Latest Musical theater News

Lost Stephen Sondheim musical reveals insight into a giant

Dec. 05, 2022 17:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A copy of what's being called Stephen Sondheim's first original cast recording has been found on a misplaced CD, capturing the legendary composer's budding skills in a student-led musical while at Williams College in 1948. Sondheim was an 18-year-old sophomore when...

Review: Broadway's Neil Diamond show isn't so good, so good

Dec. 05, 2022 07:37 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — There are some interesting cocktails on offer at "The Neil Diamond Musical: A Beautiful Noise” on Broadway and it might not be such a bad idea to order a Sweet Clementine or a Cracklin' Rosé before you get to your seat. Just something to help lubricate one of the most puzzling...

Chesterfield schools take part in Disney theater program

Dec. 03, 2022 09:02 AM EST

CHESTER, Va. (AP) — Disney magic is coming to four Chesterfield schools. Bensley, Crestwood, Harrowgate and Reams elementary schools were selected to take part in “Disney Musicals in Schools,” a national program that infuses theater arts in public elementary schools. It is the...

New version of 'The Wiz' to tour and end up on Broadway

Dec. 01, 2022 10:47 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A new production of “The Wiz” is heading out on a national tour next year before following the yellow brick road to Broadway, with its director hoping the show becomes a “touchstone for a new generation.” Director Schele Williams tells The Associated Press...

'The Phantom of the Opera' extends its long Broadway goodbye

Nov. 29, 2022 17:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The masked man of Broadway is going out strong. “The Phantom of the Opera” — Broadway’s longest-running show — has postponed its final performance by eight weeks, pushing its final curtain from February to April after ticket demand spiked. Last week, the...

Robert Clary, last of the ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ stars, dies at 96

Nov. 17, 2022 15:38 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Clary, a French-born survivor of Nazi concentration camps during World War II who played a feisty prisoner of war in the improbable 1960s sitcom “Hogan’s Heroes,” has died. He was 96. Clary died Wednesday of natural causes at his home in the Los...

'The Lion King' hits a key milestone in its circle of life

Nov. 16, 2022 17:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In the summer of 1997, audiences in Minneapolis at the Orpheum Theatre saw something no one had ever seen before: leaping antelopes, fluttering birds and elephants lumbering through the orchestra seats. “The audience started screaming so early. When the animals...

R.E.M., Blondie, Snoop Dogg get nods for Songwriters Hall

Nov. 14, 2022 11:18 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bryan Adams, R.E.M., Blondie, Snoop Dogg, Gloria Estefan, Heart and The Doobie Brothers are among the nominees for the 2023 Songwriters Hall of Fame, part of a dazzling list of talented acts who left their mark on country, pop, rap, Broadway, post-punk, Latin and New Jack Swing. ...

Bob Fosse's 'Dancin'" confirms Broadway return this spring

Nov. 10, 2022 10:37 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Fosse's all-singing, all-dancing 1978 revue “Dancin'” is headin' back to Broadway and the late choreographer's daughter calls “a magic carpet ride.” “Everything is in it,” Nicole Fosse tells The Associated Press. “It's got politics, childlike...