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The Creative Team Behind Hairspray Live! on Making NBC's Musicals Bigger, Bolder & Perfect for Underwear-Clad Viewers

The Creative Team Behind Hairspray Live! on Making NBC's Musicals Bigger, Bolder & Perfect for Underwear-Clad Viewers

When Tony-winning director Kenny Leon staged The Wiz Live! for NBC last year, audiences tuned in to catch a talented cast in a multi-set proscenium space. When the cameras roll on Hairspray Live! on December 7, however, there won’t be a fourth wall. At times, there won’t even be the other three walls.

Following The Sound of Music, Peter Pan ...

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The Color Purple, Waitress, Bright Star & More Nab Grammy Nominations

The Color Purple, Waitress, Bright Star & More Nab Grammy Nominations

Nominations were announced this morning for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, which will take place on February 12, 2017, hosted by Tony winner James Corden. Four Broadway productions and one West End show are in the running for Best Musical Theater Album, with credits as follows:

Bright Star. Carmen Cusack, principal soloist; Jay Alix, Peter Asher & Una Jackman, producers ...

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Far More Than One Short Day! Wicked Becomes the Ninth Longest-Running Show on Broadway

Far More Than One Short Day! Wicked Becomes the Ninth Longest-Running Show on Broadway

Oh what a celebration we'll have today! Broadway's soaring hit Wicked is officially the ninth longest-running show on the Great White Green Way. This marks 5,462 performances at the Gershwin Theatre on December 4. Beauty and the Beast was the previous holder of the ninth spot.

To properly rejoicify about this gravity-defying occasion, we've included nine of our favorite ...

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Run & Tell That! Listen to the Hairspray Live! Cast Album

Run & Tell That! Listen to the Hairspray Live! Cast Album

We now have the perfect distraction while we count down the hours until the Hairspray Live! broadcast on December 7. Masterworks Broadway/Epic Records has just released the original soundtrack of the NBC television event, which includes studio recordings of the musical numbers that the starry company will perform on the night itself. Click below to stream a sneak peek ...

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Bow on Broadway in 2018

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Bow on Broadway in 2018

Ready to #KeepTheSecrets, America? The inevitable transfer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will begin performances on Broadway in spring 2018. The play, which runs in repertory in two parts, has proven a critical and commercial smash hit in London's West End, and Great White Way theater owners were involved in an intense competition to land the show. The ...

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Stephen Karam's Tony-Winning The Humans Announces Broadway Closing Date & National Tour

Stephen Karam's Tony-Winning The Humans Announces Broadway Closing Date & National Tour

The Tony-winning production of The Humans will shutter on January 15, 2017 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The closing date is not a big surprise, as Come From Away had already announced that it will begin performances at the venue on February 18. In November next year, The Humans will kick off its coast-to-coast national tour at Seattle Repertory Theatre ...

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Listen to Idina Menzel's Cover of 'Wind Beneath My Wings' in the New Beaches Trailer

Listen to Idina Menzel's Cover of 'Wind Beneath My Wings' in the New Beaches Trailer

The beach is back. We finally caught a glimpse of Tony winner Idina Menzel's cover of "Wind Beneath My Wings" in the new trailer for Lifetimes's previously announced Beaches remake. The original film, starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey, tells the story of the long-time friendship between C.C. and Hillary. In this new remake of the ...

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Will Ariana Grande Help Her Hairspray Live! BFF Maddie Baillio Score Her Cast Crush?

Will Ariana Grande Help Her Hairspray Live! BFF Maddie Baillio Score Her Cast Crush?

There’s nobody more devoted to Tracy Turnblad than her gum-chewing friend Penny Pingleton and now it looks like Hairspray Live! stars Maddie Baillio and Ariana Grande are taking that BFF bond offscreen.

Fresh face Baillio, who was plucked out of Marymount Manhattan College to play Turnblad in the December 7 TV event, told Broadway.com that the two have grown close ...

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Bring Your Cheer! Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Opens in New Orleans

Bring Your Cheer! Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Opens in New Orleans

Christmas Day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp! The national tour of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical begins performances in New Orleans on November 22. The musical will play the Saenger Theatre through November 27.

The magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale comes to life on stage. Featuring the ...

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So Emotional! Tickets Now On Sale for The Bodyguard Tour, Starring Deborah Cox, in New Orleans

So Emotional! Tickets Now On Sale for The Bodyguard Tour, Starring Deborah Cox, in New Orleans

We get so emotional, baby, every time we think of this show! Tickets are now on sale for the musical stage adaptation of the 1992 movie The Bodyguard in New Orleans. The smash hit tuner, headlined by Grammy Award nominee Deborah Cox, will play the Saenger Theatre from April 4 through April 9, 2017.

Based on the Oscar-nominated blockbuster film ...

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Kristin Chenoweth & Sean Hayes to Co-Host Hairspray Live! Pre-Show

Kristin Chenoweth & Sean Hayes to Co-Host Hairspray Live! Pre-Show

Before hitting the live broadcast, Hairspray Live! stars Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes will host a live half-hour pre-show, airing at 7:30PM on NBC on December 7.

The special, titled Countdown to Hairspray Live!, will give viewers a glimpse into the last-minute backstage preparations before the telecast, as well as a look at the casting process, rehearsals and design ...

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Want to Listen to Dear Evan Hansen 'For Forever'? The Pasek & Paul Musical's Cast Album Is Coming

Want to Listen to Dear Evan Hansen 'For Forever'? The Pasek & Paul Musical's Cast Album Is Coming

Attention Dear Evan Hansen fans! Been listening to "Only Us" and "Waving Through a Window" on repeat? The Benj Pasek and Justin Paul musical will release a cast recording next year. The Atlantic Records album will be available digitally on February 3, 2017 and in stores on February 24.

Starring Pitch Perfect fave and Broadway alum ...

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Amelie, Starring Phillipa Soo, Sets Broadway Dates & Theater

Amelie, Starring Phillipa Soo, Sets Broadway Dates & Theater

She's found a new home! The musical adaptation of Amélie, starring Hamilton Tony nominee Phillipa Soo, will begin performances at the Walter Kerr Theatre on March 9, 2017. Opening night is set for April 3.

Before the New York run, the musical is scheduled to play a limited pre-Broadway engagement December 4 through January 16, 2017 at Los Angeles's Ahmanson ...

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You Will Know! Broadway Balances America Invites You to Meet Deborah Cox in The Bodyguard Musical

You Will Know! Broadway Balances America Invites You to Meet Deborah Cox in The Bodyguard Musical

We hope you've been saving all your love for this moment! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, continues its third season on November 21 (the episode will re-air on November 28) with an exclusive look at the touring production of The Bodyguard musical, starring Deborah Cox. Tune in as The Balancing ...

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Bandstand, Starring Laura Osnes & Corey Cott, Sets Broadway Theater & Preview Dates

Bandstand, Starring Laura Osnes & Corey Cott, Sets Broadway Theater & Preview Dates

Bandstand will be the next occupant of the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre when The Color Purple vacates the venue on January 8, 2017. Directed and choreographed by Hamilton's Andy Blankenbuehler and starring two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes and Corey Cott, the previously announced transfer of the Paper Mill Playhouse production will begin previews on March 31. Opening night ...

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Holiday Inn, Hairspray Live! & More to Perform at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Holiday Inn, Hairspray Live! & More to Perform at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Halloween is over and it’s time to come off of that sugar high and start thinking turkey and a parade of early morning Broadway performances. The 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will kick off the holiday season later this month, and as always, it promises to offer appearances from Broadway’s best.

Among those performing as part of the parade ...

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Brilliant! Tickets Now on Sale for Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical in New Orleans

Brilliant! Tickets Now on Sale for Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical in New Orleans

Tickets are now on sale for the national tour of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical in New Orleans. The show will open on November 22 at the Saenger Theatre and close on November 27.

The magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale comes to life on stage. Featuring the hit songs "You're a Mean One, Mr ...

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Jennifer Lopez to Headline NBC's Bye Bye Birdie Live!; Harvey Fierstein to Pen Adaptation

Jennifer Lopez to Headline NBC's Bye Bye Birdie Live!; Harvey Fierstein to Pen Adaptation

Jennifer Lopez will join forces with NBC for Bye Bye Birdie Live!, a 2017 holiday production of the classic Broadway musical. Tony winner Harvey Fierstein will pen the teleplay adaptation for the broadcast; he also wrote and will co-star in Hairspray Live! for the peacock network on December 7.

“Broadway musicals and films fueled my childhood and Bye Bye Birdie ...

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Not So Far Away! Tickets Now On Sale for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical in New Orleans

Not So Far Away! Tickets Now On Sale for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical in New Orleans

Looking to feel the earth move under your feet? Then you are in luck, because tickets for the national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical are now on sale in New Orleans. The Tony Award-nominated bio musical will play the Saenger Theatre from March 7 through March 12, 2017.

Directed by Marc Bruni and with a book by Tony ...

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Glenn Close Comes Home at Last! Tony Winner Will Headline Sunset Boulevard Revival on Broadway

Glenn Close Comes Home at Last! Tony Winner Will Headline Sunset Boulevard Revival on Broadway

The rumors were true and Andrew Lloyd Webber will equal Rodgers and Hammerstein's record when he has four shows running concurrently on Broadway early next year. Glenn Close is set to reprise her Tony-winning performance in the composer's Tony-winning Sunset Boulevard at the Palace Theatre from February 2, 2017. Directed by Lonny Price, tickets are now available for the English ...

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Wowza! The Illusionists—Live From Broadway Spectacle Begins Performances in New Orleans

Wowza! The Illusionists—Live From Broadway Spectacle Begins Performances in New Orleans

There's magic afoot at the Saenger Theatre! The Illusionists—Live From Broadway begins New Orleans performances on October 25 and will play through October 30.

The Illusionists—Live From Broadway brings some extraordinary illusionists to the stage. They thrill, mystify, shock and delight audiences with magic tricks, stunts and acts of wonder. The production features nine stars: Yu Ho-Jin (The Manipulator), Dan ...

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Broadway-Aimed 13 Going on 30 Musical Stage Adaptation in the Works

Broadway-Aimed 13 Going on 30 Musical Stage Adaptation in the Works

Wishes do come true, Broadway.com readers!* After you requested it this past summer, 13 Going On 30 could be landing on the Great White Way. Andy Fickman (Heathers: The Musical) will direct the stage adaptation of the hit 2004 film, which starred Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo. According to Deadline, the producing team includes Fickman, Revolution Studios, Dean Stolber ...

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Bandstand, Starring Laura Osnes & Corey Cott, Will Bow on Broadway in Spring 2017

Bandstand, Starring Laura Osnes & Corey Cott, Will Bow on Broadway in Spring 2017

We now know when two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes and Corey Cott will bring jitterbugging to Broadway! Directed and choreographed by Hamilton's Andy Blankenbuehler, the previously reported transfer of the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Bandstand (they've dropped the "The" from the title) is scheduled to officially open on April 26, 2017 at a Shubert Theatre to be ...

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Double Dollys: Donna Murphy Will Share the Title Role in Hello, Dolly! with Bette Midler

Double Dollys: Donna Murphy Will Share the Title Role in Hello, Dolly! with Bette Midler

Two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy will descend down the iconic staircase of Hello, Dolly! on select nights of the highly-anticipated Broadway revival. Bette Midler is still scheduled to play the performances previously on sale; Murphy will take center stage on Tuesday nights beginning June 13, 2017. Performances will begin on March 15 at the Shubert Theatre.

The production, which will ...

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Audra McDonald & Will Swenson Welcome Baby Girl: 'Our Hearts are Bursting'

Audra McDonald & Will Swenson Welcome Baby Girl: 'Our Hearts are Bursting'

The new addition to Eggfartopia has arrived! Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald and her hubby Will Swenson have welcomed a baby girl to their family. Named Sally James McDonald-Swenson, she was born on October 19 at 11:16 PM. "Our hearts are bursting," Mcdonald tweeted.

McDonald discovered she was pregnant while appearing in Broadway's Shuffle Along and thus postponed ...

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