Broadway

‘Funny Girl’ Ends Tumultuous But Ultimately Successful Broadway Run After Casting Lea Michele As Replacement

The 2022 revival of “Funny Girl,” which seemed doomed to failure with star Beanie Feldstein in the much-hyped production, ended a nearly 600 performance run after major casting changes took place last summer.
For the uninitiated, “Funny Girl” is the semi-biographical story of the pioneering Jewish entertainer, comedienne, and Broadway star Fanny Brice, who was born in 1891, and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein.  After 17 previews, …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 25: Mental Health Spending Surged Early in the Pandemic, New BA.2.86 Variant Best Yet at Evading Immunity

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 25: Mental Health Spending Surged Early in the Pandemic, New BA.2.86 Variant Best Yet at Evading Immunity

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 1,262nd day of the pandemic.
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Here’s When the Updated Vaccines Will Be Available and When YOU Should Get Inoculated
The long-awaited updated coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Novavax will become available in mid-September and U.S. health officials are recommending that everyone get the jab.
The timeline was provided by officials …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 24: ‘Sweeney Todd’ on Broadway Hit by Covid, More Schools Close Temporarily Due to Rising Case Numbers

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 24: ‘Sweeney Todd’ on Broadway Hit by Covid, More Schools Close Temporarily Due to Rising Case Numbers

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 1,261st day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, some Broadway stars are missing performances due to SARS-CoV-2, more schools are closing due to rising Covid cases, and researchers are learning more about the toll Long Covid can cause.
LONG COVID
The physical effects of Long Covid may last two years or …

Broadway Shows Could Close, This Time Due to a Strike

Broadway Shows Could Close, This Time Due to a Strike

Broadway was shuttered from March 12, 2020 until the late summer of 2021 and shows were just starting to see normal box office sales when members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, known as IATSE, called for a strike authorization vote on Wednesday.
The move came after negotiations failed to produce an agreement between the union and theater …

Sheldon Harnick, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and ‘Fiorello’ Lyricist, Dies at 99

Sheldon Harnick, a lyricist and songwriter, known best for memorable songs in “Fiddler on the Roof” such as “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” but whose work also included “The Merry Minuet,” popularized by the Kingston Trio, and a musical adaptation of the Soviet play “The Dragon” by Evgeny Schwartz, died on June 23 at the age of 99 at his home in New York …

Today Is Eliza Doolittle Day – Here’s How to Celebrate

In case you’re wondering why today, of all days, is Eliza Doolittle Day, the answer is right there in the script.
The holiday is observed every year on the 20th of May and takes its cue from the song from the scene in the 1956 hit Broadway musical “My Fair Lady” where the Cockney flower girl who has been elevated to the toast of London society fantasizes about meeting the king …

‘Leopoldstadt,’ ‘Some Like It Hot’ Lead 2023 Outer Critics Circle Awards

The Outer Critics Circle award winners for the 2022-2023 Broadway season were announced Tuesday morning. The awards encompass 27 categories and include both Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.
“Some Like It Hot” and “Leopoldstadt” were awarded Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Broadway Play, respectively, while “Parade” and “Topdog/Underdog” took home honors for Outstanding Revival of a Musical and a Play, respectively.
“Downstate” was recognized as Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and “The …