EXCLUSIVE: Joshua Henry, a Broadway star currently playing Sutton Foster’s love interest in Violet, has signed with UTA. One of the theater’s most sought-after young actors, Henry was a standout in Susan Stroman’s production of The Scottsboro Boys, a serious musical by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb. Henry earned Tony nominations for his performances in both shows. He also appeared in major roles in Diane Paulus’ production of Porgy And Bess and in Green Day’s American Idiot. He will continue to be managed by Station 3.
Producers of the Tony-winning revival of A Raisin In The Sun, starring Denzel Washington, said the show — the highest-grossing play on Broadway — has recouped. Though no figures were released, the New York Times put the price tag at $4.25 million. The production, staged by Tony winner Kenny Leon, began previews on March 8 at the Barrymore Theatre and shutters this weekend.
Another big financial winner, the North American touring production of War Horse, will conclude this summer as the highest grossing and best-attended touring non-musical play in U.S. history, the producers announced, recouping its investment in the process. They weren’t giving out dollar figures, either. The tour’s final stop will be a four-week run at Tokyo’s Theatre Orb. The original National Theatre of Great Britain production continues to run on the West End. The Broadway production, co-produced with Lincoln Center Theater, won five Tony Awards, including Best play, in 2011. The lead producers of the North American Tour of War Horse are Bob Boyett and the National Theatre of Great Britain (and not, notably, Lincoln Center Theater).
The Broadway Channel, which produces and distributes video and television programming for hotels and other targeted audiences, and Kismet Media Group are co-producing What’s Hot On Broadway, a fanzine-style weekly program that it plans to sell in syndication. Show will be hosted by John O’Hurley, a stage and screen actor best known for playing catalogue magnate J. Peterman on Seinfeld. WHOB will be produced as a weekly half hour series and pitched to local broadcast stations’ weekend news and entertainment blocks, offering an opportunity to tap into local and national theater advertising dollars. Maybe not without changing that name, though.
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