Broadway News & Features - May 2020

How to watch the Drama Desk Awards this Sunday May 31 (Updated)
UPDATE: According to NY1 host Frank DiLella's Instagram, the virtual ceremony has been postponed. "At this time, our country and the world is suffering in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.... Read more
Megan Hilty in Smash
Smash: A New Musical, inspired by the television series, announces Broadway run
It’s finally time to let them be your stars. On the heels of a livestream of the 2015 Bombshell concert, producers Steven Spielberg, Neil Meron, and Robert Greenblatt announced that Smash: A New... Read more
Tony Award
Broadway On Demand will stream Tony Awards celebration on June 7 (Updated)
UPDATE: Broadway On Demand and The Broadway League have postponed this event in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. A new date will be announced at a later time.  The Tony Awards may be... Read more
Some Like It Hot Broadway
Some Like It Hot musical to receive world premiere on Broadway in 2021
The planned stage musical of the 1959 Billy Wilder comedy Some Like It Hot will now receive its world premiere on Broadway next year, it has been announced. The musical was previously reported to... Read more
Ciara Renée in Disney's Frozen
Disney announces closure of Frozen on Broadway due to COVID-19 pandemic
Sad news for the citizens of Arendelle... In light of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Disney Theatrical has now confirmed that the Broadway premiere of Frozen will not be returning... Read more
Caissie Levy in Disney's Frozen
QuaranTune #33: "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen
As we sadly now have to learn to let go of Disney's Frozen on Broadway, a casualty of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we're dedicating today's #QuaranTune to the hard-working cast and crew of the hit... Read more
Alanis Morissette
You Live, You Learn: A Night with Alanis Morissette and Jagged Little Pill to be streamed
"Thank U," Alanis! Producers of Jagged Little Pill have partnered with American Express to bring us a special livestream event, featuring seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette, alongside... Read more
Mandy Gonzalez & Christopher Jackson in In the Heights
QuaranTune #32: "When You're Home" from In the Heights
When it comes to the much anticipated film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit Broadway musical In the Heights, fans may have to keep practicing a little "Paciencia y Fe" as the movie theater... Read more
Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick in the Boston production of Plaza Suite
Plaza Suite, starring Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker, sets 2021 Broadway dates
Good news for fans of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick: new dates have now been officially confirmed for the Broadway revival of Neil Simon's comedy Plaza Suite. The real-life married... Read more
Katharine McPhee & Megan Hilty in "Smash"
Bombshell in Concert and "Smash" reunion to be streamed online
Fans of the Broadway-centric NBC television series "Smash" rejoice! Bombshell in Concert will be streamed as a special one-night-only event on Wednesday, May 20 from 8pm (ET) and it will also include... Read more
Roger Bart in Back to the Future: The Musical
QuaranTune #31: "The Power of Love" from Back to the Future: The Musical
In many of our daily #QuaranTunes we've lovingly looked back on musical gems of the past, but today it's time to look back to the future (see what we did there?) and showcase the cast of the world... Read more
Ephraim Sykes
Michael Jackson musical MJ announces rescheduled Broadway dates for 2021
For fans of Michael Jackson, the song "Heal the World" has taken on a whole new meaning over the past couple of months. Now, the current COVID-19 pandemic has caused a delay to the eagerly... Read more
Andrew Rannells in The Book of Mormon
QuaranTune #30: "I Believe" from The Book of Mormon
I believe that the New York Theatre community will ultimately recover from the disastrous impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic and I also believe that laughter is a great temporary remedy.... Read more
Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton
Hamilton to stream on Disney+ from summer 2020
Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?... Disney+, that's who! The Walt Disney Company has just announced a release date for the highly anticipated film version of the musical juggernaut Hamilton... Read more
Broadway Shutdown
Broadway Theaters to remain closed through September 6, 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic
The Broadway League has once again extended the current lockdown period for all Broadway theaters. Originally scheduled through April 12, then June 7, all Broadway performances have now been canceled... Read more
Danny Burstein in Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Moulin Rouge! tops the list of 2020 Outer Critics Circle Award Honorees
To commemorate the 2019-2020 Broadway and Off-Broadway season, special honorees have now been announced as recipients of the 2020 Outer Critics Circle Awards. In the spirit of celebration, in lieu of... Read more
Alex Newell & Hailey Kilgore in Once on This Island
QuaranTune #29: "Mama Will Provide" from Once on This Island
We hope that, despite the current limitations, all the mothers across the country were able to enjoy at least a moment feeling special yesterday. In light of Mother's Day, we've decided to carry on... Read more
Elaine Paige in Cats
The Show Must Go On! to stream Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats
The Memory will live again this weekend! Following the previous weeks' streamings of Andrew Lloyd Webber productions on The Show Must Go On! YouTube Channel, including Joseph and the Amazing... Read more
Elizabeth Stanley in Jagged Little Pill
QuaranTune #28: "Thank U" from Jagged Little Pill
Today's #QuaranTune comes to us from the self-isolating Broadway company of Jagged Little Pill, who are all currently on an enforced hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And their message to those on... Read more
Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago
QuaranTune #27: "Cell Block Tango" from Chicago
For many of us, self-isolation can feel somewhat like being behind bars at times. Today's #QuaranTune is perhaps one of musical theater's most iconic numbers performed behind bars. Of course, we're... Read more
John Scherer in By Jeeves
The Show Must Go On! to stream Andrew Lloyd Webber's By Jeeves
Following the previous weeks' streamings of Andrew Lloyd Webber productions on The Show Must Go On! YouTube Channel, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, ... Read more
Bryan Cranston & Sally Field
John Malkovich, Patti LuPone, Bryan Cranston, Sally Field & more set for Spotlight On Plays
A host of Broadway's top stars will be coming together over the next weeks for a new series of one-night-only livestreams of popular plays presented by Broadway’s Best Shows. Entitled Spotlight On... Read more
Jesse L. Martin & Wilson Jermaine Heredia in Rent
QuaranTune #26: "Finale B" from Rent
The current pandemic undoubtedly bares tragic similarities with the AIDS epidemic that ravaged the States from the mid-80s to the mid-90s, in terms of its sheer scale and the overwhelming images... Read more
The 86th Annual Drama League Awards
The 86th Annual Drama League Awards - And the Nominees are...
Nominees for The 86th Annual Drama League Awards have been confirmed, with Beetlejuice favorites Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer and two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman revealing the nominations... Read more
Kelli O'Hara in The King and I
The King and I, starring Kelli O'Hara, to be streamed with a Live Viewing Party
Shall We Dance this Friday evening? The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization is set to host a Live Viewing Party for the Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production of The King and I,... Read more
A Musical About Star Wars
QuaranTune #25: "Be the Change That You Wish to See in the Galaxy" from A Musical About Star Wars
May the fourth be with you, folks! Yes, it's officially Star Wars Day and because we all need a little cheering up at the moment, we're dedicating today's #QuaranTune to that infamous galaxy far, far... Read more
Harvey Fierstein & Vanessa Williams
Harvey Fierstein, Vanessa Williams & more to star in Broadway Does Mother's Day
When You're Good to Mama, Broadway is good to you! A digital variety show entitled Broadway Does Mother's Day in support of Broadway Cares’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund will go live online this... Read more
Lin-Manuel Miranda in freestyle love supreme
Premiere date set for We Are Freestyle Love Supreme documentary
Get ready to drop the mic, folks! It has now been confirmed that the "We Are Freestyle Love Supreme" documentary is set to premiere on Hulu on June 5, 2020. The documentary is a 15-year retrospective... Read more
Bertie Carvel in Matilda The Musical
QuaranTune #24: "When I Grow Up" from Matilda The Musical
Attention, maggots! Today's #QuaranTune comes to us from the comic and creative genius of composer/lyricist Tim Minchin and is arguably the most beloved number from the smash hit Matilda The Musical... Read more