Latest Musical theater News

'Mary Tyler Moore Show' actress Georgia Engel dies at 70

Apr. 16, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Georgia Engel, who played the charmingly innocent, small-voiced Georgette on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and amassed a string of other TV and stage credits, has died. She was 70. Engel died Friday in Princeton, New Jersey, said her friend and executor, John Quilty. The cause of death was...

Why Rachel Chavkin is a rarity on Broadway these days

Apr. 16, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As another season on Broadway draws to a big finish, the opening of "Hadestown" marks a milestone of sorts — it's the only new musical directed by a woman, Tony Award-nominee Rachel Chavkin. While the lack of women at the helm of projects remains a systemic problem in film and...

Winners of 2019 Olivier Awards for London stage productions

Apr. 7, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The winners of the 2019 Olivier Awards, honoring achievement in London theater, opera and dance: New Play: "The Inheritance" New Musical: "Come From Away" New Comedy: "Home I'm Darling" Entertainment and Family Show: "A Monster Calls" Revival: "Summer and Smoke" Musical Revival: "Company"...

'Come From Away,' 'The Inheritance' score at Olivier Awards

Apr. 7, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — "The Inheritance", an epic drama about gay lives in New York, and musicals "Come From Away" and "Company" were the big winners at British theater's Olivier Awards on Sunday, receiving four trophies apiece. "Come From Away," inspired by a small Canadian town that sheltered thousands of...

The Latest: Musical about town post-9/11 wins London award

Apr. 7, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the Olivier Awards honoring London stage productions (all times local): 9:10 p.m. "Come From Away" has been named best new musical at Britain's Olivier stage awards. The show about a small Newfoundland town that sheltered thousands of stranded airline passengers after the 9/11...

Derulo reaches out to K-pop with 'Let's Shut Up & Dance'

Mar. 21, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jason Derulo is simultaneously looking ahead, looking back and looking across the ocean for his new project. In "Let's Shut Up & Dance," the pop singer collaborates with Asian K-pop acts Lay Zhang and NCT 127 in a trans-Pacific partnership he thinks ought to be increasingly common in...

How Kelli O'Hara honors her late friend onstage every night

Mar. 15, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kelli O'Hara was devastated by the recent death of fellow Broadway veteran Marin Mazzie, so she decided to honor her friend quietly onstage as she performs one of Mazzie's old roles in the latest revival of "Kiss Me, Kate." "I have her with me every night. I make my entrance in the hat she...

'Ya Got Trouble' _ Hugh Jackman heading back to Broadway

Mar. 13, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hugh Jackman is coming back to Broadway as a classic roguish traveling salesman. Producer Scott Rudin said Wednesday the two-time Tony-winner will star in a revival of the Meredith Willson musical "The Music Man" starting in September 2020. As con man Harold Hill, Jackman will sing such...

Tech and friendship at heart of Broadway's 'Be More Chill'

Mar. 13, 2019 9:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Iconis seems to have all the normal influences expected from a young musical theater composer. The "Be More Chill" songsmith cites Stephen Sondheim, the songwriting team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, and William Finn as some of his favorites. But then there's another slightly less...

A Britney Spears musical stage comedy is set for Chicago

Mar. 12, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Britney Spears is the latest pop star throwing her fedora onto the stage. Producers of the new musical stage comedy "Once Upon a One More Time" say their show will use Spears' hit songs, which include "Oops!... I Did It Again," ''... Baby One More Time," ''Toxic" and "Stronger." The show...