Universal Takes Producing Stake In Bill Condon’s Broadway ‘Side Show’ Revival
EXCLUSIVE: The much-ballyhooed Broadway revival of Side Show has a new above-the-title producer: Universal Pictures. Christopher Herzberger, Universal's executive, live theatricals, pushed the deal, which I'm told includes a financial stake in the tuner. Lead producers of the musical, imported from the Kennedy Center, are Darren Bagert, Martin Massman and Jayne Baron Sherman.
Based on the true story of Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, the musical will begin… Read
Harvey Weinstein Wants To Give Negatory ‘Neverland’ Columnist Riedel The Hook
UPDATE #2 Aug. 27: Riedel responds.
Update Friday morning: Motown The Musical announced its January, 2015 closing — paving the way, maybe, for Finding Neverland to be the next tenant at the Nederlander-owned Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
The Riedel Watch: I promised occasional updates on reaction to some of my pal Michael Riedel's more combustible columns (so many to choose from!), and on Wednesday he produced a doozy. Surveying two New York reviews of Finding Neverland, the Bro… Read
The Plot Thickens: Will A ‘New’ Shubert Theater Tower Over Broadway?
UPDATE Wednesday morning: Michael Riedel accepts Harvey Weinstein's Finding Neverland challenge.
Since everyone is dousing everyone else these dog days with buckets of ice to raise money for ALS research, I offer a challenge of my own to The New York Post's Michael Riedel: Meet me at Bar Centrale the day after Labor Day 2019. If, five years from now, there's a new, 1,500-seat Broadway theater around the corner on Eighth Avenue between 45th and 46th streets, you can douse… Read
Alan Ayckbourn Takes ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Literally In ‘Things We Do For Love’
Just a few weeks after Sam Shepard's semi-sibling lovers were bouncing off the walls in the Williamstown Theatre Festival revival of Fool For Love comes what appears to be the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's 1997 opposites-attract slugfest Things We Do For Love. This may be the only time you will ever read the names Sam Shepard and Alan Ayckbourn in the same paragraph.
Things We Do For Love ranks 51 in the Ayckbourn oeuvre, currently numbering 79 and counting. Many… Read
Broadway B.O.: ‘Hedwig’ Till Off 43% Following Departure of Neil Patrick Harris
UPDATE: FIXES Hedwig theater. Any question about the drawing power of Neil Patrick Harris was put to rest with the release of Broadway's latest box office tally. In the first week since Harris' departure from the Tony Award-winning Hedwig And The Angry Inch, receipts dropped a whopping 43%, according to figures released Monday by the trade group Broadway League.
Related: 'Mormon', 'Girls' Star Andrew Rannells To Replace Neil Patrick Harris In 'Hedwig'
The falloff was… Read
Twins Peek: First Look At Broadway’s ‘Side Show’ Revival
EXCLUSIVE, with Monday morning update: Here's a first look at the art for Side Show, returning to Broadway in October. The musical, with book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), tells the based-on-true-story of the Hilton sisters, Daisy and Violet, joined-at-the-waist twins who became a freak-show and tabloid sensation in the 1920s and '30s, when everything from their daily routines to their act to the most intimate details of their private… Read
Broadway’s ‘Motown’ Tuner Will Shutter In January, Possibly In Profit
Motown The Musical, the tuner loosely based on label founder Berry Gordy's memoir, will play its final performance at Broadway's Lunt Fontanne Theatre on January 18, 2015, a few months shy of its second anniversary. The musical has yet to recoup its $18 million capitalization but will, according to a New York Times report, “in the next few weeks.” Show — featuring many of the hits from the Motown catalogue and impersonations of the Jackson Five, the Supremes, the… Read
John Lennon Bio-Tuner From Oz, ‘Looking Through A Glass Onion’, Slates Fall Off-Broadway Run
Australia throws its wig into the Beatles recycle bin with Lennon: Through A Glass Onion, an Oz perennial from 1992 set to arrive off-Broadway beginning October 3.
Created and performed by Australian actor/musician John R. Waters and singer/pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, Through A Glass Onion is described as “part concert and part biography,” revealing “the essence of the life and astonishing talent” of the Beatles original. Songlist includes 31 Lennon and Lennon/McCartney… Read
Alan Cumming Ain’t Going As Emma Stone Signs On For Broadway’s ‘Cabaret’
It's official: Emma Stone will make her Broadway debut in Cabaret beginning November 11th and hanging around Studio 54 as B-grade chanteuse Sally Bowles through February 1, 2015. Michelle Williams, who opened in this revival of Sam Mendes's Tony Award winning production in the spring, will play Sally for the final time on November 9th. Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man franchise) stars with Zack Galafianakis, Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in Birdman, opening October… Read
Orange Is The New Green: Schilling, Dinklage Head To ‘A Month In The Country’
Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones) and Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black) will headline a revival of Ivan Turgenev's A Month In The Country, off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company announced Tuesday. The show, staged by Erica Schmidt (co-incidentally Dinklage's wife), is slated to begin performances January 9 for a limited engagement through Sunday, February 15 at the company's home base on East 13th Street. The dark comedy is set on an otherwise quiet country estate… Read
Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick Push ‘It’s Only A Play’ To An $8M Broadway Opening
EXCLUSIVE: Terrence McNally's onstage, backstage, offstage comedy It's Only A Play will begin performances September 28 on Broadway with about $8 million in the bank, producer Tom Kirdahy told Deadline today. Chalk up the strong advance for the $3.5 million show to one of the starriest marquees in memory, with someone on the bill for every theatergoer.
Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane — the killer duo who made Broadway history with The Producers in 2001 — star as a… Read
Broadway B.O.: $25.2M Week Is Down Even With Nine Perfs For ‘Mormon’ & `Wicked’
Rocky bowed out after its disappointing run, and the Broadway box office was off about 3% to $25.2M from the previous week's $25.9M Even an extra performance added to the usual eight for The Book Of Mormon and Wicked didn't help much, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League.
Wicked, at the 1,862-seat Gershwin, was off $32,775, while still registering a second-highest take, at $2M. Disney's The Lion King, at the 1,700-seat Minskoff, dropped $86,832… Read