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'Hamilton' Pays Tribute to 'Rent' for Musical's 20th Anniversary

29 April 2016 4:37 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Today's biggest hit on Broadway is taking a moment to honor its predecessors. In a tweet on Friday, Hamilton paid tribute to Rent, which debuted 20 years ago and went on to become a hit musical and, later, a feature film. A stage photo accompanied the quote "When you're living in America at the end of the millennium, you're not alone," taken from Rent's song "What You Own." The original cast of Rent included big names such as Idina MenzelTaye Diggs, Anthony Rapp and Jesse L. Martin. "When you're living in America at the end of the

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BroadwayCon 2017 to Be Held at Javits Center

7 April 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

The second annual BroadwayCon is already in the works! Bringing together theater stars and their fans in a fun conference environment, the inaugural BroadwayCon was held Jan. 22–24 in the New York Hilton Midtown. Despite a winter storm shutting down most of Broadway itself, the completely sold-out event was attended by 5,000 theater enthusiasts. Conference co-founders Anthony Rapp, Melissa Anelli, and Stephanie Dornhelm are promising another three days of panels, singalongs, meet-ups, and special performances. Tickets will go on pre-sale for returning attendees April 8 and to the general public April 11. To be held Jan. 27–29, 2017 at the Jacob Javits Center—a substantially larger venue—BroadwayCon will again be with co-presented with Mischief Management and Playbill. The event will feature such Tony winners and Broadway regulars as Kelli O.Hara, Cynthia Nixon, Christopher Jackson, Christine Ebersole, Santino Fontana, Norm Lewis, Ana Gasteyer, Lachanze, Seth Rudetsky, Jonathan Groff, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Lena Hall, Laura Osnes, Lesli Margherita, »

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Fsc launches 'Modern Love' with 'American Pie' star

12 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Josh Tunick’s romantic drama stars American Pie’s Alyson Hannigan.

Andrew Herwitz’s The Film Sales Company has launched sales talks on Modern Love, a romantic drama starring Alyson Hannigan that is in post.

The Film Sales Company holds worldwide rights and Jason Ishikawa leads the negotiations on the story of two gay men who host a heart-to-heart with their friends on the eve of their wedding.

Josh Tunick wrote and directed Modern Love and the cast includes Anthony Rapp, Jonathan Bennett and Thomas Dekker.

Tunick produces with Eric Kops and Dave Perkal. »

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1st Annual BroadwayCon Unites Thousands of Fans

25 January 2016 10:30 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

The Great White Way had a very special event Jan. 22–24 in the New York Hilton Midtown, and we’re not talking about Winter Storm Jonas. The inaugural BroadwayCon, a weekend of panels, workshops, fan meetups, and performances, brought together some of today’s most active theater artists and thousands of attendees from all over the country. Created by event organizers Melissa Anelli, Stephanie Dornhelm, and “Rent” star Anthony Rapp, the first-ever conference gave fans a chance to collectively celebrate and bond over their love of all things Broadway. “I’m really grateful and really proud,” Rapp told Backstage at the event. “I’m just so glad that so many people in the community are participating.” Asked why it took until 2016 for such a function to come together, he praised the efforts of Anelli, Dornhelm, and co-presenters Playbill and Mischief Management. “It needed the right people to do it, and they’re the right people. »

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