Latest Musical theater News

`Otello,' Rossini's not Verdi's, staged in Philadelphia

Sep. 26, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rossini’s “Otello” premiered in 1816, and the musical adaptation of Shakespeare's famous play was a hit for seven decades. Then Verdi’s version debuted in 1887 and was acclaimed as a pinnacle of the art form, causing Rossini’s version to recede into a rarity. ...

2018 Miss Louisiana Holli’ Conway-Fields gets to Broadway

Sep. 24, 2022 01:10 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Holli’ Conway-Fields has always dreamed of seeing her name in lights since she was a child. Falling in love with movies and later theater she knew being a performer was her destiny. Now she is making those dreams come true. Conway-Fields was born in...

Review: Corky Siegel’s blues knocks down musical boundaries

Sep. 21, 2022 13:46 PM EDT

“MORE Different Voices,” Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues (Dawnserly Records) For more than half a century, Corky Siegel has brought new colors to the blues. “MORE Different Voices” is the latest endeavor by the composer/arranger to bridge musical genres and cultural divides,...

'The Phantom of the Opera' to close on Broadway next year

Sep. 16, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “The Phantom of the Opera” — Broadway’s longest-running show — is scheduled to close in February 2023, the biggest victim yet of the post-pandemic softening in theater attendance in New York. The musical — a fixture on Broadway since 1988, weathering...

Hugh Jackman eyes the end of the 'The Music Man' on Broadway

Sep. 13, 2022 08:02 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Since he was a high school student, Hugh Jackman wanted to play the roguish traveling salesman Professor Harold Hill in “The Music Man” on Broadway. He's fulfilled that dream — but all things must come to an end. On the red carpet at the Toronto Film Festival,...

Virus forces Lea Michele off Broadway stage in 'Funny Girl'

Sep. 11, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

Fans of Lea Michele hoping to finally see her singing and dancing in “Funny Girl” on Broadway will have to be patient. The “Glee” actor has tested positive for COVID-19 — missing Saturday's matinee and evening performance — and must now quarantine, slated to return to the...

Trans actor Angelica Ross to make history on Broadway

Sep. 08, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The fictional character Roxie Hart has many awful attributes — she's adulterous, narcissistic, scheming, manipulating and murderous. Next week she'll also be something unexpected: Inspirational. “Pose” star Angelica Ross on Monday will step onstage in Hart's...

Review: TikTok star Bella Poarch seeks new musical fan base

Aug. 12, 2022 20:42 PM EDT

Bella Poarch, “Dolls” (Warner Records) In theory this should work. With her massive TikTok following, Bella Poarch clearly needed to strike while the iron is hot and release a studio EP. “Dolls” is that album. Now comes the tricky part. Will enough of...

'Chicago' to welcome trans actor Angelica Ross as Roxie Hart

Aug. 04, 2022 16:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “Pose” star Angelica Ross is set to make her Broadway debut in “Chicago” this fall, becoming the first openly transgender actor to play the murderous vixen Roxie Hart in the long-running musical. Ross, whose credits also include “American Horror Story:...

Argentines yearn for Evita, 70 years after her death

Jul. 27, 2022 22:09 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — María Eva Noble says she is carrying out the legacy of her namesake as she labors in a soup kitchen in a working class neighborhood of Buenos Aires. She was named after iconic Argentine former first lady María Eva Duarte de Perón, better known as Eva Perón,...