Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Opening this Week:
A Bronx Tale: The Musical – Opens December 1st
A new musical adaptation of author Chazz Palminteri’s solo play, set against the backdrop of racial strife and organized crime in the 1960s.
Dear Evan Hansen – Opens December 4th
A new musical that follows one student’s struggle for identity as he becomes involved in the family tragedy of another teen.
News and Notes:
The Phantom of the Opera Hits Another Milestone
- The November 28th performance of Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera marks a special milestone – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, which opened January 26, 1988, will play its 12,000th performance. Billed as “the most successful stage musical of all time,” the production won seven 1988 Tony Awards including Best Musical. It has played at the Majestic Theatre since its opening. One of the most successful stage productions of all-time, the New York production has played to more than 17 million people and grossed more than $1 billion. It will also celebrate 29 years on Broadway on January 26, 2017. Click here for more on this story. Click here to purchase discount tickets to Phantom.
U.K. Gypsy Plans Broadway Transfer
- The four-time Olivier Award-winning West End production Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton as Rose, is planning for a 2018 Broadway arrival. This revival premiered at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and transferred to London’s Savoy Theatre in 2015. Jonathan Kent directed the stage production that was filmed by the BBC and recently broadcast on PBS. Staunton won the Best Actress in a Musical Olivier for her work as Rose. The production also earned three other Oliviers: Best Musical Revival, the White Light Award for Best Lighting Design, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Lara Pulver, who starred as Gypsy. The musical was last seen on Broadway in 2008 starring Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines, and Laura Benanti, who all won Tony Awards for their performances. Other Broadway Roses include Ethel Merman (who originated the role), Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, and Bernadette Peters. For more on this story, click here.
Merrily We Roll Along Film Becomes No. 1 Documentary Nationwide
- Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, a behind-the-scenes documentary on Stephen Sondheim’s beloved work Merrily We Roll Along, scored in its first weekend of limited release on just two screens in New York City, with strong ticket sales at both NYC locations. It ended the weekend as the #1 documentary on the nationwide box office charts. In response to this successful launch, both theaters have extended the film for additional weeks. For more on the documentary, click here, and for ticket information, click here.