Jeffrey Seller, the lead producer of the blockbuster Hamilton and a producer of the film version that streamed on Disney+, received an emergency small business loan for his company backed by the federal government, according to Treasury Dept. data released on Monday.Continue Reading
When the pandemic gives way to live performance, producer Scott Rudin plans to present an American classic about the gift of being alive.
Rudin is assembling cast and creatives for the first Broadway revival of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in nearly two decades, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. It’s to star Dustin Hoffman, whose last Broadway credit was The Merchant of Venice, in 1989, the same year he won the second of his two Academy Awards, for Rain Man. In 1984, he starred on Broadway as Willy Loman in a revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.Continue Reading
The Broadway League said theaters are offering refunds through Jan. 3, 2021, as the industry officially canceled performances for the rest of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Continue Reading
EXCLUSIVE: The coronavirus epidemic must be “under control” and testing be frequent and accurate before it’s safe for actors and stage managers to return to work, the executive director of Actors’ Equity Association, Mary McColl, wrote to members today. Continue Reading
EXCLUSIVE: The Public Theater, which has earned tens of millions of dollars launching Hamilton, received federal assistance meant to preserve jobs threatened by the pandemic.
The Public borrowed roughly $4 million through the Paycheck Protection Program, according to Shareeza Bhola, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit. The loans, which are overseen by the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration, may be forgiven when borrowers spend at least 75 percent of the money on payroll over eight weeks.Continue Reading
In another sign that Broadway doesn’t see a quick return of theater amid the coronavirus pandemic, the producers of a musical about Michael Jackson postponed performances until next year.Continue Reading
Broadway has given up predicting when it will be back.
With no indication about when it will be safe to produce theater in New York or when audiences will feel comfortable returning, the Broadway League, the trade association of theater owners and producers, made its shutdown open-ended, announcing Tuesday that its 41 theaters will be dark through at least Sept. 6.Continue Reading
Is the Broadway season over? If so, statistically, 2019-20 was both disastrous and illustrative of the industry’s resilience.
The Broadway League extended its shutdown through June 7, the original date of the Tony Awards, guaranteeing that Broadway will be closed at least three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.