow, actor Larry Owens will take the final (for now) bow for his sold-out one-man cabaret, Sondheimia, at Feinstein’s/54 Below, where it premiered last month. An intimate blend of personal history and finely-tuned musical performance he began developing in July 2020, it is the logical outlet for a lifelong obsession with the work of Stephen Sondheim.

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Virtual
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Phillipa Soo on Audible's THE STAND-IN and Representation

Phillipa Soo, the actor best known for her work in musical favorites like Hamilton and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, has lent her Tony-nominated vocals to a more intimate avenue. In The Stand-In, an Audible Original by Lily Chu, she narrates and performs the story of Gracie, a Chinese-Canadian woman who becomes a Chinese star’s secret body double after a series of mistaken identities.

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May 8, 2021

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Off-Broadway
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An Exploration of BLINDNESS During its Final Week of Performances

We spoke with director Walter Meierjohann on bringing Blindness to New York City at the Daryl Roth Theatre.

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May 8, 2021

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AND...SCENE!
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AND… SCENE! Lillias White’s Parade

In this week's column, Juan dives into Tony Winner Lillias White and all of her roles from Dreamgrils to Hercules.

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May 8, 2021

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Interview
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Rema Webb and Shariffa Ali Welcome Audiences Back with Billie Holiday At The Cape Playhouse

Rema Webb plays the role that famously won Audra McDonald her sixth Tony in a production of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, directed by Shariffa Ali that is now open at the Cape Playhouse.

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July 16, 2021

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AND...SCENE!
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AND… SCENE! Who is Flying Me Out To See ANYTHING GOES?

Will Anything Goes even be understood by Gen Z? Juan is READY to fly to London and see Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney and talks all about it in his latest And Scene!

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May 8, 2021

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On Screen
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ZOLA Opens With A Gaggle of Stars From The Stage

The tweet heard around the world on October 27, 2015, was the start of an absolutely wild, stranger than fiction epic of one dancer (A’Ziah-Monae King, aka ZOLA) that has now been turned into a major motion picture thanks to A24 from writer-director Janicza Bravo and playwright Jeremy O. Harris. 

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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On Screen
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John Benjamin Hickey on SUBLET and Gay Representation

John Benjamin Hickey recently starred in Sublet, a film by Yossi & Jagger director Eytan Fox about a gay travel writer who strikes up a friendship with the young owner of the Tel Aviv apartment he rents for an assignment.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 8, 2021

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New York
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CO/LAB Turns 10...And Is Only Getting Started

The New York City-based organization dedicated to providing individuals with developmental disabilities a space in the theatre arts celebrated its 10th anniversary with a virtual festival and benefit. The 10th anniversary celebrations focused on honoring CO/LAB’s past and present accomplishments as well as looking into the future.

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Kaitlyn Riggio

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May 8, 2021

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AND...SCENE!
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AND...SCENE! Sweet, Sweet, Charity

In this week's AND...SCENE!, Juan talks more about Sweet Charity.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 8, 2021

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On Screen
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REVOLUTION RENT Brings America to Cuba and Back Again

Revolution Rent airs on HBO and HBO Max on June 15. We spoke with Andy Señor Jr. on how the film came to be.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 8, 2021

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On Screen
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IN THE HEIGHTS’ Daphne Rubin-Vega on the Power of Representation

Theatre royalty Daphne Rubin-Vega stars in IN THE HEIGHTS, we caught up with Rubin-Vega via Zoom to talk about her career, and why she thinks the film is a landmark for movie musicals and Latinx representation. 

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 8, 2021

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AND...SCENE!
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AND... SCENE! Suddenly Screaming

In this week's AND...SCENE!, Juan dives deep into stanning a new diva, the one and only Ellen Greene!

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May 8, 2021

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Virtual
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THE NICETIES Finds Focus in New Virtual Production

The Niceties, Eleanor Burgess’s play about the explosive fallout between a white American History professor and one of her Black students, is now a free, online production.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 8, 2021

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New York
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Alex Birsh Talks GLIMMER OF LIGHT, Live Concert at Radial Park

New York is all abuzz with Pride festivities this June. We sat down with Alex Birsh, Vice President and COO of Playbill, to talk about their first live, in-person production at Radial Park.

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Zack Reiser

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May 8, 2021

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Broadway
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No News, No Dues: March on Broadway Tackles Inherent Issues with Equity and Inclusion in the Theatre Industry

Just 15 days following The Hollywood Reporter’s groundbreaking expose on the abusive behaviors and actions of Broadway producer Scott Rudin, hundreds attended the March on Broadway. This protest was not a direct response to the Rudin reports, but rather a culmination of conversations that have been brewing throughout the Broadway shutdown

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Meg Masseron

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May 8, 2021

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New York
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PHOTOS: Hundreds Advocate Change at The MARCH ON BROADWAY

Earlier today, hundreds took to the streets of New York to demand accountability within the theatre industry. Organized by Courtney Daniels and Nattalyee Randall, the march advocated for change and greater protection from Actor’s Equity as well as to protest producer Scott Rudin’s actions and call for his removal from the Broadway League.

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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New York
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THE DRAMA BOOK SHOP is Reopening! Thomas Kail and David Korins Chat The Importance of This New York Landmark

The Drama Book Shop—a storied purveyor of scripts and other theatre-related products—will open its doors in a new location on West 39th Street. Owners Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, lead producer Jeffrey Seller, and theatre-owner James L. Nederlander are excited to share it with New York once more.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 8, 2021

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AND...SCENE!
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AND… SCENE! Orville Peck, Born His Way

It is almost entirely confirmed that Orville Peck was in the cast of Peter Pan Goes Wrong on the West End and possibly other stage shows.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 8, 2021

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Interview
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A Chat with DEAR MULTI-HYPHENATE’s Michael Kushner

In Michael Kushner’s Dear Multi-Hyphanate, he chats with artists and explores the many facets of show business. From Alex Wyse to Brad Oscar to Rachel Brosnahan, he runs the gambit with his guests and they explore all that is multi-hyphenation.

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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New York
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Vincent Van Gogh’s Vision Prevails Through the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit at Pier 36

As New York City enters its long anticipated reopening phase, it seems fitting that the first large-scale art attraction to welcome visitors is the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit at Pier 36 in Manhattan. 

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Meg Masseron

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May 8, 2021

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Industry
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MARQUEE DIGITAL is Changing Theatre One Program At A Time

Marquee Digital––a paperless alternative to print theatre programs––has the potential to revolutionize the way we engage with the performing arts. 

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 8, 2021

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On Screen
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Ran Xia on Bringing PROMETHEUS BOUND Into 2021

Prometheus Bound is a story that has been adapted many times in it’s 3,000 year history. Theatrely recently sat down with Ran Xia, director of a new film adaptation for The Tank to talk about why this story still holds relevance today.

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Zack Reiser

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May 8, 2021

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AND...SCENE!
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AND… SCENE! Everybody’s Disappointed About Jamie (and Evan)

Earlier this week, Amazon announced that the film adaptation of "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" is headed to their streaming service, and Juan A. Ramirez has some thoughts in this week's AND...SCENE!

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May 8, 2021

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AND...SCENE!
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AND… SCENE! Who’s Gonna Rouge Their Knees in September?

It's dream casting season now baby...In this week's AND...SCENE! Juan ponders who might be in Chicago once it reopens in New York City this September.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 8, 2021

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Music
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Lewis Flinn Aims to Bring Joy with THE CURTAIN CALL MIXES

Composer Lewis Flinn reflected on the joy that happens in that moment, and compiled an album of his favorite curtain call cues he has written.

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Zack Reiser

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May 8, 2021

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AND...SCENE!
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AND...SCENE! Anything Went

Juan dives deep into his obsession of Sutton Foster and explores her new pre-recorded concert special "Bring Me to Light" at New York City Center in this week's AND...SCENE!

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 8, 2021

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Broadway
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A Chat with Broadway's Cheyenne Jackson

We spoke with Cheyenne Jackson about coming to Boston for the first time and singing at the historic Emerson Colonial theatre for a one night only concert with Seth Rudetsky.

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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Features

A Chat with the Daughters of We All Fall Down - Dana Stern & Liba Vaynberg

Lara McCallister recently sat down with Dana Stern and Liba Vaynberg who currently star in Lila Rose Kaplan’s world premiere We All Fall Down at the Huntington Theatre Company.

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Lara McCallister

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May 8, 2021

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On Screen
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Kevin Chamberlin Talks THE PROM on Netflix, SEUSSICAL’s 20th Anniversary, Going Viral on TikTok and More!

From Horton The Elephant in "Seussical" to Uncle Fester in "The Addams Family" to Bertram on Disney Channel’s "Jessie", Chamberlin has established himself as a well rounded performer. In "The Prom", Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of the 2018 Broadway comedy premiering December 11 on Netflix, the 57 year-old actor assumes the role of publicist extraordinaire Sheldon Saperstein as he joins a starry cast that includes Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and James Corden.

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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AND… SCENE! The TikToker’s Frug

Continuing with his love of Gwen Verdon, in this week's AND...SCENE!, Juan A. Ramirez explores the latest TikTok trend using the "Rich Man's Frug".

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 8, 2021

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Virtual
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Ted Sperling and Friends Reunite to Perform with BROADWAY SONGS & STORIES

Ted Sperling is one of Broadway's more prolific musicians, and now he is back with a new concert series "Broadway Songs & Stories"

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Zack Reiser

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May 8, 2021

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Boston
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Christian Fary Discusses The Office! A Musical Parody

Theatre Talk Boston (henceforth TTB) caught up with Christian Fary, who plays Dwight in The Office! A Musical Parody which opens tonight at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA and plays until December 1.

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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New York
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Broadway's Michael Arden Wants to Create "Socially Distant" Theatre

Michael Arden, the two-time Tony Award nominated director and actor, is using his COVID-19 self-isolation as an opportunity to devise a “socially distant” piece of immersive theatre in Philmont, New York

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 8, 2021

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Virtual
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Broadway's Mary Callanan Spreads Holiday Cheer

It’s the holiday season, and with it comes new song standards by some incredible artists. Theatrely recently spoke to Boston native and Broadway veteren Mary Callanan about “At Least There’s Christmas” – written by conductor/pianist Caleb Hoyer – that tries to encapsulate the wide range of emotions everyone is experiencing as Christmas 2020 approaches.

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Zack Reiser

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May 8, 2021

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Broadway
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Ginny Swanson Talks The Search for Roxie: Chicago the Musical

Theatre Talk Boston sat down with Ginny Swanson, a semifinalist in “The Search for Roxie" for Broadway’s Chicago the Musical.

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Lara McCallister

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May 8, 2021

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Broadway
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Broadway On Demand is Changing The Game...Big Time

While the curtain is still down on Broadway, and at theatres around the country, there is a light at the end of the tunnel–that light is Broadway On Demand.

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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On Screen
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A Chat with Julia Lester from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Disney+)

Theatre Talk Boston (henceforth TTB) caught up with Julia Lester from the new Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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New York
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The Flea Theater Made An Announcement...and Twitter Exploded

After announcing the theater would be suspending programs, users took to Twitter to announce their displeasure.

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Kobi Kassal

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June 10, 2021

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On Screen
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Billy Magnussen Talks Stage, Screen, and Toxic Masculinity

Star of stage and screen Billy Magnussen chats with Juan A. Ramirez on his latest performance in HBO Max's "Made For Love" and his love of the theatre.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 8, 2021

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