UPDATE, 12:01 PM (EXCLUSIVE): The Humans, Stephen Karam’s Tony-winning drama, will end its run at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on January 15. But a person familiar with the management of the show told Deadline that its future has yet to be determined. Translation: The closing at the Schoenfeld might mark just another speed bump in the play’s remarkable Broadway journey. It was initially presented by the nonprofit Roundabout Theatre Company at its main off-Broadway space, the Laura Pels Theatre. The rights to move it were picked up by producer Scott Rudin before it had opened to reviews, which were positive enough to place it at the top of most critics’ lists of the best plays of the year.
Rudin opened the play at the 597-seat Helen Hayes (which is owned by the Second Stage Theatre, another nonprofit). Shortly after winning four Tony Awards (including best featured actor and actress in a play for Reed Birney and Jayne Houdyshell, along with David Zinn for set design), Rudin announced the move to the larger Schoenfeld — a costly gamble, especially for a drama with no stars’ names to emblazon on the marquee. The play did notably good business through the summer.
The choice of the 1,035-seat Schoenfeld for Come From Away underscores a growing crisis facing Broadway’s play producers: It will be another theater typically booked with non-musicals being taken over by a musical.
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PREVIOUS, : Come From Away, a new musical set in the Newfoundland town of Gander on the morning of September 11, 2001, has been booked into the Shubert Organization’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, following runs in Washington and Toronto as well as a pair of benefit concerts in Gander itself.
Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s musical recounts the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, which resulted in the diversion of 38 jetliners carrying and 6,579 passengers to the tiny Newfoundland town. Christopher Ashley (Memphis) is directing, with choreography by Kelly Devine (Rocky — The Musical), music supervision by Ian Eisendrath (A Christmas Story), sets by Beowulf Boritt (Act One), lighting by Howell Binkley (Hamilton), costumes by Toni-Leslie James (Jelly’s Last Jam), sound by Gareth Owen (End of the Rainbow), orchestrations by August Eriksmoen (Bright Star), music arrangements by Ian Eisendrath and casting by Telsey + Company.
The ensemble cast includes Petrina Bromley, Geno Carr, Jenn Colella, Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks, Kendra Kassebaum, Chad Kimball, Lee Macdougall, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Sharon Wheatley, Josh Breckenridge, Susan Dunstan, Tamika Lawrence and Tony Lepage.
Lead producer Junkyard Dog Productions announced today that the show will begin performances February 18, 2017 and open March 12, following productions at Ford’s Theatre in Washington (where it’s running through October 16) and Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre. In addition, there will be two concert performances in Gander on October 29.
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