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Leslie Odom Jr. Returns to Broadway in Revival of ‘Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch’

Leslie Odom Jr. is returning to Broadway this summer in a revival of Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch. Kenny Leon, who directed Topdog/Underdog and Ohio State Murders this season, will helm the revival of the play by Ossie Davis. The play is scheduled to begin in late summer 2023, which will […]

‘Hamilton’ Producers Donating Damages From Texas Church’s Unauthorized Performance to South Texas Equality Project

Just a day after the Texas Church that produced multiple unauthorized performances of an altered version of Hamilton stated it would pay damages, the show’s producers have announced plans to donate those funds. “Hamilton will be donating all damages paid by The Door Christian Fellowship McAllen Church to the South Texas Equality Project,” the production […]

Texas Church Issues Apology Over Unauthorized ‘Hamilton’ Shows, Confirms It Did Not Receive License to Stage Production

The McAllen, Texas, church that produced multiple unauthorized and altered performances of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton has apologized. In a statement posted to Instagram on Tuesday seemingly by The Door Christian Fellowship church’s pastor Roman Gutierrez, the ministry has issued a formal apology to Miranda, Hamilton’s producers and the “numerous others who have contributed their intellectual […]

Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds to Texas Church’s “Illegal, Unauthorized Production” of ‘Hamilton’: “Now Lawyers Do Their Work”

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has responded publicly to a Texas church’s highly criticized production of Hamilton that was live-streamed earlier this month. The Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner shared a brief statement on Wednesday after the Door Christian Fellowship Ministries in McAllen, Texas, performed the musical last weekend. Those performances — including one which was […]

Canada Tightens Movie Theater Restrictions Amid Omicron Surge

A new wave of movie theater closures and restrictions has rippled through Canada’s exhibiton sector as the country battles a steep rise in COVID-19 cases due to the highly infectious Omicron variant. Despite a busy holiday season, cinemas have shut down in Quebec, while elsewhere in Canada regulating provinces have chosen to keep movie theaters […]

‘Hamilton,’ ‘Aladdin,’ ‘Lion King’ and ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Cancel Broadway Shows Through Christmas Amid Omicron Surge

Hamilton, Aladdin, Lion King, Dear Evan Hansen, Ain’t Too Proud, Hadestown, Music Man, Moulin Rouge! and SIX on Broadway have all canceled performances through Christmas amid the rise of the new COVID-19 variant, bringing the running tally to 10 major musicals going dark during the normally busy holiday week. Hamilton, Aladdin, Lion King, Ain’t Too Proud and Hadestown […]

‘Hamilton’ Actor Accuses Production of Discrimination and Retaliation, Producers Deny Allegations

Suni Reid, a Black nonbinary and transgender actor who starred in Hamilton on Broadway, is alleging they experienced gender-based harassment while employed by the production, including that they were terminated for their social posts about the treatment and for later requesting gender-neutral dressing rooms. The complaint was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Los […]

Frank Marshall on Why ‘Diana: The Musical’ Opened on Netflix Before Broadway

On Friday, a project dropped on Netflix that is unlike any other: Diana: The Musical. What sets it apart is not just that it tells the story of the late Princess of Wales’ life through song and dance, although that is certainly a unique approach. It’s also the way in which it is being released […]

Hollywood Pantages Theatre Reopens for First Time in 17 Months With ‘Hamilton’

Over 17 months ago, the Hollywood Pantages Theatre was forced to put a halt to its Hamilton production, just hours before the show was set to launch March 13, 2020. After a painfully long and uncertain hiatus for Broadway productions and performers across the globe, the Los Angeles landmark theater finally reopened its doors  Tuesday […]

Emmys: THR’s Chief TV Critic Makes a Case for Variety in New Acting Races

This is not the column where I tell you that the Primetime Emmys no longer reflect a changing TV landscape in which terms like “television,” “streaming” and “movies” have become so blurred that the only solution is an overhaul of a multitude of categories. It’s true, but there have to be limits. You must have […]

Emmys Polls: Who Should Win the Limited Series Categories?

The 2021 Emmy Awards feature a competitive lineup of nominees in the limited series categories.  Five shows will be competing for the title of best limited series, the category won last year by Watchman. Meanwhile, five actresses and actors will vie for the title of best lead actress or actor in a limited series.  This […]

In an Emmys First, Performers of Color Comprise at Least Half of Drama Lead Categories

As awards bodies continue to diversify their selections and there are fewer first-time breakthroughs to achieve, it becomes increasingly instructive to look at racial and ethnic diversity by percentage – not to mention more efficient, as nominees of color in each awards class nowadays routinely number in the double-digits. Overall, performers of color comprise 44 […]