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Ann Philbin to Retire as Director of the Hammer Museum in 2024

Ann Philbin, who has led Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum for 25 years, will be retiring from the museum on Nov. 1, 2024. Marcy Carsey, chair of the UCLA Hammer Museum’s board of directors, made the announcement on Wednesday, saying in a statement, “When the history of the Hammer Museum is written, there will be a […]

Serena Williams Sets Two-Book Deal Starting With “Intimate,” “Open-Hearted” Memoir

Now that she’s stepped back from the sport she dominated like few others, Serena Williams is ready to reflect. The tennis great has a two-book deal with the Random House Publishing Group, starting with an “intimate” memoir in which she will open up about everything from her childhood and early tennis training, dramatized in the […]

‘Suffs’ Musical to Open on Broadway in 2024 With Hillary Clinton, Malala Yousafzai as Producers

Suffs — a musical about the suffragists movement — is transferring to Broadway, with Hillary Clinton and Malala Yousafzai set to join the producing team. With a book, music and lyrics by award-winner Shaina Taub and direction by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman, the musical — which had its world premiere off-Broadway at The Public Theater in 2022 — […]

Christian Slater, Christopher Briney, Dagmara Dominczyk and More Join ’24 Hour Plays’ (Exclusive)

Christian Slater, Christopher Briney, Josh Radnor, Dagmara Dominczyk and more have joined the lineup of actors participating in The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway. The annual event sees actors, writers, directors and production staff coming together on the night of Oct. 22 for a brainstorming session. The writers create the plays overnight and then the […]

Shirley MacLaine Tapped for Lifetime Achievement Nod at Industry Dance Awards; Annette Bening to Present (Exclusive)

Shirley MacLaine will receive the lifetime achievement award at the 2023 Industry Dance Awards.  Annette Bening will present MacLaine with the award at the event, taking place Oct. 18 at Avalon Hollywood. It’s a family affair: Bening is MacLaine’s sister-in-law, as she’s married to MacLaine’s brother, Warren Beatty. The ceremony will be hosted by The […]

Bryan Washington on Writing About Houston’s Queer Spaces and Sharing Restaurant Lexicon with ‘The Bear’

Bryan Washington has been publishing writing about Houston — at book length, at least — for more than four years to extreme success. His first short story collection, 2019’s Lot, earned him a spot on the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 list and a spot on Barack Obama’s annual list of favorite books. His follow-up […]

‘Here Lies Love’ Teams With Gold House, The Asian American Foundation for Broadway Ticket Initiative

Broadway’s Here Lies Love, the disco-pop musical from David Byrne and Fatboy Slim about the infamous former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos, is launching a new ticket initiative tied to Filipino American Heritage Month. In an effort to increase access to the historic musical, which features Broadway’s first all-Filipino cast, Here Lies Love‘s producers have partnered with Gold House and The Asian […]

Tony Awards Will Move to Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater For 2023-2024 Ceremony

The Tony Awards are moving locations again and will take place in June 2024 at the David H. Koch Theater at the Lincoln Center. The 77th Tony Awards will air live on June 16 from the new location, which is typically home to the New York City Ballet. This comes after the awards show moved […]

Melissa Broder on the Inspiration for New Novel ‘Death Valley’ and Her High Hopes for the Big Screen

In Melissa Broder’s new novel, the protagonist is a novelist dealing with a father in the ICU and a husband with a chronic illness; she escapes to the parched California wilderness in search of figurative (and literal) clarity and discovers a cactus with mythical powers. Death Valley is what the author describes as a “sendup […]

Josh Gad on Returning to Broadway With Andrew Rannells in ‘Gutenberg! The Musical’

When looking for his first project back on Broadway since starring in The Book of Mormon, Josh Gad knew he would find a show with humor and one that ideally also included his Book of Mormon co-star Andrew Rannells.  Gad and director Alex Timbers initially discussed doing a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing […]

How the Hammer Museum’s Diverse ‘Made in L.A.’ Biennial Expands the Artistic Canon

On a plaque at the Watts Towers Art Center, adjacent to the iconic spires built by Simon Rodia, is a quote by the institution’s late co-founder, the renowned artist Noah Purifoy: “Creativity can be an act of living, a way of life, and a formula for doing the right thing.” The phrase, as well as […]

‘Some Like It Hot’ to Close on Broadway in December

Some Like It Hot, the Tony-winning musical based on the 1959 MGM and United Artists film of the same name, is closing on Broadway in December. Producers announced the show’s plan to close in 13 weeks on Friday. The musical, which made history for nonbinary star J. Harrison Ghee’s best lead actor in a musical Tony […]

‘Minority Report’ Stage Play to Premiere in U.K. in 2024

Minority Report is the latest Hollywood blockbuster to get the stage — and gender-swap — treatment. The science fiction tech noir based on Philip K. Dick’s 1956 novella and later made into the 2002 box office hit directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise, is being turned into a play that will make its world premiere […]

Juilliard’s MFA Program Goes Tuition Free Starting in 2024

Juilliard’s Master of Fine Arts in Acting program will become tuition free for students starting in fall 2024.  The four-year program will then be free in perpetuity thanks to $15 million in existing scholarship funding, as well as a matching challenge grant from theater producer and Juilliard trustee Stephanie P. McClelland and her husband, Carter […]

Kerry Washington on What You Still Don’t Know About Her Memoir

By now, you’ve probably heard about the major plot point in Kerry Washington’s new memoir. If not: In 2018, her parents told her that her father is not her biological father; she is the result of her parents’ use of a sperm donor. It’s the inciting incident for Thicker Than Water, and also for a […]

André Bishop to Step Down From Lincoln Center Theater After 2024-2025 Season

André Bishop will step down from his role as producing artistic director of Lincoln Center Theater next year, after having worked at the nonprofit theater company for 33 years.  Bishop will depart at the end of the theater’s 2024-2025 season and the board of Lincoln Center Theater will launch a search for his successor “in […]