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ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2014 | By David Ng
The popular London stage adaptation of the Mark Haddon novel "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" will be coming to Broadway in the fall, organizers announced on Wednesday. The play will run at the Barrymore Theatre in New York, though no opening date has been announced. "Curious," adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens, is directed by Marianne Elliott, the acclaimed director of "War Horse. " The production originated at London's National Theatre in 2012 and later kicked off an open-ended run on the West End. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The play's run at London's Apollo Theatre was recently disrupted when part of the theater's ceiling collapsed during a performance on Dec. 19, resulting in several reported injuries but no fatalities.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2014 | By David Ng
A new musical inspired by the rap songs of the late Tupac Shakur is heading to Broadway. "Holler If Ya Hear Me" is scheduled to open at the Palace Theatre in New York on June 19, with preview performances set to begin on May 26. "Holler" isn't a biographical account of Shakur, who was killed at the age of 25 in 1996 following a shooting in Las Vegas. The musical production will use the rapper's lyrics to tell a story of contemporary inner-city lives. Among the producers of the musical are Afeni Shakur, the rapper's mother; movie and TV producer Eric L. Gold; and Chunsoo Shin , the prominent Korean theater producer who recently collaborated with the La Jolla Playhouse on another pop-music themed musical, "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2014 | By David Ng
On the heels of a winter storm that dumped several inches of snow in the New York area and pushed temperatures into the single digits, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is looking to have a relatively subdued farewell when it officially closes at the Foxwoods Theatre on Saturday. "Spider-Man" will shut its doors following Saturday evening's performance, bringing to an end a troubled Broadway saga that saw cast injuries, the firing of director Julie Taymor and a rumored $75 million budget that would be the highest in Broadway history.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Since you're probably wondering, let's just get this out of the way: Jessie Mueller, the actress playing the title role in "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" on Broadway, has met the famed singer-songwriter but only once, during a surprise visit to a rehearsal last fall. "It was brief but beautiful," the 30-year-old actress recalled during a recent lunch at a burger joint across the street from the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, where "Beautiful" has been in previews since November and will officially premiere Jan. 12. "She was just as cool as I wanted her to be. " The jukebox musical uses hits by King and others to tell her remarkable life story.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By David Ng
Disney's "The Lion King" can lay claim to two milestones for 2013.  In October, the blockbuster musical passed the $1-billion mark at the Broadway box office. Now the musical is officially the top-grossing show of 2013, with approximately $96.9 million in Broadway receipts. "The Lion King," which originally opened in New York in 1997, has consistently been a top grosser on Broadway throughout its 16-year run.  Coming in second place at the Broadway box office for the year was another perennial favorite -- "Wicked," with $95.3 million in receipts.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2013 | By David Ng
Carly Rae Jepsen is the latest reality-TV pop star who will attempt to parlay her mass appeal into Broadway dollars. The Canadian-born singer will take on the title role in the current Broadway production of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" starting Feb. 4 for a 12-week run at the Broadway Theatre in New York. Jepsen will take over the role from Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes, who has been performing in the musical since it began previews in January. The new cast will also feature Fran Drescher in the role of the cruel stepmother.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2013 | By Susan King
Linda Lavin is getting the hang of Twitter. She's been practicing on Thursday nights when she tweets during both East and West coast airings of NBC's sitcom "Sean Saves the World. " In the series Lavin plays Lorna, the loving, albeit pushy, mother of Sean Harrison (Sean Hayes of "Will & Grace"), a gay divorced father with a demanding job who is now full-time dad to his 14-year-old daughter (Samantha Isler). "I'm getting a lot of response," said the vivacious, petite actress, an age-defying 76, about her tweets.
TRAVEL
December 20, 2013 | By Kelly Merritt
NEW YORK - I'm standing on the stage of the Hudson Theatre. I'm 23 again, when I dreamed of stardom on the Great White Way. Though I hadn't the stomach to wait for fame and fortune and traded singing for paper and pen, I often return to indulge my love of New York City theaters. This year, on a trip to the city, I discovered that my favorite old theaters have become vibrant attractions all on their own, replete with tours and fans. Little did I know the Hudson Theatre (145 W. 44th St.)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2013 | By Martin Tsai, Perhaps "Live at the Foxes Den" was never intended for Broadway, but actor Jackson Rathbone brings an unmistakably musical-theater quality to the proceedings
"Live at the Foxes Den" comes off like some long-unproduced Broadway musical finally dusted off when someone raised enough money to mount it as a film production instead. It seems unintentionally passé, and not only because the eponymous establishment is smoker-friendly and houses a rotary phone. The film's compassion for the upper class bearing such worldly burdens as nepotism and estate money seems out of touch post-recession. Jackson Rathbone of "The Twilight Saga" stars as Bobby Kelly, a young attorney coasting at work thanks to his engagement to the daughter of the firm's managing partner.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Billy Crystal's Tony Award-winning one-man show, "700 Sundays," will get a curtain-raiser over at HBO. The autobiographical solo show, which made its return to Broadway earlier this year, will be taped Jan. 3 and 4 at the Imperial Theatre in New York, with the special set to air on HBO later in 2014. "700 Sundays" originally opened in 2004 at the Broadhurst Theatre and ran for 163 performances - and quickly set box-office records. The two-act play featured Crystal playing several characters who influenced him throughout his life.
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