For PBS Docu-Series ‘Hamilton’s America’, History Is The Thing – TCA
After a video from Hamilton creator-star Lin-Manuel Miranda who apologized for not being able to attend, the Broadway smash’s Tony-winning Daveed Diggs and executive producer David Horn took the stage at today's TCA to discuss the upcoming PBS documentary series Hamilton's America and how it draws parallels to current presidential politics that will be on view.
The docu-series, which follows the production of the megahit hip-hop musical during the two years leading up to… Read
‘Flamingo Kid’ Broadway Musical Eyes 2018 Opening
Garry Marshall’s 1984 film The Flamingo Kid is getting the Broadway treatment. The Matt Dillon-starring coming-of-age film set at a swanky beach club on Long Island in the early ’60s is being developed as a musical with book and lyrics from Tony winner Robert L. Freedman (A Gentlemen's Guide To Love And Murder) and music by Scott Frankel.
Marshall directed and co-wrote the 20th Century Fox pic with Neal Marshall, based on the latter’s original spec. The news of the… Read
James M. Nederlander Dies: Broadway Icon Ruled Main Stem Real Estate
James M. Nederlander Sr., whose Broadway real estate holdings include nine Main Stem houses that made his Nederlander Organization the largest family-owned theater business, died Monday in South Hampton, NY. He was 94.
Nederlander started his regional theatre business in Detroit and began acquiring New York properties in the 1960s. Only the Shubert Organization owns more property on Broadway with 16, and Jujamcyn Theaters owns five.
"He was my best friend, and partner in… Read
‘Cats’ Ticket Sales Purring; ‘Motown The Musical’ Hits Sour Note – Broadway Box Office
The new Cats held strong in its second week of Broadway previews, grossing $853,633 and keeping the Street’s total grosses for Week 9 (ending July 24) from wilting more than a couple percentage points in the summer heat. Total ticket sales for the 29 Broadway productions was $26,582,154, a tiny 2% slip from the previous week’s $27M.
Cats, officially opening this Sunday at the Nederlander’s Neil Simon Theatre, was up about $250K with six previews, up two from the previous… Read
Jake Gyllenhaal Back To Broadway For ‘Burn This’ Revival
Jake Gyllenhaal will return to the Broadway stage to star in the revival of Landford Wilson’s play Burn This, a production set to begin performances in February 2017 that will mark the reopening of the Ambassador Theatre Group’s Hudson Theatre after five decades. The play officially opens March 6.
Spring Awakening director Michael Mayer will direct the drama, which originally bowed on Broadway in 1987 with John Malkovich and Joan Allen starring, earning Allen the Tony for… Read
Broadway Box Office Claws Upward With New ‘Cats’; ‘Motown’ Returns
Broadway’s box office climbed a bit with the summer temperatures during Week 8 (ending July 17) of the 2016-17 season, with gross ticket sales for 30 shows hitting $27,125,138, up from last week’s $25M for 29 productions. Helping the Street claw its way upward was the Shubert/Nederlander revival of Cats, playing four previews at Nederlander’s Neil Simon Theatre, grossing $603,553 from 5,135 attendees who filled 94% of the house.
Cats, directed by Trevor Nunn… Read
Tony Winner Daveed Diggs Joins Lionsgate’s ‘Wonder’ In First Post-‘Hamilton’ Film Role
EXCLUSIVE: On the day of his final appearance in the smash Broadway hit, Tony-winning Hamilton co-star Daveed Diggs has lined up his first film role following his departure from the musical: Lionsgate’s Wonder.
Directed by Stephen Chbosky, the film is set to co-star Jacob Tremblay and Julia Roberts in the story of a young boy born with significant facial differences that prevented him from attending a mainstream school. Now starting fifth grade, he must convince his… Read
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ Farewell Immune To Broadway Box Office Dip
Box office for Week 7 of the Broadway season, which featured the final performance of Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and others in the original cast, was down again compared with last week. Total box office for 29 shows was $24.9 million, down from $26 million from the week before — a 4.5% drop.
Total attendance was 235,573, according to figures provided by the Broadway League, a decline of more than 18,000 from the week before. That Week 6 frame marked the first… Read
Lin Manuel-Miranda Takes His Final Bows With Original ‘Hamilton’ Cast
Lin Manuel-Miranda took his final bows last night with the original cast of Hamilton, along with fellow departing stars Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo in an emotional night at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
After a few minutes, with no words spoken, the cast left the stage to the theme from The West Wing TV series.
Javier Muñoz, Miranda’s alternate since the beginning of the journey Hamilton has taken from workshop to off-Broadway to its recent 11 Tony Award wins… Read
John McMartin Dies: Broadway Veteran Of ‘Follies’ & ‘Sweet Charity’ Fame Was 86
John McMartin, the longtime Broadway staple and film and TV charactor actor who was part of the original cast of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies and starred in Sweet Charity on both the stage and the screen, has died. He was 86. The five-time Tony nominee had cancer, according to The New York Times.
His last Broadway role was playing conservative… Read
Netflix Taps Ritesh Batra To Direct Robert Redford-Jane Fonda Reteam ‘Our Souls At Night’
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has set Ritesh Batra to direct Robert Redford and Jane Fonda in Our Souls At Night, an adaptation of the Kent Haruf novel. Batra is best known for directing The Lunchbox, the BAFTA nominated 2013 pic that won the Grand Golden Rail award at Cannes. He most recently completed the Charlotte Rampling-Jim Broadbent-starrer The Sense of An Ending. At the same time, they’ve brought on Finola Dwyer to produce alongside Redford and Erin Simms. Dwyer produced Bro… Read
‘Hamilton’ Books Brandon Victor Dixon & Lexi Lawson
Two-time Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon is shuffling over to Hamilton from his current role in Shuffle Along to take on the role of Aaron Burr, and Lexi Lawson (In The Heights) is joining the company as Eliza Hamilton. They will be replacing Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo who previously announced they’d be exiting, along with Lin-Manuel Miranda, on July 9.
Dixon received a Tony nomination last season for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Shuffle Along and was… Read