Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Now on Sale on Broadway:
Dear Evan Hansen – performances begin November 14th
A new musical that follows one student’s struggle for identity as he becomes involved in the family tragedy of another teen.
News and Notes:
Al Pacino Will Return to Broadway as Tennessee Williams
- It has been reported that Tony winner Al Pacino is aiming to return to Broadway next season, starring as” A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” playwright Tennessee Williams in “When God Looked Away,” a new play by Dotson Rader. The stage production, which will co-star Tony Award winner Judith Light, is adapted from Rader’s 1985 biography on Williams. A workshop will take place in Los Angeles next week. For more on this story, click here.
Three Broadway Musicals Announce Closing Dates
- Shuffle Along, the historic Broadway musical that traces the legacy of black artistry on Broadway, will end its run on 7/24. One of the cited reasons for the early closing is the exit of one of the show’s major stars, six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald. McDonald and her husband, actor Will Swenson, are expecting their first child together. McDonald announced her pregnancy in May, with news that she would take a leave of absence from the production starting July 24. For more on the announcement, click here.
Fun Home to Close 9/10/16
- Fun Home, the biographical musical based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir of the same name, will play its final performance at the Circle in the Square Theatre on 9/10 after 18 months on Broadway. Featuring music by Jeanine Tesori and a book and lyrics by Lisa Kron , Fun Home made history, becoming the first musical with a lesbian protagonist to play Broadway, and the first musical written by women to win the top honor at the Tony Awards. Click here for more on this announcement.
American in Paris Ending its Run 1/1/17; National Tour to Follow
- The Tony-winning musical An American in Paris will end its run at the Palace Theatre on 1/1/17. The musical’s national tour will open in Boston in October, followed by London in March 2017. The musical received 12 Tony nominations, winning awards for Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations, Best Set Design and Best Lighting Design. The musical also won four Drama Desk Awards; four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Musical; the Drama League Award for Best Musical; three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards; and two Theatre World Awards. Click here for more on this announcement.
The Humans Will Transfer to Broadway’s Schoenfeld Theatre
- Stephem Karam’s Tony Award-winning family drama The Humans, which is slated to play its final performance at the Helen Hayes Theatre on 7/24, will continue its Broadway run when performances resume 8/9 at the Schoenfeld Theatre. The intimate production must vacate the Hayes, which is set to undergo major renovations starting in August. For more on the move, click here.