Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
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Amélie – Begins March 9th
A new musical adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 2001 French film about a lonely French waitress who decides to act as a secret wish-fulfiller to the people who live around her.
Bandstand – Begins March 31st
A new Swing-era musical that follows a group of World War II veterans who come together in 1945 to create a swing band for a national radio competition.
Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes – Begins March 29th
Three-time Tony nominee Laura Linney and Tony winner Cynthia Nixon star in Lillian Hellman’s classic play about greed and ambition.
Present Laughter – Begins March 10th
Oscar and two-time Tony winner Kevin Kline stars in a revival of Noel Coward’s backstage comedy.
The Play That Goes Wrong – Begins March 9th
A hit in London’s West End, a new comedy about a company of hapless actors making a disastrous attempt to stage a 1920s murder mystery.
The Price – Begins February 16th
Roundabout Theatre presents a revival of Arthur Miller’s drama that follows the reunion of two estranged brothers who are brought together by their father’s death and the settling of his affairs.
War Paint – Begins March 7th
Two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole star in a new musical that tells the remarkable story of cosmetics titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden.
Opening this Week:
In Transit – Opens December 11th
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.
- Featuring a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken and co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, opened to mixed reviews last week. Variety was not impressed: “This ill-advised musical version, with an anemic score, isn’t going to send ’em dancing up the aisles.” The New York Times was much more receptive to the new musical, saying it “captures both the milieu it evokes and the colorful characters who populate it with buoyancy and humor.” To read more review excerpts and to purchase discount tickets, click here.
- After sold out runs Off Broadway and Washington D.C., the new musical Dear Evan Hansen opened on Broadway Sunday night to a chorus of raves from the critics. The New York Daily News called it “thrilling and unforgettable…original and up-to-the-minute, the musical has a lot to say.” Much praise was heaped on Ben Platt, who leads the cast in the title role – Entertainment Weekly: “Platt possesses, on top of a powerhouse voice, a seemingly limitless reserve of charm.” To read more review excerpts and to purchase discount tickets, click here.
News and Notes:
Broadway Paramour to Switch Theatres
- Ambassador Theatre Group has announced that Broadway’s Lyric Theatre will close temporarily, beginning May 2017, to undergo renovations. Cirque du Soleil Paramour will continue to perform at the Lyric until April 16, 2017, before relocating to another theater, which has not yet been named. For more on this story, click here.
Verdict Reached in Jersey Boys Copyright Infringement Case
- A jury found Monday that the creators of the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys infringed the copyright of an unpublished book about the Four Seasons member Tommy DeVito in developing the play’s script, which depicts the group’s rise to musical fame. The jury rendered its unanimous verdict against writers Eric Elice and Marshall Brickman, director Des McAnuff and primary producer Michael David. Jersey Boys became a smash hit after debuting on Broadway in 2005, capturing four 2006 Tony awards, including Best Musical. Click here for more on the verdict.