Latest Theater News

Meet the rising stars of 'West Side Story' on Broadway

Feb. 21, 2020 6:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When a new revival of “West Side Story” opens on Broadway, it will make history. The musical sees 33 young people making their Broadway debuts, a record. The show,, loosely based on William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," chronicles the affair between two lovers caught in a...

Aaron Sorkin, from left, Ed Harris and Bartlett Sher participate in a press conference to announce an upcoming performance of

Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' readies for Garden visit

Feb. 21, 2020 11:24 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Kyle Scatliffe has gone to Madison Square Garden plenty of times — for a Rangers game, a Muse concert and a WWE event. Next week, he's going back again, but this time he won't be in the seats. Scatliffe on Wednesday will be starring in the hit Broadway play “To Kill a...

Protesters demonstrate at the Broadway opening night of

'West Side Story' opening draws protesters on Broadway

Feb. 21, 2020 10:52 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — There was a chorus outside the Broadway Theatre on Thursday at the opening night of a new revival of “West Side Story” but what was being sung was a protest chant. A group of about 100 people demanded the removal of cast member Amar Ramasar, who was fired and then reinstated...

In this Feb. 17, 2013, photo, Ja'Net DuBois attends Los Angeles Premiere of

'Good Times' Ja'Net DuBois dies; co-wrote 'Jeffersons' theme

Feb. 18, 2020 10:03 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ja’Net DuBois, who played the vivacious neighbor Willona Woods on “Good Times” and composed and sang the theme song for “The Jeffersons,” has died. DuBois’ song “Movin’ on Up” provided a joyous intro to “The...

FILE - In this June 2, 1996, file photo, Zoe Caldwell holds her award for Leading Actress in a Play for her role in

Actress Zoe Caldwell, Tony winner for 'Medea,' dies at 86

Feb. 18, 2020 8:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Zoe Caldwell, a four-time Tony Award winner who brought humanity to larger-than-life characters, whether it be the dotty schoolteacher Miss Jean Brodie, an aging opera star Maria Callas or the betrayed, murderous Medea, has died. She was 86. Her son Charlie Whitehead said Caldwell died...

Michigan theater club celebrates historic pipe organ

Feb. 16, 2020 1:01 AM EST

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — With its golden finish shining spectacularly in the spotlight, a historic pipe organ at Saginaw’s Temple Theatre has been a gilded centerpiece and point of pride at the venue for nearly a century. The Golden Voiced Barton organ has been making music for generations. And now the...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2019, file photo, Ernest Hemingway's close friend and biographer, A.E. Hotchner, talks about his friendship with Hemingway at his home in Westport, Conn. A.E. Hotchner, a well-traveled author, playwright and gadabout whose street smarts and famous pals led to a loving, but litigated memoir of Ernest Hemingway, business adventures with Paul Newman and a book about his Depression-era childhood that became a Steven Soderbergh film, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at age 102. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Writer AE Hotchner, friend to Hemingway, Newman, dead at 102

Feb. 15, 2020 11:21 PM EST

A.E. Hotchner, a well-traveled author, playwright and gadabout whose street smarts and famous pals led to a loving, but litigated memoir of Ernest Hemingway, business adventures with Paul Newman and a book about his Depression-era childhood that became a Steven Soderbergh film, died Saturday at age 102. He died...

Tom Stoppard to receive PEN America writing award

Feb. 12, 2020 2:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — British playwright Tom Stoppard and the Canadian poet and fiction writer M. NourbeSe Philip are among those being honored next month by PEN America, the literary and human rights organization. PEN announced Wednesday that Stoppard will receive the $25,000 PEN/Mike Nichols Writing for...

Two-time Emmy-nominated actress Paula Kelly has died at 77

Feb. 12, 2020 11:44 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress, singer and dancer Paula Kelly, who earned an Emmy Award nomination on the sitcom “Night Court” and co-starred with Chita Rivera and Shirley MacLaine in the film “Sweet Charity,” has died. She was 77. Kelly died Sunday of chronic obstructive pulmonary...

Why does Rosalind enjoy tormenting Orlando so?

Feb. 11, 2020 2:50 PM EST

PLAINFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Tom Blachly, who has directed some 12 of Shakespeare’s plays, hasn’t until now tackled one of his most popular comedies, “As You Like It.” “The reason I haven’t attacked it all these years is that it needs a really good Rosalind,”...