Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Beginning Preview Performances this Week:
Three-time Tony winner Glenn Close stars as faded film star Norma Desmond who recruits a young writer to help relaunch her career in a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical adaptation.
Broadway News and Notes:
Elton John Turning The Devil Wears Prada into a Musical
- Tony winner Elton John (composer of Broadway’s The Lion King, Aida, and Billy Elliot) and Obie winner Paul Rudnick (I Hate Hamlet, Jeffrey, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told) are collaborating on a Broadway musical version of the hit 2006 fashion-themed film The Devil Wears Prada, which co-starred Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Based on Lauren Weisberger’s best-selling 2003 novel and the aforementioned Fox 2000 Pictures film, the new musical will feature music by John and book and lyrics by Rudnick. A production timeline, casting, and additional creative team members will be announced at a later date. More info on this story can be found here.
Feds Break Up Hamilton Ticket Resale Ponzi Scheme
- U.S. authorities last week unveiled criminal charges against three men accused of helping operate a hedge fund as a Ponzi scheme and of swindling investors in a ticket-reselling business. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission separately accused the men of orchestrating an $81 million Ponzi scheme by raising money from investors to buy and resell tickets for popular shows. Those included Hamilton, which won 11 Tony Awards last year, and concerts featuring Adele, the SEC said. Click here for more on this story.
Original Hamilton Schuyler Sisters to Reunite for Super Bowl Performance
- Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones, three actresses from the original cast of Hamilton, will perform “America the Beautiful” during the 2017 Super Bowl’s televised pre-game show. None of the three actresses are currently in the show, which now stars Javier Munoz and Brandon Victor Dixon in the lead roles of Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Soo is gearing up to star in the Broadway musical Amelie, Goldsberry will soon appear in the Netflix series Altered Carbon and Jones departed the show to pursue other projects. More on this story can be found here.
Tony Awards Committee Eligibility Rules on Several Broadway Shows
- The Tony Awards Administration Committee met last week and confirmed the eligibility of 13 Broadway productions in the 2016-17 season: The Encounter, Holiday Inn, Oh, Hello, Heisenberg, The Cherry Orchard, The Front Page, Falsettos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Great Comet, A Bronx Tale: The Musical, Dear Evan Hansen, In Transit and The Present. The results of the meeting are detailed here.