Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
News and Notes from Broadway
Rebecca Gets Its Day in Court
A planned 2012 Broadway musical adaptation of Rebecca, based on the 1938 Daphne du Maurier book, was grounded under bizarre circumstances, and now, the stage could be set for a trial between producers and Marc Thibodeau, the show’s former publicist who on Thursday August 18th suffered a big loss in a New York appeals court. Thibodeau secretly warned an investor to avoid putting money into the production which resulted in the cancellation of the much-anticipated musical. For more on the bizzare events surrounding the ill-fated musical, check out this video. And for more on Thursday’s appeals court announcement, click here.
Chicago Celebrates 20 Years on Broadway in Central Park
The hit revival of Chicago celebrates its 20th year on Broadway November 14th. SummerStage, the Central Park performing arts festival, will offer an evening paying tribute to the long-running, Tony-winning revival on August 31st. The evening, which is entitled “Chicago The Musical Celebrates 20 Years on Broadway,” will feature current Broadway cast members as well as a Camp Broadway choral ensemble featuring 25 members. For more on the free concert, click here.
London’s Groundhog Day Coming to Broadway
After a slew of rave reviews for its August 16th opening, producers of the London musical Groundhog Day, based on the the 1993 film starring Bill Murray, say the show is still headed for Broadway, despite the pull-out of a prominent U.S. backer in June. Originally announced for a 2017 opening on Broadway, the musical was thrown into question by the withdrawal of a deep-pocket co-producer. The musical is the latest project from Matilda composer Tim Minchin. Click here for more details about the new musical.
Hamilton Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Fights Ticket Bots
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Senator Chuck Schumer announced their collaboration to promote the BOTS Act (Better On-line Ticket Sales Act of 2016) August 14th, in a joint press conference. The bill, which mirrors one introduced in February of last year by House Republicans, proposes a new federal law that would fine ticket resellers who use bots to bypass online security measures. These bots buy hundreds, sometimes thousands of tickets to concerts and events in a matter of milliseconds, often making it impossible to get a ticket without paying their exorbitant markups. For more details from the press conference, click here.