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Latest Broadway News

September 29, 2016

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking Broadway musical, CATS will make history once again when internet sensation, Grumpy Cat becomes the first genuine feline to join the cast. Grumpy Cat, the media personality, performer and New York Times best-selling author, will make her Broadway debut alongside the cast on stage at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 W 52nd Street) on Friday, September 30, 2016.

“Being selected as the first real cat to perform in CATS on Broadway is an honor. I hate it,” said Grumpy Cat about her impending Broadway debut. “If I’m really being honest, I’d prefer to play the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.”

Grumpy Cat is the most famous (and grouchiest) cat on the internet. She rocketed to fame on September 22, 2012 when her photo was posted on Reddit. In a short amount of time Grumpy Cat has become a legitimate pop culture sensation with over 12 million followers. In addition to being the official spokescat for Friskies, Grumpy has appeared on numerous TV shows, a range of merchandise, four best-selling books, and her very own Lifetime Christmas movie. When Grumpy Cat is at home, she enjoys a normal life as a kitty, playing with her brother Pokey and eating all the treats she can.“

September 28, 2016

The American Theatre Wing’s 71st Annual Tony Awards will air on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 11, 2017 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) live from New York City.  A location for the live telecast will be announced at a later date.  The Tony Awards, which honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

The official eligibility cut-off date will be April 27, 2017, for all Broadway productions opening in the 2016-2017 season. Productions which meet all other eligibility requirements and open on or before the eligibility date are considered eligible for 2017 Tony Award nominations.

The Nominations for the 2017 Tony Awards will be announced live on May 2, 2017, from New York City.

For more information on the Tony Awards, visit TonyAwards.com and Facebook.com/TheTonyAwards and follow @TheTonyAwards on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

September 28, 2016

Producer Jordan Roth announced today that Academy Award and two-time Tony Award® winner Kevin Kline will make his long awaited return to the Broadway stage, following a decade-long absence, to star in Noel Coward’s uproarious comedy, Present Laughter.  Directed by Tony Award-nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel, this strictly limited engagement will mark Mr. Kline’s return to Broadway’s St. James Theatre, the site of his first Tony Award-winning turn in On the Twentieth Century.  Opening night is set for Wednesday, April 5.

Noel Coward’s totally-irresistible comedy, Present Laughter, follows a self-obsessed actor (is there any other kind?) in the midst of a mid-life crisis.  Freely indulging his considerable appetite for wine, women and sleeping late (not necessarily in that order), the theatre’s favorite leading man suddenly finds himself caught between fawning ingénues, crazed playwrights, secret trysts and unexpected twists.  

Present Laughter first premiered on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre in 1946, following an immensely successful wartime tour starring Coward himself. One of his most produced and beloved works, Present Laughter has come to define Coward’s singular comedic voice for generations of theatergoers.  In addition to Coward, some of the world’s most accomplished stage actors, including the likes of Albert Finney, Peter O’Toole, and Ian McKellen, have played the lead role.  

Additional news, including complete casting, will be announced shortly.

September 20, 2016

The Clairvoyants (Thommy Ten and Amélie van Tass), who were last week crowned runners-up in NBC’s 2016 “America’s Got Talent” competition, will lead the cast of The Illusionists – Turn Of The Century as the production returns to Broadway for the third consecutive holiday season with a new show designed to transport audiences back to the golden age of magic.

Due to popular demand, The Illusionists – Turn Of The Century is moving to the historic Palace Theatre (47th Street and 7th Avenue), a venue renowned for housing the world’s premiere magicians and vaudeville acts at the turn of the twentieth century. The previously announced performance dates remain unchanged; the limited engagement will play November 25, 2016 through January 1, 2017.

The Palace Theatre is the perfect venue for The Illusionists – Turn Of The Century. Harry Houdini himself performed at the magnificent theater, which opened on March 24, 1913, riding the wave as New York City became the American epicenter of live entertainment and The Palace became the premiere venue for notable headliners of the day including Ed Wynn, Will Rogers, Fanny Brice, the Marx Brothers, Red Skelton, Bob Hope, ventriloquist Hank Siemon and “Archie,” circus performer and trick horse rider Edwin “Poodles” Hanneford, silent film actor Roscoe Arbuckle, and comedian and pantomime Danny Kaye.

Now, more than 100 years after the Golden Age of magic, the legendary magicians and shocking feats of the vaudeville era return home in the heart of Times Square.

The Illusionists – Turn Of The Century cast will also feature Dana Daniels (The Charlatan), Charlie Frye (The Eccentric), Mark Kalin(The Showman), Jinger Leigh (The Conjuress), Justo Thaus (The Grand Carlini), and Rick Thomas (The Immortal), joined by returning audience favorite Jonathan Goodwin (The Daredevil).

September 16, 2016

Producer Scott Rudin announced the cast for the most breathlessly anticipated theatrical event of the season: the upcoming Broadway revival of Michael Stewart’s  (book) and Jerry Herman’s (music and lyrics) masterpiece Hello, Dolly!, starring legendary performer Bette Midler. Directed by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street) on March 15, 2017, with an official opening night of April 20, 2017

Ms. Midler, and the previously announced David Hyde Pierce (Horace Vandergelder), will be joined by two-time Tony Award® nominee Gavin Creel (Cornelius Hackl), Tony Award® nominee Kate Baldwin (Irene Molloy), Taylor Trensch (Barnaby Tucker), Will Burton (Ambrose Kemper), Melanie Moore (Ermengarde), Tony Award®nominee Jennifer Simard (Ernestina), and an ensemble of twenty-seven.

Also announced today is the complete creative/design team for the production, which features three-time Tony Award® winner Santo Loquasto (Scenic & Costume Design), five-time Tony Award® winner Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), Tony Award® winner Scott Lehrer (Sound Design), Andy Einhorn (Music Direction), Tony Award® winner Larry Hochman (Orchestrations), Tony Award® winner Don Pippin (Vocal Arrangements), Glen Kelly (Dance Arrangements), and Telsey + Company(Casting).

The ensemble features Cameron Adams, Phillip Attmore, Giuseppe Bausilio, Justin Bowen, Elizabeth Earley, Taeler Elyse Cyrus, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jenifer Foote, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Blake Hammond, Stephen Hanna, Michael Hartung, Robert Hartwell, Amanda LaMotte, Analisa Leaming, Jess LeProtto,Ian Liberto, Kevin Ligon, Nathan Madden, Linda Mugleston, Hayley Podschun, Jessica Sheridan, Michaeljon Slinger, Christian Dante White, Branch Woodman,Ryan Worsing, and Richard Riaz Yoder.

This new production of Hello, Dolly!, the first new production of this classic musical to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago, will pay tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion, which has been hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.