Broadway/Theater

Vanessa Hudgens To Make Broadway Debut As Title Character In 'Gigi'

September 11th, 2014 4:14pm EDT
Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa Hudgens is set to make her Broadway debut in 2015 when she takes the stage in a revival of Lerner & Loewe's musical "Gigi."

Set in Paris at the turn of the 20th century, "Gigi" focuses on a teenage girl being trained as a courtesan to a wealthy playboy named Gaston, who falls in love with her and ultimately marries her.

The production will debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on January 16, 2015 and run until February 12, after which it will move to Broadway.

"I think, as an actor, the ultimate dream is to be on Broadway," the 25-year-old "High School Musical" star tol...
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Michael C. Hall To Play Transgender Rocker In Broadway's 'Hedwig And The Angry Inch'

September 9th, 2014 8:21am EDT
Michael C Hall
"Dexter" and "Six Feet Under" star Michael C. Hall is joining the cast of Broadway's "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." The actor will play the titular East German transgender rocker.

Hall will join the production on Oct. 16 and play the character through Jan. 4. He will be taking over for current topliner Andrew Rannells, according to Variety.

Neil Patrick Harris famously won a Tony for the role, and producers hope Hall's TV reputation will draw an audience during the profitable holiday season.

Hall has quite a bit of theater experience. He starred in last season's "The Realistic Joneses" as...
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Emma Stone To Make Broadway Debut In 'Cabaret' This November

August 20th, 2014 1:32pm EDT
Emma Stone To Make Broadway Debut In 'Cabaret' This November
Emma Stone is set to make her Broadway debut in "Cabaret."

The actress, who was rumored to take over for Michelle Williams in the production, has been confirmed to fill the role.

The 25-year-old actress will play showgirl Sally Bowles starting in November, when Williams leaves the role. She'll join the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of the show at Studio 54 in New York City on November 11 and fill the role until February 1, 2015.

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" star was supposed to have joined the production earlier this year, but had to drop out because of scheduling conflicts.

Stone ...
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Gloria Estefan Is Broadway Bound

August 18th, 2014 11:25pm EDT
Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan is getting her own musical next year on Broadway that will chronicle her journey from Cuba to Miami, Florida with husband Emilio Estefan, Jr., and her rise to pop stardom.

The stage production, titled "On Your Feet," will kick of at Chicago's Oriental Theatre in Illinois for its first five weeks before heading to the Great White Way in October.

The show will begin previews at the Marquis Theatre on October 5, according to Playbill.

Tony award winner Jerry Mitchell will direct, while choreographer Sergio Trujillo, who put together the dance routines for Broadway hit "Jersey...
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Emma Stone Tapped To Replace Michelle Williams In Broadway's 'Cabaret'

August 12th, 2014 8:23am EDT
Emma Stone
Emma Stone is in talks to play Sally Bowles in the hit Broadway musical "Cabaret." The actress is the frontrunner to replace Michelle Williams when she leaves the production, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Williams made her Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theatre Company's show, which also stars Alan Cumming. She will play the role until Nov. 9.

Jane Horrocks and Natasha Richardson have also played Bowles in directors' Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall's revival of the 1966 Cander and Ebb musical.

Stone is known for her roles in films including "The Amazing Spider-Man," "The Help" and "...
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Keke Palmer To Be Broadway's First African-American Cinderella

August 5th, 2014 10:17am EDT
Keke Palmer To Be Broadway's First African-American Cinderella
Keke Palmer is making history on Broadway by becoming the first African-American star to play Cinderella. The singer/actress will make her debut as the Disney princess on Sept. 9.

Palmer will be taking over from Paige Faure, who is currently playing the lead role in the popular Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.

Other celebrities have also been featured in the theatrical production. Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen was part of the cast for a 12-week engagement earlier this year, and former "The Nanny" star Fran Drescher also stepped in to play the evil stepmother.

Palmer is known for her r...
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Down For The Count: Musical Adaptation Of Oscar-Winner 'Rocky' To End On Broadway Next Month

July 16th, 2014 10:26am EDT
Rocky
The stage adaptation of Sylvester Stallone's Academy Award-winning 1976 film Rocky hasn't fared quite as well as the film did, and on Tuesday it was announced that the musical would come to an end on Broadway.

Declining ticket sales have sent the production to the mat after just five months on the Great White Way at the Winter Garden Theatre.

Stallone spent well over a decade adapting the movie for the stage and collaborated with Ukrainian boxers Vladimir and Vitali Klitschko on the production, but in the end "Rocky - The Musical" will officially close on August 17 after 200-plus performa...
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Tupac Shakur's Broadway Musical To Close Due To Poor Ticket Sales

July 15th, 2014 9:14am EDT
Tupac Shakur's Broadway Musical To Close Due To Poor Ticket Sale
A Broadway musical based on the life of rapper Tupac Shakur is closing early due to disappointing ticket sales. "Holler If Ya Hear Me" opened at New York City's Palace Theatre on June 19 and will have its final curtain call on Sunday, July 20.

Producer Eric L. Gold announced the news on Monday, explaining: "We are so proud to be a part of this ground breaking production... My hope is that a production of this calibre, powerful in its story telling, filled with great performances and exciting contemporary dance and music will eventually receive the recognition it deserves.

"It saddens me ...
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Lindsay Lohan Wants To Be Known For Her Talent, Not As A 'Tabloid Sensation'

July 14th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan Wants To Be Known For Her Talent, Not As A 'Tabloi
Lindsay Lohan is gearing up for her debut on London's West End, and she talked to BBC about her career and how seriously she's taking it these days.

When asked how committed she is to her new project, David Mamet's "Speed-The-Plow," Lohan promised she won't miss any rehearsals or shows.

"That's not going to happen. That's not on the cards. It's not. I'm at a place in my life where I like the commitment. I'm looking forward to that part of it," she explained.

The actress has a reputation for being tardy and not showing up on set, mostly due to her drug and alcohol-fueled past. She spent a...
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Andrew Lloyd Webber Considers Bringing 'Cats' To Big Screen As Show Returns To London Stage

July 8th, 2014 12:17pm EDT
Webber, Nunn, Lynne and Cats cast members
Legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is considering adapting his popular stage musical "Cats" for the big screen.

Webber was accompanied by director Trevor Nunn and choreographer Gillian Lynne in London on Monday to announce the show's return to the city's West End theater district later this year. The show will debut at the London Palladium in December following a 12-year hiatus.

During a press event on Monday, Webber said that while "Cats" is the most likely of his productions to get a cinematic adaptation, there are also others that could follow.

"Yes I think it's very possible that...
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