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Best Director of a Musical deja vu: Is Scott Ellis (‘Tootsie’) steering this Tony race towards another shocking upset?

Most pundits agree that the race for Best Director of a Musical is coming down to Rachel Chavkin (“Hadestown”) vs. Daniel Fish (“Oklahoma!”). But the inclusion of Scott Ellis (“Tootsie”) is giving me a major flashback to the crazy race of 2017.

Both Chavkin and Fish make perfect best director winners. Chavkin has been directly involved with the development of “Hadestown.” She’s even credited as a co-developer. Her vision has helped guide the musical from Off-Broadway, to Canada, to London, as the show evolved from an immersive song cycle into a visceral experience under a Broadway proscenium. Her use of movement and style sweeps the audience into an intoxicating love story and drags them down to an industrial take on hell.

Fish took one of Rodger and Hammerstein’s beloved classics and ripped it apart. Gone are legit soprano voices and sweeping orchestrals. In their place are voices with twang and grit,
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Barbara Perry Dies: ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’, ‘Baskets’ Actress Was 97

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Barbara Perry Dies: ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’, ‘Baskets’ Actress Was 97
Stage performer and actress Barbara Perry died Sunday from natural causes in Hollywood. She appeared in several films and TV shows including Samuel Fuller’s Shock Corridor (1963) and The Naked Kiss (1964) as well as The Dick Van Dyke Show and most recently, Baskets as well She was 97.

Born in Norfolk, Va. on June 22, 1921, Perry was a performer at a young age when she was a member of-of the children’s ballet of the Met’s corps de ballet, making her big stage debut in Madame Butterfly. She went on to study dance — with a specialty in tap — and performed at the Hollywood Bowl in the 1930s. Her talent for dancing was later on showcased at a variety of nightclubs including the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, the Chez Paris in Chicago, the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles and the Café de Paris in London. She also had the honor of opening
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‘Kiss Me, Kate’: Did critics find Broadway revival ‘too darn hot’ to handle?

‘Kiss Me, Kate’: Did critics find Broadway revival ‘too darn hot’ to handle?
One of Cole Porter’s most popular shows, “Kiss Me, Kate,” hasn’t been seen on the boards of the Great White Way in nearly two decades. This season mark the return of the classic musical comedy via the Roundabout Theatre Company revival that opened on March 14 at Studio 54. Directed by Tony-nominee Scott Ellis, this staging stars Tony winner Kelli O’Hara (“The King and I”) and Tony nominee Will Chase (“The Mystery of Edwin Drood”) as the infamously divorced couple of sparring thespians Lilli Vanessi and Fred Graham.

Boasting popular Porter songs such as “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” “So in Love,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Wunderbar,” the musical follows Lilli and Fred as they reunite to star in a production of a musical version of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” with their personal feelings influencing their on-stage performances. Notably, Tony nominee Amanda Green
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‘Kiss Me, Kate’ Broadway Review: Will Chase, Kelli O’Hara Stay True To Cole Porter’s Fashion – In Their Way

‘Kiss Me, Kate’ Broadway Review: Will Chase, Kelli O’Hara Stay True To Cole Porter’s Fashion – In Their Way
Like last season’s Lincoln Center production of My Fair Lady, the Roundabout Theatre Company’s current Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Scott Ellis and opening tonight at Studio 54, had its share of finessing to do, bringing an acknowledged work of stage musical genius from a less gender-enlightened era in line with modern sensibilities. We can put that concern aside – whatever occasional shortcomings befall this mostly terrific revival, a spanked, put-upon heroine isn’t one.

Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase are so evenly matched – in performance, talent and temperament – that it’s hard to imagine a more finely balanced battle de deux. Whatever spanking goes on in this musicalized update of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, well, each gives as good as she gets. And the roughhousing is so vaudeville cartoonish that the bum-bruising (his and hers) could trigger nothing more than a Carol Burnett Show flashback.
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2019 Broadway spring season preview of musicals: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards?

2019 Broadway spring season preview of musicals: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards?
As we’re now about halfway through the Broadway season, there are currently seven productions of musicals set to open this spring. Could we be seeing any of them contend at this year’s Tony Awards? Below, we recap the plot of each musical as well as the awards history of its author, cast, creative types, the opening, and (where applicable) closing dates.

Be More Chill” (previews begin February 13; opens March 10)

In this musical adaptation of Ned Vizzini’s 2004 novel of the same name, Jeremy Heere is your average, nothing-special teenager at Middleborough High School in nothing-special New Jersey. That is, until the day he finds out about ‘The Squip.’ Thus begins a journey that pits Jeremy’s desire to be popular against his struggle to remain true to his authentic self.

With a book by Drama Desk nominee Joe Tracz and a score by Joe Iconis, this production is
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Will the 2019 Tony Awards ditch the Best Musical Revival category?

The Tony Awards give out four top awards each year: Best Play, Best Play Revival, Best Musical, and Best Musical Revival. These are the most coveted categories for producers hoping a win will help turn a profit on their investment. But due to a dearth of classic musicals on the boards this season, Broadway’s top honors may be ditching one of their most sought after categories.

Roundabout Theatre Company is staging a highly anticipated revival of “Kiss Me, Kate” this spring. This iteration of the classic Cole Porter tuner stars Tony winner Kelli O’Hara (“The King and I”) and Tony nominee Will Chase (“The Mystery of Edwin Drood”), with direction from the esteemed Scott Ellis. It has all the makings of a lush, feel-good production that could walk away with the Musical Revival category. The only problem is that “Kiss Me, Kate” is the only announced revival of a musical this season.
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Bww Flashback: Relive the Many Roles of Will Chase!

BroadwayWorld recently announced that stage and screen star Will Chase will join Kelli O'Hara in the Broadway-bound Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Kiss Me, Kate. Roundabout welcomes back longtime friends of the theater Tony winner Kelli O'Hara who was nominated for her role in the 2006 revival of The Pajama Game opposite Harry Connick, Jr., and Will Chase returns to Roundabout following his Tony nominated role in 2012 revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. In 2016, O'Hara and Chase also starred in a sold-out benefit concert reading of Kiss Me, Kate directed by Scott Ellis.In preparation for Chase making his return to the stage, let's take a look back at his work, on and off Broadway.
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Kelli O’Hara & Will Chase To Tame Broadway’s ‘Kiss Me, Kate’

Nashville‘s Will Chase and Tony-winner Kelli O’Hara will take on Kiss Me, Kate in a new Roundabout Theatre Broadway production set for next year. Roundabout’s Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO, made the announcement today.

Kiss Me, Kate will begin preview performances at Studio 54 on Broadway on Thursday, February 14, 2019 and opens officially on Thursday, March 14, 2019. The limited engagement runs through Sunday, June 2, 2019.

Chase will play “Petruchio/Fred Graham” to O’Hara’s “Kate/Lilli Vanessi.” The musical, with book by Sam and Bella Spewack and music and lyrics by Cole Porter, will be directed by by eight-time Tony nominee and Roundabout’s Associate Artistic Director Scott Ellis.

Additional cast members will be announced soon.

Warren Carlyle will choreograph, with music direction by Paul Gemignani. The creative team includes David Rockwell (Sets), Jeff Mahshie (Costumes), Donald Holder (Lighting), Brian Ronan (Sound) and David Brian Brown (Hair & Wig design
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Matthew Rhys, Jamie Dornan to Star in BBC Drama ‘Death and Nightingales’

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Matthew Rhys, Jamie Dornan to Star in BBC Drama ‘Death and Nightingales’
Matthew Rhys and Jamie Dornan are set to star in the BBC’s “Death and Nightingales,” a three-part historical drama set in 19th-century Northern Ireland.

The show marks a reunion for Dornan with writer-director Allan Cubitt, who he previously worked with on crime drama “The Fall” between 2013-2016. It will be the first time “The Americans” star Rhys has worked with Cubitt.

Ann Skelly also stars in the show, which is produced by Imaginarium Productions and Soho Moon for BBC Two. It is adapted by Cubitt from a novel by Eugene McCabe.

Set in Northern Ireland in 1885, “Death and Nightingales” is a story of love, betrayal, deception and revenge that follows a young woman’s struggles to control her own destiny. The action takes place over a 24-hour period during which Skelly’s character, Beth Winters, decides on her 25th birthday to escape her limited life and difficult relationship with
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Chita Rivera & Andrew Lloyd Webber To Score Lifetime Achievement Tony Awards

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Two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera and prolific Broadway composer-producer Andrew Lloyd Webber have been selected to receive Special Tony Awards at this year’s ceremony. The honors will recognize their lifetime achievement in the theater. The Tony Awards Administration Committee unveiled the news today and the pair will be honored during the 72nd annual Tony Awards, hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, on June 10 at Radio City Music Hall.

Rivera, a trained ballerina, broke out as Anita in West Side Story and has 10 Tony noms overall, including the wins for The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman. She’s starred in the likes of Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful. She recently starred on Broadway in The Visit and the revivals of The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Nine.

Webber last year tied Rodgers
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They Found Someone: Stephanie J. Block to Play Cher

By Spencer Coile 

Renowned (and Tony nominated) for The Mystery of Edwin Drood and for "breaking down" in Falsettos,  and for playing Liza Minnelli in the Hugh Jackman musical The Boy From Oz, theater star Stephanie J. Block is about to add another iconic character to her repertoire: Cher. The Cher Show, which will be penned by Jersey Boys writer Rick Elice, will tell the story of pop singer and Academy Award winning actress throughout her career...
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Beano Studios announces voice cast and character details for Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed

Beano Studios has announced the main voice cast for the upcoming CG animated show Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed, a 52-part series based upon the iconic comic book character, which is set to hit Cbbc later this year.

Joining previously announced Freddie Fox (The Mystery of Edwin Drood; The Three Musketeers; Worried About The Boy) – who voices Dennis – are Kathryn Drysdale, Rasmus Hardiker, Ryan Sampson, Joanna Ruiz and Kelly-Marie Stewart.

Rasmus (Lead Balloon, Scream Street, Danger Mouse) joins the cast as Dennis’ archrival, the pompous Walter, who is always out to ruin the fun for Dennis and his pals. Following his famed role as Count Duckula in Danger Mouse, Rasmus is the ideal fit for the sneaky and self-centered Walter, who will do anything it takes to be the teacher’s pet. Always cunning and quick to boss around the other kids, he never misses an opportunity to exploit his status as
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Tony Awards Close-Up: Stephanie J. Block Is Happy to Share the Tonys Love with Her Falsettos Family

Earlier this week, Stephanie J. Block picked up her second Tony nomination the first was in 2013for The Mystery of Edwin Drood for her portrayal of Trina in Falsettos. Block is one of four in her company to earn a nod, and she couldn't be happier about it. Watch below as she tries to explain her love for her Falsettos family
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Photo Coverage: Julie Halston & More Gather to Support Broadway Belts for Pff

Just last night, Broadway stars gathered at the Edison Ballroom forBROADWAY Belts For Pff-an evening of music and comedy benefitting the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. Hosted by the one-and-only actress and comedienneJulie Halston,other participants included Orfeh Legally Blonde,Stephanie J. BlockFALSETTOS, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood,Mario Cantone'The View',Robert CreightonCAGNEY,Mandy GonzalezHAMILTON, In The Heights,Randy GraffCITY Of Angels, The Babylon Line,Stephanie MillsTHE Wiz, NBC'sGus Rosendale, andLucas SteeleNATASHA, Pierre amp The Great Comet Of 1812.
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Stephanie Mills, Orfeh and Lucas Steele Sign on for Broadway Belts For Pff!

Stephanie Mills The Wiz, Orfeh Legally Blonde, Lucas Steele Natasha, Pierre amp The Great Comet Of 1812 and NBC's Gus Rosendale will join Stephanie J. Block Falsettos, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, Mandy Gonzalez Hamilton, In The Heights, Mario Cantone 'The View', Robert Creighton Cagney, Randy Graff City Of Angels, The Babylon Line, to perform at the seventh annual Broadway Belts For Pff hosted by the one-and-only actress and comedienne Julie Halston.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 5/20/16- Judy Kuhn

Happy Birthday, Judy Kuhn Kuhn made her Broadway debut was in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She then played Cosette in the 1987 multiple award winning Broadway production of Les Miserables brought her the first Tony Award nomination. The following year, Kuhn took on a transfer from London's West End, playing one of the main roles Florence Vassy in the Trevor Nunn-directed Chess, with music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus formerly of Abba and lyrics by Tim Rice. Later in 1993, Kuhn played the role of Betty Schaefer in the U.S premier production of Sunset Boulevard at the Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles. Kuhn sang the title role in the 1995 Disney animated film, Pocahontas, the film included her rendition of the song Colors of the Wind, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for its composers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. On October 23, 2007, Kuhn returned to the
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Photo Coverage: Howard McGillin Previews His Feinsteins/54 Below Return!

On May 11,Feinstein's54 Below will welcome back Broadway's beloved leading man Howard McGillin, best known for his record breaking run as the Phantom inPhantom of the Opera, a role he played longer than any actor in Broadway history. Marking his second solo performance at Feinstein's54 Below, Howard will create an unforgettable evening of romance, beauty, and excitement with songs from Broadway and the American songbook. McGillin's other acclaimed leading roles on Broadway have includedGigi, She Loves Me, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, andAnything Goes.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 2/7/16- Charles Dickens

Happy Birthday Charles Dickens An English novelist, Dickens is generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Dickens enjoyed a wider popularity and fame than had any previous author during his lifetime, and he remains popular, having been responsible for some of English literature's most iconic novels and characters. Many of his writings were originally published serially, in monthly instalments, a format of publication which Dickens himself helped popularise. Many of hisworks have been turned into Broadway shows, including Oliver, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, A Christmas Carol, a Tale of Two Cities, and more.
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Darren Criss Joins Betsy Wolfe for Broadway Today with the New York Pops; Jeremy Jordan Cancels Due to Scheduling Conflict

On Friday, March 11, 2016 at 800Pm, The New York Pops, led by Music Director Steven Reineke, will continue its 33rd season at Carnegie Hall's Stern AuditoriumPerelman Stage with 42nd on 57th Broadway Today. With guest artists Darren Criss Glee and Betsy Wolfe The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the concert brings the best of Broadway uptown. The program will feature a variety of musical theatre hits. Darren Criss replaces the previously announced Jeremy Jordan, who is unavailable due to a scheduling issue.
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Photo Flash: First Promo Shot for Signature Theatre's Georgie, Starring Ed Dixon

In a special limited engagement,Signature Theatrepresents the world premiere production ofGeorgie My Adventures with George Rosewritten and performedby Broadway veteranEd DixonBroadway'sAnything Goes, Signature'sSunset Boulevard. Directed byEric SchaefferBroadway'sGigi,Follies, andMillion Dollar Quartet, this one-man play chronicles Dixon's relationship with his friend and mentor, the Tony-award winning character actor George Rose The Mystery of Edwin Drood, My Fair Lady, Pirates of Penzance.Georgie My Adventures with George Rosewill play in Signature's Ark Theatre fromJanuary 8 - February 7, 2016. Check out a just-released promotional shot for the production below
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