Broadway Update: Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Now On Sale on Broadway:
Anastasia – Begins March 28th
From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris, a new romantic musical about a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past.
August Wilson’s Jitney – Begins December 28th
The owner of a gypsy cab station is in danger of losing his business to urban renewal in the Broadway debut of August Wilson’s earliest play.
Significant Other – Begins March 28th
An Off Broadway hit, the hilarious and heart-wrenching coming-of-age story about a gay bachelor looking for love in the city makes its Broadway premiere.
Beginning Preview Performances this Week:
The Great Comet – Begins October 18th
Grammy nominee Josh Groban stars in an inspired and critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.”
Opening this Week:
The Front Page – Opens October 20th
“Mad Men” star John Slattery and Tony winner Nathan Lane star as a newspaper reporter and his editor who chase the biggest scoop of their careers in a revival of this comedy classic.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway! – Opens October 21st
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons return to Broadway this fall, performing their greatest hits for seven performances only.
Heisenberg, starring Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker, officially opened last week, and the new play garnered mostly positive reviews from the critics. The Associated Press described the production “as stripped down as theater can get – two chairs, two tables, two actors, one slender script. But [the] play also is as sumptuous an experience as theater gets…quirky, lovely, funny, powerful and special.” New York Magazine hailed the strong performances: “…with Parker doing her best stage work in years, and [co-star Denis] Arndt a wonderful surprise to New York audiences.” To read more review excerpts and to purchase discount tickets, click here.
Oh, Hello on Broadway also said “Hello” to critics last week. Reveiws were mixed. with Time Out New York saying “the internal logic gets foggy, but “Oh, Hello” is really about watching Kroll and Mulaney do high-level tag-team comedy, and The New York Post declaring, “directed with chutzpah, the show is completely un-PC, infectiously energetic and packed with winning zingers.” To see what more critics thought and to purchase tickets. click here.
News and Notes:
Something Rotten! Finds Its Next Bard
- Tony nominee Adam Pascal, most recently on Broadway in the new musical Disaster!, will join the cast of the Tony-nominated musical comedy Something Rotten! beginning 11/7 at the St. James Theatre. Pascal, who was Tony-nominated for his performance as Roger in the original Broadway company of Rent, will step into the role of William Shakespeare, the part created by Tony winner Christian Borle. Will Chase, who was most recently seen as Shakespeare, departed the production 10/9. Pascal will continue with the production through its final Broadway performance on 1/1/17. Click here for more on this announcement.
Hand to God Wins Court Appeal
- U.S. District Court Judge George B. Daniels last week ruled that the use of a section from the Abbott & Costello routine “Who’s On First?” in the Tony-nominated play Hand to God does not infringe on copyright and falls with the frame of “fair use.” The suit had been brought by the heirs of the comic duo after the play moved to Broadway following two off-Broadway runs. For more on the court decision, click here.
Broadway Bound Jimmy Buffet Musical to Play Chicago
- Escape to Margaritaville, a Broadway-aimed musical drawing from the song catalog of Jimmy Buffett, will have a tryout run at Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in the fall of 2017. The new show, a romance set at a tropical island resort, has a book by sitcom writer Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope) and comedian Mike O’Malley. Click here for more information on the new musical.