Five Eliza Hamiltons Join Forces for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s April #Hamildrop

April 30, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s fifth offering in his #Hamildrop series gives fans a taste of Eliza’s original Act II ballad—a draft written before the Hamilton creator landed on the version of “Burn” now heard in the Tony and Pulitzer-winning musical.

The track, titled “First Burn,” features five current and former Elizas across the United States and in the U.K.: Lexi Lawson (Broadway), Julia K. Harriman (first national tour), Shoba Narayan (second national tour), Rachelle Ann Go (West End), and Arianna Afsar (original Chicago company).

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SpongeBob SquarePants Leads Outer Critics Circle Nominations

April 25, 2018

The nominees for the 68th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards, which recognize excellence on and Off-Broadway from the 2017–2018 season, have been announced. Leading the list with 11 nominations is the Broadway premiere of SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical; followed by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which received 10 nominations, and My Fair Lady, which received nine nominations.

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My Fair Lady Officially Opens on Broadway April 19

April 20, 2018

The Broadway revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s My Fair Lady officially opens April 19 at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. The Lincoln Center Theater production, directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, stars Lauren Ambrose and Harry Hadden-Paton as Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins.

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Read What Critics Thought of Tina, London’s New Tina Turner Musical

April 18, 2018

The world premiere of the new musical Tina, about music legend Tina Turner, officially opened at London’s Aldwych Theatre April 17. Taking center stage in the West End engagement is Tony nominee Adrienne Warren as Turner.

The musical uses Turner’s catalog to explore the rock icon’s life and career—from humble beginnings in Tennessee to her transformation into the global queen of rock ‘n’ roll. The show features a book by Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar, and Kees Prins. Phyllida Lloyd directs.

Inside Early Drafts of Carousel’s ‘If I Loved You’

April 2, 2018

In Todd S. Purdum’s upcoming book Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution, we find Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II hot off of their debut collaboration, 1943’s Oklahoma! As history goes, they followed up that massive success with the landmark Carousel, which premiered on Broadway in April 1945. The show has since become a beloved classic of the genre, with revivals in 1954, 1957, and 1994. A brand new Broadway production starring Jessie Mueller and Joshua Henry is currently in previews and scheduled to open April 12 at the Imperial Theatre.

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First Look at Anthony Ramos, Vanessa Hudgens, Ana Villafane, and More in Kennedy Center In the Heights

March 23, 2018

Anthony Ramos, from the original cast of Broadway’s Hamilton, plays Usnavi in the Broadway Center Stage production of In the Heights through March 25 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ acclaimed Washington Heights–set musical, directed and choreographed by Stephanie Klemons, is presented in semi-staged concerts in the Eisenhower Theater. Performances began March 21.

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Listen to New “Frozen” Song ‘Dangerous to Dream,’ Elsa’s Coronation Interior Monologue

March 12, 2018

The new musical Frozen  (now in previews) has released a third song written specifically for the stage adaptation of the Disney animated hit. The song was the first that Oscar-winning composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez had written while creating new material for the show. Anderson-Lopez describes it as an “‘I Want’ [song] for a girl who’s not allowed to want anything.” Set during Elsa’s coronation, the song explores her inner monologue and apprehension.

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