The 90th Academy Awards

The Best of 2017 Vie for the Gold at the Very Diverse 90th Academy Awards Telecast Sunday on ABC

By: Ellis Nassour

The 90th Academy Awards will telecast live by ABC from L.A.’s Dolby Theatre Sunday, again hosted by late night’s Jimmy Kimmel and presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, at 6:30 P.M. (Eastern) [Red Carpet] with a gala start at 8 P.M. The Awards will be seen or streamed live or via tape delay in more than 225 countries. This being the 90th annual awards, there’ll surely be a lot of movie history. Undoubtedly, filled as ever with glitz and bejeweled and high coutured glamour, it will run until close to midnight.

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Lea Salonga

Lea Salonga: Celebrating 40 Years Onstage – from Li’l Orphan Annie, Vietnamese War Orphan, Disney Princess, and Now Love Goddess

By: Ellis Nassour

Olivier and Tony Award winner, “Disney princess,” recording artist, and international concert star Lea Salonga has returned to Broadway in the breathtakingly imaginative revival of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Once On This Island, set on a Caribbean island “at the mercy of the wind and sea” with the lure of tropical and voodoo rhythms..

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Phantom of the Opera Celebration

As Theatrical Phenomenon Phantom of the Opera Celebrates 30 Year Reign on Broadway Andrew Lloyd Webber Looks Back

By: Ellis Nassour

A gala performance on Wednesday [January 24] will celebrate Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart’s The Phantom of the Opera hitting 30 years [actually on January 26, with 12,500 performances – which includes 16 previews] and continuing as Broadway’s longest-running show.

Tony Awards – Michael Crawford sings Music of the Night – 1991 

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Ahrens & Flaherty Once On This Island

Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Composers, Once On This Island: 35 Years and Counting

By: Ellis Nassour

Lynn Ahrens (book and lyrics), one half of the Tony-winning Broadway composing team with Stephen Flaherty (music), who are celebrating their 35th year of collaboration, delights in reminiscing about the origin of their 1990 musical Once On This Island, now back on Broadway at Circle in the Square in a jawdroppingly sumptuous staging that pumps new life – and magic – into an already exhilarating work.

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Golden Globe Awards

Seth Myers Hosts Sunday’s Golden Globes with Tightest Competition in Years

By: Ellis Nassour

With betting odds too close to call in the Picture and Acting categories, Sunday’s 2018/75th Anniversary Golden Globes, presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and telecast live on NBC at 8 Eastern from the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom, should be one of the most exciting in years.

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London’s Hamilton opens

Hamilton Is Set to Take London’s West End by Storm

By: Ellis Nassour

After a problem-plagued delay, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning phenomenon Hamilton, opened December 21 on London’s West End at the historic Victoria Palace Theatre (Victoria Street, London SW1E 5EA) in Westminster in the shadow of the newly-renovated Victoria Station. Lead producer is Broadway’s Tony-winning Jeffrey Seller, with original director Thomas Kail helming. The musical has been in previews since December 6, a slight rescheduling because of ongoing exterior construction. Performances have been met with pandemonium response from audiences. The musical is shaping up to be a bloody triumph, no doubt with a Royal Command Performance in its future.

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Broadway Update

Jim Parsons will star in a revival of “The Boys in the Band”which will be eligible for 2018-19 Tonys

B’way Update: Logjam in Spring 2018: Early 2018-19 Announcements

By: David Sheward

So many Broadway theaters are booked and so few shows are closing there is a logjam of venues this spring. Therefore many shows have announced their openings for the next fall.

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Christmas Memories

 Stars Share Their Holiday Memories

 By: Ellis Nassour

The holidays are upon us, and while many see them as a time best appreciated by children, they also have special meaning for people of all ages. As Jerry Herman wrote (and Angela Lansbury so memorably sang in Mame), we all need a little Christmas! Several theater artists recall most cherished — and not-so-cherished — holiday memories.

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Madeline Kahn: Her Life Explored

Madeline Kahn with Mel Brooks, 1974. Courtesy of Jeffrey Kahn

MADELINE KAHN REMEMBERED IN AUDIO DOCUMENTARY: DOWNLOADABLE PROGRAM FEATURES MEL BROOKS, ROBERT KLEIN

Actress Madeline Kahn would have turned 75 on September 29, and to commemorate her jubilee year, award-winning interviewer Valerie Smaldone has produced Madeline Kahn: Her Life Explored.

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Carol Burnett Joins Broadway Legends

Beloved Comedienne Carol Burnett Ornament Joins Broadway Legends Holiday Collection

By: Ellis Nassour

Immediately following CBS’ blockbuster-rated Sunday special celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Carol Burnett Show came news that the legendary comedienne can have a special spot on your holiday season tree: Christmas or Hanukkah.

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Actors Fund

Actors Fund Reaches Mid-Point of Capital Campaign Expanding Senior Care Facility with the Shubert Pavilion

By: Ellis Nassour



The Lillian Booth Actors Fund Home, the assisted living and skilled nursing care facility for the performing arts and entertainment community, built with donations with hundreds of donors not to mention audiences who support the annual galas and Actors Fund performances, has celebrated a milestone: the opening of the Shubert Pavilion at the facility in Englewood, NJ (155-175 West Hudson Avenue). The event not only marked the mid-point of a capital campaign to rebuild, expand and preserve the Actors Fund Home but also doubles capacity for senior care.

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Big Broadway Turnover for 2017-18

Mandy Patinkin, Okieriete Onaodowan

By: David Sheward

Summer is drawing to a close and that means a rush of announcements for the fall Broadway season. But with the incoming tide of new shows, there is also a group of outgoing productions unable to survive the tidal pull of audience indifference.

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Remembering Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook: October 25, 1927 – August 8, 2017

By: Ellis Nassour

One of Broadway’s most famous sopranos and a darling of the concert world, Barbara Cook died Tuesday morning of respiratory failure at her Manhattan home. According to publicist Amanda Kaus, at her last meal she was served vanilla ice cream, a nod to one of her most famous roles, shop clerk Amelia Balash, and oft-quoted songs in Bock and Harnick’s 1963 She Loves Me. Lauded as the “singer’s singer,” she was 89.

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