Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Beginning Performances this Week:
Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science – Begins November 22nd
A culinary variety show where celebrity chef Alton Brown mixes science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. Eight performances only!
The Illusionists – Turn of the Century – Begins November 25th
An event billed as “the world’s best-selling touring magic show” returns to Broadway for a limited holiday engagement.
Mostly Positive Reviews for The Great Comet
The Great Comet, a musical adaptation of a 70-page section of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, opened to Broadway critics last week. Reviews were mostly positive, with many raves for star Josh Groban – NY Magazine: “Groban sings not just beautifully but without irony…whenever he is singing the show feels genuine.” The New York Times calls the production “intoxicatingly good…the dazzling staging, the vivid performances and the variety and richness of [the] music provide pleasures that go well beyond the narrative.” Entertainment Weekly, while praising the immersive set and strong performances, strained to find much dramatic resonance in the story: “…the end result feels a little too much like zero-calorie entertainment: brisk and sexy and emotionally weightless.” Click here to read more review excerpts and to purchase tickets.
News and Notes:
The Hamilton/Trump Twitter War
- After last Friday evening’s performance of Hamilton on Broadway, at which Vice President-elect Mike Pence was in the audience, several dozen of the Broadway musical’s cast focused on Pence during their curtain call. Brandon Victor Dixon — the actor currently portraying Aaron Burr — stepped forth and spoke directly to Pence, emphasizing the need for the new administration to work on behalf of all Americans. The unusual address quickly went viral and drew several tweets from President-elect Donald Trump, who has demanded that the cast apologize. For more on this story, click here.
Tony-Winning Director Kenny Leon Will Receive “Mr. Abbott” Award
- The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, the not-for-profit foundation of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, announced that Tony-winning director Kenny Leon will be honored with the distinguished 2016-2017 “Mr. Abbott” Award for the outstanding artistry and creativity of his decades-long career. Leon is a Tony Award-winning Broadway and film director. His Broadway credits include the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun (Tony Award winner for Best Direction of a Play and Best Revival); The Mountaintop; Stick Fly; August Wilson’s Fences (which garnered ten Tony nominations and won three Tony Awards, including Best Revival); the 2004 revival of A Raisin in the Sun with Sean P. Diddy Combs; Gem of the Ocean; Radio Golf; and the 2014 premiere of Holler if Ya Hear Me, a new musical created using the music of Tupac Shakur. Click here for more on this announcement.
The Book of Mormon Goes Vinyl
- The original Broadway cast recording of the Tony-winning musical The Book of Mormon, which won the 2012 Grammy Award in the category of Best Musical Theater Album, was released as a set of vinyl LPs on November 18. The deluxe vinyl set is packed with special features and also features original cast members and Tony Award nominees Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad, and Tony winner Nikki M. James. Click here to purchase the album and here for more information.