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Broadway closes theatres

Broadway Theatre is shutting down today as a New York statewide ban of all gatherings of more than 500 people goes into effect.

James Corden scoops Tony Award win

James Corden has won a Best Actor award at the 66th annual Tony Awards, held yesterday in New York City. The actor beat Philip Seymour Hoffman to win best actor in a play for his acclaimed performance in One Man, Two Guvnors, the National Theatre production directed by Nicholas Hytner. The biggest winner of the night was musical Once, which scooped Best Musical and seven other awards including Best Director for John Tiffany. The bittersweet romantic comedy about two Dublin musicians falling in love started life in 2006 as a small independent film and has gone on to become a huge …

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Ghost The Musical To Open On Broadway Spring 2012

Following the success of its London opening, a New York production of Ghost The Musical is to open on Broadway in April 2012 at a Nederlander Theatre to be announced, with previews beginning in March. Casting for the Broadway production will be announced at a later date. Matthew Warchus’ stage production based on the Oscar® winning film has recently extended booking in London to October 2012 with the release of over 350,000 tickets at the Piccadilly Theatre.

VIDEO: Rupert Everett talks Pygmalion in VisitBritain advert

The UK’s national tourism agency, VisitBritain, has launched an international TV campaign featuring some of Britain’s best known celebrities, inviting the world to visit Britain.

British theatre is well represented with Dame Judi Dench and Rupert Everett both featured in the campaign, along with Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel, fashion icon Twiggy and chef Jamie Oliver.

Tony Award Winners: War Horse, Book of Mormon sweep Tony Awards; Mark Rylance named Best Actor

At a star-studded ceremony last night, Sunday 12 June 2011, at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the American Theatre Wing’s 65th annual Tony Awards were announced. British play War Horse triumphed at the awards winning 5 gongs, including Best Play. British actor Mark Rylance won a Best Actor awards for his performance in the Royal Court’s Jerusalem.

Tony Award presenters announced: Daniel Radcliffe, Catherine Zeta-Jones

The American Theatre Wing’s 2011 Tony Award nominations were announced today, Tuesday 3 May 2011. The nominations were presented by Matthew Broderick and Anika Noni Rose from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center in New York.

Tony Award Nominations Announced: War Horse and Jerusalem compete for Best Play

The American Theatre Wing’s 2011 Tony Award nominations were announced today, Tuesday 3 May 2011. The nominations were presented by Matthew Broderick and Anika Noni Rose from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center in New York.

Broadway Bares release arty posters for new show

We are LOVING the posters just released to promote the next Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraiser Broadway Bares XXI: Masterpiece (19 June 2011 in New York, tickets from Broadway Cares).

Daniel Radcliffe in How To Succeed…

Life after Harry Potter is going to be particularly glamorous for Daniel Radcliffe as he is currently starring in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (now in previews, opens 27 March).

High star count on Broadway this Spring

There’s no shortage of stars turning up on Broadway over the next few weeks, as the spring season kicks off in New York with some heavy-hitting star names.

London shows hit Broadway

From London to New York: Priscilla, Sister Act, War Horse and Jerusalem to open on Broadway

Catch Me If You Can starts previews

Previews begin this week for major new Broadway musical Catch Me If You Can at the Neil Simon Theatre (opens 10 April), based on the Stephen Spielberg movie and the true story that inspired it.

Broadway Theatre Spring Round-up

Our USA round-up of what’s hot on Broadway and beyond, including Daniel Radcliffe in How To Succeed…, transfers of Priscilla and Sister Act, Elaine Paige in Follies and much more.

Taymor speaks out over Spider-Man

Another week, another Spider-Man update! In the ongoing saga of the world’s most expensive, and possibly most previewed, musical its director Julie “The Lion King” Taymor has now spoken out about the Spidey woes.

Spider-Man: critics right to feel aggrieved

Spider-Man: critics are right to feel aggrieved. Why wait to review a show when hundreds of thousands of audience members have seen it before you?

Spider-Man No.1 on Broadway

The world’s most expensive musical, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, has knocked Wicked off the Number One slot at the box-office on Broadway.

Elaine Paige cast in USA Follies

Elaine Paige to sing I’m Still Here in new US production of Follies; new album Elaine Paige and Friends out Monday; new EP concert tour announced

La Bete on Broadway: It’s a hit!

The Broadway transfer of recent West End success La Bete proves a hit with New York critics, with particular attention heaped on Mark Rylance’s tour de force performance.

Sister Act: big changes for Broadway

Sister Act to move to Broadway; Jerry Zaks to make changes to the show.

Current Sister Act stars Patina Miller and Simon Webbe
Current Sister Act stars Patina Miller and Simon Webbe

Sister Act, based on the hit film, is moving to Broadway following its closure at the London Palladium on 30 October.

Spider-Man: Turn off the jibes

There is nothing easier than talking down a show before it has even opened – which is what The Independent’s feature this Sunday, “Spider-Man, world’s most expensive musical, set to fall on its £40m face”, was all about.

Broadway: Spiderman to finally swing in

Broadway News: Big-budget Bono musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark confirms its long-awaited opening, plus a new take on Alice in Wonderland comes to New York

Tonys tension as Broadway bitches back

It’s interesting to read that there has been much grumbling from some sections of Broadway about the invasion of Hollywood at this year’s Tony Awards (Variety: 18 June). Even a Facebook group called “Give the Tonys Back to Broadway” has been formed by Broadway actor Hunter Foster, and now has over 7,000 members.

Tony Awards tonight

The annual Tony Awards will be announced tonight, Sunday 13 June 2010, at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

BROADWAY UPDATE: Spiderman

BROADWAY UPDATE: Reeve Carney, Daniel Radcliffe, Christina Ricci, Lee Aaron Rosen, Douglas Hodge, Jonathan Groff and more…

La Cage dominates Tony nominations

The UK’s Menier Chocolate Factory has scored another hit with its production of La Cage Aux Folles – this time on Broadway.

AWARDS: Ayckbourn to receive Tony Award

Sir Alan Ayckbourn, one of the UK’s greatest living playwrights, is to be awarded a special Tony award in June to recognise his life’s work. The Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre will be presented to Alan Ayckbourn at the ceremony in New York on 13 June. Ayckbourn, who is 71, has written 74 full-length plays, and saw a revival of his play The Norman Conquests win a Tony Award last year. His 1975 play Bedroom Farce is currently playing at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London. He will collect his honour at a ceremony in …

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BROADWAY: Douglas Hodge wows critics

The producers of the Menier Chocolate Factory production of  La Cage Aux Folles were celebrating last night as the show opened at the Longacre Theatre in New York to rave reviews. Ben Brantley of the New York Times, who  recently ripped apart Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new show Love Never Dies, said that Terry Johnson’s production was an “inspired revival” and “greatly affecting entertainment”. Douglas Hodge, who plays the central role of Albin in the show, enjoyed special praise from the critic, particularly in his rendition of the show’s famous song “I Am What I Am”: “Mr. Hodge breathes fire here, …

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Rylance Broadway bound

The West End’s man-of-the-moment Mark Rylance will star in a revival of David Hirson’s comedy drama La Bete, initially in London and then New York.

Broadway Hair to London

Tony award-winning Broadway production of Hair will transfer to London next year.

Billy Elliot triumphs at Tonys

British musical Billy Elliot triumphed last night at the 63rd Annual Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Tony Awards nominations announced

British production BILLY ELLIOT receives 15 Tony Award nominations. Brits do well in annual theatre awards nominations. The nominations for this year’s Tony awards were announced today in New York. The 63rd annual awards will see the Broadway version of Billy Elliot lead the pack with 15 nominations. Close behind were two productions that originated in the UK – The Norman Conquests, with 7 nominations, and God of Carnage with 6 nominations. British director Matthew Warchus received two nominations for his direction of both God of Carnage and The Norman Conquests. He’s competing with another UK director, Phyllida Lloyd, whose …

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Broadway News: 9 to 5, Spider-Man and more

9 to 5 The Musical We await the opening of Dolly Parton’s new musical 9 to 5 with more than a little excitement. Scheduled to start previews on 24 March at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway, the reviews for its pre-Broadway LA outing at the Ahmanson Theatre weren’t overly glowing but we still think this is going to be a big crowd-pleaser. And with Allison Janney (The West Wing) starring as Violet – the role created by Lily Tomlin in the hit movie, plus all the songs penned by Dolly, we can’t see how this could go wrong. 33 Variations …

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The West End beats Broadway again

Recession?… What recession? SOLT has just announced that 2008 was a record-breaking year for West End theatre with millions of people choosing to see a show in London. The final total was a whopping 13,807,286 theatregoers – up 1% on 2007. To put this in perspective, Broadway in 2008 achieved a total audience of 12,319,902; the O2 arena sold 1,806, 447 tickets, and Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet tour was the highest grossing in concert history, entertaining 2,350,282 million fans. It’s not all good news though as musicals were the main beneficiary of the increases whilst plays dropped 1%. Also SOLT …

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