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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 […]

Emmys 2021: Mj Rodriguez, Rosie Perez and More Historic Nominees

When the 73rd Emmy Awards nominations were announced on Tuesday morning, Mj Rodriguez, Rosie Perez and several others were among the nominees making history. Mj Rodriguez’s nomination for her role as Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista in Pose is the first time a trans woman has ever been nominated in the leading actress category while Rosie Perez is […]

Emmy Noms: ‘Good Lord Bird,’ ‘Girls5eva,’ ‘Master of None’ Snubbed; ‘Emily in Paris,’ ‘The Boys’ Surprise

Despite critical accolades and prognosticators expecting The Good Lord Bird and Girls5eva, executive produced by Emmys favorite Tina Fey, to score multiple nominations on Tuesday morning, the Showtime and Peacock series only earned one nomination each and were left out of the major limited and comedy series categories, respectively. In a particularly competitive year for […]

Emmys: Ongoing Dispute About Whether or Not ‘Hamilton’ Performers Are Eligible for Acting Noms

Hamilton, the filmed version of the Broadway phenomenon, is eligible for Emmys recognition because it debuted on the streaming service Disney+ last July 3. But, just days before the start of Emmy nomination voting on June 17, there is growing debate about where it belongs — and doesn’t belong — on the ballot. The production […]

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’: Film Review

The musical that put 'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on the map gets splashy big-screen treatment from director Jon M. Chu, with an ensemble cast led by Anthony Ramos and Corey Hawkins.