Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Beginning preview performances this week:
Indecent – Begins April 4th
A new drama that follows the history of a controversial Broadway play and the artists that risked everything to perform it.
Six Degrees of Separation – Begins April 5th
A young man cons his way into the lives of a wealthy New York couple in this revival of John Guare’s award-winning play.
Opening this Week:
Amélie – Opens April 3rd
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.
Present Laughter – Opens April 5th
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.
War Paint – Opens April 6th
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.
The Play That Goes Wrong, the Olivier Award winning West End comedy, officially opened Sunday night at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre. Critic reviews were mixed, with many amazed by the choreographed pandemonium executed by the U.K. based company – Time Out NY: “It is certainly a marvel of coordination: The imported British cast deftly navigates the pitfalls of [the] ingeniously tumbledown set, and overacts with relish…the mayhem goes like cuckoo clockwork.” But most reviewers felt the aggressive pace of the production did not sustain through the overlong running time – NY Times: “Exhaustingly funny to…just plain exhausting…everything is pitched so aggressively, you wind up feeling as battered as the ensemble.” Read more review excerpts and purchase discount tickets.
News and Notes:
Once on This Island Sets Dates for Broadway Return
- Dates are now set for a Broadway revival of Once On This Island. The production will begin performances November 9 prior to a December 3 official opening at a theatre to be announced. The musical, which features a score by Anastasia and Ragtime duo Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, premiered at Playwrights Horizons in 1990 before transferring to Broadway later that year. The story, set in the Caribbean, follows a peasant girl and her star-crossed romance with a young man from the wealthy side of her island, which is ruled by four island gods. More details here.
Grease 40th Anniversary Reunion in the Works
- Grease star Olivia Newton-John told Britain’s The Mirror that a reunion could be in the works next year to mark the 1978 film’s 40th anniversary. The Australian actress and singer confirmed that she and co-star John Travolta have been discussing ideas for a reunion, but she didn’t divulge any details. Marking the 40th anniversary could be one of Newton-John’s last performances before she retires from 50 years in show business. More details here.
Broadway and Film Classics Added to National Recording Registry
- Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow” Barbra Streisand’s “People” and the original cast album of Broadway’s The Wiz are among the 25 titles which will be preserved by the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry for 2016. Each year, the Librarian of Congress selects 25 songs that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and at least 10 years old. This year’s collection spans the years 1888 to 1997, bringing the total number of songs on the Registry’s list to 475. More details here.