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Halloween Treats Abound with October releases on BroadwayHD 

October 20, 2019:  BroadwayHD kicked off the month of October with a binge-worthy lineup of performances that are sure to excite audiences everywhere.  Leading the charge, just in time for Halloween, is the eerie classic Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Streetstarring Tony Award® winners Angela Lansbury and George Hearn as Mrs. Lovett and the vengeful Sweeney Todd.  On October 17th, Jekyll and Hyde, starring David Hasselhoff in his Broadway debut, made its way to the platform.  As part of BroadwayHD’s partnership with Stratford Festival, subscribers will have access to the critically-acclaimed Stratford Stage’s 2017 production of Macbeth on October 24thstarring Ian Lake and Krystin Pellerin.  Finally, on October 31st, Hugh Grant and Elizabeth McGovern star in a dramatic tale of love and loss in The Changeling

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The Pass

The Pass, a musical by Denise Marsa

October 11, 2019: It was 2016 and I was thinking about my life as a singer-songwriter and how it all started for me. I recalled pretending, at the age of 14, to play piano at my mom’s Art Deco vanity table, singing songs that popped into my head and sometimes writing down the words.

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Freestyle Love Supreme

Anthony Veneziale, Chris Sullivan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Aneesa Folds

Five Reasons Why Freestyle Love Supreme is a Welcome Change for Broadway

By: Iris Wiener

            October 8, 2019: Before there was Hamilton and In the Heights there was Freestyle Love Supreme. An improvisation extravaganza created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anthony Veneziale in 2004, the powerhouse team’s Freestyle Love Supreme combines music, humor, hip-hop and theatrics in an experience completely unique to any work ever to hit Broadway. Fresh and invigorating in its concept and execution, here is how it sticks out from the rest of what theater has to offer:

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Drama League

Bevin Ross

THE DRAMA LEAGUE WELCOMES
BEVIN ROSS AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

August 21, 2019: The Drama League (Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) has named Bevin Ross its new Executive Director, joining Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks as Co-CEO of the 103-year-old theatre organization. The new appointment will expand the portfolio and reach of The Drama League as the first step in its new strategic plan, while allowing Mr. Stelian-Shanks, who formerly performed both roles for five seasons, to focus exclusively on the company’s expanding artistic programs for early, mid, and late career stage directors.

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The B-Side

The Wooster Group September 5–8, 2019

August 23, 2019: The B-Side: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons,” A Record Album Interpretation is an original performance by The Wooster Group based on an LP of work songs, spirituals, and toasts recorded in 1964 in Texas’ then-segregated prison farms.

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The Secret Comedy of Women

By: Iris Wiener

July 26, 2019: The Secret Comedy of Women is an original comedic revue/sketch show written and performed by Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein, in which the truth, humor and zaniness in being female is not only recognized, but also celebrated. Now playing through August 11th at Port Washington’s Landmark on Main Street, Women features comedy, improvisation, audience participation, songs and videos. Here are five reasons why this show is an uplifting experience worth having:

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Moulin Rouge!

Baz Luhrmann’s Film Moulin Rouge! Comes to Broadway in $28-million Musical Spectacle Directed by Alex Timbers

By: Ellis Nassour 

July 25, 2019: Truth! Beauty! Freedom! Love!, the words of a Bohemian revolution in 1899, ring out again on Broadway, in two-time Tony winner Alex Timbers $28-million spectacular musical adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 international blockbuster Moulin Rouge! Conceived brilliantly on film by Luhrmann, it has made numerous lists of iconic movie musicals. Now, it’s getting a new life in a “spectacular spectacular” production onstage, billed as “a feast for the eyes, ears, and soul.” The musical opens Thursday, July 25, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

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Saturday Night Fever

Michael Notardonato (Tony Manero)

5 Reasons Why Saturday Night Fever is Sizzling

By: Iris Wiener

July 23, 2019: It’s a rare treat when a musical is successfully adapted from a film; John W. Engeman Theater’s Saturday Night Fever features enough intoxicating energy and bursting pizzazz that it doesn’t matter if Robert Stigwood’s adaptation is somewhat weak in story. Based on the 1977 blockbuster film, the show transports audiences back to the 1970s with as much glimmer and shine as the disco ball at the forefront of the stage. Featuring music by the Bee Gees, Fever is the story of Tony, a streetwise kid from Brooklyn who attempts to escape his dead-end life through dancing. Here are five reasons why the best treat you can give yourself this summer is a stop at Long Island’s theatrical mainstay:

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Kinky Boots on BroadwayHD

Hit Musical Begins Streaming Today after record breaking Broadway and West End runs.

July 15, 2019: BroadwayHD will exclusively present the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed musical Kinky Boots.  The award-winning production from Cyndi Lauper and legendary playwright Harvey Fierstein was filmed late last year at Adelphi Theater on London’s West End featuring two of the show’s original stars.

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George Salazar

George Salazar, Be More Chill ’s Michael in the Bathroom Has Gone as Fur as He C’n Go – at the Lyceum Theatre

By: Ellis Nassour

June 25, 2019: George Salazar is co-starring, scene-stealing, and delivering a unique power ballad as Michael [the one locked in the bathroom] in Be More Chill, Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz’s hilarious, mind-bending Sci-Fi musical paean to teenage angst. At the 115-year-old Lyceum, to borrow a few lyrics from Oklahoma! and Cats!, he’s “gone about as fur as he c’n go.” He’s up, up, up a rusted, narrow iron stairwell – almost to the Heaviside Layer! [of the flies], where in addition to a bird’s eye view of all that’s happening below, he’s created a very cozy dressing room surrounded by his colorful headband collection and art presented by his legion of fans.

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2019 TONY AWARDS

The cast and crew of Hadestown accept the award for Best Musical onstage during the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Hadestown honored with 8 Awards, including Best Musical, on Broadway’s Biggest Night, while The Ferryman won 4 Awards, including Best Play.

By:  Patrick Christiano

June 10, 2019: The 73rd Annual Tony Awards were presented at Radio City Music Hall in a ceremony hosted by James Corden and televised live on CBS.  Possibly the biggest surprise of the evening was how handily Hadestown, a contemporary take on Greek mythology, nurtured by nonprofits,dominated the competition, The Prom, Tootsie, Beetlejuice, and Ain’t Too Proud, musicals developed by more commercial producers. Hadestown won 8 awards including Best Musical, Best Director, and Best Music & Lyrics. The Ferryman, a British import about a family in Northern Ireland, won 4 Awards, including Best Play, and Best Director. The remaining awards were spread around with four shows winning two and seven shows winning only a single award. 

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2019 Tony Award Predictions

Hadestown, The Prom & Tootsie Vie for Broadway’s Top Prize on Sunday, June 9th live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City

By: Patrick Christiano

June 9, 2019: Tonight the 73rd Annual Tony Awards, honoring the best of Broadway during the 2018-2019 season, will be presented at Radio City Music Hall in a ceremony hosted by James Corden. The awards will be televised live on CBS from 8-11 pm EST, and will feature performances from many of the nominated shows including Tootsie, The Prom, The Cher Show, Ain’t Too Proud, Choir Boy, Hadestown, Kiss Me Kate and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!.

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Tony Awards

The 73rd Annual Tony Awards Are Telecast on June 9 – Nomination Highlights

By: Ellis Nassour

June 8, 2019: The American Theatre Wing’s 73rd Annual Tony Awards, honoring excellence on Broadway and regional theater, will be presented by the Broadway League and Wing on Sunday, June 9, telecast live from Radio City Music Hall from 8 – 11 P.M. on CBS. Returning to host is Tony-winning comedian/actor/and late-night TV host, James Corden. This marks Corden’s second time hosting the Awards. He proved quite a smash in 2016. His own Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play came in 2012 for the British comedy One Man, Two Guvnors

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Ainsley Melham

Australian Ainsley Melham in Broadway Debut Returns to Rub Aladdin‘s Magic Lamp

By: Ellis Nassour

June 8, 2019: Disney’s Aladdin recently celebrated its fifth anniversary on Broadway at the historic New Amsterdam Theatre importing hot Australian Ainsley Melham to rub the magic lamp. He’s done it before: starring Down Under in the first Australian national tour, where he received a Best Actor in a Musical nomination. His Broadway debut is also a reunion — an aligning of the stars, so to speak. On the Australian tour, he co-starred with Michael James Scott, the current and absolutely irrepressible, wisecracking Genie, and Arielle Jacobs, the current Jasmine. [Trivia: her brother Adam was the original Aladdin.]

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The Answer to Who’s This “Tony”

By: Ellis Nassour

June 7, 2019: Like Ben Vereen, you may have wondered how the Tony Awards got their name. When Vereen was co-starring in Jesus Christ Superstar, he received a letter by messenger. It was from the American Theatre Wing. He asked the stage doorman what that was and the gent had no idea. He opened the letter. “It read: ‘Congratulations, Ben Vereen. You have been nominated as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for your performance.’” It was signed, The Tony Awards. He asked, “Who’s this Tony?”

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