News broke yesterday that certain members of the 'Hamilton' cast may be leaving the show after this summer. 'The Hollywood Reporter' exclusively declared that Phillipa Soo, who famously portrays Eliza Hamilton in the production, is set to depart after July 9.
Unless you've been living under a rock this year, you're probably well aware that "Hamilton" has quickly become Broadway's biggest sensation since it opened last August. In the whirlwind, a handful of other shows, including the Sara Bareilles-scored "Waitress," have been turning heads this spring with big resale ticket prices and continued demand.
'Hamilton,' the year's hottest ticket on Broadway, is now a record-setting Tony Awards contender. Announced yesterday, the production nabbed an unbelievable 16 nominations -- the most collected by any Broadway show in the history of the Tony Awards.
While the Tony Awards may not be exactly comparable to the Super Bowl of Broadway, the accolades and reverence that comes with winning the statue is akin to a Super Bowl ring. Both on the stage and on an individual level, an actor, actress or production can win a handful of awards showcasing their talent and propel them into legend. The "Super Bowl" matchup this year includes Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's brainchild that has dominated the box office since last year.
The Tony Awards are an obvious help in providing interest to new Broadway shows. Actually, the awards themselves can be a big deal for both the show and the fans as it is a constant topic of conversation throughout the year. And in that conversation is, undoubtedly, Lin-Manuel Miranda and his smash Hamilton.
The 67th annual primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 20 this year and while the show is a night to celebrate television; many Broadway fans were intrigued from the start. Not only did the show make a bizarre 'Les Miserables' send-up for the hosts, but a slew of notable Broadway alums, such as Viola Davis and Uza Aduba, took home Emmys as well.
Based on the much beloved 1994 Disney film, The Lion King musical has been wowing audiences on Broadway at the Minksoff Theatre for 17 years. And yes, here in 2015, it is still generating record ticket numbers at the box office. In 2014, the show became the most-watched musical of all time. Present estimates suggest some 75 million people across the globe have had the chance to witness this mind-blowing production on tour.
Misty Copeland made headlines earlier in the summer by being named the first African-American prima ballerina at the American Ballet Theater. Now, she's commanding some of the highest prices on Broadway. Ever since the announcement that Copeland would take over for New York City Ballet principal dancer Megan Fairchild in 'On the Town,' ticket prices on the secondary market have continually been on the rise.
Finally, Classicalites, you can view the original West End production of Helen Mirren and her role as Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Audience' when it is broadcast in select U.S. cities later this month.
Sunday night's 69th annual Tony Awards ceremony closed the best attended and highest grossing Broadway season ever. More importantly, several results--including big awards like Best Musical--brought joyous, standing ovations from the New York theater community.
While it may not have had a long run at Broadway's Neil Simon, Sting's 'The Last Ship' has received a well-deserved D.P. from Tony--for Best Original Score and for Best Orchestration, that is. Named Best Musical of 2014 by 'USA Today,' alas, Gordy's tale of ship-building woe-cum-triumph fell victim to a bad Broadway season, or at least the months where most musicals struggle to stay afloat. Too bad, so sad, shoulda called Robert Wyatt, maybe?
Lots of Hollywood "A-listers" got noticed for their outstanding work, chief among them Alan Cumming for 'Cabaret' and Bradley Cooper for 'Elephant Man.' Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth (that spit-fire comedienne best known for 'Wicked,' now reappering in a revival of 'On the Twentieth Century') are actually going to be hosting this year's ceremony.
It's official: Anne Hathaway has gone and enlisted in the Air Force. OK, so not really. But Hathaway hath given us a tour de force performance as a "Maverick" Mitchell-esque fighter pilot who rains down hell on Iraq and Afghanistan in Julie Taymor's new solo play, 'Grounded,' at Public Theater.
The Tony Awards aren’t only for Broadway stars anymore. Now your favorite teacher has the chance to win the coveted theatre award. The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University have teamed up to present a new award to be given annually to a theater teacher who has made a monumental impact in the lives of their students.
Nichols won more Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Play than anyone else.