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  • Photo credit: Jocelyn Bioh (IBDB) and Public Theater (courtesy of Public Theater)

    Last year's Shakespeare in the Park season was cancelled due to the pandemic. But, Shakespeare's words will continue to live on at the Delacorte Theater, as Shakespeare in the Park returns for 2021. This year, audiences can enjoy a new adaptation of The Merry Wives of Windsor, playing from July 5 - September 20.The Shakespeare comedy will now be set in south Harlem, in a community of West African immigrants, with the production aiming to celebrate Black joy and laughter. The Merry Wives of...

  • Photo credit: Aaron Tveit and Robyn Hurder (Photos courtesy of IBDB)

    To celebrate World Theatre Day, stars from Broadway and West End productions will come together for a virtual show. Moulin Rouge cast members will be taking part in the event, available to watch on 27 March.Rise Up With Arts is created by Pasha Kovalev and Anya Garnis, who've both competed as professional dancers in Strictly Come Dancing, the UK equivalent of Dancing With The Stars. Speaking about their upcoming event, they said: "having not been able to perform throughout 2020 and seeing many...

  • Photo credit: Cast of In The Heights (Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures/Macall Polay)

    Ahead of In The Heights in cinemas this summer, two new trailers have been released. The In The Heights movie adaptation will be available to watch from June 18, both in cinemas and streaming exclusively on HBO Max.Set in New York's Washington Heights, In The Heights tells of a Hispanic-American community whose way of life is being threatened by a changing society around them. Audiences meet Usnavi, a bodega owner who dreams of a better life, both financially and romantically too.In The Heights...

  • Photo credit: Blindness at the Donmar Warehouse (Photo by Helen Maybanks)

    Live theatre is finally returning to New York next month, as Blindness has posted an opening date at Daryl Roth Theatre. First seen in London, the North American transfer of Blindness will run from March 30 - July 25.Based on José Saramago's Nobel Prize-winning dystopian novel, Blindness thrusts audiences to Europe, seeing life through the eyes of a driver who suddenly turns blind. As the blindness epidemic spreads, the world changes forever. But, from the darkness, a new society arises that's...

  • Photo credit: Ramin Karimloo at the London Coliseum (Photo by Danny Kaan)

    After a concert series wowed London audiences at the end of 2020, the concerts will receive a second lease of life as they're being streamed online. The four concerts in Tonight at the London Coliseum will stream every Saturday in March, with a new concert each week.The concerts are filmed at the London Coliseum in the West End, one of the largest theatres in England. All concerts are filmed inside an empty auditorium, with viewers able to get close to the stars through the screen.Ramin...

  • Photo credit: Lincoln Center Restart Stages (Photo courtesy of Lincoln Center)

    Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts have announced a new initiative to encourage live theater to return to New York City once more. Titled Restart Stages, 10 new rehearsal and performance spaces will open again, getting artists back to work after a year of closed theatres.Restart Stages is being developed in coordination with NY PopsUp, a state-wide festival including over 300 live events with Broadway stars including Gavin Creel and Shoshana Bean taking part."The cultural community has an...

  • Photo credit: Eva Noblezada in SELENA at Radial Park (Photo by Tricia Baron)

    After shows in late 2020, Radial Park at Halletts Point Play will be home to more live theater this spring, as new productions have been confirmed. The venue will be home to what's being billed a "cinemersive" performance of The Blues Brothers from May 27.Ahead of reopening, Radial Park producers said: "Our goal... has been ensuring that 'The show goes on!', amid the ongoing COVID pandemic in a big - and safe - way. We have been overwhelmed with the positive reception for our shows this Fall and...

  • Photo credit: Nick Jonas (Photo courtesy of NBC)

    Acknowledging the upcoming one year anniversary since Broadway theatres were forced to close, Nick Jonas paid tribute to the performing arts industry while hosting Saturday Night Live.The chart-topping singer made his SNL hosting debut on 27 February, making a nod to his Les Miserables days with a parodized version of "Drink With Me." He was joined by the SNL cast, including Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon.Before success as one-third of pop band, The Jonas Brothers, Nick Jonas made his theater...

  • Photo credit: Cherry Jones and Ariana DeBose (Photos courtesy of IBDB)

    Typically, Broadway Backwards sees stars performing musical theatre songs that typically go against their casting bracket. For this year, Broadway Backwards will take place online, dedicated to the effects of Covid-19 on the LGBTQ community, streaming on March 30.New songs will be merged with performances from previous years in a Broadway Backwards extravaganza. Jay Armstrong will star as an isolated New Yorker who is guided by a late night television host, played by Jenn Collella.The event's...

  • Photo credit: Liza Minnelli in Cabaret (Photo by ABC Pictures / Allied Artists)

    UPDATE: More stars taking part include Lorna Luft, John Kander, Michael Feinstein, Julie Halston, Melissa Manchester, Jason Alexander, Parker Posey, Kathy Griffin, Nicholas King, Kathy Najimy, Hoda Kotb, Michael York, Craig Ferguson and Haley Swinda.To mark the 75th birthday of Liza Minnelli, a virtual concert will be held in her honor. Dozens of Broadway stars will take part, as well as former co-stars in a Love Letter to Liza: A 75th Birthday Tribute Celebration, which will take place on March...

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