This Week On Broadway – 07.05.16

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Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:

Now on Sale on Broadway:

Oh, Hello on Broadway – performances begin September 23rd

Comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney star as their their alter egos, Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland in a hilarious two-man tour de force.

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A Bronx Tale: The Musical – performances begin November 3rd

A new musical adaptation of author Chazz Palminteri’s solo play, set against the backdrop of racial strife and organized crime in the 1960s.

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Broadway News and Notes:

“Broadway for Orlando” Song Lands on Billboard Chart

  • The “Broadway for Orlando” recording of the Burt Bacharach and Hal David song “What the World Needs Now Is Love” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 86 for the chart dated 7/9.  The single debuted as number one on iTunes on 6/22. Billboard reports that the song was downloaded 48,000 times in the week ending 6/23.  Dozens of Broadway stars gathered to perform the song, which has been released as a single to raise funds for the victims (and the victims’ families) of the June 12 mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, FL.  Click here to purchase the song. For more on this story, click here.

500th Performance Milestone Celebrated for Three Broadway Shows

Find Neverland

  • The cast of Finding Neverland celebrated 500 performances at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on June 28. The musical ends its Broadway run on 8/21.

Something Rotten!

  • The Tony-nominated musical Something Rotten! celebrated its 500th performance July 1 at Broadway’s St. James Theatre. Christian Borle will play his final Tony-winning performance as Shakespeare on 7/16.  The production will welcome its new Bard, Will Chase (“Smash,” “Aida,” “The Full Monty”), on 7/18

Fun Home

  • Fun Home, the Tony Award-winning musical by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron – based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir – celebrated its 500th performance on 6/30.  The musical ends its Broadway run 9/10 at Circle in the Square.

Broadway’s St. James Theatre Planning to Expand Stage

  • The stage of Broadway’s St. James Theatre, which has accommodated memorable hits like “Oklahoma!,” “The King and I,” “The Pajama Game,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “The Producers” and the current Something Rotten! is going to get a little bigger.  Jujamcyn, which owns the St. James, purchased an alleyway that runs between it and the Helen Hayes Theatre (currently beginning its own renovations) and will expand the stage by a reported 10 feet, “in order to accommodate the hefty technical demands of many of today’s splashy musicals.”  One of those is the stage adaptation of Disney’s “Frozen,” which reportedly is considering the St. James after the run of Something Rotten! ends.  For more on this story, click here.