Latest Musical theater News

Ask Marilu Henner about a day and you'll hear every detail

Aug. 10, 2018 4:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It's best not to get into an argument about past events with Marilu Henner. You will definitely lose. The actress is hard-wired with the ability to instantly recall facts that are decades old. "What I have is known as Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory. It's like a fancy name," she...

'Facts of Life' star Charlotte Rae dies at 92

Aug. 6, 2018 1:05 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlotte Rae, who played a wise and patient housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long-running sitcom "The Facts of Life" during a career that encompassed many other TV roles as well as stage and film appearances, has died. She was 92. Rae died at her Los Angeles home Sunday...

Box Office Top 20: 'Equalizer 2' beats 'Mamma Mia' by a hair

Jul. 23, 2018 7:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Equalizer 2" faced off against another sequel, the musical "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" and came out slightly ahead. The Denzel Washington film earned $36 million in its first weekend in theaters to take the top spot. "Mamma Mia 2" was close behind with $35 million. In fact,...

'Equalizer 2' squeaks past 'Mamma Mia 2' and takes top spot

Jul. 22, 2018 3:15 PM EDT

In the battle of two very different sequels at the box office this weekend, Denzel Washington's action pic "The Equalizer 2" has narrowly won out over the ABBA jukebox musical "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again." Studios on Sunday estimate that the R-rated Denzel Washington joint grossed $35.8 million from North...

Gary Beach, who won a Tony in 'The Producers,' dies at 70

Jul. 18, 2018 5:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Beach, a Broadway and TV veteran whose portrayal of a truly terrible theater director in Mel Brooks' monster hit "The Producers" won him a Tony Award in 2001, has died, according to his agent, Steven Unger. He was 70. Unger said Beach died Tuesday at his home in Palm Springs,...

Estefans: Immigration debate has fueled reaction to musical

Jul. 11, 2018 9:23 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gloria and Emilio Estefan credit President Donald Trump with boosting audience enthusiasm for their stage musical "On Your Feet!" As the immigration debate has heated up, so have audiences' reactions to scenes in new stage musical that spins around two immigrants, the Grammy winners said...

Actor Tab Hunter, star of 'Damn Yankees' movie, dies age 86

Jul. 9, 2018 2:00 PM EDT

Tab Hunter, the blond actor and singer who was a heartthrob for millions of teenagers in the 1950s with such films as "Battle Cry" and "Damn Yankees" and received new attention decades later when he revealed that he was gay, has died. He was 86. Producer and spouse Allan Glaser said Hunter died Sunday of a blood...

It takes chutzpah: Yiddish version of 'Fiddler on the Roof'

Jul. 3, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It might seem meshuga — crazy — to stage a beloved musical in a language that most of the audience won't understand. But Tevye the dairyman and his family will speak Yiddish in an off-Broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof" directed by Oscar and Tony winner Joel Grey....

Choreographer Gillian Lynne of 'Cats' fame dies at age 92.

Jul. 2, 2018 8:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Choreographer Gillian Lynne, who worked closely for many years with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on some of his most famous works, has died in London. She was 92. Her husband, the actor Peter Land, said on Twitter that she died Sunday evening at the Princess Grace Hospital. He said she...

Actress Betty Buckley wants to 'make America happy again'

Jun. 22, 2018 12:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's busy. And then there's Betty Buckley busy. The veteran singer and actress began the month with four nights of concerts in New York celebrating the release of her new live album, "Hope." Buckley appeared earlier this week on the season finale of The CW's "Supergirl," and will be...