Latest Musical theater News

Darren Criss readies festival celebrating musical theater

Oct. 3, 2018 2:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Darren Criss says adding "Emmy winner" to his name feels good since it "used to be Emmy loser." Criss won best actor in a limited series for his acclaimed role in "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" last month. He was previously nominated for best original song for...

Tina Turner show to join Cher, Summer and King on Broadway

Oct. 3, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Move over, Donna Summer, Carole King and Cher. There's another diva heading to Broadway — Tina Turner. Producers of "Tina" said Wednesday a new musical based on the life of the legendary artist will land on the Great White Way in the fall of 2019. Performances dates, casting and all...

O'Rourke apologizes for 'demeaning' 1991 student article

Oct. 1, 2018 8:45 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke is apologizing for writing in Columbia University's student newspaper nearly 30 years ago that a Broadway musical featured actresses "whose only qualifications seem to be their phenomenally large breasts and tight buttocks." In the Oct....

Joe Masteroff, story writer for the musical 'Cabaret,' dies

Sep. 29, 2018 2:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Masteroff, the Tony Award-winning story writer of the brilliant, edgy musical "Cabaret" and the touching, romantic "She Loves Me," has died. He was 98. Masteroff died Friday at the Actors Fund Home in Englewood, New Jersey, said The Roundabout Theatre Company, which produced recent...

Award-winning 'Dear Evan Hansen' musical spreads its wings

Sep. 28, 2018 11:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The stage musical "Dear Evan Hansen" is about a lonely young man desperate to be liked. Mission accomplished, we'd say. In addition to selling out each night on Broadway, the show is launching a 50-city national tour from Denver. The first international production is slated for Toronto next...

Correction: France-Paris Fashion Week-Watch story

Sep. 28, 2018 5:29 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — In a story Sept. 27 about the Paris Fashion Week, The Associated Press reported erroneously that French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier's new musical review would open at the Folies Pigalle theater. The venue is actually the Folies Bergere. A corrected version of the story is below: The...

'Lion King' puppet specialist charged in 3-D gun case

Sep. 25, 2018 12:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former puppet specialist with the Broadway musical "The Lion King" is accused of printing a 3-D gun in the theater's prop room. Ilya Vett was arrested last week on a misdemeanor charge. A criminal complaint says a police officer observed a 3-D printer producing a "hard black plastic...

Tresnjak makes Met Opera debut in 'Samson et Dalila'

Sep. 23, 2018 3:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Darko Tresnjak thought back to November 2016, when he headed to the acclaimed modernist home designed by Charles Gwathmey in Manchester, Connecticut, he had purchased a year earlier with his husband. "The election happened and I was really depressed, so I went to the house to recuperate,"...

Correction: Obit-Marin Mazzie story

Sep. 17, 2018 5:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Sept. 13 about the death of Marin Mazzie, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Mazzie met her husband at a defunct theater company called En Garde Arts. The company was dormant for many years but restarted in 2014. A corrected version of the story is below: Broadway and...

John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice now EGOT winners

Sep. 9, 2018 10:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's live version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" won an Emmy Award on Sunday and that made three men extra happy — it meant star John Legend, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice joined the elite squad of EGOT winners. The musical's win for best live variety special...