Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Beginning preview performances this week:
War Paint – Begins March 7th
Two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole star in a new musical that tells the remarkable story of cosmetics titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden.
Amélie – Begins March 9th
A new musical adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 2001 French film about a lonely French waitress who decides to act as a secret wish-fulfiller to the people who live around her.
The Play That Goes Wrong – Begins March 9th
A hit in London’s West End, a new comedy about a company of hapless actors making a disastrous attempt to stage a 1920s murder mystery.
Present Laughter – Begins March 10th
Oscar and two-time Tony winner Kevin Kline stars in a revival of Noël Coward’s backstage comedy that follows an actor dealing with a mid-life crisis.
Opening this Week:
The Glass Menagerie – Opens March 9th
Two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field stars in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ memory play that revolves around a young man begrudgingly supporting the family his father has abandoned.
Come From Away – Opens March 12th
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.
After a critically acclaimed Off Broadway run last year, Significant Other, the new American play by playwright Joshua Harmon, opened on Broadway to mostly positive reviews last week. The Hollywood Reporter: “From the tart comedy of the early scenes, to the emotionally piercing later developments, Significant Other is consistently pleasurable, funny-sad entertainment.” Many critics praised the lead performance of Gideon Glick – Time Out NY: “Glick delivers a star-making, gut-wrenching performance of deep sweetness and quicksilver mood shifts.” However, some reviewers were underwhelmed by the script, with the New York Daily news describing its shortcomings as “contrivances, cartoonishness and the play’s retro sensibility.” Read more review excerpts and purchase discount tickets.
News and Notes:
Dear Evan Hansen Composers Win Academy Award
- The Dear Evan Hansen music duo of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul won an Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony for the La La Land song “City of Stars.” They share the win with La La Land composer Justin Hurwitz. The trio also garnered the Golden Globe back in January, when “City of Stars” won Best Original Song. Pasek and Paul created the music and lyrics for Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen, which opened earlier this month to critical acclaim. More details here.
President Barack Obama and Daughter Malia Visit Broadway’s The Price
- President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia were in the audience for a performance of The Price on Broadway last week. The pair reportedly went backstage and met with the cast, thanked the crew and took pictures with everyone. During Obama’s presidency, he and his family often attended Broadway shows, including Hamilton, Memphis, Kinky Boots, Motown the Musical, among others. More details here.
Brian Stokes Mitchell Mentors High School Students
- Brian Stokes Mitchell, a Tony nominee for creating the role of Coalhouse Walker Jr. in the original Broadway production of Ragtime, visited Cherry Hill High School last week to discuss the racially charged language employed in that musical, which will be presented by the New Jersey school beginning March 10. In January the school received national attention when it decided to replace or eliminate the n-word and other racial slurs in the script of Ragtime, which concerns the immigrant experience in America at the turn of the 20th century. Following an outcry from students and community members, it was decided that Ragtime would go on as originally written, handing a victory to those who opposed earlier plans to alter the script to eliminate racial slurs. More details here.