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André Bishop to Step Down From Lincoln Center Theater After 2024-2025 Season

André Bishop will step down from his role as producing artistic director of Lincoln Center Theater next year, after having worked at the nonprofit theater company for 33 years.  Bishop will depart at the end of the theater’s 2024-2025 season and the board of Lincoln Center Theater will launch a search for his successor “in […]

Rose Gregorio, Tony Nominee for ‘The Shadow Box’ and Actress on ‘ER,’ Dies at 97

Rose Gregorio, who received a Tony nomination for her performance as the browbeaten daughter of Geraldine Fitzgerald’s declining old woman in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama The Shadow Box, has died. She was 97. Gregorio died Aug. 17 of natural causes in her Greenwich Village home, her nephew Robert Grosbard told The Hollywood Reporter. Gregorio was […]

Second Stage Theater Co-Founder Carole Rothman to Depart After 45-Year Tenure

Second Stage Theater founder Carole Rothman is leaving the company after more than 45 years at its helm. Rothman founded Second Stage in 1979, with the mission of developing and producing works by living American playwrights. The theater company operates the Tony Kiser Theater Off-Broadway and the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway and has produced […]

‘Stranger Things’ Stage Play Sets Cast, Opening Date

The London stage production based on Stranger Things has announced its cast and set dates for the beginning of previews and its formal opening. Stranger Things: The First Shadow, a prequel to the Netflix hit that’s set in 1959, will begin previews Nov. 17 at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End, with an opening […]

New York Convenes First Industry Council to Address Challenges Facing Live Performances

New York has launched a new council aimed at addressing challenges to the city’s live entertainment industry. On Monday, Mayor Eric Adams convened the inaugural meeting of the first-ever Live Performance Industry Council, which features a mix of leaders representing the theater, music and dance industries from the city’s arenas, cultural institutions, unions, nonprofit sector […]

The Second City Opening New York Entertainment Complex in November

The Second City announced plans Tuesday to open a physical location in New York this November, alongside its first slate of shows and cast. The improvisational comedy enterprise, which supports live theater and training, will house its new nearly 12,000 square-foot entertainment complex at 64 N. 9th St. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Set to open on […]

Ariana Grande, Guillermo del Toro, Padma Lakshmi and More Sign Open Letter Denouncing Book Bans and Their “Chilling Effect” (Exclusive)

Ariana Grande, Guillermo del Toro, Padma Lakshmi, Roxane Gay, Gabrielle Union, Sandra Cisneros, Amanda Gorman, Margaret Cho and Ron Perlman are among the signatories of an open letter calling on creative communities in Hollywood and beyond to leverage their voices to stop book bans. Upwards of 175 actors, musicians, authors, comedians, reality stars, models, media […]

‘Uncle Vanya’ to Hit Broadway With New Translation By Heidi Schreck

A new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya will play the Lincoln Center Theater this spring.  The classic play will feature a new translation by Heidi Schreck, writer and star of What the Constitution Means to Me, and direction by Lila Neugebauer, who previously directed Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery on Broadway. Uncle Vanya will […]

Rachel Bloom on Confronting Death and Blending Grief With Humor in Her New Off-Broadway Show?

At the Lucille Lortel Theatre in downtown Manhattan, Rachel Bloom barrels onstage in a sparkly pantsuit, while dribbling a basketball to the accompaniment of “Space Jam.”  It’s a mix of confidence, silliness and bravado, as Blooms throws the ball to an audience member and then launches into her planned monologue, which includes a joke about […]

David Mamet’s ‘Henry Johnson,’ Featuring Shia LaBeouf in His Stage Debut, Extends Run

Shia LaBeouf’s stage debut in the world premiere of David Mamet’s Henry Johnson is extending its run. The play, directed by The L Word: Generation Q showrunner Marja-Lewis Ryan, will now close on Oct. 7 — two weeks after its original four-week run was expected to conclude on Sept. 24 — at The Electric Lodge in Venice, […]

Maggie O’Farrell on the ‘Hamnet’ Adaptation, Working With Chloé Zhao, and What ‘The Marriage Portrait’ Means to Her

Maggie O’Farrell has had a prolific summer. After becoming an instant bestseller and a finalist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, her 2022 novel The Marriage Portrait — which tells the somewhat true story of young Lucrezia di Cosimo de’Medici’s arranged marriage in 1500s Florence — was released in paperback. Her publisher, Knopf, is also […]

‘Water for Elephants’ Musical Sets Broadway Bow in Spring 2024

A musical adaptation of Water for Elephants is slated to come to Broadway this spring.  The musical, based on the novel by Sara Gruen, is scheduled to play the Imperial Theatre starting Feb. 24, with an opening night set for March 21. Rick Elice, who wrote the book to Jersey Boys as well as Peter […]

Rachel McAdams to Make Broadway Debut in ‘Mary Jane’ This Spring

Rachel McAdams will make her Broadway debut in Amy Herzog’s play Mary Jane this spring.  The Notebook and Doctor Strange star will appear in the Broadway premiere of the play, directed by Anne Kauffman (The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window), which is scheduled to begin April 2, 2024, at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman […]

Jessica Lange, Jim Parsons and Celia Keenan-Bolger to Star in ‘Mother Play’ on Broadway

Jessica Lange, Jim Parsons and Celia Keenan-Bolger will star in the world premiere of Mother Play on Broadway.  The play, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel, who wrote How I Learned to Drive and Indecent, and directed by Tina Landau, will play a limited engagement at Second Stage’s Hayes Theater starting April 2, with […]

Tituss Burgess Will Return to Broadway in ‘Moulin Rouge!’

Tituss Burgess is returning to Broadway as the new Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge! The Musical. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Schmigadoon! star will play the role of the Moulin Rouge Club owner for a limited engagement through Dec. 17. He fills in for Eric Anderson, who will return to the role on Dec. 19.  […]

Excerpt: How Long Beach Gay Bars, a Yellow Hatchback and a Stevie Wonder Run-In Influenced Melissa Etheridge’s Early Career

Melissa Etheridge’s storied career has been marked by all sorts of accomplishments: The singer-songwriter has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards (with wins for best rock vocal performance in 1993 and 1995), she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and an Oscar (for her original song “I Need to Wake Up” from […]