Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Opening this Week:
Sunday in the Park With George – Opens February 23rd
Jake Gyllenhaal makes his Broadway musical debut alongside Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford in the this Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece about French pointillist painter George Seurat.
Broadway News and Notes:
Hamilton’s Okieriete Onaodowan to Replace Josh Groban in The Great Comet
- Starting July 3, original Hamilton cast member Okieriete Onaodowan, who left the show in December, will replace Josh Groban as Pierre in the Broadway production of The Great Comet. Groban will remain in the production through July 2. Creator Dave Malloy will make his Broadway performing debut in the show this spring, stepping into the role of Pierre for ten performances across May and June. More details here.
The Color Purple Cast Album Wins the Grammy
- On February 12, The Color Purple won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The recording from Broadway Records beat out cast recordings from Bright Star, Fiddler on the Roof, Kinky Boots (London recording), and Waitress. With music and lyrics by Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell, and Allee Willis, The Color Purple cast album of the original Broadway musical earned a Grammy nomination in 2007. Last year the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album went to Hamilton. More details here.
Cursed Child and Hamilton Attempt to Curb Ticket Scalping
- As Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Hamilton prepare to cross the pond – Cursed Child is aiming for a spring 2018 opening on Broadway and Hamilton’s West End run begins this November – both are investigating methods to limit the extreme gauging experienced by their patrons. The producers of Hamilton in London are considering a paperless ticketing system comparable to a movie theater ticket, in which the buyer receives an email confirmation of their purchase and scans the credit card used at the door. This electronic method is currently not an option for theater tickets in New York. Since Cursed Child is already predicted to be a hit on Broadway, its award-winning producer Sonia Friedman is already talking with officials in New York about the controversy. Currently the production has a staff scrutinizing sales records and third party sites looking for proof of mass purchasing via bots, as well as for inflated prices offered by re-sellers. More details here.
2 Cast Albums Hit Billboard Top 20 for the First Time in 50 Years
- For the first time in 52 years two Broadway cast albums are holding places in the top 20 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. For the charts dated February 25, Billboard reports that the original Broadway cast album of Dear Evan Hansen rose to No. 8, while perennial performer Hamilton held steady at No. 13. Billboard also states that the last time this conjunction occurred was in 1965, when the OBCs of Hello, Dolly! and Fiddler on the Roof stayed in the Top 20 for 11 consecutive weeks. More details here.