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'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' sashays home with 10 Tony Awards

Sep. 27, 2021 05:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 movie, won the best new musical crown at the Tony Awards on a Sunday night when Broadway looked back to honor shows shuttered by COVID-19, mourn its fallen and also look forward to...

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ opens 2nd to ‘Shang-Chi’ at box office

Sep. 26, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

“Dear Evan Hansen” may have been a hit on Broadway, but the filmed adaptation of the Tony-winning show is off to a slow start at the box office in its first weekend in theaters. The Universal musical that’s playing exclusively in theaters grossed an estimated $7.5 million from 3,364...

Today in History

Sep. 24, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2021. There are 98 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 24, 2001, President George W. Bush ordered a freeze on the assets of 27 people and...

Review: In 'Dear Evan Hansen,' a Broadway hit ages poorly

Sep. 23, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

The journey from stage to screen, so often a perilous one, has been particularly bumpy for “Dear Evan Hansen.” The Broadway show, starring Ben Platt as a lonely, anxiety-racked teenager who turns into a social media sensation after exaggerating...

Tonys: Broadway hopes to razzle-dazzle its way out pandemic

Sep. 23, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway is in need of a boost these days so it has smartly called on one of its most beloved, award-winning stage veterans for help — Audra McDonald. McDonald has been tapped to host the Tony Awards on Sunday, a telecast which theater producers hope...

'Dear Evan Hansen' filmmakers refine a hit Broadway musical

Sep. 21, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of people will get a chance to get to know the shy, teenager Evan Hansen this month, but Ben Platt is waving farewell. The actor and singer is intimately intertwined with Evan, originating the role in 2015 and eventually leading the stage...

Chenoweth, Miranda, Rivera and more to celebrate Broadway

Sep. 20, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Many of Broadway's biggest lights — including Kristin Chenoweth, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chita Rivera and Idina Menzel — will make appearances at Sunday's TV celebration of Broadway’s return. Also due to grace the stage are Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 19-24

Sep. 13, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 19-25: Sept. 19: Actor Rosemary Harris is 94. Actor David McCallum (“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and “NCIS”) is 88. Singer Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers is 81. Singer Sylvia Tyson of Ian and Sylvia is 81....

A Toronto Film Festival that straddles normal and virtual

Sep. 08, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

Film festivals like those in Cannes and Venice are hard to compete with in terms of glamour. But the power of the Toronto International Film Festival is in its audiences. TIFF, a sprawling showcase of fall movies, generates enormous amounts of buzz not from formal red...

Fall movie calendar, from 'Venom' to 'King Richard'

Sep. 07, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

A rundown of notable films coming out this fall: Sept. 9 “Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali” (Netflix): A documentary chronicling the friendship between the boxing legend and the civil rights leader. Sept. 10 ...