Broadway News & Features - January 2021

Photo credit: Elain Graham, Larry Powell and Lillias White in While I Yet Live (Photo by James Leynse)
What to see in New York in February
2020 forced Broadway theatres to close, but a constant stream of innovative online productions has meant New York theatre continues to stay alive. With rehearsed readings, solo concerts and Valentine... Read more
Photo: New York City (Photo by Florian Wehde on Unsplash)
Could Broadway theaters be used as vaccination centers?
With the vaccine rollout in full swing across the country, could Broadway theaters be the next step in the quest for normality? As reported by Broadway News, The Broadway League is the latest in a... Read more
Photo credit: Original Broadway Cast of Rent (Photo by Joan Marcus)
Stars taking part in the New York Theatre Workshop ‘Rent’ 25th anniversary gala
Broadway changed forever thanks to the arrival of Rent. Set in 1980s New York, the musical follows a group of impoverished artists living in Manhattan's East Village, living through the HIV/AIDS... Read more
Photo credit: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr (Photo courtesy of Disney+)
‘Hamilton’ film recognized by American Film Institute
The Hamilton film was originally slated for an October 2021 release, but was bumped up by over a year and released on Disney+. As well as being entered for Golden Globe musical categories, Hamilton... Read more
Photo credit: Rent 25th anniversary gala (Photo courtesy of New York Theatre Workshop)
New York Theatre Workshop to present ‘Rent’ 25th anniversary gala
UPDATE: New performers taking part added 8 February.  The first performance of Rent was staged at New York Theatre Workshop on Jan. 25, 1996. On the musical’s 25th anniversary, a virtual gala has... Read more
Photo credit: Kelli O' Hara and Matthew Morrison (Photo by Joan Marcus)
Matthew Morrison and Kelli O’ Hara to take part in ‘The Light in the Piazza’ reunion
15 years after the musical’s Broadway premiere, a reunion event for The Light in the Piazza will take place this month, it has been announced. As part of Lincoln Center Theater’s Spotlight Series,... Read more
Photo credit: Nick Jonas (Photo by Focka on Flickr under CC 2.0)
Nick Jonas to play Frankie Valli in ‘Jersey Boys’
Nick Jonas is set to play Frankie Valli in a new production of Jersey Boys, it has been announced. In an article from Deadline, Jersey Boys will be available to stream worldwide, and is anticipated... Read more
Photo credit: Frozen at St. James Theatre (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews)
Which New York shows closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic?
It costs millions of dollars to put on a Broadway show. Although exact numbers aren’t known, it’s speculated that one in five Broadway shows are able to recoup enough money back to result in a... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of Mean Girls (Photo by Joan Marcus)
‘Mean Girls’ will not return to Broadway in wake of Coronavirus pandemic
Due to the prolonged shutdown of all Broadway venues, Mean Girls will not reopen, it has been announced. The production played its final performance on Mar. 11, 2020, after 29 previews and 805... Read more
Photo credit: New York (Photo by Andrae Ricketts on Unsplash)
How to visit Broadway while staying at home
It feels like forever since Broadway productions were playing to a full house. With Broadway theatres closed until at least May 30, 2021, going to a Broadway show is somewhat of a distant dream. But... Read more
Photo credit: Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical artwork
‘Ratatouille’ raises over $1 million to benefit The Actors Fund
UPDATE: On 12 January, The Actors Fund stated that Ratatouille the Musical has raised over $2 million, making it the most successful fundraiser for The Actors Fund of all time. More than 350,000... Read more
Ratatouille the Musical reviews
What did the critics think of ‘Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical’?
Broadway theatre in 2021 got off to a flying start, thanks to the premiere of Ratatouille the Musical on New Year’s Day. Inspired by the 2007 Disney movie and recent TikToks which imagined the film... Read more