Pulitzer-Prize Winning ‘Rent’ Will Play Havana For Christmas
Jonathan Larson's groundbreaking musical about artists, squatters and AIDS in New York's Alphabet City in the 1990s will open on Christmas Eve in Havana for a three-month run. The Spanish-language production is being produced by Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment in partnership with the Cuban National Council of Performing Arts. Nederlander says it's the first Broadway musical with a full cast, musicians and first-class production elements produced in Cuba in over 50… Read
‘Honeymoon In Vegas’ Opens For Business As Broadway B.O. Eases Into Holidays
Jason Robert Brown is back on Broadway, in a much lighter vein than his ill-fated Bridges Of Madison County a year ago, as Honeymoon In Vegas began eight weeks (!) of previews at the Nederlander Theatre in anticipation of a January 15 opening. The musical, headlined by Tony Danza and co-written with the 1992 film's writer/director Andrew Bergman, played seven performances and took in $366,136, just over one-third of its gross potential. The New York critics weighed in… Read
Sting Will Join ‘The Last Ship’ Cast To Save Broadway Musical
UPDATE 7:44 p.m. with more details throughout.
In the wake of middling reviews and a dozy box office, Sting has agreed to join the cast of his first Broadway musical as composer/lyricist. From December 9 through January 10 -- which is to say, for most of the holiday season, when tourists swarm Times Square in search of a Broadway show -- the pop star will replace Jimmy Nail, who plays the foreman of a shipyard on the verge of extinction in the musical, a roman a clef… Read
Towering John Lithgow Dominates ‘Delicate Balance’ Revival On Broadway
A storm rages at the center of the Broadway revival of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance. Although camouflaged in the elegant, comfortable mufti of the affluent upper classes, it's leveling everyone in its wake while leaving the building intact, like a neutron bomb. Its name is John Lithgow. Don't be fooled by the Fair Isle sweater vest, the plaid trousers and tattersall shirt, the leather elbow patches. Don't get comfortable. Devastation looms like the unnamed terror… Read
Mike Nichols, Accidental Legend, Was “Stunned, Paralyzed” By ‘Virginia Woolf’
UPDATES with a few more quotes, below.
Mike Nichols, one of the funniest wiseacres ever to walk the planet, never planned to write an autobiography. So a few months ago he agreed to be interviewed--in a Broadway theater, of course, and before an invited audience--by fellow director Jack O'Brien. It was for an HBO documentary, just after the announcement that Nichols would direct Meryl Streep in an HBO film adaptation of Terrence McNally's play Master Class, about the… Read
Mike Nichols’ Death: Hollywood Reacts To Loss Of A Legend
Film and theater icon Mike Nichols passed away on Wednesday night at age 83 and reactions are starting to come in from Hollywood. We'll update this throughout the day:
Meryl Streep was working with Nichols on an adaptation of Master Class, Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play about Maria Callas, for HBO for premiere in early 2015. She sent the statement below to Deadline:
"An inspiration and joy to know, a director who cried when he laughed, a friend without whom… Read
Hugh Jackman Invites 11,136 More Dates To His Broadway Cabin On ‘The River’
While some critics found Jez Butterworth's Broadway import a mystery wrapped inside an enigma wrapped inside an onion, few had anything but raves for the Wolverine's performance as an avocational fisherman with a thing for sea trout, single women and the poetry of Ted Hughes and William Butler Yeats. That's made The River one of the hottest tickets in town, especially in the scarcity market created by a limited run inane of the Theater District's smallest venues, the… Read
Shubert Organization Jumps 500% In Off-Broadway Holdings
The Shubert Organization, with 17 houses Broadway's biggest landlord, increased its off-Broadway presence from one stage to six after closing the deal to take over New World Stages. The five-theater complex, a former movieplex that had been run by Dodger Theatricals after a $23 million conversion beginning in 2001, is on West 50th Street at the fringe of the core Broadway Theater District.
Shubert also built and operates the Little Shubert Theatre on West 42nd Street. New… Read
Elaine Stritch Tribute: Broadway Elite Pack The House To Salute Icon
UPDATE Tuesday morning with a few more details and photos.
The roster of stars and other bold-face names who took the stage at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Monday afternoon to remember Elaine Stritch was almost as brilliant as the audience that negotiated a chilly November rain to bid farewell to the stage legend, who died in July at age 89.
Johnnie Planco escorted Rosemary Harris. Barbara Barrie, Stritch's colleague from the original cast of Company, was with her… Read
Broadway Box Office: Alan Alda & Candice Bergen Spike ‘Love Letters’
Hawkeye Pierce and Murphy Brown — who knew? In a somewhat slumpy mood last week, the Broadway box office had a bit of good news for the latest Love Letters pairing of Alan Alda and Candice Bergen, lifting the revival almost $90,000 to $483,280 at the Brooks Atkinson, a relatively healthy 62% of gross potential for a show with minimum weekly running costs. Three-quarters of the 1,068 seats were filled.
Elsewhere, Bradley Cooper continued to draw customers to the anti-freak… Read
Smoldering Hugh Jackman Adds Cabin Fever To Broadway’s Mysterious ‘The River': Review
UPDATE, Monday AM with Butterworth film credits.
What you want to know is this: Hugh Jackman is electrifying in The River, a concentrated, mysterious fish tale of a play. Seeing him onstage in one of Broadway's most intimate theaters confers a sense of privilege upon the audience something akin to having Mick Jagger show up at your cocktail party just to shoot the breeze. You may not believe your luck.
Forget the fact that he is too old by a decade or more to be playing a… Read
Vegas ‘Duck Dynasty’s A Real Crap Shoot; Allison Williams In ‘Finding Neverland’?
Here are two bold predictions about what will not be coming to Broadway anytime soon: Duck Dynasty: The Musical, and Allison Williams as Peter Pan in Finding Neverland. Anything else you read about either show is speculation. Kindly unknot your knickers.
First, the Duck decoy: The New York Times did a rather extraordinary favor on Thursday for the producers of a Las Vegas revue based on A&E's Duck Dynasty franchise. The Times put this very silly story on page A1 and, in… Read