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Acclaimed LA LGBTQ Theater Company Dismisses Artistic Director After Claims of Sexual Misconduct

Acclaimed LA LGBTQ Theater Company Dismisses Artistic Director After Claims of Sexual Misconduct

May 30, 2021

Michael Shepperd, the artistic director of LA's Celebration Theatre, was fired last Tuesday after allegations of sexual misconduct, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Long-Delayed Tony Awards Finally have a Date

The Long-Delayed Tony Awards Finally have a Date

By Mark Kennedy | May 26, 2021

The long-delayed Tony Awards have been given a fall air date and a four-hour streaming canvas to celebrate the pandemic-shortened Broadway season that upended the theater world.

Coming in September: Boston's SpeakEasy Stage Announces 31st Season

Coming in September: Boston's SpeakEasy Stage Announces 31st Season

May 24, 2021

After a long 18-month intermission, SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly re- open its doors on Friday, September 24, 2021, for the start of its 31st Season.

'Hadestown' Jumps Ahead of Pack to Welcome Broadway Patrons

'Hadestown' Jumps Ahead of Pack to Welcome Broadway Patrons

By Mark Kennedy | May 24, 2021

"Hadestown," the brooding musical about the underworld, has set its Broadway reopening date on Sept. 2, jumping ahead of such megahits as "Hamilton" and "Wicked" to position itself as the first show to welcome audiences on Broadway since the pandemic.

'Flower of Iowa' :: Playwright Lance Ringel Imagines Male Intimacy During WWI

'Flower of Iowa' :: Playwright Lance Ringel Imagines Male Intimacy During WWI

By Mark William Norby | May 18, 2021

Lance Ringel's expansive novel centers on native 18-year old Tommy Flowers, who was raised in rural Iowa and sent to France by the U.S. Military in June 1918, the final months of World War I.

Cabaret, Comedy & a Class Act: 42nd Street Moon, New Conservatory Theatre Center's New Offerings

Cabaret, Comedy & a Class Act: 42nd Street Moon, New Conservatory Theatre Center's New Offerings

By Jim Gladstone | May 17, 2021

A gay duo offers up new takes on classic sitcom theme songs, the long-gone Billie Holiday is revived in a play with her music, and half a dozen trans performers go virtual.

Watch: Patti LuPone Says 'Welcome Back to Broadway!'

Watch: Patti LuPone Says 'Welcome Back to Broadway!'

May 12, 2021

LuPone, a two-time Tony Award winner, released a video message to theater fans around the globe, on behalf of the Broadway community.

Explainer: Why Broadway is Waiting Until Fall to Reopen

Explainer: Why Broadway is Waiting Until Fall to Reopen

By Mark Kennedy | May 11, 2021

Broadway shows are tripping over themselves to announce that tickets are once more available. But don't get dressed up just yet: The curtains won't rise for most until September or October.

Upcoming 'Alice In Rainbowland' Looks at Lewis Carroll's Classic through a Queer Lens

Upcoming 'Alice In Rainbowland' Looks at Lewis Carroll's Classic through a Queer Lens

May 11, 2021

"Alice in Rainbowland" is a re-imagining of "Alice in Wonderland" told through dance, music, and LGBTQ pride. This collaborative show is devised by and highlights queer artists and allies.

Broadway Readies Ticket Sales for a Fall Reopening

Broadway Readies Ticket Sales for a Fall Reopening

By Mark Kennedy | May 5, 2021

Many Broadway productions are scrambling to resume ticket sales in the coming days to welcome theater-goers this fall after city and state leaders have green-lit a reopening of the Great White Way at full capacity by mid-September.

She Kissed a Girl: 'F*ck7thGrade's Innovative Entertainment

She Kissed a Girl: 'F*ck7thGrade's Innovative Entertainment

By Gregg Shapiro | May 5, 2021

Jill Sobule's fabulous and fierce "F*ck7thGrade," a musical presented as a rock concert by City Theatre Company, shares a tuneful quilt constructed of songs from eight of Sobule's studio albums.

SpeakEasy Stage Set to Stream 'Songs for a New World'

SpeakEasy Stage Set to Stream 'Songs for a New World'

May 4, 2021

From May 26 — June 8, 2021, SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly stream a benefit production of Jason Robert Brown's classic musical,"Songs for a New World,", a moving collection of powerful songs about life, love, and the choices that define us.

Backlash Over Cis Actor Cast in 'I Am My Own Wife' Forces Cancellation of Upcoming Production

Backlash Over Cis Actor Cast in 'I Am My Own Wife' Forces Cancellation of Upcoming Production

May 4, 2021

The battle over cis actors playing trans roles has led to a Connecticut theater to cancel an upcoming production of "I Am My Own Wife," Doug Wright's award-winning play about German trans woman Charlotte von Mahlsdorf.

Concert to Honor Broadway Star Rebecca Luker, Fight ALS

Concert to Honor Broadway Star Rebecca Luker, Fight ALS

By Mark Kennedy | May 4, 2021

Some of Broadway's biggest stars are joining together to pay tribute to the late three-time Tony Award-nominated actor Rebecca Luker and raise money to fight Lou Gehrig's disease.

'The Normal Heart' Online Reading to Benefit One Archives Foundation

'The Normal Heart' Online Reading to Benefit One Archives Foundation

By Jim Provenzano | May 3, 2021

The late playwright and AIDS activist Larry Kramer's 'The Normal Heart' presented a scathing critique of complacency and concern in the early years of the AIDS pandemic. An online staged reading on May 8 will benefit The One Archives in Los Angeles.

Pascale Florestal on the Hilarity - and Historical Forces - of 'TJ Loves Sally for Ever'

Pascale Florestal on the Hilarity - and Historical Forces - of 'TJ Loves Sally for Ever'

By Kilian Melloy | Apr 30, 2021

SpeakEast Stage Company streams James Ijames' play "TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever" starting April 30. Director Pascale Florestal shares the production's process, and point of view, with EDGE.

 'The Belle of Amherst' Offers Memorable Portrait of Emily Dickinson

'The Belle of Amherst' Offers Memorable Portrait of Emily Dickinson

By Joe Siegel | Apr 30, 2021

Poet Emily Dickinson may have not lived a charmed life, but she is still remembered for her magnificent writing.

'God of Vengeance' - Yiddish Play Features Theater's First Lesbian Kiss

'God of Vengeance' - Yiddish Play Features Theater's First Lesbian Kiss

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Apr 28, 2021

The 1906 play 'God of Vengeance' caused a sensation. When performed on Broadway in 1923, the cast was arrested on obscenity charges due to its lesbian kiss.Yiddish Theatre Ensemble's new online adaptation begins May 2.

Watch: Michael Kors Turns to Broadway for 40th Anniversary Collection

Watch: Michael Kors Turns to Broadway for 40th Anniversary Collection

Apr 23, 2021

Fashion mogul Michael Kors called upon Broadway stars to help celebrate his 40th anniversary collection. The runway show filmed in New York City's theater district and called upon viewers to donate to The Actors Fund.

Hundreds of Theater Workers Demand Change in Times Square

Hundreds of Theater Workers Demand Change in Times Square

By Mark Kennedy | Apr 23, 2021

Hundreds of theater workers marched down Broadway on Thursday, rallying to demand more inclusion in the industry, protesting producer Scott Rudin and to call for greater transparency from the Actors' Equity Association union.

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