Production dates and additional creative team members announced for ‘Purple Rain’
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by Michael Abourizk
3h ago
“Purple Rain” has confirmed the dates of its pre-Broadway world premiere. The previously announced musical will begin previews on April 10, 2025 and open on April 30 at Hennepin Theatre Trust’s State Theatre in Minneapolis. The engagement will play a limited run through May 11. Based on the 1984 film of the same name, “Purple Rain” features music and a story by the late singer-songwriter Prince. Members of the musical’s creative team have also been revealed. Jason Michael Webb, recipient of a 2019 special Tony Award for his work on “Choir Boy,” will serve as the orchestrator, musical arranger ..read more
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Del Hughes Awards announces 2024 recipients
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by Michael Abourizk
3h ago
The Stage Managers’ Association (SMA), a national organization that advocates for stage managers and provides professional opportunities, has revealed the recipients of its annual Del Hughes Awards, which recognize excellence in stage management. Lloyd Davis, Jr., Ed De Shae, and Denise Yaney are the 2024 recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, the Founders Award will honor Mary Hunter, while David J. McGraw and the Stage Manager Survey will receive the Special Recognition Award. The 2024 honorees will be feted at an Oct. 28 ceremony. Davis is the former resident productio ..read more
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Libby Grant named chief commercial officer of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group
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by Michael Abourizk
3h ago
The Really Useful Group (RUG), the global production company of Tony Award winner Andrew Lloyd Webber, has announced the appointment of Libby Grant as its new chief commercial officer. Grant will lead the commercial and partner strategy for the company which develops, licenses and manages the theatrical properties for Webber’s theatrical properties. Grant will focus on developing existing and new strategic partnerships to diversify the scope of RUG in live entertainment.  Grant has served as a consultant with RUG for the last year. She has also held tenures building brand strategy for Di ..read more
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Licensing rights for Amy Herzog adaptation of ‘A Doll’s House’ now available in the U.K. and Ireland
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by Michael Abourizk
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Concord Theatricals has announced that the 2023 version of “A Doll’s House” is now available for professional and amateur licensing in the U.K. and Ireland. Concord Theatricals had previously announced the acquisition of the licensing rights of Amy Herzog’s Tony Award-nominated adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 drama. “At a moment where women’s rights are imperiled at home and abroad, I know Concord Theatricals will shepherd this timeless feminist classic and help Ibsen find a new audience for his masterwork,” Herzog said in a statement. “Amy’s version of ‘A Doll’s House’ deftly cuts to the h ..read more
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Aaron Tveit and Joanna ‘JoJo’ Levesque will return to ‘Moulin Rouge!’
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by Michael Abourizk
3h ago
“Moulin Rouge!” has announced a returning pair of principal actors. Tony Award winner Aaron Tveit and Grammy Award nominee Joanna “JoJo” Levesque will step back into the production in the roles of Christian and Satine, respectively, on July 23 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The pair is scheduled to appear through Oct. 13. Tveit will succeed Derek Klena and Levesque will replace Courtney Reed, both of whom will play their final performance on July 21. Tveit and Levesque are no stranger to the world of “Moulin Rouge!” Tveit originated the role of Christian, winning the Tony for Leading Actor in ..read more
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Jeremy O. Harris on directing his ‘Slave Play’ documentary
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by Ruthie Fierberg
6h ago
Jeremy O. Harris didn’t want to make a movie of “Slave Play”; he intentionally chose theater as the medium for his story about race, sex and colonization. “I trust the tradition more,” Harris says of theater as compared to film in his new documentary “Slave Play. Not a Movie. A Play.” While viewers might think Harris betrayed that ideology simply by making a documentary, the playwright-now-filmmaker proves them wrong. “Slave Play. Not a Movie. A Play.” debuted at the 2024 Tribeca Film Festival on June 10. Harris directs the documentary, which is being released on Max on June 20. Harris earned ..read more
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Loyalty Report: June 20, 2024
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Actors’ Equity Association halts future development contracts in wake of stalled negotiations
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by Andy Lefkowitz
23h ago
Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers in live theater, has followed through on a notice it had given to cease issuing contracts for work on its Development Agreement, effective immediately. “We never wanted it to come to this, but the wage package put across the table by the Broadway League was just plain unacceptable. Our members cannot afford to work on this contract at the proposed compensation levels over the next five years,” said Equity’s negotiating-team chair Stephen Bogardus in a statement. “Five yea ..read more
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‘Illinoise’ adds performances to limited Broadway run
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by Ruthie Fierberg
2d ago
“Illinoise,” the new musical featuring Tony Award-winning choreography by Justin Peck, has announced the addition of three matinée performances to its strictly limited engagement at the St. James Theatre. Due to popular demand, the production will now offer Wednesday matinées on July 10, July 17 and July 24, in addition to its regular schedule. “Illinoise,” which recently garnered Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Choreography and the Chita Rivera Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show, transferred to Broadway following successful, sold-out runs at the Park ..read more
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Broadway League Welcomes Darrelle Johnson as director of diversity and inclusion
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by Ruthie Fierberg
2d ago
The Broadway League has announced the appointment of Darrelle Johnson as the new director of diversity and inclusion, effective June 4. Johnson joins the League from Jujamcyn Theaters, where she served as vice president of people and culture, overseeing initiatives that promoted equitable workplace practices and enhanced employee engagement. In his statement, Jason Laks, interim president of the Broadway League, expressed enthusiasm about Johnson’s arrival, citing her extensive experience and leadership in both Broadway and the hospitality industry. “[Darrelle’s] two decades of experience wor ..read more
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