NBC’s Thanksgiving Parade Coverage Launches With Gloria Estefan Musical ‘On Your Feet!’
Already looking like a hit with Broadway theatergoers, newcomer On Your Feet! — the biotuner about the courtship and rise to superstardom of the Miami Sound Machine’s Gloria and Emilio Estefan — got a priceless plug Thursday morning, leading off NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Led by star-in-the-making Ana Villafane as Gloria singing “Conga” and “Turn The Beat Around,” the show got the kind of exposure no 30-second spot could bring. The Today… Read
Alec Baldwin, Laurence Fishburne, LaTanya Richardson Jackson To Read At Arthur Miller’s 100th Birthday Party
The centenary of the Death Of A Salesman playwright’s birth is being celebrated with Broadway revivals and much academic truffle-sniffing, but this event might get closest to the heart of Arthur Miller’s legacy: The Arthur Miller Foundation has announced a star-filled Broadway benefit performance on January 25. The one-night-only gathering to raise funds for the Foundation's theater and film education programs will feature performances by Alec Baldwin, Ellen Barkin, Lauren… Read
‘Sylvia’, With Matthew Broderick, Will Shutter Early On Broadway
Sylvia, the A.R. Gurney comedy in which Matthew Broderick plays a man in mid-life crisis who falls in love with an adoring talking dog, will end its Broadway run a few weeks earlier than planned. Blame middling reviews for the coming-of-middle-age play and poor ticket sales, despite strong upbeat notices for Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford in the title role. The show will close after the performance on Sunday, January 3, having played 79 performances and 27 previews at the… Read
Tony Awards Pushed Back To June 12
Broadway will have to wait an additional week to find out the 2016 Tony Awards winners. CBS just announced that the live broadcast will take place June 12, not June 5 as it had earlier scheduled. The event will be held at New York’s Beacon Theater at 8 PM ET.
Nominations will be announced on May 3 from the Paramount Hotel. The announcement was previously set for April 29.
This will be the 70th anniversary for the Tonys, first held at the Waldorf Astoria's Grand… Read
Broadway Box Office Slumps But Bruce Willis’ Upticking ‘Misery’ Loves Company
Broadway’s brief mini-boom went bust last week, as the pre-Thanksgiving blues saw 15 shows drop $100K or more — in several cases a lot more — from the previous week. One sliver of moonlight fell on Misery, the Bruce Willis vehicle that opened to desultory reviews but still had a $78K spike, to $900K at the Shubert Organization-owned Broadhurst Theatre. That was a bit over 71 percent of gross potential at the theater, where 82 percent of the 1,176 seats were filled at each… Read
Crowd-Pleasing ‘Motown The Musical’ Plots Summer ’16 Broadway Return
Making good on a promise that seemed unlikely at the time, the producers of the Berry Gordy biotuner Motown The Musical said Monday that the musical will return to Broadway next summer for an 18-week run that will begin in July at the Nederlander Theatre.
A surprise hit of the 2013-2014 season, the show ran at the Nederlander-owned Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and closed on January 18, 2015 after 775 performances. At the time, producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Gordy… Read
Weinstein Live Entertainment Will Bring French ‘Rain’ To Broadway
Weinstein Live Entertainment (WLE) will team up with Théâtre du Châtelet to bring the Paris company’s production of Singin’ In The Rain to Broadway in 2016 and on a world tour. Dates, theaters and other details will be announced later.
The show will mark Théâtre du Châtelet's latest Broadway venture following last season’s still-running An American In Paris, which provided the debut as director and choreographer of dance star Christopher Wheeldon. WLE also has a… Read
‘Dames At Sea’ Revival Hits Broadway Iceberg, No Survivors
The high-energy retro musical Dames At Sea, which seemed to founder in its own flop sweat since opening in October to tepid reviews, will close on January 3 after a disappointing run of 85 performances and 32 previews at the Helen Hayes Theatre. The producers hope to launch a national tour beginning in fall 2016.
The closing is likely to settle the question of where Stephen Karam’s The Humans will land in the spring, since opening to rave reviews and announcing a move… Read
James Prideaux Dies: TV & Broadway Writer Was 88
James Prideaux, who went from short-story writer to penning Broadway plays and TV movies, has died. He was 88. The WGA said he died Wednesday at West Hills (CA) Medical Center after a major stroke.
Born on August 29, 1927, in Indiana, Prideaux moved to New York initially to pursue an acting career but gravitated toward writing short stories for Ladies Home Journal and Playboy. He eventually became a member of off-off Broadway’s Barr-Wilder-Albee Playwrights Unit, where… Read
Roth & Gerard On Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Hamilton’ Envy And Great Shows That Go MIA
EXCLUSIVE: Deadline's Jeremy Gerard and Jujamcyn Theatres majority owner and president Jordan Roth talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred.
GERARD: Last night Andrew Lloyd Webber confided to Stephen Colbert and a couple of million Late Show viewers that he wishes he'd written Hamilton. The entire show was a remarkable promo for Lord Lloyd Webber's School of Rock, which opens in a couple of weeks, as the musical’s 12-year-old… Read
Broadway Will Revisit ‘Miss Saigon’ & Irving Berlin As Off Broadway Juices Upcoming Slates Too
Sir Cameron Mackintosh announced Thursday that his London revival of Miss Saigon, slated to shutter in February, will move to Broadway late next season with its stars and directors intact. Eva Noblezada will play Kim (the role originated by Lea Salonga 26 years ago, in a Tony-winning performance) and Jon Jon Briones will play the Engineer (played by Jonathan Pryce in 1991, winning both a Tony and the approbation of protesters who felt the Amerasian part should not have… Read
Disney’s ‘Lion King’ Roars Past ‘Cats’ – But Andrew Lloyd Webber Says “Meeeow!”
UPDATE Tuesday afternoon: Adds further comment from Disney’s Tom Schumacher, below.
EXCLUSIVE: Disney’s blockbuster The Lion King passed Cats last week to become the third-longest-running show in Broadway history. But Disney’s claim that a new ad for the show represented a first in 360-degree promotion had Cats master Andrew Lloyd Webber, well, baring his claws.
On Wednesday morning, Disney is planning to unveil a virtual reality clip of The Lion King‘s famous “Circle Of… Read