Latest Musical theater News

Barbra Streisand, Lea Salonga, more mourn Stephen Sondheim

Nov. 26, 2021 20:29 PM EST

Tributes quickly flooded social media following the death of Stephen Sondheim as performers and writers alike saluted a giant of the theater: “Rest In Peace, Stephen Sondheim, and thank you for your vast contributions to musical theater. We shall be singing your songs...

Stephen Sondheim, groundbreaking composer who won 6 Tony awards and reshaped musicals, dies at 91, according to report

Nov. 26, 2021 18:01 PM EST
NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Sondheim, groundbreaking composer who won 6 Tony awards and reshaped musicals, dies at 91, according to report.

Performers gear up for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Nov. 24, 2021 11:55 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Growing up in Chicago, Broadway star Brittney Mack faithfully watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV after fulfilling her own parade duties. Now she's getting ready to bundle up, hit the streets of Manhattan and be part of the big one for the first time. ...

Emilie Kouatchou makes 'Phantom' history on Broadway

Nov. 11, 2021 13:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Rising stage star Emilie Kouatchou came close to quitting musical theater during the pandemic shutdown, worried about the future. She stuck with it and has now made Broadway history. The soprano late last month made her Broadway debut as Christine in...

Billy Crystal plans his Broadway return in a familiar role

Nov. 10, 2021 10:04 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Crystal is not ready to say goodbye to “Mr. Saturday Night.” The comic icon has turned his comedy film into a Broadway-bound musical and hopes to open it next year with him reprising his film role as Buddy Young Jr., a bitter, old insult comic...

Burt Bacharach, Steven Sater album attracts Broadway stars

Nov. 01, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One of musical theater's most exciting new writing partnerships started with a breakup song. Composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Steven Sater bonded while creating “Ready to Be Done With You,” cementing a collaboration that has now produced a...

Caissie Levy gets uncomfortable in 'Caroline, Or Change'

Oct. 27, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Caissie Levy has vacated her palace on Broadway for a modest Louisiana home. She has traded in being a queen for a stepmother. And she couldn’t be happier. The singer and actor who led the “Frozen” cast as Elsa before the pandemic now stars in a...

Actors of Indian descent proud to lead Broadway's 'Aladdin'

Oct. 14, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As kids growing up in different states, Shoba Narayan and Michael Maliakel shared a love of one favorite film — “Aladdin.” Both are of Indian descent, and in the animated movie, they saw people who looked like them. That shared love has gone...

John Legend joins The Temptations musical producing team

Oct. 04, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At the Tony Awards, John Legend played live with cast members from the Broadway musical “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations.” Now he's going further and joining the show's producing team. Legend and his partners Mike Jackson...

Reopening of 'Aladdin' on Broadway halted by COVID-19 cases

Sep. 30, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The hit Broadway show “Aladdin” was canceled Wednesday night when breakthrough COVID-19 cases were reported within the musical's company, a day after the show reopened following some 18 months of being shuttered due to the pandemic. It was a worrying sign for Broadway's...