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Today on Broadway: Friday, May 15, 2020

Disney Announces that “Frozen” Will Not Reopen, Producers. Still Receiving Rent Bills, Broadway On Demand Announces Initial Slate

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1) Disney Announces that “Frozen” Will Not Reopen when Broadway Returns

Actors’ Equity Calls for Arts Relief in Wake of “Frozen” Closing

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Actors-Equity-Calls-For-Arts-Relief-In-the-Wake-of-FROZEN-Closing-20200514

Broadway Producers Still Receiving Rent Bills

2) In Other Theatrical News

Actors Fund Distributes $10.5 Million in Assistance

Broadway On Demand Announces Initial Slate of Programming

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/George-Takei-Adam-Pascal-Frankie-Grande-More-to-be-Featured-in-Broadway-On-Demands-Upcoming-Programming-20200514

3) Feel Good Recommendations

New York Times: The Show’s Delayed, but They’re Still Keeping “Company”

What Would Have Happened with the Spring Season without the Shutdown?

https://www.vulture.com/2020/05/what-would-ren-dara-santiagos-the-siblings-play-have-been.html

“Hadestown” Fate Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer Covers “Orpheus” by Sara Bareilles

https://www.broadwayworld.com/videoplay/VIDEO-HADESTOWNs-Yvette-Gonzalez-Nacer-Covers-Orpheus-by-Sara-Bareilles-20200514

Bonus: FRIDAY, MAY 15 AT 6:00 PM, Eastern Time, 3PM Pacific Time

Joshua Ellis and Peter Filichia chat about “IN PHILLY, BOSTON OR BALTIMO’: The Golden Age of Broadway Musical Tryouts.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJUTVCYTP4k&feature=youtu.be

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Josh grew up in Philadelphia where he saw tryouts of Broadway musicals from a very early age. Peter, now a renowned theatre author, critic, and columnist, grew up in Boston where he also saw tryouts of musicals. And what shows they were! FUNNY GIRL starring Barbra Streisand, MAME starring Angela Lansbury, SWEET CHARITY starring Gwen Verdon. And what stars!!! Robert Preston, Sammy Davis, Mary Martin, Vivien Leigh, Barbara Cook, Mary Tyler Moore, Richard Chamberlain, Chita Rivera, Beatrice Lillie, Tammy Grimes, Buddy Hackett, Richard Kiley, Lucille Ball, and Elaine Stritch, among many others. We saw hits and we saw flops — some infamous flops that made Musical Theatre history of their own.

The fun twist is that although Peter and Josh saw many of the same shows, the shows themselves changed considerably between the two cities: stars fired or written out of the show, songs dropped, new songs added, directors and choreographers replaced, titles changed, newcomers became stars, and stars became legends. They were kids, totally in love with Broadway musicals, seeing a magical process unfold before their eyes. Those are the stories they share in IN PHILLY, BOSTON OR BALTIMO’.

The title is derived from the great Cole Porter song from KISS ME, KATE: “Another op’nin, another show. In Philly, Boston or Baltimo’. A chance for stagefolks to say ‘hello.’ Another op’nin’ of another show.”


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