IN DEVELOPMENT: “New Musical From ‘Buyer & Cellar’ Writer, ‘War Paint’ Team Commissioned by New Works Provincetown” by Variety’s Brent Lang – “New Works Provincetown … has commissioned its first full length musical entitled “The Last Diva.” The show will boast a book by Jonathan Tolins of “Buyer & Cellar” fame, as well as music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie. … In addition to “The Last Diva,” New Works Provincetown is in the process of commissioning two more major theatrical works that will be created by voices of diversified race, ethnicity and gender in August and then October.”

“Payson Lewis and Jonah Platt to Star in New Musical About Walt Disney and Roy Disney”
 by TheaterMania’s David Gordon – “The virtual performance will be on July 9 at 8pm ET, with all money received from ticket sales being donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Broadway for Racial Justice.”

“Ma-Yi to Present Diana Oh’s My H8 Letter to the Gr8 American Theatre” by Playbill’s Olivia Clement – “Ma-Yi Theater Company has teamed up with Aye Defy and HowlRound to present two live readings of Diana Oh’s My H8 Letter To The Gr8 American Theatre”

“Austin Pendleton to Star in Virtual Staged Reading of James Joyce: A Short Night’s Odyssey From No to Yes” by BroadwayWorld – “The reading will be taking place on Tuesday, June 16 8PM – 10PM.” 

REGIONAL: “Tony Winner Beth Leavel Will Launch The Muny’s Online Summer Series” by Playbill’s Andrew Gans – “The St. Louis venue will offer 10 weeks of online programming, also featuring Ali Ewoldt, Stephanie Gibson, Ben Davis, and Mykal Kilgore.”

ACROSS THE POND: “Cameron Mackintosh staff facing redundancy as consultations begin” by The Stage’s Matthew Hemley – “[Broadcasting, Entertainment, Communications and Theatre Union] has warned the redundancies could be “catastrophic” for theatre. Mackintosh has planned consultations with staff following confirmation that the government’s furloughing package will be phased out from August and end in October … ”

FILM: “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Movie Musical Shifts Release Date to January 2021” by‘s Lindsey Sullivan – “The release date … has shifted to January 22, 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The film had been previously scheduled to hit theaters on October 23, 2020.”

TV: “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Renewed for Second Season” by‘s Lindsey Sullivan –

AWARD: “Michael R. Jackson Named Recipient of the Frederick Loewe Award” by Playbill’s Olivia Clement – “The Dramatists Guild of America has named Michael R. Jackson the recipient of the Frederick Loewe Award for Dramatic Composition for his A Strange Loop score.”

CORONAVIRUS: “Broadway Actor Nick Cordero Not A Lung Transplant Candidate, Says Wife Amanda Kloots” by Deadline’s Bruce Haring – ” … Kloots [said] that the 41-year-old Cordero has received a second round of exosomes treatment into his system. “We did get a CT scan on his lungs back. It isn’t the prettiest, unfortunately,” Kloots said.”

— “Phylicia Rashad to Star in Election-Themed Radio Play Pulling the Lever” 
by Playbill’s Dan Meyer –
— “12 Streamable Plays That Depict Black Lives Pierced by Racism” by The New York Times –
— “The York Theatre Company Reunites The Cast and Creative Team of Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope” by BroadwayWorld –

EISENBERG: “Jesse Eisenberg Says He Only Acts on Stage to Get His Plays Produced” by BroadwayWorld – “The actor and writer told The Times that he has stage fright, but fears that theatres would not put on his work if it weren’t for him starring in the productions.”

DYLAN: “Bob Dylan Has a Lot on His Mind” by The New York Times’ Douglas Brinkley – “Have you seen [Girl From the North Country] or watched the video of it? Sure, I’ve seen it and it affected me. I saw it as an anonymous spectator, not as someone who had anything to do with it. I just let it happen. The play had me crying at the end. I can’t even say why. When the curtain came down, I was stunned. I really was. Too bad Broadway shut down because I wanted to see it again.”