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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

October 16, 2021

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October 16, 2021

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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CHICKEN & BISCUITS Celebrate Opening Night On Broadway | Photo Journal

October 11, 2021

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October 11, 2021

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

October 7, 2021

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Meg Masseron

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May 8, 2021

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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Spilling BACKSTAGE TEA at Motel 23

October 4, 2021

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Juan A. Ramirez

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October 4, 2021

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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Nikiya Mathis on SEMBLANCE At NYTW

October 4, 2021

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October 4, 2021

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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Gideon Glick on THE OTHER TWO

October 4, 2021

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October 4, 2021

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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AND… SCENE! The Tonys Hangover

October 2, 2021

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Juan A. Ramirez

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October 2, 2021

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

October 1, 2021

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October 1, 2021

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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Lily Rabe on AHS and Repertory Theatre

September 29, 2021

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Juan A. Ramirez

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September 29, 2021

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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Reed Luplau on Finding his Creative Energy with PLACES, PLEASE

September 29, 2021

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September 29, 2021

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

September 29, 2021

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September 29, 2021

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

September 28, 2021

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September 28, 2021

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

September 27, 2021

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September 27, 2021

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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2020 Tony Awards — The Highs, Lows, and Whoas

September 27, 2021

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Zack Reiser

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September 27, 2021

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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2020 Tony Awards Drinking Game

September 26, 2021

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September 26, 2021

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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Theatrely Thoughts | Live Commentary on the 2020 Tony Awards

September 26, 2021

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September 26, 2021

Live Commentary on the 2020 Tony Awards from Theatrely staff as we watch and dish about this year's ceremony.
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To Celebrate SLAVE PLAY, Honor its Black Predecessors that Haven’t Been on Broadway

September 25, 2021

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September 25, 2021

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

September 25, 2021

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September 25, 2021

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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Theatrely Three: MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL

September 24, 2021

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Jacob Rivera-Sanchez

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September 24, 2021

Our top three reasons why you should not miss out on Moulin Rouge!'s return to Broadway.
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74th Annual Tony Awards — Our Predictions, Thoughts, and All That Jazz

September 23, 2021

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September 23, 2021

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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Watch: Meet The Cast and Team Behind CHICKEN & BISCUITS

September 23, 2021

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September 23, 2021

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

September 22, 2021

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Kobi Kassal

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September 22, 2021

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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Theatrely Three: COME FROM AWAY

September 21, 2021

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Emily Hulbert

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September 21, 2021

Our top three reasons why you should not miss out on Come From Away's return to Broadway.
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See Jeremy Jordan as Seymour in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Off-Broadway | Photos

September 21, 2021

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Kobi Kassal

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September 21, 2021

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

September 19, 2021

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September 19, 2021

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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AND… SCENE! They Nearly Tore the Balcony Down!

September 18, 2021

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Juan A. Ramirez

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September 18, 2021

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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SIX The Musical Begins Performances On Broadway | Photo Journal

September 18, 2021

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Kobi Kassal

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September 18, 2021

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

September 17, 2021

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Kobi Kassal

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September 17, 2021

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

September 17, 2021

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September 17, 2021

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

September 16, 2021

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Nathan Pugh

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September 16, 2021

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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