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Gov. Cuomo proposes tax credits for theatrical productions in New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed new tax credits Tuesday to help restart theatrical productions in New York.  As part of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, Cuomo proposed up to $25 million in tax credits...

Broadway industry members await guidelines on Save Our Stages legislation

Members of the Broadway community are awaiting further guidance on Save Our Stages legislation after the passage of the landmark relief bill last month.  Save Our Stages was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020,...

‘Mean Girls’ announces Broadway closing

"Mean Girls" will not return to Broadway when theaters reopen, the musical announced Thursday. The production had been running at the August Wilson Theatre since April 2018 and cited the industrywide shutdown as its reason...

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation receives anonymous $200k for emergency relief

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation recently received an anonymous donation of $200,000 to its emergency assistance fund.  The fund was established in April 2020 to help support union members through the pandemic and pay...

Disney opens ‘Frozen’ in Australia and looks to future productions

A stage production of "Frozen" made its international debut last month, as Disney resumes its worldwide theatrical roll-out. “Frozen” opened on Dec. 10 in Sydney, Australia, where the show has been playing to mask-wearing audiences...

Broadway community applauds relief package, but says more is needed

While the theater community celebrates the inclusion of the Save Our Stages provision in the stimulus package, leaders say there is still more to be done to help workers within the industry. In addition to...

Senate holds hearing on aid for theater and live entertainment sector

In a congressional hearing Tuesday, venue owners, senators and members of the entertainment community testified about the need for relief for the live entertainment industry.  Speaking before members of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manufacturing,...

‘Jagged Little Pill’ prepares to reunite for live concert

Over the past few weeks, "Jagged Little Pill" has been picking up momentum.  The musical was featured in the Thanksgiving Day parade, recorded performances for the NBC Broadway special and is now gearing up for...

Broadway Across America, ticket buyers donate $1 million to Broadway Cares

Broadway Across America and ticket buyers have donated $1 million to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  The amount came from ticket buyers who donated the value of their unused Broadway and national touring show tickets to...

Musicians’ union launches campaign for relief

Local 802 is sounding the alarm for relief for musicians in New York City.  Launched Tuesday under the banner #SaveNYCMusicians, the campaign asks for donations to the union's emergency relief fund and seeks to bring...

‘Caroline, or Change,’ ‘Trouble in Mind’ set to open on Broadway in fall 2021

"Caroline, or Change" will return to Broadway in fall 2021, Roundabout Theatre Company announced Tuesday.  Next fall, Roundabout will also present Alice Childress's "Trouble in Mind" at the American Airlines Theatre. "Caroline, or Change," which...

‘The Minutes’ to vacate Broadway theater to allow for renovations, return planned for 2022

The Broadway production of "The Minutes" is vacating the Cort Theatre Monday to allow the Shubert Organization to make renovations on the theater.  "The Minutes," written by Tracy Letts and directed by Anna D. Shapiro,...

UK lockdown affects planned runs of London shows

A lockdown in the United Kingdom will impact the runs of several London productions that were aiming to restart this fall.  On Saturday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England would enter a lockdown...

As shutdown continues, Broadway industry looks for an advocate

When the Broadway League announced theaters would be closed through May 30, 2021, industry members were not surprised by the news.  Some had already received a head's up from their productions, while others saw the...

‘MJ’ aims for September 2021 start on Broadway

"MJ," the Michael Jackson musical, has moved its first preview date to September 2021. The musical, produced by Lia Vollack Productions and the Michael Jackson Estate, was  scheduled to make its world premiere this spring,...

‘The Music Man’ postpones Broadway opening to 2022

"The Music Man" has postponed its opening until Feb. 10, 2022. This is the second postponement of the revival, starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, which had most recently set an opening date of May...

Broadway League confirms shutdown through May 30

Broadway shows will remain closed through May 30, 2021, the Broadway League confirmed Friday. While there is not yet a reopening date, the League said each Broadway show will announce its return individually. Like the...

Broadway to remain closed through May 2021

Broadway shows are expected to remain closed through at least May 2021, according to sources familiar with the matter.  The Broadway League is expected to make an announcement about the new date Friday. The extended...

Trump halts stimulus negotiations, postponing possible theater industry relief

President Trump said he will stop negotiations on another stimulus package until after the election.  In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, Trump directed his representatives to end negotiations and concentrate instead on the confirmation of a...

Equity-League Health Fund addresses areas of concern about new health plan

The Equity-League Health Fund has addressed some of the concerns expressed by Actors' Equity about changes to health coverage.  The health fund, which is a separate entity from Actors' Equity, said it will study the...