Playwright David Henry Hwang Elected American Theatre Wing Chair
David Henry Hwang has been elected chair of the American Theatre Wing, the organization that created and oversees the Tony Awards. Hwang, the playwright who won the Tony in 1988 for M. Butterfly and whose credits include Flower Drum Song and Chinglish, replaces William Ivey Long, who termed out after four years.
Hwang, a two-time Pulitzer finalist who also is a writer-producer on Showtime’s The Affair, will serve as chair of the Wing's Board of Directors. He will be… Read
‘Anastasia’ Musical To Get April Broadway Bow
Anastasia, the stage musical inspired by the 1997 Fox animated movie, will move to Broadway for an April 24 opening at the Shuberts’ Broadhurst Theatre. The production will be expanded from its premiere at the Hartford Stage this spring. The score is from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Rocky) with a book by Terrence McNally (It’s Only A Play) — the trio that last teamed on the 2009 musical Ragtime. Stage Entertainment USA, Bill Taylor and Tom Kirdahy are producers… Read
Broadway Box Office Holds Steady As ‘Hamilton’ Posts Another $2 Million Week
Broadway held steady last week as the post-Tony season welcomes New York’s summer tourists, with attendance inching ahead of last week for a total 273,633. In all, the 32 shows grossed $28.9 million for Week 5 of the 2016-17 season, ending June 26.
Hamilton, at the Nederlander Organization’s Richard Rodgers Theatre, hardly needed its Tony buzz — or news of an upcoming Hillary Clinton fundraiser — to keep its seats filled: The musical took in $2,007,222, with 10,732… Read
Broadway’s First A Capella Musical ‘In Transit’ Sets Fall 2016 Debut
With an a capella score being billed as a Broadway first and involvement from some of the talents behind Hollywood’s Frozen and Pitch Perfect, the new musical In Transit is heading for a Broadway bow this fall. The musical will be staged at Circle in the Square Theater with direction and choreography by Broadway vet Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes, Nice Work If You Can Get It) and a book, music and lyrics co-written by Frozen‘s Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
Chronicling the… Read
‘Hamilton’ Raises Benjamins For Hillary
Lin-Manuel Miranda won’t be in the house in the title role but Hamilton is once again lending the Democrats a Broadway hand with a July 12 fundraiser for Hillary Clinton.
With the ex-Secretary of State’s campaign having bought out the Richard Rodgers Theatre for the unusual Tuesday matinee, tickets are going from $2,700 to $100,000 a pop for deep pocketed event co-chairs.
Presumptive nominee Clinton will be in attendance for the fundraiser, which comes two-weeks before… Read
‘An American In Paris’ Gets Broadway End Date
The end in is sight for Tony-winning An American In Paris. The hit musical will end its Broadway run on Sunday, January 1, 2017.
Since the first performance at the Palace Theatre on March 13, 2015, An American In Paris will have played 719 regular performances and 29 previews.
"An American In Paris has been a dream come true for all of us, and we are beyond thrilled with the show's success," said the show's producers Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan and Roy Furman. "We are… Read
Tony Winner ‘The Humans’ To Extend Broadway Run At New Theater
The Humans, the family drama from Stephen Karam that won four Tony awards this month including Best Play, has found a new Broadway home. It will move a block away to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, with its first performance there set for Tuesday, August 9.
The show’s final performance the Helen Hayes Theatre is Sunday, July 24. It looked like the multiple-award-winning play might have to cut short its limited Broadway run because of scheduled significant renovations at… Read
Will Chase Joins Broadway’s ‘Something Rotten!’ As Shakespeare
Will Chase is leaving Nashville and heading to Broadway. He’ll take over the starring role of William Shakespeare from Tony winner Christan Borle, who’s leaving the hit musical on July 16.
Chase originally played the Shakespeare role in one of the first readings of the musical, prior to his casting as a series regular in Nashville, according to Playbill. Chase begins performances July 18 alongside previously announced new cast members Catherine Brunell (Portia), Josh… Read
PBS Fall Schedule Includes Arts Festival October 21 Kickoff With Docu On ‘Hamilton’ Creation
PBS this morning officially unveiled its fall scheduling plans and a couple newly-announced programs. This being an election year, Frontline’s series The Choice 2016 returns on September 27 with a look at this year’s presidential candidates, while The Contenders – 16 for 16, debuting September 13, will look back at stories of former candidates. (PBS also will, per tradition, go gavel to gavel with the two political conventions in July.)
Not coincidentally, this year’s PBS… Read
Darcie Denkert Dies: Longtime MGM/UA Exec & Broadway Producer Was 64
Darcie Denkert, a longtime MGM/United Artists executive and pioneer for women in entertainment law, has died. She was 64. Her family said she died June 9 at her home in West Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer.
Denkert started out as a Broadway theater lawyer in New York but spent most of her career at United Artists and its successor company MGM. She was the first female lawyer at UA when she joined the company in 1976 and went on to hold various senior business… Read
‘Fun Home’ Ending Broadway Run In September
Fun Home, which won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2015, will mount its final Broadway performance on September 10, producers said today. That will make it 26 preview and 582 regular performances at the Circle in the Square Theatre and 114 performances at off-Broadway’s Public Theater, where it first opened in fall 2013. A 40-city national tour kicks off in Cleveland in October.
The musical, based on Alison Bechdel’s bestselling graphic memoir, opened on Broadway on Ap… Read
Broadway Box Office Flat But ‘Hamilton’ V. ‘Curious Incident’ Looks Like A Hit
Broadway took it easy during Week 4 of the 2016-2017 season, lining up just about flat with the week before. But the leveling off probably came as teams prepared for the early summer season’s biggest event since the Tony Awards: Thursday’s 11:30 AM showdown on the Central Park diamonds between the Broadway Show League’s first- and second-place softball teams, Hamilton (7-0) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (6-1). No one will need to win the lottery… Read