This Week on Broadway – 11.07.16

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

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Groundhog Day – Begins November 10th

Jaded Pittsburgh TV weatherman Phil Connors is stuck in a time loop in this Broadway musical adaptation of the 1993 film.

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Beginning Preview Performances this Week:

In Transit – Begins November 10th

A new a cappella musical that explores the hopes, dreams and struggles of several New Yorkers as they travel on the New York City subway.

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Broadway Reviews:

Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway

Tony-winning Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth opened her two-week concert, My Love Letter to Broadway, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre this week.  Critics were charmed by Chenoweth’s evening of musical theatre favorites, with the New York Times describing the concert as “enchanting…her bright lyric soprano is a superbly trained instrument. Chenoweth’s lively, natural humor was on ample display.”  The New York Daily News was no less enthusiastic in its praise – “Sparkly and entertaining…a whole lot of wonderful.”  Read more review excerpts and purchase discount tickets.

News and Notes:

John Legend joins Jitney as Co-Producer

  • John Legend is set to make his Broadway debut as a co-producer of the upcoming play August Wilson’s Jitney.   The R&B star, who won an Oscar for his Selma song “Glory” with rapper Common, has been branching out into film and TV production of late, and earlier this year, he helped to develop two Off Broadway projects, including Turn Me Loose, which featured Scandal actor Joe Morton as comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory.  Now Legend is moving on to the Great White Way by joining the team behind the upcoming Jitney production.  For more on this story, click here.

The Great Comet Lawsuit Settled

  • Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 a.k.a. The Great Comet has landed on Broadway, and despite promising grosses and the highly-anticipated Great White Way debut of Josh Groban, a legal battle over billing has threatened to disrupt its orbit. The Great Comet is the first commissioned Broadway production of nonprofit theater company  Ars Nova, which filed suit against the show’s commercial producer after unsuccessful attempts to settle a dispute over the violation of a signed agreement to describe the musical in the Playbill as “The Ars Nova production of” the show.  Last week, the three lead producers of the musical said in a joint statement that they would agree to describe Ars Nova as it wished in the show’s program, if the nonprofit would drop the legal claims. Click here for more on the lawsuit.

The Color Purple Sets Broadway Closing Date

  • The Tony-winning Broadway revival of The Color Purple, which made a New York stage star out of British unknown Cynthia Erivo, will play its final performance on 1/8, before launching a North American tour in fall 2017.  Director John Doyle’s stripped-down reinvention of the material, coupled with Erivo’s thrilling star turn in the lead role of Celie, propelled the revival to some of the most ecstatic reviews of the season.  The show was nominated for four Tony Awards, winning Best Musical Revival and Lead Actress in a Musical for Erivo, who was the sole contender in a musical acting field this year to prevail over the competition from Hamilton. Click here for more on the closing announcement.

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