Helen Hayes Theatre Sold For $24.7M, Adding Fourth Nonprofit To Broadway’s Bazaar
UPDATE: SATURDAY MORNING: Adds information from Second Stage, plus press release, below story.
Second Stage theater confirmed Saturday Deadline’s exclusive report that its purchase of the Helen Hayes Theatre was completed yesterday. Second Stage said that renovation of the theater will begin next year, under the direction of architect and designer David Rockwell. The company plans to present its first season at the Tony-eligible house in the 2017-2018 season. A major… Read
Ken Watanabe Is A Puzzlement In Stunning ‘King And I’ Revival; Peter Sarsgaard’s ‘Hamlet’ – Review
We don’t have an American troupe comparable to the U.K.’s National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company to officially carry the dual burden of fostering new work while reinvestigating the classic repertory. But increasingly Lincoln Center Theatre acts like a serious candidate for the mantle. Its two smaller houses, the Mitzi Newhouse below ground and the tiny Claire Tow above, consistently show off some of the best new work by young and established playwrights from Ayad… Read
Cheeky ‘Hand to God’ Playwright Teases With ‘Permission’ In Spanking New Trailer
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s the teaser that MCC Theater will use to promote Permission, the latest play from very-bad-boy writer Robert Askins, whose Hand To God just opened on Broadway to raves from everyone, including me, but not Rex Reed.
The new play is about spanking, and pairs Hangover star Justin Bartha with Elizabeth Reaser, who starred in the Twilight movies and the closing season of Mad Men. The slightly naughty trailer features the pair reading from actual blog posts… Read
From The Ridiculous To The Sublime: ‘Amazing Grace’ Follows ‘Honeymoon In Vegas’ On Broadway
With producers lined up three deep for any available Broadway house, no show closing leaves a theater empty for long. The departure of Honeymoon In Vegas from the Nederlander Theatre opens the way for Amazing Grace, a new musical about the story behind the hymn, with performances beginning June 25 and an official opening on July 16.
The show, which was well received in Chicago last year, features music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Smith and Arthur Giron… Read
Kelsey Grammer Hooks The Crowd In ‘Peter Pan’ Prequel ‘Finding Neverland': Broadway Review
Finding Neverland flies. Occasionally it even soars. The miracle is that the darned thing not only got off the ground, but that this musical prequel to the Peter Pan story arrives on Broadway much improved after a storied, bumpy tour of the hinterlands, with its intermittent charms intact, many of its missteps gone or at least minimized, and a ready appeal to family audiences that could insure a hit if only producer Harvey Weinstein honored his promise to keep ticket… Read
David Hyde Pierce Makes Broadway Directing Debut With ‘It Shoulda Been You': Review
Every Broadway season produces a punching bag or two (Moose Murders, which closed on opening night and became a synonym for flop; A Tale Of Two Cities, which ought to have closed on opening night to seal off the loss at a mere $16 million). Often the punching bag comes with a title that invites critical brickbats. The 100-minute musical It Shoulda Been You delivers the goodies on both counts: It’s terrible. And it shoulda been left in turnaround after years of kicking… Read
‘Gigi’ & The Gershwins Plant Post-War Paris On Broadway: Video Review
Broadway this week welcomed a pair of lavishly produced revivals of 1950s musicals that were processed by MGM’s Arthur Freed unit into hugely popular movie musicals, both directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron: An American In Paris (six Oscars in 1951, including Best Picture), and Gigi (nine Oscars in 1958, including best picture).
As I say in my video review, An American In Paris – about the love affair of an expat American artist and the French… Read
Jake Gyllenhaal, Chuck Cooper & Taran Killam Join ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ Summer Concert
The Nightcrawler star will play the nerdy, lovestruck florist Seymour in this summer’s three-performance concert revival of Little Shop Of Horrors, the musical adaption of the 1960 Roger Corman sorta-horror flick that put composer Alan Menken and the late lyricist Howard Ashman on the map. Gyllenhaal just concluded a sold-out Broadway run opposite Ruth Wilson in Constellations and will be making his musical-theater debut in the show. He’ll be joined by Chuck Cooper as the… Read
Broadway Box Office Up $118.5M Over 2014; Helen Mirren Recoups In 8 Weeks
“Money, Money, Money” goes the Abba ditty that will certainly become Mamma Mia‘s swan song as it begins its long goodbye leading up to shuttering on Labor Day. It’s a pretty good anthem for this week’s box office report as well: Heading into the season’s final stretch, the total tally was flat from last week ($29.4 million, versus last week’s $29.5 million), but it’s the year-on-year numbers at Week 46 that tell a tale: Season to date, according to the trade group… Read
Gloria & Emilio Estefan Bio-Tuner ‘On Your Feet’ Sets Cast, Launches Media Campaign
Ana Villafañe, a Cuban-American singer, dancer and actress from Miami, will play Gloria Estefan in On Your Feet! opposite Josh Segarra as the superstar’s husband, producer Emilio Estefan. Villafañe, who attended the same Miami high school as the pop star, couldn’t make the open casting call last fall but sent a video audition, according to an announcement Monday from the production team. She got the call to audition for director Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray) and… Read
Olivier-Winning ‘King Charles III’ Sets Fall Broadway Bow
Hard on the heels of the Broadway import of Wolf Hall from the Royal Shakespeare Company, and The Audience, with Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth, more Royal Crown is pouring this way. Producers Stuart Thompson (represented currently with Skylight and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time) and Sonia Friedman (Fish In The Dark, The River) will bring Mike Bartlett's play about Britain's future king, and its celebrated star, Tim Pigott-Smith, to the Music Box… Read
‘An American in Paris’ Joins ‘Gigi’ In Broadway’s ’50s Revival: Review
UPDATE Sunday 8:30 P.M.: Adds Gigi review, following An American In Paris, below.
In the weird time warp that Broadway sometimes can be, this season offers Betty Comden and Adolph Green owning 42nd Street with concurrent revivals of On The Town and On… Read