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Broadway Ticket Buyers and The John Gore Organization Donate $1 Million To BC/EFA

When theaters across the country shut down in March, countless theater fans who had previously purchased tickets to Broadway and national touring shows suddenly had their plans canceled. In an act of unparalleled generosity, Broadway Across America gave purchasers the option to donate the value of their unused tickets to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The John Gore Organization this week added to their customers’ goodwill, bringing the total donation to Broadway Cares to an astounding $1 million.

“We are overwhelmingly grateful for the staggering generosity of our ticket buyers,” said John Gore, owner and CEO of the John Gore Organization. “It is wonderful to see thousands of individuals making the choice to support those in need.”

“When we launched this initiative, we understood we had a unique opportunity to help, but we had no idea how many people would contribute their tickets and join in our efforts to help the

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Andrew Lloyd Webber believes in Broadway and the West End’s imminent rebirth

“They said, ‘Well, we really want old, dilapidated people like you for a trial with old, dilapidated people.’ So I got onto that one and the interesting thing in the Oxford vaccine results that were published: They find the vaccine is working better on older people. And I mean, I have had no bad response to it at all. None.”

At 72 years of age (that’s 14 in cat years), Lloyd Webber bears no signs of decrepitude. As the composer of 20 musicals — with a 21st, a new version of “Cinderella,” being prepped for the West End — and proprietor of six London theaters through his company, Really Useful Group, this lord is unique in the business. He’s an all-inclusive impresario, the one artist in musical theater who can dream up a show, write it, raise money for it, cast it, put it on one of his own stages

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Hamilton bosses plan to reopen on Broadway on Independence Day

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Lin-Manuel Miranda and his Hamilton collaborators are working to bring Broadway back with a bang on Independence Day (July 4, 2021) holiday by making it the first show to reopen following the COVID-19 shutdown.

New York’s famed theatre district has been dark since the coronavirus pandemic began in mid-March (2020), but Governor Andrew Cuomo is said to be ready to allow the reopening of Broadway shows with a limited in-person audience from June – when the current order ends – and Hamilton could be the first to be back in action.

Although many productions would be operating at a loss with reduced audience capacities, Hamilton is one of the rare hits with healthy cash reserves, meaning the show could very well go on – and potentially make money – even with a socially-distanced crowd, according to the New York Post’s Page Six.

As such, officials are hoping to

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HAMILTON Could Be the First Musical to Re-Open on Broadway, and More!

Good morning, BroadwayWorld!

Hamilton could be the first show to re-open on Broadway. Broadway shows remain shutdown through the end of May, but they are expected to be allowed to re-open at limited capacity in June.

Patti Murin and Colin Donnell’s performance as part of The Seth Concert Series, premiered this weekend. Check out an exclusive clip from the concert, featuring Murin and Donnell singing ‘White Christmas’!

On Saturday 19th December at 7:30pm (GMT) SimG Productions and Musical Theatre Radio’s fourth ‘One Night Only’ Reunion event will reunite the writers and creatives from the International hit musical ‘Come From Away’, alongside actors who have appeared in productions across the globe.

Read more about these and other top stories below!

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Dazzling Young Broadway Talents ZACHARY NOAH PISER AND ADAM ROTHENBERG at Starring Buffalo And Musicalfare

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Creative programming for theatre companies has become a do or die venture during the covid pandemic, so Starring Buffalo and Musicalfare Theatre have joined forces to give their own patrons and the world of the internet a chance to escape lockdown woes. Their recent online concert showcases two of Broadway’s youngest and best talents. Zachary Noah Piser, who is the most recent alternate star of DEAR EVAN HANSEN on Broadway and in Toronto, and his partner Adam Rothenberg, Assistant Conductor of the eagerly awaited Broadway revival of COMPANY, came to town to perform an exciting live concert. Using Starring Buffalo’s mantra of including Buffalo’s own best talent alongside prodigious High School students, the concert was rounded out by Karen Harty and West Seneca West High School Senior Talia Mobley.

Piser’s energetic presence and winning voice made him a great choice to present some Broadway

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Watch a Broadway Kids Town Hall with Nancy Carson, Baayork Lee and Moderator Richard Jay-Alexander- Live at 3pm!

Today, November 19 (3pm ET), BroadwayWorld will be opening dialogues that aren’t being seen or talked about anywhere else. With the process of opening up the country moving slowly and unassuredly, our theatre and performing arts community can only be hopeful as information slowly comes our way.

Television and film production has been able to begin (with strict rules in place) and pods coming into play. Theatre projects, however, have been very slow to materialize.

Join us today as legendary kids agent Nancy Carson and Broadway’s Baayork Lee are joined by Richard Jay-Alexander for a conversation with a slew of Broadway kids, including: Alyssa Marvin (Trevor), Brooklyn Shuck (Evil, CBS NY), Emily Hoder (Les Miz Tour), Kayla Teruel (Music Man, Les Miz Tour), Luke Mannikus (Trevor), Max Bartos (Sing Street), Noelle Hogan (Music Man), Owen Tabaka (Love Life at Encores), Quinn Copeland (Punky Brewster, Peacock LA), Quinn Titcomb (Les Miz

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Play ‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ to get a Broadway run | Entertainment

“I felt like it was something that needed to be seen. It was a work that was much larger than anything I’ve ever experienced,” said Moreland, whose producing credits on Broadway include “Sea Wall/A Life,” “The Lifespan of a Fact” and “The Sound Inside.”

The pandemic silenced several shows with Black-led casts, including “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” the revival of “A Soldier’s Play” and “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations.”

Putting a Black-led play on Broadway is one of the most concrete steps toward a more inclusive theatrical community coming in the wake of the death of George Floyd and a summer of protests.

While discussions of transferring “Thoughts of a Colored Man” to Broadway predated the protests, Moreland said the show’s championing of diversity and inclusion fits perfectly in an era of Black Lives Matter and outcries over young Black deaths.

“It made

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Play ‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ to get a Broadway run

NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright Keenan Scott II’s play “Thoughts of a Colored Man,” a work about the outer and inner lives of Black men, is heading to the bright lights of Broadway.

The play will be given a Shubert theater and will open whenever Broadway restarts. It will be directed by Steve H. Broadnax III. Both playwright and director are Black and will be making their Broadway debuts.

“Thoughts of a Colored Man” is made up of related vignettes and set over the course of a single day in Brooklyn, where seven Black men discuss gentrification, Black-on-Black violence, racial and sexual identity and what it means to be part of a community.

“I think people can expect to be moved and to laugh. There’s so much laughter in this show, but there’s also so much revealed about the Black male experience in America,” producer Brian Moreland told The Associated

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Island Revamps 4th & Broadway Label, With LaTrice Burnette at Helm

Island Records is relaunching its 4th & Broadway record label with LaTrice Burnette as president, Island president/CEO Darcus Beese announced today (Nov. 17).

Based in New York, Burnette will also continue her role as executive vp of Island Records. The veteran music executive, who is chair of the programming and curation committee of Universal Music Group’s Task Force for Meaningful Change, has developed creative strategies for artists like Shawn Mendes, Jessie Reyez, Toni Braxton, Demi Lovato and Skip Marley.

“LaTrice has reinforced my belief that a record company’s success is measured as much by its staff as by its artist roster,” Beese said. “There is an exciting new generation of executives who are leading the way, leaving their mark on the entire industry. LaTrice has set the standard for the future and I’m excited to relaunch the legendary 4th & Broadway, the label that helped kickstart my own

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Lynn Kellogg Dead: ‘Hair’ Original Broadway Production Actress Was 77

Lynn Kellogg, an actress and singer who originated the role of Sheila in the first Broadway production of “Hair,” died on Nov. 12, according to the New York Times. She was 77.

Her publicist, Timothy Philen, told the New York Times that Kellogg’s cause of death was COVID-19. According to Kellogg’s husband, John Simpers, Kellogg was infected at a recent gathering at a Branson, Mo. theater, where most of the people in attendance were not wearing masks. Kellogg had previously been diagnosed with a non-life-threatening form of leukemia, which made her more susceptible to the virus.

Kellogg was born on April 2, 1943 in Appleton, Wis., as one of four children. She attended the University of Wisconsin, but dropped out after one year. In 1964, she made her television debut on the series “The Edge of Night.”

In the original 1968 Broadway production of “Hair,” Kellogg played Sheila, who transforms

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