Saturday, June 6, 2020

Broadway speaks out on racial injustice

Shows, theatrical institutions and unions have spoken up in light of the ongoing protests.

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Opinion: I’m tired of being the token Black friend

A few years ago, I was having a conversation with friends over dinner and drinks. OK, mostly drinks. As we discussed our experiences working...

Broadway producers receive rent bills amid shutdown

As Broadway theaters remain dark, producers are still receiving weekly rent bills.  They're not paying yet. The expectation is that producers will pay once they...

Broadway unions raise concerns on health insurance, the return of theater

A coalition of entertainment unions held a call with members of the press Wednesday to highlight the similar issues plaguing their members while theater...

News

SDC and AGMA hire medical professionals to create reopening guidelines

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society has partnered with the American Guild of Musical Artists to hire a team of medical professionals to create...

Drama Desk Awards broadcast postponed

NY1 and the Drama Desk Organization have postponed Sunday evening's broadcast of the Drama Desk Awards amid protests in New York. NY1 was originally scheduled...

Broadway speaks out on racial injustice amid George Floyd protests

Broadway shows, theatrical institutions and unions have spoken out against police brutality and racial injustice in light of the ongoing protests occurring across the...

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Opinion: I’m tired of being the token Black friend

A few years ago, I was having a conversation with friends over dinner and drinks. OK, mostly drinks. As we discussed our experiences working...

Opinion: It’s time for critics to step in

“Crrrritic!” Estragon sneers as the trumping put-down in the battery of insults he trades with Vladimir in “Waiting for Godot.” You might say that...

Opinion: What people of color experience at the theater

“I’m running 10 minutes late, can you leave my ticket at the box office?” Who hasn’t received the exact same text message while waiting...

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New York’s independent theaters look for rent forgiveness

Off-Off-Broadway theaters are banding together to seek some form of rent relief as continued payments threaten their survival.  Close to 400 attendees tuned in to...

PRG executive Darren DeVerna dies at age 60

Darren DeVerna, chief executive of global theatre for Production Resource Group, died May 21 at the age of 60.  DeVerna passed away after a battle...

Actors’ Equity outlines safety plans for the reopening of theaters

Actors' Equity has unveiled four overarching principles needed to safely reopen theaters across the country.  The preliminary principles, designed by epidemiologist Dr. David Michaels, rely...

Equity-League health insurance premiums rise during shutdown

Health insurance premiums will increase for members of Actors' Equity as fund trustees grapple with maintaining insurance coverage while theaters are closed.  The quarterly premium...

‘Smash’ musical aims for Broadway

Helmed by a newly announced creative team, a musical adaptation of "Smash" is setting its sights on Broadway. The musical, based on the NBC television...

‘Some Like It Hot’ to open on Broadway in fall 2021

The musical adaptation of "Some Like It Hot" will now head straight to Broadway in fall 2021.  The musical was originally slated to make its...

‘Frozen’ will not reopen on Broadway

The Broadway production of "Frozen" will not reopen when Broadway resumes, Disney Theatrical Productions announced Thursday. Disney Theatrical says the closure is "a result of...

Broadway producers receive rent bills amid shutdown

As Broadway theaters remain dark, producers are still receiving weekly rent bills.  They're not paying yet. The expectation is that producers will pay once they...

The Actors Fund distributes more than $10.5 million in financial assistance

The Actors Fund has distributed more than $10.5 million to members of the arts community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The amount, distributed over eight...

Michael Jackson Broadway musical moves opening to 2021

"MJ," the Michael Jackson musical, has moved its world premiere to next March. The musical, produced by Lia Vollack Productions and the Michael Jackson Estate,...

NYC & Company forms recovery coalition with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Broadway League

NYC & Company, the marketing organization for the city, has formed its own coalition aimed at reopening and marketing entertainment and tourism-dependent businesses. The coalition...

‘Plaza Suite’ moves production to March 2021

"Plaza Suite," starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, has moved the production to next spring following the further closure of Broadway theaters. The revival...

Broadway theaters to remain closed through September

All Broadway theaters will remain closed through at least Sept. 6, the Broadway League announced Tuesday. A date to resume performances has "yet to be...

‘Hamilton’ movie to premiere on Disney Plus in July

The film of the original cast of "Hamilton" will premiere on Disney Plus on July 3. The Walt Disney Company, as well as producers and...

Outer Critics Circle names 2019-2020 honorees

The Outer Critics Circle named its 2019-2020 honorees for the abbreviated Broadway and Off-Broadway season.  Rather than name nominees and winners, the writers organization chose...

Broadway News Feed

West End Shows Extend Performance Suspension Through August 2; No Official Return Date Set

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) has announced a further delay to the reopening of shows in the West...

SLAVE PLAY Creative Team and Producers Donate $10,000 to National Bailout Fund

The creative team and producers of Slave Play have released a statement, standing in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. They have also...

CHICAGO Will Embark on 2021 UK Tour

Chicago will embark on a 2021 UK tour, opening at the Birmingham Alexandra Theatre on 12 March 2021.

Frozen Star Jelani Alladin Speaks Out Against White Silence

The star of Hercules, Broadway’s Frozen, and more highlights the necessity of using social media as a tool for Black Lives Matter.

BE MORE CHILL Cancels All Remaining Performances at The Other Palace in London

Be More Chill has announced thatall remaining scheduled performances at The Other Palace have been cancelled.

WE ARE FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME Documentary Release Postponed

Hulu has released the trailer for theupcoming originaldocumentaryWe Are Freestyle Love Supreme, which featuresLin-Manuel Miranda, Arthur Lewis, Anthony Veneziale, Christopher Jackson, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Chris...

Broadway Speaks Up: Stars Raise Their Voices Against Racism

As the world continues to stand up to racism in these turbulent times, Broadway actors, staying true to form, are making their voices heard......

Broadway Alum Chris Trousdale, Member of Boy Band Dream Street, Dies at 34

The performer appeared in Les Misérables and The Sound of Music.

We Are Freestyle Love Supreme Documentary Release Postponed

The previously announced release of the new documentary We Are Freestyle Love Supreme has been postponed. The 15-year retrospective of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail...