Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Beginning Preview Performances this Week:
The Present – Begins December 17th
Two-time Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett succumbs to the intoxicating power of lust and obsession in this new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first play.
Broadway’s first a cappella musical, In Transit, officially opened Sunday night at Circle in the Square Theatre. Most critics were amazed at the orchestra-free music produced by the talented cast. Variety: “Charming…rapturously harmonious… glorious, pitch-perfect voices, set to rich and expressive arrangements.” However, not many reviewers were favorable towards the interconnected storylines, with The New York Times describing the plot as “grounded in stereotypes that feel as old as the A train line.” Read more review excerpts and purchase discount tickets.
News and Notes:
“Ticket Bot” Act Passed by Congress
- Last week the US Congress passed legislation that would outlaw bots used by scalpers to purchase tickets to concerts, sporting events, and Broadway shows. The Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act was passed in the House of Representatives with bipartisan support last Wednesday and now awaits President Obama’s signature. The bill makes it illegal for brokers to use software that bypasses online systems designed to limit the number of tickets an individual can purchase. Scalpers have used bots to purchase as many tickets as possible, leading to inflated prices on secondary markets. For more on the legislation, click here.
Hairspray Live Brings in Lowest Ratings Yet for Live Musicals
- The NBC broadcast of Hairspray Live last Wednesday had an initial audience of 8.9 million viewers and a 2.3 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic. This is down from The Wiz Live, NBC’s 2015 live musical offering, and dead on with 2014’s Peter Pan Live, the lowest-rated of NBC’s live musicals to date. NBC has committed to making the format an annual tradition, regardless of ratings. Next year’s musical installment will be Bye Bye Birdie, starring Jennifer Lopez, and the network has set a live televised production of Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men. Click here for more on this story.
The Hamilton Mixtape Poised to Debut at #1
- Following the strategic release of several of the album’s singles over the past few weeks, The Hamilton Mixtape is now poised to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, according to the magazine. The album features renditions of songs from the Broadway smash Hamilton, and includes vocals from a number of stars, including John Legend, Queen Latifah, Usher, Ashanti and Ja Rule and the production’s creator himself, Lin-Manuel Miranda. The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton peaked on the Billboard 200 chart at number three, the publication notes, the third cast recording to reach the top 10 in the last 50 years, following Hair and The Book of Mormon. For more on this story, click here.