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  • Oprah Tells Lin-Manuel That She Will Not Run for President at SUPER SOUL CONVERSATIONS

    02/07/2018 3:34:12 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 18 replies
    Broadway World ^ | February 7, 2018 | BWW Newsdesk
    This afternoon, in a Super Soul conversation at the Apollo Theater, media titan Oprah Winfrey confirmed to Broadway icon Lin-Manuel Miranda that she will not be running for the presidency in 2020. Discussing their social platforms, Miranda confirmed that he would not consider running for public office, after which Winfrey chimed in, "I'M NOT EITHER!" Though the crowd expressed some disappointment at the decision, both stars agreed that they would continue to use their popularity for positive change in the world. Sylvia Obell âś” @SylviaObell Lin-Manuel Miranda said Oprah is the only person who could drag him away from his...
  • Republicans’ tax attack on actors

    01/14/2018 12:51:03 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 49 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 1/12/2017 | Sandra Karas
    You can call me a multitasker; I’m a working actress, an accountant and also a tax attorney. My resume may sound a little unusual, but when April 15 hits, I will fit in with tens of millions of working Americans who have been hurt by sweeping changes in the tax code. The Trump-Republican tax plan, passed without one vote across the aisle, is the most unpopular tax bill in history, and for good reason. It gives small, temporary tax relief to middle-class workers, then raises our taxes to deliver large, permanent tax cuts to the super-rich and the corporations they...
  • Ben Vereen accused of sexually assaulting and harassing actresses during production of ‘Hair' (tr)

    01/05/2018 8:11:14 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 35 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | January 5, 2018 | NICOLE BITETTE and NANCY DILLON
    When Ben Vereen held auditions for “Hair” at a community theatre in Florida in 2015, the Tony winner said he wanted to break new ground with the rock musical. But in a sickening twist, several young actresses cast in the show claim the Broadway legend’s sexually abusive behavior nearly broke them. The women — part of the Venice Theatre production outside of Tampa — say Vereen forced unwanted kisses, hugged them aggressively, stripped naked during an acting exercise and made degrading comments about their weight, sex appeal and personal lives.
  • Alec Baldwin Eyes Broadway For Solo Trump Show, With Lorne Michaels’ Blessing

    12/12/2017 8:56:30 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 28 replies
    Deadline ^ | December 12, 2017 | Jeremy Gerard
    If Tina Fey can do it, why not her 30 Rock co-star Alec Baldwin? And if their SNL commander-in-chief can honcho her Broadway show, why not his as well? Those were the questions raised Monday when Baldwin told Howard Stern he has Broadway in his sights for a solo show based on his Emmy-winning impersonation of Donald J, Trump, with Lorne Michaels producing. Michaels is also producing Fey’s musical adaptation of Mean Girls, slated to arrive on Broadway in the spring. Baldwin was interviewed on Stern’s Sirius XM program to promote You Can’t Spell America Without Me, his new book,...
  • New Dustin Hoffman Accuser Claims Harassment and Physical Violation on Broadway

    12/08/2017 6:21:51 PM PST · by dynachrome · 51 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 12-8-17 | Kathryn Rossetter
    One night in Chicago, I felt his hand up under my slip on the inside of my thighs. I was completely surprised and tried to bat him away while watching the stage for my cues. After the show he was busy with the producer and director so I had no access to him to address it. It then happened almost every show. Six to eight shows a week. I couldn’t speak to him in the moment because I was on a live mic. He kept it up and got more and more aggressive. One night he actually started to stick...
  • Broadway Casting Director Fired for Sexual Misconduct

    11/30/2017 7:32:55 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 10 replies
    Variety ^ | November 30, 2017 | Gordon Cox
    Justin Huff, a casting director who has been involved in Broadway shows including 2013 Tony champ “Kinky Boots,” has been fired from his position at prominent casting agency Telsey + Company over internal reports of sexual misconduct. “He was let go last week,” Bernard Telsey, the founder of Telsey + Company, told Variety. “I was given reports of inappropriate behavior which I took very seriously, and once I was able to get some information, it was very clear he had to leave this office.” Huff, who was a senior staff member at Telsey’s company, did not respond to requests for...
  • Hillary Rodham-Clinton Stops by Broadway's DEAR EVAN HANSEN

    11/15/2017 9:22:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Broadway World ^ | November 16, 2017 | Staff
    Rodham-Clinton dropped in on Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen tonight, and caught some face time with the cast and the show's Tony-winning star, Ben Platt, before he concludes his run the musical this month. Ben tweeted about his meeting with the former First Lady, noting, "Our real president @HillaryClinton graced us with her presence at @DearEvanHansen tonight. And she signed my cast." Check out the rest of Ben's encounter with Mrs. Clinton below! The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, a score by Academy Award and Tony...
  • Trump decides to be 'not at all presidential' in ripping Michael Moore's Broadway show

    10/28/2017 8:53:45 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/28/2018 | Kyle Feldscher
    President Trump admitted he couldn’t help himself but take a shot at filmmaker Michael Moore’s Broadway show, which closed last week. Moore’s one-man show "The Terms of My Surrender" essentially was an opportunity for the Michigan documentarian to take shots at Trump on a nightly basis. It closed after its final performance on Oct. 22. Trump was delighted at its ending. “While not at all presidential I must point out that the Sloppy Michael Moore Show on Broadway was a TOTAL BOMB and was forced to close. Sad!” Trump tweeted. " While not at all presidential I must point out...
  • Michael Musto: “I Was Royally Screwed By Michael Moore’s Broadway Show”

    10/23/2017 9:28:02 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 38 replies
    New Now Next ^ | October 23, 2017 | Michael Musto
    I’ve always appreciated Michael Moore, who’s been informed and angry about all the right things. I’ve long praised him, and vice versa. When I first met him in the ‘90s, Moore gushed, “Wow! You’re at a party for me!” At another event some time later, Moore told me, “I wish I could write your column. It’s so funny.” In 2015, I interviewed him at a promotional bash in his apartment and we still got along famously. Knowing he was coming to Broadway this past July, I requested an interview. The person from the publicity firm was excited and happy to...
  • The Fake News of Tinseltown and the Dirty Streets of Broadway

    10/22/2017 2:24:17 PM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 7 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10/22/2017 | Mark Musser
    With the recent Weinstein scandal and the bizarre reporting on the Las Vegas massacre, perhaps it is time to take a step back and reconsider once again that much of the controversy over so-called "Fake News" has its origins in Hollywood and the dirty sidewalks of Broadway where both left coasts sandwich in the heartland of America from both sides with a media glitz filled with images that are interpreted from a leftist persuasion. If Hollywood fictionalizes historical movies purportedly based on actual events, can it be trusted to report to us the daily news? In other words, even on...
  • $998 to Say Hello to Dolly? That’s the Price for Some Front Row Seats

    10/09/2017 12:02:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 8, 2017 | Michael Paulson
    Broadway is breaking another price barrier. Producers of “Hello, Dolly!” are now charging $998 for front row seats at many performances between late November and mid-January, when Bette Midler leaves the cast, according to a review of ticket prices on the Telecharge website. With fees, each of those seats will cost $1,009. The price is a record for a non-holiday performance on Broadway. “Hamilton” is the only show that has reached that level before, charging $998 for some seats during the Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks last year. The high “Dolly” ticket, which is for weekend performances, reflects strong demand to...
  • This former stray cheated death to become a Broadway star

    09/07/2017 8:48:13 PM PDT · by TBP · 15 replies
    The New York Post ^ | September 7, 2017 | 10:31pm | Barbara Hoffman
    Her Playbill bio is longer than that of some of her co-stars. Then again, she’s had a helluva life, having narrowly escaped death row. Now, after three years on the road with “Annie,” Macy, a 9-year-old mixed terrier, is making her off-Broadway debut. In “For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday,” which opens Wednesday at Mainstage Theater, she’s billed simply as “a dog.” (Talk about typecasting.) One of her more significant bits of stage business involves gobbling up some dropped cereal. All told, it’s a long way from Oklahoma, where animal trainer Bill Berloni found Macy in December 2009.
  • ‘Great Comet,’ Broadway hit shuttered by political correctness, delivers final performance

    09/04/2017 8:14:16 PM PDT · by TBP · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, September 4, 2017 | Bradford Richardson
    When skygazers looked up at the Great Comet at the turn of the 19th century, some saw it as a dire omen of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia and other events of catastrophic proportion. Today, the Great Comet presages a different sort of threat — the one posed to art by political correctness. “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,” the Broadway hit based on a 70-page excerpt of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” delivered an emotional final performance Sunday to a packed crowd at the Imperial Theatre. The decline became evident when Josh Groban, the singer-songwriter who played Count...
  • Michael Moore, Mark Ruffalo Lead Trump Tower Protest After Broadway Play (Updating Live)

    08/15/2017 6:34:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | August 15, 2017 | Ashley Lee and Lauren Huff
    "If you're losing hope, you're not doing enough," said Ruffalo. Tuesday night’s audience of Michael Moore’s Broadway play The Terms of My Surrender were invited to partake in a post-performance protest outside Trump Tower in New York City — co-hosted by Mark Ruffalo. "It's a little field trip!" Ruffalo told ticketholders, including Harvey Weinstein and Marisa Tomei, while chatting candidly with Moore onstage at the Belasco Theatre (previous surprise guests of the one-man show include Bryan Cranston, Keith Olbermann, Maxine Waters and Gloria Steinem). He informed the attendees of the one-man show — which Moore describes as a “12-step meeting...
  • Joseph Bologna, 'My Favorite Year' Actor and Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter, Dies at 82

    08/14/2017 8:05:20 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | August 13, 2017 | Mike Barnes
    Joseph Bologna, an actor, playwright and screenwriter who was so memorable as the egotistical King Kaiser in the 1982 comedy classic My Favorite Year, has died. He was 82. Bologna died Sunday morning at City of Hope hospital in Duarte, Calif. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three years ago, said his wife of 52 years, actress and screenwriter Renee Taylor. Bologna received an Oscar nomination for adapted screenplay, shared with his wife and David Zelag Goodman, for his work on Lovers and Other Strangers (1970). The couple had first written it for Broadway in a 1968 production directed by...
  • Barbara Cook, Luminous Soprano & Original Music Man Star, Dies at 89

    08/08/2017 9:15:16 AM PDT · by Governor Dinwiddie · 11 replies
    Broadway.Com ^ | 8/8/2017 | Andy Lefkowitz
    Barbara Cook, who captured Broadway with her velvety soprano and led an almost-six-decade Broadway career, died on August 8. She was 89. Born on October 25, 1927 in Atlanta, Georgia, Cook began singing at an early age, receiving acclaim from audiences at the nearby Elks Club. In 1948, while visiting New York City with her mother, she decided to stay put and seek acting work. Cook was hired by a series of resorts, eventually landing a gig in 1950 at the Blue Angel Club. … A year later, Cook was on Broadway, making her debut in the 1951 musical Flahooley....
  • Playwright, Director and Actor Sam Shepard Passes Away at 73

    07/31/2017 8:23:30 AM PDT · by DFG · 36 replies
    Broadway World ^ | 07/31/2017 | BWW News Desk
    BroadwayWorld has just learned that playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director Sam Shepard has passed away. Shepard, who had been ill with ALS for some time, died peacefully on July 30 at home in Kentucky, surrounded by his children and sisters. He was 73 years old. Shepard is the author of forty-four plays as well as several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs. Shepard received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff...
  • Mandy Patinkin Drops Out of ‘Great Comet’ Over Diversity Concerns

    07/28/2017 2:58:13 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 27 replies
    Observer | John Bonazzo
    UPDATE 2: Patinkin told Tbe New York Times today that he was cancelling his plans to appear in The Great Comet because of the diversity issues. “I would never accept a role knowing it would harm another actor,” Patinkin said. “I hear what members of the community have said and I agree with them. I am a huge fan of Oak and I will, therefore, not be appearing in the show.” UPDATE 1: In an Instagram post this morning, Onaodowan confirmed that he is leaving Great Comet August 13 and will not be returning. “I am grateful to have had...
  • Hillary’s Visit To A Broadway Show Earned Her A Standing Ovation In Time For Independence Day

    07/04/2017 11:36:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    UPROXX ^ | July 4, 2017 | Andrew Roberts
    Hillary Clinton received a reaction that Mike Pence was likely hoping for when he ventured out to see Hamilton shortly after the 2016 election. Instead of a lecture from the stage and boos from those in attendance, Clinton was given a standing ovation by the crowd that made it seem more like a political rally than a theater performance. The former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate attended the Tony award-winning play Oslo on Sunday — telling the story of the Oslo Middle East Peace Accords that saw “back-channel” negotiations that eased tensions between Israel and Palestine in the...
  • ‘Hamilton’ Star Lin-Manuel Miranda Battles ‘Xenophobia’ with ‘Immigrants’ Music Video

    06/29/2017 7:35:59 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 29, 2017 | Jerome Hudson
    Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda released a politically-charged video this week for the song “Immigrants” from The Hamilton Mixtape, which is based on music from the popular Broadway show. The 6-minute dramatic visual opens with a group of immigrants listening to a radio report about the U.S. Congress’s legislative debate over border security and immigration reform. “It’s really astonishing that in a country founded by immigrants, ‘immigrant’ has somehow become a bad word,'” the reporter says. As each rapper recites their lyrics, scenes of refugees and immigrants doing various jobs are intermingled throughout. The video features contributions from Rogue...