Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
The long-awaited Broadway debut of August Wilson’s Jitney opened to positive reviews by critics last week. The New York Times was enthusiastic about having Wilson’s unique American voice back on the Broadway stage: “…acted by an impeccably tuned ensemble, this early work from an American master makes you realize how much the New York theater has missed the voice of Wilson.” Newsday described the production as “meticulously cast, lovingly observed…the delights and tragedies in this rich, chatty, eerily mature work remain exquisitely intimate.” Read more review excerpts and purchase discount tickets.
News and Notes:
Alexander Hamilton’s Letters Sell for $2.6 Million at Auction
- Manuscripts, personal letters and hundreds of other documents from founding father Alexander Hamilton’s desk sold for a total of $2.6 million Wednesday at Sotheby’s in New York, according to the auction house. The wildly popular Broadway show Hamilton was expected to boost sales at the auction. Fans of the musical, historians, political-science enthusiasts and collectors were eager to get their hands on the collection of documents made available by Hamilton’s descendants. The items came from a family collection passed down since the 18th century. More info on this story can be found here.
London Dreamgirls is Broadway Bound
- The London revival of the Henry Krieger-Tom Eyen musical Dreamgirls is headed to Broadway, aiming to open next season. The new production, which incorporates material from the 2006 film version, is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, Something Rotten!). The London cast is led by Glee and The Wiz star Amber Riley, who stars as Effie White, the role originated on Broadway by Jennifer Holliday and on screen by Jennifer Hudson. The revival was praised by London critics, currently playing at the Savoy Theatre. Read more about the revival here.
Jersey Boys Ends Record-Breaking Broadway Run
- The Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award-winning musical Jersey Boys ended its record-breaking, 11-year Broadway run on January 15 after 4,642 performances at the August Wilson Theatre. The production ended with two weeks of SRO performances, both topping $1.3 million in ticket sales. Click here for more about the historic Broadway run.