Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Opening this Week:
Oslo – Opens April 13th
Lincoln Center Theater presents a darkly comic political thriller about the secret talks that led to the 1993 peace agreement between Israel and the PLO.
The new Broadway musical, Amelie, based on the five-time Oscar-nominated film, opened last week at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Reviews were mixed for the new stage adaptation, Many critics praised the performance of Phillipa Soo in the title role, but some were not swayed by the over-sentimental material – NY Times: “With the lush-voiced Philippa Soo in the title role, it is pleasant to look at, easy to listen to and oddly recessive. It neither offends nor enthralls.” Time Out NY: ” Soo brings her luminous charm and heavenly voice…but the rendering of her character is stubbornly passive. This score is a string of dreamy and wistful pop numbers that blur together.” Read more review excerpts and purchase discount tickets.
Present Laughter, starring Academy Award and two-time Tony Award winner Kevin Kline in his return to Broadway, opened at the St. James Theatre last week. Critic’s were unanimous in their acclaim for Kline’s precision timing and physical comedy, though the dated script landed with less enthusiasm for some – Hollywood Reporter: “Kline yields a performance of unimpeachable skill, made all the more delectable by its lightness of touch. [The] production can’t entirely disguise the wheezy fatigue of the comedy” NY Daily News: “At times you’d like to hush the talky play…the action tends to go in circles.” NY1: “Coward’s sublime comedy is as delightful, delicious, and ‘delovely’ as ever. What makes the current production stand out even more is Kline’s bravura performance…calling upon all of his skills, both comic and tragic.” Read more review excerpts and purchase discount tickets.
War Paint, the new Broadway musical that tells the stories of cosmetic icons Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, portrayed by Tony Award-winning legends Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, opened last week at the Nederlander Theatre. Both Ebersole and LuPone were praised for their skillful, go-for-broke performances, though some critics found issue with the parallel structure of the 2 stories, which left little opportunity for the Broadway divas to share a scene together – Entertainment Weekly: “Playing this pair, Ebersole and LuPone are nothing short of flawless.” NY Daily News: “The good news is that the two stars are in rare form. LuPone’s performance is slathered in gusto. Ebersole’s turn is creamier than any emollient. They’re so good, you wish the show were better.” NY Magazine: “The fact that the actual women never met, and had complete lives well beyond the parts that were parallel, poses problem after problem. [But] the astonishing costumes and the score filled with real theater songs are as good as Broadway gets.” Read more review excerpts and purchase discount tickets.
News and Notes:
2017 Tony Award Nominations to be Announced May 2nd
- Hamilton Tony nominee Christopher Jackson and Tony winner Jane Krakowski will announce the 2017 Tony Award nominations May 2, live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The announcement event will be live-streamed at TonyAwards.com beginning at 8:30 AM. Portions of the nominations will also be broadcast on CBS This Morning and on NY1. The 71st Annual Tony Awards will take place June 11 at Radio City Music Hall; a host for the ceremony has yet to be announced. More details here.
Tony Administration Committee Announces Rulings
- The Tony Awards Administration Committee assembled April 6 for the third time this season to discuss the eligibility of six Broadway productions for the 2017 Tony Awards. The productions discussed were August Wilson’s Jitney, Sunset Boulevard, Significant Other, The Glass Menagerie, Come From Away, and Arthur Miller’s The Price. The committee will meet a total of four times throughout the 2016-2017 season to decide the eligibility for the 71st Annual Tony Awards. More details here.
Tim Minchin Creating Picture Book Based on Matilda Song
- Tony Award-nominated songwriter Tim Minchin has signed a deal with Scholastic U.K. to adapt “When I Grow Up,” the standout anthem from his Broadway and West End musical Matilda, into a new children’s picture book. Minchin will collaborate with illustrator Steve Anthony on the book that will imagine life from a child’s point of view. Minchin returns to Broadway this season with the new musical Groundhog Day. More details here.