Reprieved ‘Indecent’ Jumps $228K; Setting ‘Sunset’ Also Rises At Broadway Box Office
Glenn Close finally did say goodbye as her Sunset Boulevard revival ended on a high note, while the formerly struggling Indecent jumped over a quarter-million dollars in the wake of a last-minute reprieve extending its run from June 25 to August 6. In an overall even week at the Broadway box office, the story at individual shows showed more of a roller-coaster.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s minimalist revise of Sunset Boulevard, which brought Close back in the role of Norma… Read
Review: ‘Hamilton’s Revolution Still Shoots Fireworks Over Broadway
It’s rare enough to experience the shiver of revelation that comes in the first few minutes of a great show; rarer still to be blasted above the ordinary the second time around. That’s something great plays and musicals do: They expand with our consciousness. So it is with Hamilton, which turns two on July 13. The original cast members, led in the title role by the show’s author, composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, have long since departed on a wave of recognition… Read
Audience Member Shouts “Let’s Hear It For Women Producers!” As Broadway’s Tony-Winning ‘Indecent’ Extends Run
Actor Richard Topol stepped forward last night on the stage of Broadway’s Cort Theatre at the end of Indecent to share some news with the audience. A few hours earlier, producer Daryl Roth said that plans to close the show June 25 had been rescinded. The run has been extended through August 6. “Tell everyone you know,” Topol implored the customers. And someone shouted back, “Let’s hear it for women producers!”
Even with the boasting rights two Tony Awards confer (for… Read
‘1984’ Broadway Review: Olivia Wilde, Tom Sturridge & Reed Birney Revive Orwell’s Grim Tale
It’s entirely possible that producers Scott Rudin and Sonia Friedman – who’ve brought Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s frequently harrowing adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 to Broadway after three years in London and on the road – meant to parody the punitive Big Brother-like tone with the program insert that accompanies the Playbill. The giveaway is that “101 minutes,” an unsubtle reference to Room 101, the torture chamber described in the 1949 novel and made quite… Read
‘Come From Away’, ‘A Doll’s House Part 2’ & ‘Great Comet Of 1812’ Cited For Broadway Diversity
Actors’ Equity Association today named Come From Away, A Doll's House, Part 2 and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 as co-recipients of the union’s Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award for the 2016-17 season. Chosen by Equity's National Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, the award honors shows that exemplify and promote the union's founding principles of diversity, inclusion, non-traditional casting and equal opportunity for all who work in… Read
‘Cats’ Broadway Revival To Be Scratched At Year’s End
Cats, whose original run was one of the longest in Broadway history, now will see its revival come to an end. Producers of the show confirmed today the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will play its final performance at the Nederlander Organization’s Neil Simon Theatre on December 30 — that will make it 16 previews and 593 regular performances when all is done.
The show opened July 31, 2016, the first revival of the musical since the original blockbuster closed after an… Read
Rift Widens As Broadway Producers Threaten Action Against Casting Directors’ ‘Cartel’ And Union Supporters
Smarting over protests during the Tony Awards season on behalf of casting directors seeking union recognition, Broadway theater owners and producers have fired back with threats of legal action not only against the casting directors, but also against the unions that support them.
Broadway casting directors are responsible not only for casting Broadway shows but also national tours and replacements for long-running shows that can number in the hundreds, especially for… Read
Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk Re-Up For ‘The Band’s Visit’ Broadway Transfer
The multi-talented stars of The Band’s Visit, several of whom also play their own instruments, have re-upped for the Broadway transfer this fall, including leads Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk. Director David Cromer’s staging of the intimate musical, with score by David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and book by Itamar Moses (The Fortress of Solitude) based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin, is slated to begin performances October 7 and open November 9 at the Shubert… Read
Oh, Donna! ‘Dolly’s Double Divas Drive 8-Show Week To $2.3M: Broadway Box Office
Donna Murphy began her turn as the eighth Dolly Levi last week, propelling the Bette Midler-led revival of Hello, Dolly! into the box-office stratosphere occupied almost exclusively by Hamilton. Murphy’s Tuesday night debut gave the musical its first 8-performance week since previews began March 15, with sales at the Shubert Organization’s flagship theater flirting with the $3 million mark in ticket sales. Only Hamilton did better, and not by much ($3 million in sales at… Read
Julie Taymor’s ‘M. Butterfly’ Revival With Clive Owen Will Alight At Broadway’s Cort Theatre
Clive Owen is set to star in the first Broadway revival of M. Butterfly, slated to open on Broadway at the Shubert Organization’s Cort Theatre on October 26, after previews beginning October 7. Julie Taymor (The Lion King; Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark) directs. Owen (The Knick; Oscar nominee for Closer) last appeared on Broadway in a 2015 revival of Harold Pinter’s Old Times.
Owen will play Rene Gallimard, a based-on-a-true-story married French diplomat involved in a… Read
Amy Schumer Close To Signing On For Steve Martin’s Broadway-Bound ‘Meteor Shower’
Steve Martin‘s next Broadway venture appears to be setting the stage for pal Amy Schumer’s Broadway debut this fall, production sources confirmed to Deadline on Friday, following a report earlier today in The New York Post.
Schumer, I’m told, is very close to signing on as the star of Martin's comedy Meteor Shower, staged by Hello, Dolly! director Jerry Zaks. Broadway veteran Joey Parnes, part of the Dolly team and a producer of Martin’s Tony-nominated musical Bright… Read
Review: Kevin Spacey’s ‘Darrow’ At Center Court Is A Net Win
Kevin Spacey has an enduring passion for Clarence Darrow, the Chicago lawyer famed for defending the defenseless and the undefendable. Championing the causes of union “anarchists” and transgressive disruptors (his most celebrated case was, arguably, the Scopes “monkey trial,” in which he represented a substitute teacher arrested for the crime of teaching Darwin in a Tennessee classroom) and, above all, the end of the legal murder known as capital punishment, Darrow was… Read