Obamas Attending ‘A Raisin In The Sun’ On Broadway Tomorrow

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 7:20pm PDT

dezel washington barack obamaBroadway has made no secret of casting Hollywood A-listers in the past few years in an effort to fill more seats, and tomorrow the Great White Way will be getting two particularly prestigious patrons. If all goes to … Read More »

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‘Pretty Woman’ Heading To Broadway As Musical

By | Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 11:56am PDT
Mike Fleming

PrettyWomanThe iconic 1990 pic Pretty Woman, the one that made Julia Roberts a star playing a gold-hearted hooker looking for a fairy-tale ending, is on its way to becoming a Broadway musical, and the movie’s director Garry Marshall and … Read More »

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Maggie Gyllenhaal To Make Broadway Debut In Tom Stoppard Revival ‘The Real Thing’

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 9:36am PST

Maggie Gyllenhaal BroadwayOscar-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is set to make her Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, opposite Ewan McGregor, who is also taking his first trip to the Great White Way. The Tony-winning … Read More »

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Another ‘Book Of Mormon’ Accolade: Biggest Touring Gross

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 6:28am PST
Mike Fleming

mormonThe movie version of The Book Of Mormon is inevitable, but it’s no wonder Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone and Scott Rudin are in no hurry. The musical just broke the house record at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre … Read More »

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Oprah Winfrey Eyeing Broadway Debut In ‘’Night, Mother’ Revival

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 5:55pm PST

oprah__120522141605Oprah Winfrey — Main Stem star? The multihyphenate might be adding another line to her resume as she’s in talks to make her Broadway acting debut in a revival of ‘Night, Mother, The New York Times reports. The TV legend … Read More »

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Mike Nichols’ ‘Betrayal’ Revival With Daniel Craig And Rachel Weisz Sets Broadway Weekly Gross Record

By | Tuesday December 31, 2013 @ 7:59am PST
Mike Fleming

betrThe star system might be waning in Hollywood, but not when those stars take to the Broadway stage. The Mike Nichols-directed revival of the Harold Pinter play Betrayal, which stars Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Read More »

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Hugh Jackman Vanishes From Broadway’s ‘Houdini’, Cites Time Commitment

By | Monday December 23, 2013 @ 5:08pm PST

houd__130618030835-275x145The actor apparently has too much on his agenda to take on a starring role in a stage musical. For starters, Paramount is developing the Harlan Coben novel Six Years as a potential star vehicle for Hugh Jackman, … Read More »

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‘Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester Joins James Franco, Chris O’Dowd In ‘Of Mice And Men’

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 1:00am PST
Mike Fleming

meesterGossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester will play Curley’s wife in Of Mice And Men, joining James Franco & Chris O’Dowd in the first Broadway stage production of the John Steinbeck tale in 40 years. This one’s directed by … Read More »

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Disney’s Spider-Man Rights Contested In Court Again By Stan Lee Media

By | Wednesday December 4, 2013 @ 5:10pm PST

DJP LEGAL BADGEThe mantra over at Stan Lee Media Inc must be “if first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Certainly that is its legal strategy. Almost three months after a federal judge in Colorado granted Disney’s request for dismissal of SLMI’s spiderman broadwaymultibillion-dollar Marvel superhero copyright suit, the company is back in Pennsylvania court this week claiming it owns the rights to Spider-Man. “In response to Disney’s Spider-Man claims and/or in response to [American Music Theater's] counterclaims and third-party claims, SLMI respectfully seeks a declaratory judgment … that Disney cannot bar SLMI from using or licensing the Spider-Man copyrights and trademarks by virtue of the fact that SLMI (not Disney) is the owner of various  copyrights and trademarks regarding Spider-Man and has properly licensed the copyrights and trademarks to AMT,” says the third-party defendant paperwork (read it here) filed Tuesday.

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HBO Snags Billy Crystal’s ‘700 Sundays’

By | Wednesday December 4, 2013 @ 12:20pm PST

Billy Crystal‘s Broadway hit 700billycrystal700 Sundays will be taped before a live audience January 3 and 4 at the Imperial Theatre In New York and will debut on HBO later in 2014. An autobiographical journey, 700 Sundays is an original two-act … Read More »

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Broadway’s ‘Pippin’ Now In The Black

By | Monday December 2, 2013 @ 1:59pm PST

Producers of the Tony Award-winningpippin musical revival say the show officially recouped its $8.5 million capitalization costs as of the Sunday, December 1 performance. Pippin also broke the Music Box Theatre house record last week for the highest grossing single … Read More »

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James Franco, Chris O’Dowd Debut On Broadway In ‘Of Mice And Men’

By | Tuesday November 26, 2013 @ 3:04am PST
Mike Fleming

James Franco and Chris O’Dowd have signed on to make their Broadway debuts in Of Mice And Men, the first new production of the John Steinbeck novel … Read More »

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‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ Closing In January: WSJ

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 5:37pm PST

The highest of high-profile musicals, whose beginnings were worthy of their own Broadway drama, is set to shut down after this year’s holiday season ends. The producers will make it official this week, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. In … Read More »

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‘Big Fish’ To Meet Early End On Broadway

By | Sunday November 10, 2013 @ 7:03pm PST

The story’s coming to an end for Broadway‘s Big Fish, the stage version of Tim Burton’s 2003 film that opened just three months ago. The show’s final performance is slated for Sunday, December 29, 2013 … Read More »

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‘An American In Paris’ Stage Musical Has Hopes Of Broadway Stardom

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 4:04pm PDT

Hollywood and Broadway have had quite the symbiotic relationship historically and especially recently, and Vincente Minnelli’s classic MGM musical came out at the height of Broadway’s Golden Age. So it’s only fitting for a stage production of … Read More »

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Sting’s ‘The Last Ship’ Heads To Broadway

By | Thursday September 19, 2013 @ 1:39pm PDT

The Last Ship, featuring an original score by 16-time Grammy winner Sting, will open on Broadway in the fall of 2014 following a world premiere in Chicago. Inspired by Sting’s childhood, The Last Ship is … Read More »

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Alan Cumming, Michelle Williams In ‘Cabaret’ Revival From Sam Mendes And Rob Marshall

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 2:30pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The Roundabout Theatre Company has set Alan Cumming to play Emcee and Michelle Williams to make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in a limited run revival of Cabaret. Sam Mendes is directing and Rob Marshall is co-directing and choreographing, returning to the roles they played in the 1998 production that won the Tony Award. The book is by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, based on the John Van Druten play and stories by Christopher Isherwood. Since Cumming starred in that version, the new wrinkle here is Williams, the three-time Oscar nominee who’s coming off Oz The Great And Powerful. Read More »

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‘Magic Mike’ Musical Stripping Way To Broadway With Top Creative Team

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The creative team is in place to turn the hit stripper film into Magic Mike, The Musical on Broadway. The producers have set Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey to write the songs, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to write the book, based on the Steven Soderbergh-directed film that was informed by Channing Tatum‘s early days as a male stripper. They’ve gotten top-shelf talent. Kitt and Yorkey are the creators of the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning Next To Normal, and the upcoming If/Then, starring Idina Menzel. Aguirre-Sacasa recently co-wrote the book for Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark and helped turn things around when there was nothing but bad news on that musical and performers were dropping like flies from the complicated rigging. Aguirre-Sacasa also has written the book of the upcoming American Psycho Musical that Duncan Sheik that will premiere in London later this year. Magic Mike, The Musical is being produced by Soderbergh, Tatum, Reid Carolin, Gregory Jacobs, and Nick Wechsler. The show was put together by WME. The group is fast tracking the project to the stage while also prepping starting the ball rolling on a sequel to the 2012 Magic Mike film. Soderbergh and Yorkey are repped by Anonymous Content. Read More »

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Neil Patrick Harris Takes ‘Hedwig And The Angry Inch’ To Broadway

By | Monday June 17, 2013 @ 1:08pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Producer David Binder is thrilled to announce that Neil Patrick Harris will star in the Broadway premiere of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s musical HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH in the Spring of 2014. The remaining creative team members, additional casting, and the theatre will be confirmed at a later date.

The announcement that Neil Patrick Harris will play ‘Hedwig,’ follows his recent triumphant engagement as the host of the 67th Annual Tony Awards® (the highest rated Tonys® broadcast in more than a decade).

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