Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Opening this Week:
Groundhog Day – Opens April 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.
Indecent – Opens April 18th
A new drama that follows the history of a controversial Broadway play and the artists that risked everything to perform it.
Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes – Opens April 19th
Three-time Tony nominee Laura Linney and Tony winner Cynthia Nixon star in Lillian Hellman’s classic play about greed and ambition.
Hello, Dolly! – Opens April 20th
Bette Midler returns to Broadway as outspoken matchmaker Dolly Levi in a revival of this multiple award-winning musical classic.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Opens April 23rd
Young Charlie Bucket wins the opportunity to visit the world famous chocolate factory of candy inventor Willy Wonka in this musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale.
Lincoln Center Theater’s smash hit production of Oslo opened on Broadway last week at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, after a sold-out run last summer Off-Broadway at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Reviews were unanimous in acclaim for the new work, marveling at the gripping drama created from seemingly mundane yet complex events in world diplomacy – Time Out NY: “Nearly three hours long, the play demands attentiveness and works hard to achieve it. In its bittersweet final swell of hopefulness and humanity, it rewards one of our most endangered virtues, in theater as well as in politics: patience.” NY1: “Under Sher’s taut direction, the wise and witty three-hour drama unfolds like a political thriller. Complex yes, but Sher’s superlative production immerses us in the suspenseful twists and turns…” NY Daily News: “Smart, touching and spiked with spy-novel tension and wry humor…It’s a meaty subject that bursts to life with you-are-there urgency, clever narrative rewinds, vivid characters – and waffles.” Read more review excerpts and purchase discount tickets.
News and Notes:
Film Adaptation Planned for Broadway’s Oslo
- J.T. Rogers’s Oslo, which premiered Off-Broadway last spring and opened on Broadway on April 13th, will be moving to the silver screen. La La Land producer Marc Platt will spearhead the play’s screen adaptation. The film will be directed by Barlett Sher, who has directed both New York productions of the play; it will be his first film. Rogers will take charge of the screenplay, adapting his own script. More details here.
Panic! at the Disco Frontman to Join Kinky Boots on Broadway
- Brendon Urie, the frontman from Panic! at the Disco, will make his Broadway debut in Kinky Boots. He’ll assume the role of Charlie Price beginning May 26, taking over for Olivier Award nominee Killian Donnelly. Urie will play a limited engagement through August 6 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots, which recently celebrated its fourth anniversary on Broadway, is based on a 2005 British film about a staid British shoe factory on the brink of ruin that retrofits itself into a maker of footwear for drag queens. It has songs by Cyndi Lauper, a story by Harvey Fierstein and some fierce-looking drag queens in 6-inch heels. More details here.
Broadway’s Sweat Wins 2017 Pulitzer Prize For Drama
- Lynn Nottage’s play Sweat, a personal and political drama exploring America’s industrial decline, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Nottage makes history as the first female playwright to win the prestigious award twice, having won previously for Ruined in 2009. Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives working together on the factory floor. When rumors of layoffs begin to stir, rifts form, chipping away at their trust and pitting them against each other. The production opened on Broadway at Studio 54 on March 26. The production marks the Broadway playwriting debut for Nottage. More details here.