Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Beginning Preview Performances this Week:
Significant Other – Begins February 14th
An Off Broadway hit, the hilarious and heart-wrenching coming-of-age story about a gay bachelor looking for love in the city makes its Broadway premiere.
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.
Come From Away – Begins February 18th
A new rock musical that explores the lasting connection forged between a group of travelers whose planes were diverted to a small Newfoundland town by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Three-time Tony Award winner Glenn Close returned to Broadway in a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Sunset Boulevard, which opened to critics last week. Praise was unanimous for Close and her return to the role that won her a Tony in the original 1994 production – Newsday: “Close, more than two decades later, is just as daring but less campy and even more touching as the aging movie queen.” Most critics were not fans of the show in its original incarnation, though some felt the scaled down production of the new revival makes the material more palatable – Hollywood Reporter: ” The book is largely faithful to the film, although its lack of nuance sometimes gives the musical an excessively campy feel that thankfully is now lessened.” Read more review excerpts and purchase tickets.
News and Notes:
Stephen Sondheim to Receive PEN Literary Award
- Master composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will receive the 2017 PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award at PEN America’s annual Literary Gala on April 25 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Actress Meryl Streep, who starred in the 2014 film adaptation of Sondheim’s Into the Woods, will present the prize. Stephen Sondheim has delighted audiences worldwide for more than six decades with witty lyrics, contagious melodies, and unforgettable characters that comprise some of America’s most beloved and timeless musicals. More details here.
Critic Charles Isherwood Leaves NY Times
- New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood has left the publication, according to American Theatre magazine. Isherwood, who joined the Times in 2004, specialized in spotlighting Off Broadway hits like In the Heights and Spring Awakening before they came to Broadway. The California native also journeyed to regional theaters around the country in search of new talent, introducing Times readers to playwrights like Tracy Letts (who won a Pulitzer Prize for August: Osage County) and Lynn Nottage (whose play Sweat opens on Broadway this spring). More details here.
Radio City Music Hall’s New York Spectacular Will Take a Year Off
- Radio City Music Hall’s New York Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, which was created as a warm-weather counterpart to the theatre’s popular Christmas Spectacular, is being put on a one-year hiatus. A statement from producers said the opulent salute to the attractions of the Big Apple, which was presented in 2015 and 2016, will not be seen in 2017 because of a concerns that the show is “not yet at its best…while we were successful on a number of fronts, we believe there is additional work needed on the production, which cannot be completed before the start of this year’s show. We remain committed to the production and look forward to the show’s return in 2018.” The 2017 Christmas Spectacular is scheduled to go on as usual. More details here.