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Hollywood is still hoping against hope that movie theaters can be back up and running this year, but Broadway isn’t taking any chances. The Great White Way has been shut down since March 12, and today, The Broadway League announced that Broadway would remain dark until at least January of next year. And one can’t help but ask: if it isn’t safe enough to reopen Broadway this year, how can it be safe enough to reopen movie theaters?

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Fleabag Live, Disney Broadway and David Harbour

With at least another month of self-quarantine in place as the United States attempts to slow the spread of coronavirus, entertainment companies are doing their part to help people stuck at home pass the time with a variety of content. HBO just opened up a bunch of their premium shows and movies for free, J.K. Rowling created a Harry Potter hub for kids and teachers at home, and a new batch of fun opportunities just became available for your home entertainment pleasure.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge‘s live theater performance of Fleabag, which inspired the Emmy-winning series of the same name, and Disney’s 25th anniversary Broadway benefit concert will both be streamed online to help support a number of charities helping people during the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, David Harbour is getting more personal with fans by offering up a phone number for fans to text in an attempt to connect with people when they need it most. Get the details on all of that below. Read More »

coronavirus concerns

Everything, from the stock market to businesses to the fragile state of various American institutions, has taken a hit from the coronavirus epidemic, which has continued to rapidly spread throughout the world. One of the industries to take a hit is the entertainment industry, resulting in delayed movie releases, falling box office numbers, and a reshuffling of the yearly film festival schedule.

Now, the Centers for Disease Control have advised the elderly, as well as groups with underlying medical conditions, to “avoid crowds” and “stay home as much as possible” in the case of an outbreak of their communities. According to agency, the elderly are twice as likely to develop a serious disease if they catch COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. This is sending ripples throughout all industries, including the movie, stage, and even TV industries. Here is an update on how coronavirus concerns are affecting how we get our entertainment.

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Slave Play

It’s difficult to talk about Slave Play without giving away its conceit — in fact, it’s damn near impossible. If watching the show unsullied is something you prefer, then know this much: at the beginning, it’s about three sexual encounters steeped in a racial power play in the antebellum south. At the end, it’s…well, it’s still about that, in a way, and you may find yourself needing a stiff drink afterwards.

Written by Jeremy O. Harris and directed by Robert O’Hara, the show hits Broadway on October 6, 2019. It’s charged — sexually, politically, racially — and it gets to the heart of some deeply uncomfortable facets of trauma in different forms. It is not, however, a neatly packaged instructional on how to navigate these issues; in fact, it feels antithetical to “the discourse” we’ve grown used to. It lacks a linear solution, or set of solutions, to what may elsewhere be presented as an immediately solvable problem (or even an immediately identifiable one). To talk about how or why is to talk about its true nature, which, if you’re spoiler-cautious, the show reveals a mere thirty minutes in after frequently tipping its hand. It isn’t a reveal for the characters, but rather a mechanism by which to situate and re-locate the audience’s discomfort.

And it is discomforting. It needs to be, because it does what so few modern stories about American slavery ever manage to: it treats slavery as a thing of the present. Warning: spoilers ahead. Read More »

beauty and the beast broadway musical

It’s a tale as old as time that Disney can’t get enough of rebooting its wildly popular properties on the screen and on the stage. Disney Theatrical is developing a revival of the Broadway musical that kicked off the 25-year era of the stageplay subsidiary of the House of Mouse: Beauty and the Beast. The new Beauty and the Beast Broadway musical will be a retelling of the classic story but with some key changes that brings this age-old tale to an all-new audience.

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nashville musical

Nashville is coming to Broadway. The country music-themed series, which found second and third lives on CMT and Hulu after cancellation on ABC, has found a fourth live on the Great White Way, with a Nashville musical adaptation in the works from Broadway producer Scott Delman.

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network broadway

Four years ago, Bryan Cranston proved himself to be a major talent not just on the small screen but on the stage, winning a Tony for his performance as Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway production of All the Way. Now he’s coming back to the Great White Way, but this time, he’s mad as hell.

Cranston will be reprising his role as Howard Beale in the Broadway staging of Network, which makes its way from London to the States this fall. Could this be another notch in Cranston’s award belt? Well, seeing as he won an Olivier Award earlier this year in the London production, you betcha.

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Fantastic Beasts Jessica Williams

Former Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams has been a ride or die fan of Harry Potter for years, and now she’s officially joining the Wizarding World by playing a role in the next two Fantastic Beasts movies. We’ve known about her casting for months, but Williams and Fantastic Beasts creator J.K. Rowling announced her character’s name during a recent intermission of the Broadway play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Plus, in a separate interview, Rowling dismissed the idea of a sequel to that Broadway show, saying such a thing would be a “cynical move.” Learn more about both Potter-related stories below. Read More »

frozen musical new song

You won’t be able to let go of this new tune from the highly anticipated Frozen musical.

The stage adaptation of the insanely popular Disney animated movie will debut on Broadway this spring, but you’ll get to hear one of its 12 new original songs right now.

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New ‘Frozen’ Broadway Musical Images Let It Go

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Frozen is the latest Disney property to take to the Broadway stage, and Disney has unleashed an avalanche of new images to chill you to your bones (Am I doing this right? Snow!). Check out the new Frozen Broadway musical images below!

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