The Great Comet Sets Closing Date as Broadway Mourns a Legend, and 5 More Breaking Stories of the Day

News   The Great Comet Sets Closing Date as Broadway Mourns a Legend, and 5 More Breaking Stories of the Day
 
Playbill’s roundup of the latest theatre stories from August 8, 2017.
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Barbara Cook in Follies in Concert (1985).
Barbara Cook in Follies in Concert (1985). Martha Swope / The New York Public Library

LEGENDARY PERFORMER BARBARA COOK DEAD AT 89
The Broadway musical theatre ingénue who became cabaret and concert royalty, died August 8.


Dave Malloy
Dave Malloy Chad Batka

NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 TO CLOSE ON BROADWAY
The closing announcement follows a recent casting controversy that resulted in Tony winner Mandy Patinkin, who had been scheduled to step into the role of Pierre August 15, withdrawing from the production.


Maya Rudolph
Maya Rudolph Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock

MAYA RUDOLPH TO LEAD FOX’S LIVE A CHRISTMAS STORY; AIR DATE ANNOUNCED
The SNL and Bridesmaids favorite will take on the role of Ralphie’s mother in the screen adaptation of the Pasek and Paul musical.


Lea Salonga
Lea Salonga

LEA SALONGA, ALEX NEWELL, AND MORE JOIN ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ON BROADWAY
The revival of the Ahrens and Flaherty musical has found its Gods.


Darren Criss
Darren Criss Marc J. Franklin

WHERE CAN BROADWAY FANS LET LOOSE AND GET ‘ROWDY?’ DARREN CRISS HAS THE ANSWER
The third annual Elsie Fest, which celebrates music from stage and screen, will take place October 8.


Ben Cameron in the studio with Saycon Sengbloh, Ramin Karimloo, and Derrick Williams
Ben Cameron in the studio with Saycon Sengbloh, Ramin Karimloo, and Derrick Williams

RAMIN KARIMLOO, SAYCON SENGBLOH, AND DERRICK WILLIAMS CHAT DIVERSITY ON BROADWAY
The stars tackle some pertinent questions and topics in the latest episode of The Broadway Cast.


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Kelli O'Hara Laura Marie Duncan

KELLI O'HARA JOINS SEASON 2 OF NETFLIX'S 13 REASONS WHY
The Tony winner will play an advocate for victims of bullying in the second season.

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