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Heartbreak Motel: 20 Fun Facts About Sam Shepard's Fool for Love

Heartbreak Motel: 20 Fun Facts About Sam Shepard's Fool for Love

After 30 years, Sam Shepard’s classic cowboy drama Fool for Love returns to New York. The Broadway revival, starring Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda as Eddie and May, the tortured ex-lovers reuniting in a seedy motel room, officially opens on October 8. As you might expect, there are a number of intriguing facts about a production involving a legendary playwright ...

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How a Banned Play, Buddhist Chanting and Sense of 'Fun' Made Spring Awakening Bloom on Broadway

How a Banned Play, Buddhist Chanting and Sense of 'Fun' Made Spring Awakening Bloom on Broadway

Look that the “Blue Wind” has brought to the Great White Way: Deaf West’s revival of Spring Awakening! The new production, which features deaf actors and is performed simultaneously in spoken English and American Sign Language, bows September 27 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The story behind this new take on a modern classic spans 150 years, two continents and ...

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How a Founding Father, a Frustrated Biographer & a Swimming Pool Inspired the Hip-Hop Hit Hamilton

How a Founding Father, a Frustrated Biographer & a Swimming Pool Inspired the Hip-Hop Hit Hamilton

After earning dizzying raves and armfuls of awards off-Broadway, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton officially opens on the Great White Way August 6 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. How did this original account of one of America’s Founding Fathers take the stage—and the musical theater world—by storm? It’s a story involving a Bronx DJ, a frustrated historian, and a swimming pool reading session ...

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Gotta Have Faith! How a Shipwrecked Slave Trader Inspired a Cop to Create Broadway's Amazing Grace

Gotta Have Faith! How a Shipwrecked Slave Trader Inspired a Cop to Create Broadway's Amazing Grace

The sweet sound of Amazing Grace will officially arrive on Broadway July 16. The new musical details John Newton’s troubled past and path to redemption that ultimately inspired him to write the uplifting hymn “Amazing Grace.” Featuring Josh Young as Newton, Erin Mackey as his childhood sweetheart Mary, Chuck Cooper as his slave Thomas and Tom Hewitt as his ...

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Track the Evolution of Epic Love Story Doctor Zhivago, From Banned Book to Broadway Musical

Track the Evolution of Epic Love Story Doctor Zhivago, From Banned Book to Broadway Musical

Just when things are finally thawing out in New York City, an icy blast from Russia is blowing onto Broadway courtesy of Doctor Zhivago! Tony winner Des McAnuff directs the world premiere musical, based on the Nobel-winning novel by Boris Pasternak and set in (and after) the twilight of Czarist Russia. Tam Mutu stars as Yuri Zhivago, a doctor, poet ...

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Trace the History of Fun Home, From Graphic Memoir to Moving Broadway Musical

Trace the History of Fun Home, From Graphic Memoir to Moving Broadway Musical

The storyline of Fun Home doesn’t scream (or even whisper) “Broadway musical,” but that’s exactly what makes the show is such a thrilling surprise. This coming-of-age tale centers on a young lesbian whose closeted father pursues inappropriate relationships with boys in his high school English class. He also owns the local funeral home, where his kids do odd jobs ...

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History Lesson! How The King and I Danced From Siam to the Big Screen, Broadway & Throughout the World

History Lesson! How The King and I Danced From Siam to the Big Screen, Broadway & Throughout the World

The classic musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein feature feisty heroines and star-crossed couples, most of whom live happily ever after (see: Oklahoma, South Pacific, Cinderella, The Sound of Music). Their 1951 smash hit, The King and I, appears to follow the pattern, but with a bittersweet twist: The title pair never express any romantic feelings, with the exception of one ...

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Straight on ‘Til Broadway! How Finding Neverland Flew From the Big Screen to the Great White Way

Straight on ‘Til Broadway! How Finding Neverland Flew From the Big Screen to the Great White Way

Since J.M. Barrie published Peter Pan in the early 20th century, the boy who never grew up has flown through the imagination of generations of children, along with visions of the Darling children being whisked away to Neverland, the lost boys, pirates and mermaids. It's inspired remakes from the beloved 1953 Disney film to the 1954 Broadway musical smash ...

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History Lesson! Trace the Timeline of Juicy Drama Wolf Hall From 15th Century England to Broadway

History Lesson! Trace the Timeline of Juicy Drama Wolf Hall From 15th Century England to Broadway

For hundreds of years, Thomas Cromwell was a villainous footnote in the spectacular story of Henry VIII, until Hilary Mantel turned a spotlight on the humble lawyer-turned-royal right hand and shrewd, ruthless political manipulator in her wildly successful novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Now those books, re-christened Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two for the Broadway stage ...

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History Lesson! Learn How Colette, Audrey Hepburn, Leslie Caron & Vanessa Hudgens Transformed Gigi

History Lesson! Learn How Colette, Audrey Hepburn, Leslie Caron & Vanessa Hudgens Transformed Gigi

Get ready for a new twist on an old favorite, as Gigi officially opens April 8 at the Neil Simon Theatre! Vanessa Hudgens, Victoria Clark, and Corey Cott star in the highly anticipated musical, which took close to a decade to get to the Great White Way. That, however, is a small part of the story. Before you thank heaven ...

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Dance Through the 80-Year History of Gershwin's An American in Paris, From Carnegie Hall to Broadway

Dance Through the 80-Year History of Gershwin's An American in Paris, From Carnegie Hall to Broadway

Experience the City of Light in the Big Apple this spring! An American in Paris officially bows at the Palace Theatre on March 13, and the Gershwin-flavored production, based on the beloved 1951 movie musical starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, seems like a natural fit for Broadway. So what took so long for it to get here? Let’s embark on ...

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Start a Revolution! Trace the Evolution of Wendy Wasserstein's Groundbreaking Play The Heidi Chronicles

Start a Revolution! Trace the Evolution of Wendy Wasserstein's Groundbreaking Play The Heidi Chronicles

When Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles opened on Broadway in 1989, it was nothing short of revolutionary. The play tracks 20 years in the life of art historian Heidi Holland, from 1960s high schooler, to budding feminist, to working professional making difficult decisions about men, politics and motherhood. Even now, when Heidi's choice to have a child on her own ...

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Track the History of On the Twentieth Century, From Little Engine That Could to Splashy Broadway Sensation

Track the History of On the Twentieth Century, From Little Engine That Could to Splashy Broadway Sensation

All aboard! Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher embark on a madcap musical adventure as they travel On the Twentieth Century, the fabled Chicago-to-New York passenger train that doubles as the retro setting for the latest Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Cy Coleman revival. How did the Tony-winning musical, which officially bows March 15 at the American Airlines Theatre, reach its ...

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Don't Know Much About (British) History? Check Out Broadway.com's Cheat Sheet For The Audience

Don't Know Much About (British) History? Check Out Broadway.com's Cheat Sheet For The Audience

Her Majesty has arrived! The Audience, Peter Morgan’s fictionalized account of Queen Elizabeth II’s weekly visits with her prime ministers, opens at the Schoenfeld Theater March 8 after a celebrated debut across the pond. Helen Mirren again portrays the monarch, this time holding court over a series of conversations with Prime Ministers Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and more. Here’s ...

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Learn the Extraordinary True Story of The Elephant Man & How It Inspired Bradley Cooper, David Bowie & More

Learn the Extraordinary True Story of The Elephant Man & How It Inspired Bradley Cooper, David Bowie & More

The Elephant Man is back on Broadway, and no one could be more thrilled than the revival's leading man, Bradley Cooper. The screen star has been enthralled with the true story of Joseph Merrick for decades, and after years of dreaming, he's officially taking center stage December 7 at the Booth Theatre. How did the story of a man ...

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Cocktails, Accordions & Shared DNA: Chart the History of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance

Cocktails, Accordions & Shared DNA: Chart the History of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance

Edward Albee turned the drawing room comedies and dramas of the 1950s upside-down with his brilliantly brutal works, including the blistering one-act The Zoo Story and his game-changing barnburner Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? But it wasn't until 1967 that he garnered his first Pulitzer Prize for A Delicate Balance. Wealthy, WASPy older couple Agnes and Tobias live in suburbia ...

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Rumors, Affairs & Sizzling Chemistry: The Real Story Behind Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing

Rumors, Affairs & Sizzling Chemistry: The Real Story Behind Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing

What does it mean to say that a romantic relationship is “the real thing”? Sir Tom Stoppard examined that age-old question in his most popular play, the 1982 comedy The Real Thing, now getting its third starry Broadway mounting thanks to Roundabout Theater Company. Of course, this being Stoppard, the title also refers to political convictions, the nature of great ...

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Sex, Sailors & the City: On the Town's Transformation From Ballet to Beloved Broadway Hit

Sex, Sailors & the City: On the Town's Transformation From Ballet to Beloved Broadway Hit

New York is a helluva town, and it’ll be even better on October 16, when On the Town officially returns to Broadway! The latest revival of the classic musical at the newly renovated Lyric Theatre stars Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves as the three amorous sailors who make the most—and then some—of their 24 hours’ shore leave ...

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Lights Up! Chart It's Only a Play's 36-Year Journey to the Great White Way

Lights Up! Chart It's Only a Play's 36-Year Journey to the Great White Way

Places, everyone! Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are reuniting on Broadway in It’s Only a Play, an ultra-meta comedy about what happens after the curtain goes down on opening night. In this revamped revival of Terrence McNally’s 1978 play, Lane and Broderick play two best friends: Peter Austin (Broderick), a playwright with a brand new Broadway show, and James ...

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Snakes, Ballet & Fireworks: How You Can’t Take It With You Made Sparks Fly on Stage & Screen for 80 Years

Snakes, Ballet & Fireworks: How You Can’t Take It With You Made Sparks Fly on Stage & Screen for 80 Years

The wacky Sycamore family is inviting you to dinner! You Can’t Take It With You has seen multiple incarnations, from stage, screen, smaller screen and back again, and now it’s back on Broadway in a new revival at the Longacre Theatre. George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's 1936 madcap comedy explores the mayhem that ensues when a daughter's boyfriend brings ...

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Story of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, From the Library to the Great White Way

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Story of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, From the Library to the Great White Way

New York City is falling head over heels for A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, the story of a 50-year correspondence between Melissa Gardner and her childhood-friend-turned-love-interest, Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Thanks to its simple staging, Gurney’s play, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, has been performed in theater spaces all over the world, from the New York Public Library to Broadway to ...

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Cabaret Undressed! The Real-Life Stories Behind the Gritty, Glittering Broadway Hit

Cabaret Undressed! The Real-Life Stories Behind the Gritty, Glittering Broadway Hit

Willkommen back to Broadway, Cabaret! The classic Kander and Ebb musical has arrived for a return engagement on the Great White Way, with Alan Cumming reprising his Tony-winning performance as the Emcee alongside Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, who is making her Broadway debut as British cabaret singer Sally Bowles. In the iconic tale set in 1930s Berlin, the Emcee holds ...

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The Origin of Hedwig and the Angry Inch! Follow Her Journey From Underground Rock Club to Broadway

The Origin of Hedwig and the Angry Inch! Follow Her Journey From Underground Rock Club to Broadway

Ladies and gentlemen, whether you like it or not…Hedwig and the Angry Inch is back in New York City! How I Met Your Mother star and Tony host extraordinaire Neil Patrick Harris is stepping into the transgender rock star’s high-heeled boots, where he’ll be rocking out all summer long (without an understudy) at the Belasco Theatre. So put on ...

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Follow The Cripple of Inishmaan’s Journey From Rural Ireland to Broadway, Starring Daniel Radcliffe

Follow The Cripple of Inishmaan’s Journey From Rural Ireland to Broadway, Starring Daniel Radcliffe

On the surface, Irish playwright Martin McDonagh and British stage and screen star Daniel Radcliffe aren't the most likely pair. After all, McDonagh was the enfant terrible of the British theater scene, and author of some of the most biting, violent plays on stage today—meanwhile, Radcliffe made his name as the star of the (mostly) family-friendly Harry Potter series. But ...

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Behind the Curtain of Act One! Chart Theater Legend Moss Hart’s Extraordinary Journey to Broadway

Behind the Curtain of Act One! Chart Theater Legend Moss Hart’s Extraordinary Journey to Broadway

Get ready for a little Broadway on Broadway! Act One is based on the autobiography of famed playwright, director and storyteller Moss Hart, which chronicles his astonishing rise from poverty to his first Broadway hit (of many) in 1930. Don't worry, this isn't a dry history play—Hart always had an ear for drama and told his story in the most ...

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