1. 'Broadway Bares' Performers Jay Armstrong Johnson & Christian Dante White Talk Stripping Down for Burlesque Benefit

    June 12, 2019 9:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Arts, to me, changes the world, so we're doing that in our own strip-a-thon fun way," White says of Sunday's shows. The annual charity burlesque show Broadway Bares is back, and this time, the one-night-only spectacular aims to ...

  2. John Mellencamp's 'Jack & Diane'-Inspired Musical Has a Director, Choreographer

    June 12, 2019 2:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nine-time Tony nominee Kathleen Marshall has signed on to helm the as-yet-untitled project about people on the "underside of the American Dream." "Jack & Diane," John Mellencamp 's little ditty 'bout star-crossed lo ...

  3. What's It Like to Go to the Tonys? Best, Worst & Most Surprising Moments From Broadway's Big Night

    June 10, 2019 7:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Sunday, theater lovers around the country tuned in to CBS to watch Broadway's biggest annual event, the 73rd annual Tony Awards . In the realm of musicals, it was a night rewarding creators who broke boundaries and brought experimental visio ...

  4. 10 Records That Were Set at the Tony Awards

    June 09, 2019 11:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 History was made at the Tony Awards. Anaïs Mitchell did something no woman had ever done before. Hadestown won eight Tony Awards on Sunday (June 9), including the night's top prize, best musical. Hadestown is the first best musical winner where ...

  5. Ali Stroker Becomes First Wheelchair-Using Actor to Win Tony Award

    June 09, 2019 10:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 The actress won best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical for her role in 'Oklahoma.' Ali Stroker made history as the first wheelchair-using actor to win a Tony during the 73rd Tony Awards, which took place on Sunday n ...

  6. Sara Bareilles, Josh Groban & Neil Patrick Harris Join James Corden For 'Be More Chill' Parody at 2019 Tonys

    June 09, 2019 10:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 James Corden put a hilarious spin on the standout song “Michael in the Bathroom” from Broadway’s Be More Chill during the 2019 Tony Awards on Sunday (June 9). Corden began the parody with a lament about how no one appreciates him as a Tonys host, an ...

  7. James Corden Kicks Off the 2019 Tony Awards With Ambitious Opening Number

    June 09, 2019 8:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 Another op'nin', another show! The 2019 Tony Awards started off with a bang, as host James Corden led the casts of just about every musical nominated tonight in an elaborate opening number. The scene opened with Corden, sitting solo on a c ...

  8. 9 Actors Who Have Won Tonys for Portraying Real-Life Music Stars

    June 09, 2019 6:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 What do Cher, Carole King, Jerry Lee Lewis and Frankie Valli have in common? They all lived to see actors win Tonys for playing them on Broadway. It's enough to make Stephanie J. Block "Believe." The actress won this year's Tony ...

  9. Tony Nominee Spotlight: Andre De Shields Reflects on His 50-Year Career & Playing Hermes in 'Hadestown'

    June 07, 2019 4:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 André De Shields is celebrating his 50th year as a professional performer in high style. As the dapper, loose-limbed Hermes in the blockbuster Broadway musical Hadestown , he’s the master of ceremonies who takes audiences to Hell and back to tell th ...

  10. David Lang on Blending Politics & Opera in His 'Prisoner of the State'

    June 07, 2019 2:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the hands of a different composer, the libretto of David Lang ’s new opera,  prisoner of the state , would read like a hype-seeking missile directed at the current presidential administration to maximize publicity: It’s a somber piece that indict ...

  11. 'The Cher Show,' 'Tootsie' and More Performances Announced For 2019 Tony Awards

    June 06, 2019 12:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 The 73rd Annual Tony Awards will feature live performances from the casts of  Ain’t Too Proud -- The Life and Times of the Temptations ; Beetlejuice ; The Cher Show ; Choir Boy ; Hadestown ; Kiss Me, Kate ; Oklahoma! ; The Prom and Tootsie , accordi ...

  12. Tony Nominee Spotlight: Alex Brightman on Getting 'Real Laughs' in 'Beetlejuice'

    June 05, 2019 6:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 Since wowing Broadway audiences with his Tony-nominated turn in  Andrew Lloyd Webber ’s  School of Rock in 2015, Alex Brightman has gone on to rock out in a different way: He's currently turning in a manically entertaining portrayal of the titl ...

  13. Tony Nominee Spotlight: Lilli Cooper Talks Taking Center Stage in 'Tootsie'

    June 04, 2019 4:39 PM EDT 0 0 0 Breaking down boundaries on Broadway is natural at this point to Lilli Cooper. The 29-year old made her Broadway debut as a teenager as Martha in the original cast of Spring Awakening , the trailblazing, pop-rock-driven musical; since then, she' ...

  14. Tony Nominee Spotlight: How Amber Gray Found Her Way to 'Hadestown'

    June 04, 2019 4:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 With an instantly recognizable, ceiling-rattling voice and boisterous presence, Amber Gray burst onto Broadway in 2016 in one of the most unorthodox musicals to move uptown in years: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 . The 38-year old' ...

  15. Tony Nominee Spotlight: Caitlin Kinnunen on Becoming Queen of 'The Prom'

    June 04, 2019 4:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 For 27-year old Caitlin Kinnunen, life has been imitating art this past Broadway season. In musical comedy The Prom , Kinnunen plays Emma, a high school student in Indiana who unwittingly enters the spotlight when a group of maniacally egoistic acto ...

  16. When 'Evita' Won Seven Tonys in 1980, It Was a Big Win for Brits

    June 04, 2019 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 It marked the first time that British artists wrote book, music & lyrics of a Tony winner for best musical. Evita made history at the 34th annual Tony Awards, becoming the first British import to win for best musical. Even Oliver! had come up sh ...

  17. How This Year's Tony Nominees Reflect a Bolder Broadway

    June 03, 2019 11:22 AM EDT 0 0 0 The most exciting performers nominated for awards at the 2019 Tonys (airing June 9 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS) are making audiences reconsider what musicals and their stars look and sound like -- and how daring they should be. Amber Gray Walter McBride/Wi ...

  18. 25 Facts About the Tony Awards You Need to Know Before the Big Show

    June 03, 2019 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A treasure trove of Tony lore, like the memorable time Kander & Ebb tied with Pete Townshend. With the 73rd annual Tony Awards coming up on Sunday, it's time to brush up on your Tony trivia. James Corden , who won a Tony for best actor in a ...

  19. Alanis Morissette on Bringing 'Jagged Little Pill' to Broadway

    June 03, 2019 12:16 AM EDT 0 0 0 Alanis Morissette didn't want her landmark album Jagged Little Pill to become a bio-musical. So when producers approached her eight years ago about bringing the music to the stage, she had some requests.   "I was flattered and my initial t ...

  20. Billboard on Broadway Podcast: How 'Beetlejuice' Comes to Life on the Broadway Stage

    May 31, 2019 12:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 Adapting a beloved movie into a Broadway musical is an intimidating enough creative endeavor on its own -- never mind tackling one that's achieved cult favorite status. That's just the challenge the creative team behind the new Beetlejuice ...

  21. Darren Criss, Sara Bareilles, Samuel L. Jackson & Tina Fey Among 2019 Tony Awards Presenters

    May 30, 2019 7:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 Darren Criss , Tina Fey, Samuel L. Jackson and Sutton Foster are among the first round of presenters announced for the 73rd annual Tony Awards. Other presenters scheduled for this year's show are LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Regina King, Laura L ...

  22. Tony Nominee Spotlight: Damon Daunno on Breaking With Tradition in 'Oklahoma!,' Plus Watch 'People Will Say We're in Love' (Exclusive)

    May 29, 2019 7:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Since premiering off-Broadway at St. Ann's Warehouse in the fall, director Daniel Fish's new production of Oklahoma! has become one of the most talked-about musicals in New York theater, period. The stripped-bare take on the Rodgers & ...

  23. 13 Musical Theater Roles That Are Tony Award Magnets

    May 29, 2019 5:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 From Mama Rose to Dolly Gallagher Levi, these are some of the juiciest roles in Broadway history. You want to win a Tony Award for acting in a musical? There's really nothing to it: Just figure out a way to play Mama Rose or Dolly Gallagher Lev ...

  24. Lin-Manuel Miranda's First Tony Awards Win: Looking Back at His Big 2008 Moment

    May 29, 2019 11:56 AM EDT 0 0 0 At 28, he became the youngest winner for best original score. The Tony Awards may be the last place you'd expect to see a winner rap his or her acceptance speech, but that's what happened when Lin-Manuel Miranda won his first Tony on June ...

  25. Broadway's 2018-19 Season Breaks Attendance, Box Office Records

    May 29, 2019 8:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 Attendance was up 9.5 percent from the same period last season. The Broadway League on Tuesday (May 28) released end-of-season statistics for the 2018-19 season, which started May 28, 2018, and ended May 26, 2019. For the 2018-19 season, total atten ...

  26. 35 Years Ago, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim Went Head-to-Head at the Tonys

    May 27, 2019 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In accepting the award for best score, Herman made a comment that caused a brouhaha among Broadway fans. Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim are two of the most successful creators of musicals in Broadway history, but they directly competed at the Ton ...

  27. Pentatonix Release Soaring Rendition of 'Waving Through a Window' From 'Dear Evan Hansen': Watch

    May 22, 2019 3:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 A cappella group  Pentatonix just dropped their own rendition of "Waving Through a Window" from the Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen , and it's a soaring cover of the powerful song. The five-member group took to Twitter on Wednes ...

  28. How the Men of 'Ain't Too Proud' Bring Pop History to Life Onstage

    May 21, 2019 8:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the 1960s and '70s, Berry Gordy's Motown Records defined the sound of an era of pop music, producing some of pop history's greatest stars while breaking down longstanding racial barriers in the music industry.  While Motown's ...

  29. In 1962, Richard Rodgers Became the First EGOT (Before That Was Even a Thing)

    May 21, 2019 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The composer probably had no idea that he had just done something historic. On May 22, 1962 -- 57 years ago this week -- Richard Rodgers became the first person to win all four of the major entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. He achi ...

  30. Billboard on Broadway Podcast: Why Broadway's Reinvented 'Oklahoma!' Rocks

    May 15, 2019 7:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 It took twelve years of development for director Daniel Fish's new production of Oklahoma! to reach Broadway — and now that it's here, it feels as if modern musical theater will be forever changed by the revolutionary take on the quintesse ...

  31. 'Broadway Bares' Benefit Will 'Take Off' in June With Travel-Themed Burlesque Show

    May 06, 2019 10:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 In what promises to be a titillating travelogue of sexy sights, the annual burlesque benefit show Broadway Bares has announced its globetrotting 2019 theme: Take Off . The one-night only, music-filled event returns for its 29th installment on June 1 ...

  32. 'The Prince of Egypt' Musical to Hit West End With Expanded Score by Stephen Schwartz

    May 02, 2019 5:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 A musical based on DreamWorks' 1998 animated film,  The Prince of Egypt,  is coming to West End, as announced on Thursday (May 2).  The show will feature music and lyrics by legendary composer Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the songs for the origi ...

  33. Get to Know the Best Off-Broadway Musicals Of the Season

    May 02, 2019 4:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 With Tony nominations just announced and the Lortel Awards just around the corner, it’s clear theater award season is in full swing. The annual Lortel Awards -- named after actress and theater producer Lucille Lortel -- have recognized the best of o ...

  34. Hear 'Michael in the Bathroom' From 'Be More Chill' Original Broadway Cast Recording: Exclusive

    May 02, 2019 11:28 AM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard  is exclusively premiering "Michael in the Bathroom" from the original Broadway cast recording of  Be More Chill , along with a video of featured actor George Salazar from the session, today (May 2). Earlier this week, composer J ...

  35. 2019 Tony Awards Nominations: The Complete List

    April 30, 2019 8:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 The 2019 Tony Award nominations were announced on Tuesday morning (April 30) and the recently-opened musical Hadestown topped all nominees with notices in 14 categories including best musical, where it will go up against  Ain't Too Proud -- The ...

  36. 'Sing Street' to Become Stage Musical

    April 29, 2019 1:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 John Carney's film about Dublin teenagers starting a new wave band in the mid-1980s has been adapted with a book by Enda Walsh and music and lyrics by Carney and Gary Clark. Irish director John Carney's 2007 film  Once  became a hit stage ...

  37. Inside Broadway's Pop Phenomenon 'Be More Chill'

    April 26, 2019 8:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 To call the musical Be More Chill 's trajectory a journey is no exaggeration. The show -- about an anxious high school student who ingests a supercomputer called a "squip" in an effort to learn to become more cool -- began its life wa ...

  38. 'Almost Famous' Musical Set to Open in San Diego in September

    April 26, 2019 12:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 Performances will begin on Sept. 13 at The Old Globe theater. A musical based on Almost Famous , Cameron Crowe's beloved 2000 movie about a teenage journalist's adventures working at Rolling Stone magazine, will have its world premiere in ...

  39. 'Hamilton,' 'Mean Girls,' Cher & More Help Broadway Cares Raise More Than $6M at Easter Bonnet Competition

    April 25, 2019 9:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 Thanks to the fundraising efforts of casts of such musicals as Hamilton: An American Musical , Mean Girls and The Lion King , the 33rd annual Easter Bonnet Competition raised $6.59 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) — a new recor ...

  40. 'Hamilton' Alum Daveed Diggs Talks New Play 'White Noise': 'It's a Conversation We Need to Be Having'

    April 24, 2019 5:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 The new play White Noise , by Pulitzer-winner Suzan-Lori Parks, is a tense examination of modern race relations, telling the story of four longtime friends who grapple with both their own issues and society at large with varying results. The cast is ...

  41. How 'Hadestown' Made an Epic Journey to Broadway

    April 24, 2019 3:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 The new Broadway musical Hadestown (which recently opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre) debuted at New York Theatre Workshop in 2016 -- but really, its journey to the stage has taken more than a decade. Singer/songwriter Anais Mitchell began the show ...

  42. Maddie Ziegler Joins Cast of Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' Remake

    April 16, 2019 3:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Maddie Ziegler has already mastered the art of dramatic choreography, as she's been Sia 's collaborator and dance foil of choice since 2014, when the Dance Moms alum starred in the stage-shy pop star's music video for "Chandelier ...

  43. Role Playlist: How Andréa Burns Transformed Into Judy Holliday for 'Smart Blonde'

    April 11, 2019 6:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 The glamorous, romantic and ultimately tragic life of the 1940s and '50s music, stage and film star Judy Holliday is at the center of Smart Blonde, a just-wrapped play based on Holliday's life, starring In the Heights and On Your Feet! alu ...

  44. Princess Diana Musical 'Diana' Humanizes Royal Family: Review

    April 11, 2019 6:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 This new musical, with a score from Bon Jovi's David Bryan & directed by "Come From Away" Tony winner Christopher Ashley, shows promise in its premiere at La Jolla Playhouse. Has any modern icon ever been as famous as Princess Dia ...

  45. Idina Menzel, Megan Hilty & More to Perform at 'An Evening of Wicked Fun Honoring Stephen Schwartz'

    April 10, 2019 6:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 Idina Menzel , Megan Hilty and Andrea Martin are among the Broadway stars set to take the stage at An Evening of Wicked Fun Honoring Stephen Schwartz , the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts announced on Wednesday (April 10).   The fund ...

  46. Ryan Murphy to Adapt Broadway Musical 'The Prom' Into a Netflix Movie

    April 10, 2019 2:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 Last November, shortly after The Prom opened at New York's Longacre Theatre, The Hollywood Reporter 's chief theater critic David Rooney singled out a tidbit about the show that makes it stand out in the often-challenging theater landscape ...

  47. Watch 'Hamilton' Star Chris Jackson Tackle Beyonce's 'Dreamgirls' Anthem 'Listen' at Miscast 2019: Exclusive

    April 03, 2019 7:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Broadway fans usually most look forward to seeing their favorite actors in the kind of roles they seem born to play -- and once a year, those roles aren't the ones traditionally written for them. MCC Theater's Miscast gala is a high point ...

  48. Ben Platt & Sara Bareilles Team Up With Puppies for Apple's 'Carpool Karaoke': Watch

    March 29, 2019 2:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ben Platt and Sara Bareilles have joined forces for a new episode of Apple’s Carpool Karaoke . The latest episode, out now, features the duo belting out harmonies on “Bad Idea” from the Bareilles-penned Broadway musical Waitress , as well as Platt’s ...

  49. Ben Platt Reveals His Childhood Crush On Zac Efron & Recalls Being Starstruck by Beyoncé

    March 29, 2019 10:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 To celebrate the release of Ben Platt ’s debut album Sing to Me Instead , which is out today (March 29), the actor, singer, and Broadway star sat down with Billboard to play “Fishing For Answers,” as he revealed who his first celebrity crush was and ...

  50. 'Guys and Dolls' Remake in the Works

    March 26, 2019 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The studio has purchased the remake rights to the 1955 movie starring Frank Sinatra & Marlon Brando. The stage is set for  Guys and Dolls  to make a big-screen return. A new adaptation of the classic Broadway musical is in the works at TriStar, ...

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