Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Beginning Preview Performances this Week:
Hello, Dolly! – Begins March 15th
Bette Midler returns to Broadway as outspoken matchmaker Dolly Levi in a revival of this multiple award-winning musical classic.
Groundhog Day – Begins March 17th
A cynical Pittsburgh TV weatherman finds himself caught in a time loop, forced to repeat the same day until he gets it right in this musical adaptation of the 1993 film.
Opening this Week:
The Price – Opens March 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.
- The new Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie, starring two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field, opened to critics last week at the Belasco Theatre. The production of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece received decidedly mixed reviews. Several reviews praised director Sam Gold’s new take on the classic, with New York Magazine calling it “nakedly, bracingly theatrical,” and Time Out New York describing it as “starkly compelling, bravely executed .” However, other reviews were not as kind – New York Times: “…this production is less a thought-through interpretation than a sustained scene-study class. ” Hollywood Reporter: “…a bold experiment that’s often riveting but seldom wholly satisfying.” Read more review excerpts and purchase discount tickets.
- The new musical Come From Away, which follows a group of stranded flight passengers and the small Canadian community that embraced them following the events of September 11, celebrated its official opening night at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre Sunday night. Reviews were mixed to positive, with many critics seduced by the positivity of the musical despite its flaws – New York Times: “…even the most stalwart cynics may have trouble staying dry-eyed during this portrait of heroic hospitality under extraordinary pressure.” But many took issue with the underdeveloped characters and unremarkable score – Variety “…as broad representatives from both camps of hosts and guests, the characters have no character.” NY Magazine: “…the songs are pleasant, in a folk-rock-meets-Celtic-revival vein that the show exploits with mercilessness.” Read more review excerpts and purchase discount tickets.
News and Notes:
Liberace Musical in the Works
- A new musical detailing the life of pianist Liberace is back on track with the support of a new producer. Jerry Weintraub, who produced the 2013 HBO Liberace film Behind the Candelabra, was originally behind the stage adaptation, but passed away before its fruition in 2015. The New York Post reports that film producer David Permut, whose credits include the Oscar-nominated Hacksaw Ridge, is now behind the musical and has his sights on Broadway. More details here.
Hamilton Meets Rockabye Baby!
- Half history lesson, half Broadway hit, the music from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton will meet Rockabye Baby!, a series of CDs geared toward infants and newborns, containing instrumental lullaby versions of popular rock bands. The lullaby series takes eight tracks from the Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical and turns them into “upbeat-yet-tranquil lullaby jams for the whole family.” The album will be available for purchase on March 31st. More details here.
Documentary on Lyricist Howard Ashman Planned
- In a recent interview, Beauty and the Beast producer Don Hahn revealed that he is currently working on a documentary about the late, Oscar-winning lyricist Howard Ashman. Ashman, who passed away in 1991 at the age of 40, collaborated with Alan Menken on many works, most notably several animated feature films for Disney, for which Ashman wrote the lyrics and Menken composed the music. More details here.