Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Opening this Week on Broadway:
Oh, Hello on Broadway – Opens October 10th
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.
Heisenberg – Opens October 13th
Mary-Louise Parker stars in a new play about a woman whose unexpected encounter with an older man on a London train leads to an ongoing, uncertain relationship.
The Cherry Orchard – Opens October 16th
Roundabout Theatre Company presents a new production of Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece about a family on the edge of ruin – and a country on the brink of revolution.
The new stage adaptaion of the Oscar-winning film Holiday Inn had its official opening on Broadway last week. Critics were divided – the Associated Press was swayed by the production’s old school charm, stating “the nostalgia factor is amped up with plenty of full, splashy dazzling dance numbers and lavish costumes…[a] tuneful confection of standards.” Other critics were not as impressed, as the Wall Street Journal called it “slick, synthetic and soulless.” To read more review excerpts and to purchase discount tickets, click here.
News and Notes:
Broadway Shows Go Dark for Election Day 2016
On Tuesday, November 8, the official voting day for the 2016 presidential election in the United States, a slew of Broadway shows will close in a movement to encourage theatergoers to vote. Participating shows that will stray from their typical Tuesday schedules include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; Cats; Chicago; The Color Purple; The Encounter; The Front Page; The Humans; Kinky Boots; Les Liaisons Dangereuses; The Great Comet; Oh Hello on Broadway; On Your Feet!; Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour; The Phantom of the Opera; School of Rock; Something Rotten!; Waitress; and Wicked. Click here for more on Broadway’s election week schedule.
American Idiot Film Adaptation in the Works
HBO is proceeding with its film adaptation of the 2010 Broadway musical American Idiot, which features music from the album of the same title by the rock group Green Day. Green Day singer/guitarist and co-composer Billie Joe Armstrong, who stepped into the show during its Broadway run, will play the role of St. Jimmy in the film. Rolin Jones is adapting Armstrong‘s and Michael Mayer’s script about the life paths of three friends who grow up unhappily in a stifling vision of suburbia. One joins the military, one sinks into a world of drugs and the third tries to build a relationship with his pregnant girlfriend. For more on the film project, click here.
Unauthorized Hamilton Merchandise Sparks Lawsuit
As Hamilton continues to sell out shows, the award-winning play is now fighting an unfortunate side effect of its popularity: knockoff merchandise, according to a lawsuit filed last week in New York federal court. HamiltonCo, the production entity for Hamilton, is suing SunFrog and GearLaunch for copyright and trademark infringement and dilution, claiming the companies are selling unauthorized merchandise bearing the production’s iconic logo. Click here for more on the lawsuit.