Latest Musical theater News

Lee Radziwill, stylish sister of Jackie Kennedy, dies at 85

Feb. 17, 2019 11:18 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Lee Radziwill, the stylish jet setter and socialite who found friends, lovers and other adventures worldwide while bonding and competing with her sister Jacqueline Kennedy, has died. She was 85. Anna Christina Radziwill told The New York Times her mother died Friday of what she described as...

Medical emergency triggers stampede at San Francisco theater

Feb. 16, 2019 5:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Chaos broke out during a performance of the musical "Hamilton" at San Francisco's Orpheum theater Friday night after audience members mistook a medical emergency for a shooting. A woman had a heart attack and someone broke open an emergency defibrillator, activating an alarm at the...

Michael Jackson musical to open on Broadway, skips Chicago

Feb. 14, 2019 5:08 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A stage musical about Michael Jackson will skip making its debut in Chicago and instead open on Broadway in summer 2020. Producers said Thursday that "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" will no longer have pre-Broadway performances this fall in Chicago, blaming a recent Actors' Equity...

Win or lose at the Oscars, Glenn Close is loving the moment

Feb. 12, 2019 5:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Glenn Close stands doubled over laughing in the doorway to her downtown Manhattan apartment while her loyal white Havanese, Pip, circles an arriving reporter. It's star time for both. Close, among the most accomplished performers never to win an Oscar, may finally break through with "The...

'The Favourite,' 'Roma' win big at British Academy Awards

Feb. 10, 2019 5:15 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Tragicomic royal drama "The Favourite" and Mexican family memoir "Roma" split the honors with multiple wins each at Sunday's British Academy Film Awards — victories that suggest a wind of change may be blowing through the movie industry. "The Favourite" won seven trophies including...

'Wicked' movie musical to fly into theaters Christmas 2021

Feb. 8, 2019 2:14 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The winds have changed again for the long-awaited movie version of the hit musical "Wicked." Universal Pictures says Friday that the film will land in theaters on Dec. 22, 2021. It had originally been on the schedule for this December. Stephen Daldry is still set to direct the film, with...

'Flower Drum Song' author C.Y. Lee dead at 102

Feb. 4, 2019 10:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — C.Y. Lee, whose novel "The Flower Drum Song" became a best seller and the basis for a popular stage musical and Oscar-nominated film despite mixed critical reactions and concerns about stereotypes, has died at age 102. Lee's son, Jay Lee, told The Associated Press that his father died Nov....

Historians irked by musical 'Hamilton' escalate their duel

Feb. 4, 2019 3:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ever since the historical musical "Hamilton" began its march to near-universal infatuation, one group has noticeably withheld its applause — historians. Many academics argue the portrait of Alexander Hamilton, the star of our $10 bills, is a counterfeit. Now they're escalating their...

'Jagged Little Pill' by Alanis Morissette heads to Broadway

Jan. 29, 2019 12:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — "You Oughta Know" Alanis Morissette is coming to Broadway. The singer-songwriter has allowed songs from her 1995 breakthrough album "Jagged Little Pill" to be used in a new musical and producers plan to land it on Broadway this fall. "You Oughta Know" was a song on that Grammy-winning...

Postal Service honors entertainer Gregory Hines with stamp

Jan. 28, 2019 9:33 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is honoring entertainer Gregory Hines with a Black Heritage Series stamp. Acting chief postal inspector Gary Barksdale is hosting the first day of issue ceremony Monday at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York. Hines, who was known for his unique style of tap...