Latest Theater News

Performers want to be home for Christmas, not just in dreams

Dec. 12, 2019 12:35 PM EST

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A Nebraska theater troupe got scrooged by a bus crash that led to the cancellation of its national tour of “A Christmas Carol.” Now performers are singing a different tune — they just want to be home for Christmas. The Nebraska Theatre Caravan canceled its...

The people sing: 'Les Mis' soothes, breaks Hong Kong hearts

Dec. 11, 2019 4:38 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — For Hong Kong spectators mentally and physically drained from six months of pro-democracy protests that have convulsed the city, a rousing performance of “Les Miserables” proved almost too much to bear. Audience members wept, dabbing their eyes with handkerchiefs, big tears...

'The Long Good Friday' writer Barrie Keeffe dead at 74

Dec. 10, 2019 12:30 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Barrie Keeffe, screenwriter of classic British gangster movie “The Long Good Friday,” has died. He was 74. Keeffe’s agent, Stephen Durbridge, said Keeffe died Tuesday in London after a short illness. London-born Keeffe made his name in the theater with plays including...

Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Elton John, J. Lo up for Globes

Dec. 9, 2019 1:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Golden Globes are looking more like the Grammy Awards: Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Elton John are competing for best original song at the ceremony. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced nominees for the 2020 show on Monday. Others up for the music prize include the...

‘Benson,’ ‘Star Trek’ actor René Auberjonois has died at 79

Dec. 8, 2019 10:25 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — René Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows “Benson” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and his part in the 1970 film “M.A.S.H.” playing Father Mulcahy, has died. He was 79. The actor died Sunday at his...

Gala evening at La Scala celebrates culture over extremism

Dec. 7, 2019 8:07 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The gala season premiere of Puccini’s “Tosca” starring Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and conducted by Riccardo Chailly received 15 minutes of applause from an audience of Milanese elite, in an evening that celebrated culture as a bulwark against political extremism. For...

Actor Ron Leibman dead at 82

Dec. 6, 2019 10:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Ron Leibman, who appeared in movies, theater and television in a career that spanned six decades and won a Tony award for Tony Kushner's iconic play ”Ängels in America," has died after an illness. He was 82. Leibman's agent, Robert Attermann, said the actor died Friday. He...

San Francisco Opera names its first female music director

Dec. 5, 2019 6:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Opera has named conductor Eun Sun Kim its new music director, ushering the first woman into the job in the company's history. The 39-year-old Kim will become the company's music director designate effective immediately and take on the position permanently in August,...

Irving Burgie, songwriter of calypso hit ‘Day-O,’ dies at 95

Dec. 1, 2019 7:38 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Composer Irving Burgie, who helped popularize Caribbean music and co-wrote the enduring Harry Belafonte hit “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song),” has died at the age of 95. At the Barbados Independence Day Parade on Saturday, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced Burgie died...

Director, Beyond the Fringe star Jonathan Miller dies at 85

Nov. 27, 2019 9:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Jonathan Miller, the polymath British stage director, filmmaker and comedian who co-created groundbreaking comedy revue “Beyond the Fringe,” has died at the age of 85. Miller’s family said Wednesday that he “died this morning peacefully at home with his family...