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January 10, 2013 | By Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Maggie Grace had a scary moment during a recent matinee of Picnic , which is in previews and opens Sunday on Broadway. William Inge's script calls for a struggle at the end of the play between Grace's character, the beautiful young Madge, and her onstage mother, played by Mare Winningham. As they grappled, Grace heard a crack. After the curtain call, she couldn't contain her worry; she put her arm around Winningham and was seen urgently whispering with her costar as the two disappeared into the wings.
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February 6, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
IT'S EASY to imagine celluloid boxer and Philly alpha icon Rocky Balboa on Broad Street. But Broadway? We'll know whether or not the ham-and-egger turned heavyweight champeen from under the El tracks can make it there when the musical version of "Rocky" has its Broadway debut at the Winter Garden Theatre. The show arrives after a 2012-13 tryout run in Germany. Previews begin Tuesday; the official opening is March 13. The theatrical iteration of the first "Rocky" movie began, of course, with Sylvester Stallone who, Hollywood lore has it, conjured the 1976 flick's Oscar-winning script in three days.
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September 13, 2012
Albert Marre, 87, the Tony Award-winning director of the original Broadway production of Man of La Mancha - and three of its four Broadway revivals - died Sept. 4 in Manhattan, said his wife, Mimi Turque Marre. Mr. Marre directed or staged more than two dozen Broadway shows during his more than 50 years in theater, among them the musicals Kismet and Milk and Honey. But it was Man of La Mancha , the musical adaptation of Don Quixote (written by Dale Wasserman, with lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh)
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June 3, 2013
By Steve Young A story that has sailed under the "who is the latest professional outing himself" radar is perhaps the biggest-ever coming-out buzz on Broadway. Barry Goldberg, a backup dancer and singer on the Great White Way, has revealed that he is heterosexual, shattering one of the last great barriers in professional musical theater. "I'm a 29-year-old Broadway dancer. I'm Jewish and I'm straight," said Goldberg, who recently completed previews with The Electric Ms. El , the upcoming disco musical based on the life of the late first lady and U.N. ambassador Eleanor Roosevelt.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2013 | By Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
NEW YORK - The folks who brought magic to the new Pippin in Massachusetts are coming south to Broadway. Producers on Monday said Matthew James Thomas would star this spring as Pippin; Patina Miller would be the Leading Player; Terrence Mann would be Charles; Charlotte d'Amboise would play Fastrada; Rachel Bay Jones would be Catherine, and Andrea Martin would play Berthe. All starred in the show that ended its run last month at the American Repertory Theater outside Boston.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
TATTLE rarely leads with Broadway news, but six-time Tony Award-winner Audra  McDonald is returning to Broadway a year from now and the Great White Way will be a little less white. Producer Scott Rudin said yesterday that Audra will star next March in a show that looks at the making of the 1921 hit "Shuffle Along," one of the first Broadway musicals to be written and directed by African-Americans. The show - to be called "Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed" - will have a story by George C. Wolfe and be choreographed by Savion Glover . The duo last worked together on the 1996 hit "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk.
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March 22, 2012 | By Howard Shapiro, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
What a divine season it is for Jesus on Broadway. On one stage, nuns make a joyful noise in Sister Act. On another, he figures highly in The Book of Mormon . Yet another has him as the central figure in Godspell . And he is now in revival - here, we're talking Broadway more than theology - in an effusive Jesus Christ Superstar , the Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that opened Thursday. It's full of powerful, melodic '70s-tinged music - the show premiered in 1971 and "I Don't Know How to Love Him" broke out to become a hit. The score, with Rice's clever lyrics and Lloyd Webbers many fanfare songs, is great fun to hear again, or probably also for the first time.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2016 | By Hugh Hunter, For The Inquirer
                                                        By Hugh Hunter                                                           FOR THE INQUIRER Using their veteran stars, Eileen Cella and Sonny Leo, Act II Playhouse is serving up a delicious midsummer treat, Broadway on Butler . Created by Leo, this fast-paced 90-minute musical revue offers a full slate of 27 Broadway songs...
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May 21, 2012 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was Peter Pan who long ago captured a little guy in Overbrook named Stephen C. Byrd and goaded him, during the next several decades, to Neverland. His grandma was an accessory to this - she took him to see the play at a theater in Philadelphia. Byrd thought about it a lot over the years: Not just the sprite who wouldn't grow up but all the rest, the plays he saw with his grandmother after Peter Pan , the theater he later saw on his own. And eventually it struck him that Neverland - hereinafter called Broadway - was not so great at attracting people like him, black people.
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October 30, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Staff Writer
Is there some unwritten rule that if a Broadway musical has enough clever choreography, snappy tunes, and human traffic onstage you can get away with confoundedly stupid writing? Or "stooo-ped" in the gangster parlance of Bullets Over Broadway , the touring musical that arrived Tuesday for a run through Sunday at the Academy of Music. Though Woody Allen is the show's credited writer, I refuse to believe that he authored the many lame fat jokes or that the original director/choreographer, Susan Stroman (whose work is recreated here by Jeff Whiting)
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September 17, 2016
Jack Hofsiss, 65, a stage and screen director who won a Tony Award in his first outing on Broadway while helming The Elephant Man and kept working despite an accident that left him without the use of his arms and legs, died at home Tuesday, according to producer and longtime friend Elizabeth McCann. He had recently been hospitalized for respiratory distress. "He fell asleep and slipped away from us," McCann said. Mr. Hofsiss also directed several TV films, including a 1982 adaptation of The Elephant Man , a version of Cat of a Hot Tin Roof starring Jessica Lange, and The Oldest Living Graduate with Henry Fonda.
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September 15, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
Construction on a proposed "health sciences" campus in downtown Camden is still nine months away, but an expansion already is being planned. The joint "Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors" has torn down the block diagonally across from the Walter Rand Transportation Center — from South Fifth Street to Broadway and Martin Luther King Boulevard to Stevens Street — to put up a main health sciences building . Now it's begun...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2016 | By Hugh Hunter, For The Inquirer
                                                        By Hugh Hunter                                                           FOR THE INQUIRER Using their veteran stars, Eileen Cella and Sonny Leo, Act II Playhouse is serving up a delicious midsummer treat, Broadway on Butler . Created by Leo, this fast-paced 90-minute musical revue offers a full slate of 27 Broadway songs...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
IF YOU'RE jonesing for the next book in George R.R. Martin 's "A Song of Ice and Fire," and can't hold on until the bearded bard turns in his manuscript, the Guardian reports that London's Hesperus Press will be publishing an epic novella in December by ... Saddam Hussein . If ever there was a writer who thought the sword was mightier than the pen ... How did the old despot find time to write books while committing so many human rights atrocities?...
BUSINESS
July 1, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
If all the world's a stage, why can't shows from Broadway, London, and even Philadelphia be playing on it, simultaneously? That's the billion-dollar question the fairly new online video service BroadwayHD is testing Thursday night, as it offers up the first-ever live stream of a Broadway show, the musical revival She Loves Me. And in the process, the start-up hopes to cement its status as the "Netflix of Broadway. " Well-reviewed and nearing the end of its run at Studio 54, this internet treat features a top-notch score by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock (of Fiddler on the Roof fame)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
AS THERE are only so many movies which can be turned into Broadway musicals and so many shows worth reviving, Broadway may soon turn to "new" source material the movies are already mining. Board games. The Hollywood Reporter says a stage musical based on Monopoly is in the works, thanks to a new partnership between Hasbro and The Araca Group. "Monopoly is one of the most iconic gaming brands of all time," said Simon Waters , general manager and SVP, Hasbro Entertainment and Consumer Products.
NEWS
May 23, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, Classical Music Critic
NEW YORK - Tucked into the usual Broadway Playbill for the new hit Shuffle Along at the Music Box Theatre is something that's not the typical size or color: a sepia replica of the show's original 1921 program from the long-demolished 63rd Street Music Hall, evidence of the distant world from which the show comes. Known as the first African American megahit, the 1921 version of Shuffle Along made the careers of songwriters Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle and helped launch Florence Mills, Adelaide Hall, and Josephine Baker.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
'Almost every big hit musical - and flop musical - began in Philly before it took Broadway by storm . . . or had a horrible demise," Seth Rudetsky says with a laugh. This stage historian, actor/singer, and pianist wants to remind Philadelphia of its first-run history with his Broadway Concert Series at the Merriam Theater , where he hosts, chats with, and plays piano behind the hottest singer-actresses on Manhattan's musical stages. His next events: Tuesday with recent Tony nominee Megan Hilty, and June 14 with Kelli O'Hara.
NEWS
March 20, 2016 | By John Timpane, STAFF WRITER
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has announced its 2016-2017 Broadway season, which includes four Philadelphia premieres. The shows on the schedule have won 29 Tony Awards and numerous other prominent prizes. Among the premieres, An American in Paris (Nov. 22-27, Academy of Music), the season opener, is Christopher Wheeldon's newly choreographed version of the beloved 1951 film, itself based on the 1928 suite composed by George Gershwin. The show, replete with famed George and Ira Gershwin tunes, won the most Tonys of any production last year, and this is its first time in Philly.
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January 29, 2016 | Ellen Gray
GREASE: LIVE! 7 p.m. Sunday, Fox29 "Live" is the word. Fox jumps into the TV live-musical game Sunday with Grease: Live !, starring dancer-singer Julianne Hough ( Dancing with the Stars ) as Sandy, Aaron Tveit ( Graceland, Les Miserables ) as Danny, Vanessa Hudgens ( High School Musical ) as Rizzo, pop star (and Broadway's Cinderella ) Carly Rae Jepsen as Frenchy, and Keke Palmer (who has also played Cinderella on Broadway) as Marty. Will it be "electrifyin' "?
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