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Hits from Rent, Wicked & More to be Featured on First Now That's What I Call Broadway! Album

Now That's What I Call Music, the world's best-selling multi-artist album series, has announced that they are set to release their first ever Now That's What I Call Broadway on Friday, April 29, 2016. The album will feature 18 music tracks from the original cast recordings of some of the Great White Way's most legendary shows. The album features liner notes by David Cote, theater editor for Time Out New York as well as a playwright and librettistlyricist.
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Something Rotten! Cast Album Hits #1 on Billboard Top Broadway Chart

Ghostlight Records just announced that the Original Broadway Cast Album for Something Rotten, the new musical comedy nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, hit 1 on the Billboard Top Broadway chart its first week in digital release. The album also debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at 94, the Billboard Top Current Albums chart at 45, and the Billboard Overall Digital Albums chart at 22. This marks the strongest overall cast album debut since June 2014, and the third-strongest sales week of any cast recording in five years. Something Rotten is officially available now on iTunes here and other digital formats with a 36-page booklet. The disc will be available in stores and online July 17. The album is produced by Kurt Deutsch, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Karey Kirkpatrick and Kevin McCollum. It is co-produced by Lawrence Manchesterand Phil Reno. The album has special liner notes by Time Out New York theater editor David Cote. To order the album,
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‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ Finally Opens! Could It Actually Be A Hit?

‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ began an official Broadway run last night after months of disastrous previews that left cast members hospitalized and forced a complete overhaul of the show. Now, critics who once bashed the musical are changing their tune over the improvements. Will Spidey’s web stick on the Great White Way?

U2′s rock musical has Finally arrived. And while reviewers aren’t quite raving about the show, they’re being quite kind to the troubled production. Here’s a smattering of excerpts from the most high-profile reviews.

“The final mutation of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is not a multidisciplinary breakthrough, as Taymor hoped; it’s just a musical.” — Time Out New York‘s David Cote (three of five stars)

“After myriad delays and hiccups, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark opened Tuesday, with no attendant reports of pigs flying or Hades freezing over. And it looks
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Yearbook Announces Best Plays of 2009-10

Two plays by Sarah Ruhl are among the 10 new works of theater selected for the 91st edition of the annual Best Plays Theater Yearbook. The choices for 2009-10 were announced today by Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, editor of the yearbook, which will be published by Limelight Editions in 2011. The Best Plays Theater Yearbook was founded in 1920 by drama critic Burns Mantle and honors each work with an essay. This year’s selections were chosen from among Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway productions that opened between June 1, 2009, and May 31, 2010. The new volume will also honor three plays cited by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Awards and Citations competition."Despite the naysayers who decry the end of theatrical civilization as each season draws to a close, Best Plays Theater Yearbook finds it increasingly difficult each year to whittle our list to a top 10," Jenkins, who chose the plays in consultation with the yearbook’s editorial board,
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A Salute to the 64th Annual Tony Awards

Though the economy was still in dire straits, Broadway carried on during the 2009-10 season, with visits from such high-voltage marquee names as Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig, Christopher Walken, Denzel Washington, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liev Schreiber, and Scarlett Johansson. A little group called Green Day rocked Broadway's world with the stage adaptation of the band's hit album "American Idiot," Twyla Tharp paid tribute to Frank Sinatra in "Come Fly Away," and Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins formed a "Million Dollar Quartet." "Fela!," Bill T. Jones' combination dance party, concert, and musical biography, transferred to the Main Stem from its Off-Broadway run, as did Geoffrey Nauffts' tender and moving play "Next Fall." "Red" and "Time Stands Still" offered searing portraits of artists coping with crises, while Sarah Ruhl's "In the Next Room or the vibrator play" captured the repressive Victorian era. Broadway fare also
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Law's Hamlet Earns Mixed Reviews On Broadway

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Law's Hamlet Earns Mixed Reviews On Broadway
British actor Jude Law has split Broadway theatre critics over his performance as Hamlet following the play's official opening on Tuesday night.

The star takes on the role of Shakespeare's Danish prince for the second time this year, after transferring the show from London's West End to the Big Apple.

Law earns credit for his stage presence from the likes of The New York Times, stating: "Mr. Law, a rakish leading man of film, doesn’t disappear onstage the way some screen stars do. Though small-boned and delicately featured, he fills the theatre to the saturation point."

Time Out New York's reviewer David Cote adds, "He holds court at the centre of his scenes with an intensity, intelligence and awestruck wonder that puts most Hamlets I’ve seen to shame."

The Hollywood Reporter welcomed Law's strong delivery, with writer Frank Scheck saying, "(Law) delivers a stirring, beautifully spoken performance that is as intelligent as it is dynamic."

But the same publications that praised Law also had some harsh words for the actor.

The New York Times says, "If Hamlet talks about his mind, you can bet that Mr. Law will point to his forehead; when he mentions the heavens, his arm shoots straight up; and when the guy says his gorge rises, rest assured that he clutches at his stomach. If every actor were like Mr. Law, signed performances for the hard of hearing would be unnecessary."

Bloomberg News' John Simon was more cutting in his comments, branding Law's performance "flashy, frequently jocular and unsubtle", while taking aim at his fans: "(Hamlet is) aimed at neophyte audiences lured to the play not only by the star but with the added promise of a thriller liberally sprinkled with yocks."

Law will star in Hamlet at the Broadhurst Theatre until 6 December.

Jude Law's Hamlet Gets Mixed Reviews

To be, or not to be … a hit on Broadway? That is the question Wednesday morning as the reviews come in for Jude Law's turn as Hamlet in the much-anticipated Broadway turn for the production, which originated in London to acclaim and opened at New York's Broadhurst Theatre Tuesday night. Reaction is decidedly mixed. "If Hamlet talks about his mind, you can bet that Mr. Law will point to his forehead; when he mentions the heavens, his arm shoots straight up; and when the guy says his gorge rises, rest assured that he clutches at his stomach. If every actor were like Mr.
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Playwrights Horizons To Present 'New Plays, Tough Times' Panel At 92YTribeca 9/10

Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) and 92YTribeca have announced that they will present "New Plays, Tough Times" at 92YTribeca (200 Hudson Street) on Thursday evening, September 10 at 7:30 Pm. Moderated by Time Out New York's Theater editor and chief drama critic David Cote, the panel discussion will feature all eight writers from Playwrights Horizons' upcoming 2009/2010 Season.
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Playwrights Horizons and 92Ytribeca Hosts New Plays, Tough Times 9/10

Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) and 92YTribeca have announced that they will present "New Plays, Tough Times" at 92YTribeca (200 Hudson Street) on Thursday evening, September 10 at 7:30 Pm. Moderated by Time Out New York's Theater editor and chief drama critic David Cote, the panel discussion will feature all eight writers from Playwrights Horizons' upcoming 2009/2010 Season.
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