‘The Wiz Live!’ EPs Discuss The Upcoming ‘Hairspray Live!’ And The Return Of The Live TV Musical
Dedicating their lives to the pursuit of every iteration of the musical—from Broadway, to film and TV—Neil Meron and Craig Zadan have successfully reinvigorated a cultural phenomenon that has laid dormant for many years, in the form of the live TV musical. With the unquestionable validation of their 2013 test run—as 22 million viewers tuned in for The Sound of Music Live!—the producers have turned a one-off event into an annual NBC franchise, watching with great… Read
‘Harry Potter’, ‘Hamilton’ Tackle ‘Plague’ Of Scalpers As Tickets Still Sell For $8K
When price is no object, wealthy patrons and expense-account execs will always find a way to secure a pair for Broadway’s Hamilton and London’s Harry Potter And The Cursed Child while ordinary stiffs vie for affordable seats through those shows’ lotteries. The two biggest stage blockbusters of the young century have provided booming business for ticket scalpers on both sides of the Atlantic. Now, however, the producers of those shows are making unprecedented moves to… Read
Jason Sudeikis Will Reprise Robin Williams’ Role in Off-Broadway ‘Dead Poets Society’
The former Saturday Night Live writer and cast member will play John Keating, the dramatic role originated by the late Robin Williams, in a stage adaptation this fall of The Dead Poets Society. Prized off-Broadway nonprofit Classic Stage Company will present Academy Award winner Tom Schulman’s adaptation of his 1989 screenplay in the world premiere, to be staged by newly installed CSC artistic director John Doyle. Performances are slated to begin October 27, with an… Read
Magic On The Streets Of London: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Gala Opening Review
After a preview period of nearly two months, London's new two-part stage extravaganza, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, finally took its opening gala bow today at the Palace Theatre, announcing the start of a run that will soon book through December 2017 and seems certain to extend even further. Since Deadline reported on the first preview nights of Part One and Part Two, there haven’t been any seismic changes. But the final play is tighter and the emotional beats more… Read
‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ Producer Colin Callender On Gala Opening And The Future
With the new two-part play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child getting ready to make its West End gala bow in London tomorrow night, producer Colin Callender is in jubilant form. He has every reason to be — the play is setting sales records and just announced an extension of its run through December 10 2017. From the very first previews of Part One and Part Two, the audience response to the play, which Callender produces alongside Sonia Friedman, has been ecstatic, and… Read
Actors’ Equity Leaders Say They’ve Been “Threatened” By 99-Seat Plan Opponents
The war of words continues between Actors’ Equity and a group of Los Angeles-based actors and theater owners opposed to the union's plan to force small playhouses to pay their actors minimum wage. In a recent email to members, the union said the minimum wage opponents have "openly threatened Equity staff and councilors and blacklisted members of their own community for speaking on behalf of fair pay."
Opponents say that forcing 99-seat theaters in L.A. to pay minimum wage… Read
‘Cats’ Ticket Sales Purring; ‘Motown The Musical’ Hits Sour Note – Broadway Box Office
The new Cats held strong in its second week of Broadway previews, grossing $853,633 and keeping the Street’s total grosses for Week 9 (ending July 24) from wilting more than a couple percentage points in the summer heat. Total ticket sales for the 29 Broadway productions was $26,582,154, a tiny 2% slip from the previous week’s $27M.
Cats, officially opening this Sunday at the Nederlander’s Neil Simon Theatre, was up about $250K with six previews, up two from the previous… Read
Tony Danza Game For ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ Play
Tony Danza has been tapped to join the one-off solo performance lineup for White Rabbit Red Rabbit, the experimental play from Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour that sees a different performer each night who is handed the script for the first time as they step onto the stage. The play had its New York premiere March 7 at the Westside Theatre where it plays each Monday night.
Danza’s show is August 8 and he joins a killer roster of performers that kicked off with Nathan… Read
Jake Gyllenhaal Back To Broadway For ‘Burn This’ Revival
Jake Gyllenhaal will return to the Broadway stage to star in the revival of Landford Wilson’s play Burn This, a production set to begin performances in February 2017 that will mark the reopening of the Ambassador Theatre Group’s Hudson Theatre after five decades. The play officially opens March 6.
Spring Awakening director Michael Mayer will direct the drama, which originally bowed on Broadway in 1987 with John Malkovich and Joan Allen starring, earning Allen the Tony for… Read
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ Farewell Immune To Broadway Box Office Dip
Box office for Week 7 of the Broadway season, which featured the final performance of Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and others in the original cast, was down again compared with last week. Total box office for 29 shows was $24.9 million, down from $26 million from the week before — a 4.5% drop.
Total attendance was 235,573, according to figures provided by the Broadway League, a decline of more than 18,000 from the week before. That Week 6 frame marked the first… Read
John McMartin Dies: Broadway Veteran Of ‘Follies’ & ‘Sweet Charity’ Fame Was 86
John McMartin, the longtime Broadway staple and film and TV charactor actor who was part of the original cast of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies and starred in Sweet Charity on both the stage and the screen, has died. He was 86. The five-time Tony nominee had cancer, according to The New York Times.
His last Broadway role was playing conservative… Read
Jenna Fischer & Greg Germann To Star In Steve Martin’s ‘Meteor Shower’ At The Old Globe
Jenna Fischer and Greg Germann have been tapped to star in Meteor Shower, the new comedic play by Steve Martin that will reunite him with San Diego’s The Old Globe. That’s the venue where Martin and Edie Brickell debuted their musical Bright Star, which ended up on Broadway and scored five Tony nominations after its 2015 bow.
Meteor Shower revolves around Norm and his wife Corky who invite another couple to their Ojai backyard to watch a meteor shower. As the stars come… Read