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Ansel Elgort to Star in West Side Story Remake from Steven Spielberg

October 2, 2018

Ansel Elgort has been tapped to lead the upcoming remake of West Side Story. The Baby Driver star and Off-Broadway alum is set to play the star-crossed lover Tony in the Steven Spielberg-directed movie.

Tony Kushner has penned the script for the new take on Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents’ classic musical, with Carousel Tony winner Justin Peck set to choreograph.

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Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth to Reunite for NBC ‘Wicked’ Anniversary Special

October 2, 2018

Original Wicked stars Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth will reunite to host and perform during NBC’s A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway. The special event will air October 29 (the eve of the musical juggernaut’s anniversary) at 10 PM.

Performing alongside the pair of Tony winners will be pop star and Broadway alum Ariana Grande (a noted Wicked superfan), the a cappella group Pentatonix, the current Broadway cast of the musical (led by Jessica Vosk and Amanda Jane Cooper), and more to be announced.

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Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations Sets Spring Broadway Opening

August 29, 2018

After a string of engagements across North America, including a world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations will arrive on Broadway. The jukebox musical will open at the Imperial Theatre in spring 2019.

The show, featuring a book by Dominique Morisseau, utilizes a score comprised of the Temptations’ hits to chart the rise of the R&B group, known for such classics as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” The musical will mark the The Detroit Projects playwright’s Broadway debut.

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The Winners of the 2018 Jimmy Awards, Celebrating High School Musical Theatre Performances

June 26, 2018

The 2018 National High School Musical Theatre Awards (known more commonly as the Jimmy Awards) awarded top prizes to Andrew Barth Feldman and Reneé Rapp. The national competition, hosted by Tony winner Laura Benanti, took place June 25 at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre.

In total, 80 students competed in the tenth annual ceremony, marking the largest pool of talent the program has seen.

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What Shows Are Heading to Broadway in the 2018-2019 Season?

June 18, 2018

Broadway wraps up another season with the conclusion 2018 Tony Awards. But a crop of new shows is already on the horizon, ready to light up the marquees of the Great White Way.

The 2018–2019 season officially kicked off with the May 31 opening of The Boys in the Band; 17 more shows have dates lined up, and several more are inching closer to the boards.

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Once On This Island to Receive 12th Annual ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus

June 14, 2018

Actors’ Equity Association announced that Once On This Island— the 2018 Tony winner for Best Revival of a Musical—will receive the 12th annual “ACCA” Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus.

The award, which will be presented June 19 during Equity’s National Council meeting, is the only industry accolade of its kind to honor the talents and contributions made by the original chorus members of a Broadway musical.

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Original Broadway Company of Avenue Q to Return for 15th Anniversary

June 14, 2018

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Avenue Q will welcome members of the musical’s original Broadway company and other alumni for 15 performances July 18-29. Among those tapped to make surprise guest turns will be original Christmas Eve Ann Harada; Stephanie D’Abruzzo, who originated the roles of Kate Monster and Lucy; original Rod John Tartaglia; and Trekkie Monster Rick Lyon.

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