Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
News and Notes:
2017 Tony Nominations Announced
The 2017 Tony Award nominations were announced last week, celebrating the best of this season’s offerings. The nominees include the sold-out musical Dear Evan Hansen, about a high school senior with social anxiety disorder dealing with a classmate’s death; the musical revival Hello, Dolly! featuring Bette Midler; the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat, about a small Pennsylvania factory town facing layoffs in the early 2000s; and The Great Comet, the Josh Groban-led musical inspired by a 70-page section of War and Peace. Comet grabbed the most nominations – twelve – followed by Dolly and Evan Hansen with ten and nine, respectively. More details here.
Broadway’s Amélie Will End Its Broadway Run
Amélie, the new Broadway musical starring Hamilton Tony nominee Phillipa Soo, will play its final performance May 21 after 27 preview and 56 regular performances. The musical, adapted from the 2001 film about a shy but whimsically altruistic French waitress, had struggled at the box office since opening to underwhelming reviews. Without a single Tony nomination in a competitive Broadway season, an uptick in sales was unlikely. Warner Music Group will release the musical’s original Broadway cast album digitally May 19. More details here.
New Harry Potter Play Announces Opening Date
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has a date for its Broadway opening. The two-part play first opened at London’s Palace Theatre in July 2016, racking up a record nine Olivier Awards and sending Potter fans scrambling for tickets. Now, producers have announced that Cursed Child will make its premiere on April 22, 2018, at the Lyric Theatre. The Broadway transfer was first announced a few months ago, along with plans to renovate the Lyric Theatre to meet the specifications of the show. Casting information has yet to be revealed, so it remains to be seen whether any of the British cast will reprise their roles on Broadway. More details here.
Hello, Dolly! Revival Breaks House Records
The new production of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler has already made a habit out of breaking the house record at the Shubert Theatre, and now it has had the best week in the history of the entire Shubert Organization. On the heels of its ecstatic reviews, grossed $2,105,473 over just seven performances, last week. This number tops the previous highest weekly gross in the organization’s history, set by Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway with $2,056,956 over nine performances. The Shubert Organization is America’s oldest professional theatre company and the largest theatre owner on Broadway. Shubert currently owns and operates seventeen Broadway theatres and six off-Broadway venues. More details here.
Michael Moore vs. Trump on Broadway
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker and author Michael Moore will make his Broadway debut this summer with The Terms Of My Surrender, a solo show to be staged by Tony winner Michael Mayer. The 12-week engagement is slated to begin previews July 28 at the Belasco Theatre, with an official opening night set for August 10. Producers describe Surrender as “a hysterical theatrical coup d’etat that takes the utter lunacy of our times and turns it into a subversive piece of theater…[an] unprecedented live event from one of America’s most incisive and hilarious voices. After all, who better to answer the burning questions of the Trumpian era than the man who saw it all coming and tried to warn us?” The tagline for the show poses the question, “Can a Broadway show take down a sitting President?” More details here.