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Broadway’s ‘MJ’ Gets a Box Office Bump After the Tony Awards | Entertainment News
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Broadway’s ‘MJ’ Gets a Box Office Bump After the Tony Awards | Entertainment News

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment WriterNEW YORK (AP) — “MJ,” the hit-filled Broadway musical about the King of Pop, got a huge bump at the box office after nabbing four Tony Awards and getting valuable exposure in front of millions during its electric telecast performance.The Michael Jackson show may have lost the best new musical crown to “A Strange Loop,” but it won the best actor in a musical trophy for Myles Frost and pulled in $1,661,000 during the week after the Tonys. That's the biggest box office jump last week on Broadway and a new high for the show.“That’s one of the benefits of being able to be Tony nominated is that you have the opportunity to perform on the Tonys and to be able to put our show in front of so many people who are avid theater lovers,” said Lia Vollack, the lead...
Tony Awards Begin With Non-Acting Honors Handed Out in NYC | Entertainment News
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Tony Awards Begin With Non-Acting Honors Handed Out in NYC | Entertainment News

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Darren Criss and Julianne Hough kicked off the four-hour Tony Award celebrations at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday night, handing out mostly design awards exclusively on the streaming Paramount+.Criss opened the telecast with the original song, “Set the Stage,” as he and Hough energetically danced up ladders, on laundry hampers and in sliding theater seats to celebrate the artists who keep theater alive.The first award of the night — for best score — went to “Six: The Musical,” with music and lyrics by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. Marlow is the first out nonbinary composer-lyricist to win a Tony.Criss and Hough have an hour to hand out a total of eight technical awards for things like best lighting and sound design, along with best sco...
Russian Opera ‘Boris Godunov’ to Open Next La Scala Season | Entertainment News
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Russian Opera ‘Boris Godunov’ to Open Next La Scala Season | Entertainment News

By COLLEEN BARRY, Associated PressMILAN (AP) — Milan’s famed Teatro alla Scala on Monday announced the celebration of next season's gala premiere with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,'' in a move the opera house hopes will underline the separation of culture from politics.La Scala's 2022-23 calendar, set long before Russia's invasion of Ukraine, also marks the Milan opera house's premiere of another Russian opera, Antonín Dvořák's “Rusalka,” and includes a host of Russian stars singing roles in the Russian composition as well as other titles.“We hope that we will have a St. Ambrose (feast day) that will also celebrate peace,’’ said Mayor Giuseppe Sala, who is president of La Scala’s board, calling the opera by Modest Mussorgsky “a masterpiece.” He referred to the Dec. 7 feast day for Mila...
Ukrainian Circus Comes to Town, and Stays in Italy, Amid War | Entertainment News
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Ukrainian Circus Comes to Town, and Stays in Italy, Amid War | Entertainment News

By TRISHA THOMAS, Associated PressPISTOIA, Italy (AP) — A Ukrainian circus troupe is performing a never-ending “Alice in Wonderland” tour of Italy, caught in the real-world rabbit hole of having to create joyful performances on stage while their families at home are living through war.Like many Ukrainian artists who were abroad when Russia invaded on Feb. 24, the acrobats and dancers of the Theater Circus Elysium of Kyiv were opening a limited engagement in Italy. The tour, originally scheduled to end in mid-March, has now been extended at least through June as the performers seek to keep working to send money to relatives back home.On a recent weekend, the Ukrainian circus came to Pistoia, in Tuscany. There was the Mad Hatter, sporting a green top hat and a purple beard; the White Rabbit ...
Luisi to Conduct Ring Cycle With Dallas Symphony in 2024 | Entertainment News
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Luisi to Conduct Ring Cycle With Dallas Symphony in 2024 | Entertainment News

DALLAS (AP) — Fabio Luisi will conduct a Ring Cycle in concert with the Dallas Symphony in October 2024.Luisi, who became music director for the 2020-21 season, will conduct two performances each of “Das Rheingold” and “Die Walküre” in May 2024, then add “Siegfried” and “Götterdämmerung (The Twilight of the Gods)" that fall, when the first two operas come back for an additional performance from Oct. 13-20, 2024.Mark Delavan will sing Wotan, repeating a role he performed when Luisi conducted the Ring at the Metropolitan Opera in 2012 and ’13. Delavan will be joined by Lise Lindstrom (Brünnhilde), Daniel Johansson (Siegfried), Tómas Tomasson (Alberich), Sara Jakubiak (Sieglinde) and Christopher Ventris (Siegmund).The four Wagner operas are considered the most demanding repertoire for an oper...
Centuries-Old Passion Play Returns After Pandemic Break | Entertainment News
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Centuries-Old Passion Play Returns After Pandemic Break | Entertainment News

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, Associated PressOBERAMMERGAU, Germany (AP) — Almost 400 years ago, the Catholic residents of a small Bavarian village vowed to perform a play of “the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” every 10 years, if only God would spare them any further losses from the plague known as the Black Death.Legend has it that ever since 1634, when the villagers of Oberammergau first performed their passion play, no more residents died of that pestilence or any other plagues — until 2020, when the world was hit by a new plague, the coronavirus pandemic. Oberammergau, like so many places worldwide, suffered some COVID-19 deaths, though residents who confirmed that were unsure how many.Another consequence: The villagers could not fulfill their vow to stage the pla...