‘Every Brilliant Thing’, U.K. Pop-Up Hit, Rolls To Off-Broadway
A major hit from August's Edinburgh Festival Fringe before transferring to London, Every Brilliant Thing will take over the Greenwich Village house, the Barrow Street Theatre, in December. That's where shows including Buyer & Cellar, Tribes and Our Town already have proven there's money to be made in a 200-250 seat Off-Broadway theater — when reviews, word-of-mouth, ticket-bait material and smart producing converge.
The show, staged by George Perrin, was jointly developed… Read
Tyne Daly Back On Broadway In ‘It Shoulda Been You’
The Tony and Emmy winner will head the cast of It Shoulda Been You, a new musical slated for the spring that will also mark the Broadway directing debut of David Hyde Pierce. Set around an upcoming wedding uniting wildly different families, the show has book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music by Barbara Anselmi. Cast includes Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess, David Burtka and Edward Hibbert.
Here's the release:
New York, NY (October 29, 2014)- Producers Daryl Roth… Read
‘Aladdin’ Alights In Hamburg; Looks Like Disney’s New Global Blockbuster
Disney Theatrical Productions' Thomas Schumacher says the second stand-alone export of Aladdin will open in fall 2015 at the Stage Theatre Neue Flora in Hamburg, Germany. That will follow the May opening of the Casey Nicholaw production at the Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in Tokyo. The Alan Menken-Howard Ashman-Tim Rice-Chad Beguelin musical has been one of Broadway's top-grossing shows since opening in March at Disney's Times Square HQ, the New Amsterdam Theatre. The Hamburg… Read
Superhero Musical ‘Fortress Of Solitude’ Should Fly To Broadway
Nothing widens the eyes of a film producer like a pitch with a superhero angle. And with so much talent emulating Disney, Universal and Paramount in striking cross-platform deals with Broadway in mind, here's mine: Move The Fortress Of Solitude, the best new musical of the season, to 42nd Street. Then shoot it.
With a name like Fortress Of Solitude, you don't even have to build the brand. Just billboard a giant arrow pointing from the Public Theater to Times Square and… Read
Glenn Close, John Lithgow Lead ‘Delicate Balance’ To Record Sales: Broadway Box Office
A very busy fall season continues apace with the first week of previews for Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance setting a house record at the Shubert-owned Golden Theatre. Staged by Pamela MacKinnon and also starring Lindsay Duncan, Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins and Martha Plimpton, the Scott Rudin production took in $884,600 — more than $150K above the previous record holder, the 2010 Driving Miss Daisy revival that starred Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones. The Albee… Read
‘Clinton: The Musical’, Summer Hit, Seeks Coin For Commercial Move
Clinton: The Musical, a lowdown spoof of the lives and times of Bill and Hillary, was a hit at both the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012 and this past summer's New York Musical Theater Festival. Now producer Kari Lynn Hearn and exec producer Ken Davenport (current box office smash It's Only A Play) have beefed up the cast for a pair of industry-invite presentations in contemplation of a commercial move.
The November 6-7 showcases will feature Kerry Butler (Catch Me If You… Read
Sting’s ‘The Last Ship': Broadway Songs Win Critics’ Love, Full Sails For Debut
The Last Ship, Sting's debut as a Broadway composer/lyricist, opened Sunday night with fellow pop icons Billy Joel — whose songs made the Twyla Tharp show Movin' Out a Broadway hit — and The Boss in attendance. The reviews were unanimous in praising Sting's score for the roman a clef about a man who returns to his northern England hometown after 15 years only to find the local shipyard shut down and the love of his life living with another man and raising a son… Read
‘The Last Ship’ Review: Jeremy Gerard On Sting’s Tuneful But Too-Familiar Broadway Show
The last international rock icon to stake a claim on Broadway was Bono, and we know how that worked out. Happily, The Last Ship — an unapologetically sentimental coming-of-age tale with gorgeous, deeply felt songs by Sting — is no Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark. The Last Ship, which opened Sunday at the Neil Simon Theatre, isn't bloated with technological frou-frou. Indeed, it tells a decidedly old-fashioned story with a few modernist plot fillips that mostly keep us… Read
Gretchen Mol Tackles Brutal ‘Disgraced'; Winning New Musical Is ‘Found': NY Stage
Timely dramas on Broadway are in very short supply, and that alone makes the bow of Disgraced an event worth applauding. Ayad Akhtar's play — a fleet, furious, 85-minute descent into politics, identity and identity politics, all on the dark side — won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013; he co-wrote and starred in the indie feature The War Within. Disgraced stars Hari Dhillon, an American actor who has made much of his career in UK theater and film, as Amir, a… Read
Craig Zadan & Neil Meron In Development Deal With Broadway’s Shubert Organization
UPDATE 11:25 With exclusive interviews and information:
It's been nearly four decades since tyro producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan were working for Joseph Papp when he moved A Chorus Line from the Public Theater to Broadway. That singular sensation revived an industry gasping for breath; the show went on to a make millions for everyone involved, including the Shubert Organization, in whose namesake theater A Chorus Line ran for 6,137 performances.
Potential ‘Rupert’ Actors Shunning Plum Role Fearing Murdoch, Play Producer Says
A West End stage production of David Williamson's revue-style play Rupert is evidently having a hard time finding someone to fill the role of the eponymous Rupert Murdoch. Playwright Williamson told the BBC on Wednesday, "We've found that some actors are actually scared of playing Rupert on stage.” That's a bit of a surprise considering actors' general affinity for meaty parts, and especially given that Murdoch's own paper, The Australian, gave the play largely positive… Read
Keira Knightley Sets Broadway Debut As Thérèse Raquin At Roundabout Theatre Company
Score a huge one for Todd Haimes, longtime artistic director of the nonprofit Roundabout empire. The company, which operates three Broadway venues, will launch its 50th anniversary season next October with Keira Knightley as Emile Zola's adulterous heroine, in Thérèse Raquin, perennial catnip for playwrights and screenwriters. Haimes commissioned the latest adaptation, by Helen Edmundson. It was first presented in summer 2014 at the UK's Bath Theatre Royal (Knightley was… Read