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SpeakEasy Stage Set to Stream 'Songs for a New World'

SpeakEasy Stage Set to Stream 'Songs for a New World'

May 4, 2021

From May 26 — June 8, 2021, SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly stream a benefit production of Jason Robert Brown's classic musical,"Songs for a New World,", a moving collection of powerful songs about life, love, and the choices that define us.

Backlash Over Cis Actor Cast in 'I Am My Own Wife' Forces Cancellation of Upcoming Production

Backlash Over Cis Actor Cast in 'I Am My Own Wife' Forces Cancellation of Upcoming Production

May 4, 2021

The battle over cis actors playing trans roles has led to a Connecticut theater to cancel an upcoming production of "I Am My Own Wife," Doug Wright's award-winning play about German trans woman Charlotte von Mahlsdorf.

Concert to Honor Broadway Star Rebecca Luker, Fight ALS

Concert to Honor Broadway Star Rebecca Luker, Fight ALS

By Mark Kennedy | May 4, 2021

Some of Broadway's biggest stars are joining together to pay tribute to the late three-time Tony Award-nominated actor Rebecca Luker and raise money to fight Lou Gehrig's disease.

'The Normal Heart' Online Reading to Benefit One Archives Foundation

'The Normal Heart' Online Reading to Benefit One Archives Foundation

By Jim Provenzano | May 3, 2021

The late playwright and AIDS activist Larry Kramer's 'The Normal Heart' presented a scathing critique of complacency and concern in the early years of the AIDS pandemic. An online staged reading on May 8 will benefit The One Archives in Los Angeles.

Pascale Florestal on the Hilarity - and Historical Forces - of 'TJ Loves Sally for Ever'

Pascale Florestal on the Hilarity - and Historical Forces - of 'TJ Loves Sally for Ever'

By Kilian Melloy | Apr 30, 2021

SpeakEast Stage Company streams James Ijames' play "TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever" starting April 30. Director Pascale Florestal shares the production's process, and point of view, with EDGE.

 'The Belle of Amherst' Offers Memorable Portrait of Emily Dickinson

'The Belle of Amherst' Offers Memorable Portrait of Emily Dickinson

By Joe Siegel | Apr 30, 2021

Poet Emily Dickinson may have not lived a charmed life, but she is still remembered for her magnificent writing.

'God of Vengeance' - Yiddish Play Features Theater's First Lesbian Kiss

'God of Vengeance' - Yiddish Play Features Theater's First Lesbian Kiss

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Apr 28, 2021

The 1906 play 'God of Vengeance' caused a sensation. When performed on Broadway in 1923, the cast was arrested on obscenity charges due to its lesbian kiss.Yiddish Theatre Ensemble's new online adaptation begins May 2.

Watch: Michael Kors Turns to Broadway for 40th Anniversary Collection

Watch: Michael Kors Turns to Broadway for 40th Anniversary Collection

Apr 23, 2021

Fashion mogul Michael Kors called upon Broadway stars to help celebrate his 40th anniversary collection. The runway show filmed in New York City's theater district and called upon viewers to donate to The Actors Fund.

Hundreds of Theater Workers Demand Change in Times Square

Hundreds of Theater Workers Demand Change in Times Square

By Mark Kennedy | Apr 23, 2021

Hundreds of theater workers marched down Broadway on Thursday, rallying to demand more inclusion in the industry, protesting producer Scott Rudin and to call for greater transparency from the Actors' Equity Association union.

Beyond the Pandemic: London's West End Readies for Next Act

Beyond the Pandemic: London's West End Readies for Next Act

By Jill Lawless | Apr 23, 2021

More than a year since the pandemic began, the West End is preparing, with hope and apprehension, to welcome audiences back.

Pining for Curtain Time: 'Feel the Spirit,' 'A Letter to Harvey Milk'

Pining for Curtain Time: 'Feel the Spirit,' 'A Letter to Harvey Milk'

By Jim Gladstone | Apr 21, 2021

The ever-adventurous Shotgun Players offers up an agonizingly of-the-moment, tailored-for-teleconferencing commission by playwright Noelle Viñas, while the online adaptation of the musical 'A Letter to Harvey Milk' also works online.

Memorabilia from Springsteen to 'Phantom' Set for Auction

Memorabilia from Springsteen to 'Phantom' Set for Auction

By Mark Kennedy | Apr 20, 2021

Bruce Springsteen, Hugh Jackman, Elton John, Bette Midler, Christine Baranski, Tina Fey and more raided their closets to offer items for a charity auction, with one prize being a key prop from the worldwide hit musical "The Phantom of the Opera."

Rejected Broadway Posters on Sale to Help Theater Community

Rejected Broadway Posters on Sale to Help Theater Community

By Mark Kennedy | Apr 20, 2021

Letting the world see your failures is usually something most people try to avoid. Not for theatrical poster designer Frank Verlizzo — he hopes you'll put his on your wall.

Broadway Star Karen Olivo Protests Scott Rudin Silence

Broadway Star Karen Olivo Protests Scott Rudin Silence

By Mark Kennedy | Apr 15, 2021

Tony Award-winner Karen Olivo says she won't return to "Moulin Rouge! The Musical" once it reopens, saying she's frustrated by the Broadway industry and especially the silence in the wake of revelations about the behavior of producer Scott Rudin.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mayor Open Times Square Vaccine Site

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mayor Open Times Square Vaccine Site

Apr 13, 2021

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday at the grand opening of a Times Square COVID-19 vaccination site intended to jump-start the city's entertainment industry.

Classic Stage Company has a Treat: Three 'Assassins' Casts

Classic Stage Company has a Treat: Three 'Assassins' Casts

By Mark Kennedy | Apr 7, 2021

White House hopefuls may want to steer clear of Classic Stage Company next week: Not one or even two, but three casts of the dark musical "Assassins" are massing.

Lips Fort Lauderdale Announces New Cast Members

Lips Fort Lauderdale Announces New Cast Members

Apr 6, 2021

Talented new performers will make their debut during the venue's return April 22 with dinner shows Thursday through Saturday and Gospel Brunch every Sunday.

SpeakEasy Stage Company to Produce Satirical 'TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever'

SpeakEasy Stage Company to Produce Satirical 'TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever'

Apr 5, 2021

"TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever" is a wildly irreverent satire that dissects a sordid slice of American history — the story of President Thomas Jefferson and slave Sally Hemings — with the goal of reimagining the future.

Arthur Kopit, Three-Time Tony-Nominated Playwright, Dies

Arthur Kopit, Three-Time Tony-Nominated Playwright, Dies

By Mark Kennedy | Apr 3, 2021

Arthur Kopit, a three time Tony Award-nominated playwright and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist known for fusing disparate genres, absurdism and a darkly comic world view, has died. He was 83.

Curtains Up, and Out: Theater Through the Decades

Curtains Up, and Out: Theater Through the Decades

By Jim Gladstone | Mar 31, 2021

If you search the word "theater" in the archives of the Bay Area Reporter, you'll discover plenty of features and reviews. A few productions with LGBT themes stand out.

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