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Hugh Jackman’s Fish Tale `The River’ Recoups $3.2M Broadway Cost

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Sonia Friedman, the producer who brought Jez Butterworth's oddball one-acter to Broadway's intimate Circle In The Square Theater with arena-size star Hugh Jackman, announced today that the $3.2 million drama has recouped the costs of producing it. That means the rest of the run, which began on Halloween and ends February 8, should send plenty of cream into the pitchers of everyone sharing the profits of the mostly SRO stand. The show is the second newcomer of the season… Read


‘Hand To God’ Cheerfully Preys On Broadway Apostates – Video First Look

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EXCLUSIVE: Broadway's latest venture in freaky puppetry has been making a virtue of its un-Broadway vices: No stars, not a British import, not a remake of an old movie. Not surprising, given that the producer is Kevin McCollum, a lead producer of Avenue Q, which began life at the Vineyard Theater off-Broadway (Hand To God started off-Broadway as well) and moved to Broadway in 2003, where the handmade-looking show slew the giant Wicked to walk off with the Tony Awards for… Read


Andrew Lloyd Webber Will Bring ‘School of Rock’ Musical To Broadway


Cuba-U.S. detente has nothing on the hotly competitive Shubert and Nederlander organizations. Broadway's two biggest landlords are suddenly looking like BFF's as co-producers on hoped-for blockbuster shows (not for the first time, it should be noted; in 1981 they famously co-produced The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby, among others. But still…). They're teaming with Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group and the Warner Music Group for the world premier of a new… Read


Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick’s Star Power Hastens Broadway Recoupment

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UPDATE 12:03 p.m., adding more information below. The surprise hit of the new Broadway season, a revival of Terrence McNally's opening-night comedy of bad manners It's Only A Play, has recouped its $3.9 million capitalization, the producers said today, after less than four months at the Shubert-owned Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. "We are delighted that Broadway audiences have embraced the laughter and hijinks of It's Only A Play,” lead producer Tom Kirdahy said in a… Read


Sting Puffs Up ‘Last Ship’s Sails To Boost Broadway Box Office

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The ex-Police man stepped in to help his ailing show and the results were pretty instantaneous: Last week, the box office spiked to $818K -- a jump of $326K over the previous week, for its biggest week to date at the Nederlander-owned Neil Simon Theatre. That represented about 66% of its gross potential of $1.24 million. Overall, the box office was steady, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League. The total for 36 shows was $30.1 million, with… Read


Emma Stone & Her Astounding Peepers Star In ‘Birdman’, ‘Cabaret': Conversations With Jeremy Gerard


EXCLUSIVE: It's impossible to ignore Emma Stone's eyes. At least until she begins speaking, but we'll get to that. First, not to be reductive, but jeepers, creepers. Even, or especially, on a crummy December day, in office lighting at the taste-free conference room where we've met, them there eyes make me wonder: Are these the uncredited models for Tim Burton's Big Eyes? No, those Keane urchins are all pupil, while Stone is all iris, heather blue leaning toward… Read


Broadway Stunner: $8M ‘Side Show’ Reboot Will Shutter January 4

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SECOND UPDATE, 7:29 a.m. with link to Today show appearance. UPDATE, 5:25 a.m. with more information below: The musical that poignantly poses the question “Who will love me as I am?” got its answer last night: Very few. Tough business. Side Show, the $8 million reboot of  a 1997 flop about freak-show legends Daisy and Violet Hilton, helmed in his Broadway debut by Dreamgirls and Gods And Monsters director Bill Condon, will fold after the Sunday, January 4 matinee, the… Read


Justin Kirk Of ‘Weeds’ Scores In Pulitzer-Winner’s Engrossing ‘Invisible Hand’

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More than a year after winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Disgraced -- Ayad Akhtar's scorching play about identity politics in post-9/11 New York -- made it to Broadway this season, if in a somewhat flattened production. Now this young playwright has defied the laws of the Sophomore Jinx with The Invisible Hand, running off-Broadway in a production that shows beyond any doubt that this writer has a rare combination of perfect pitch for dialogue, a dazzling sense of the… Read


Urge For Going: Broadway Bristles Over Reporter’s Confession

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“Is my crime that I do it, or that I 'fessed up?” the writer asks me. “I mean, whose dog did I poison?” I'm speaking with journalist Joanne Kaufman, who prompted conniptions among the drama classes last week. A veteran freelance writer who contributes theater-related feature stories and profiles to the Wall Street Journal, Kaufman published an essay headlined “Confessions Of A Broadway Bolter.” “I recently saw three Broadway shows in a single week,” the piece began… Read


Pulitzer Winner Paula Vogel Signs With WME

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EXCLUSIVE: Paula Vogel, a prolific and engaging writer, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for her drama How I Learned To Drive, which co-starred Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse in a time-spanning play about a young girl's relationship with her predatory uncle. Vogel currently is playwright in residence at the Yale Repertory Theatre and artistic associate at the Long Wharf Theatre, both in New Haven, CT. Work in progress includes a commission for Yale Repertory (based on Th… Read

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Broadway Box Office: Tuners Sing The Blues With ‘Matilda’ Off $526K

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Smarty-pants Matilda and her nasty crew had some good news and some bad news over the last few days. First the bad news: In a tough week for Broadway musicals, Matilda was off a bit over $526K, while still taking in a better-than-respectable $928K at the Shubert Theatre last week. On the bright side, the Royal Shakespeare Company import announced that the show, co-produced in New York with the Dodgers, has recouped the $16 million it cost to bring the show to… Read