Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Now on Sale on Broadway:
Marvin’s Room – Begins June 8th
Roundabout Theatre Company presents the Broadway premiere of Scott McPherson’s award-winning, wildly funny play about the laughter that can shine through life’s darkest moments.
News and Notes:
Pretty Woman Musical Eyes Broadway for 2018-19 Season
- The long-anticipated musical adaptation of the 1990 film Pretty Woman is now hoping for a Broadway bow during the 2018-19 season. The adaptation will feature a book written by the film’s writer J.F. Lawton and late director Garry Marshall, with a score by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. Like the movie, the musical version of Pretty Woman will follow the blossoming romance between a prostitute, Vivian (played in the film by Julia Roberts) and a wealthy businessman Edward (originally played by Richard Gere). The new show’s score will be largely “rock-driven” and the book will feature a more developed back story for Edward in addition to other updates. More details here.
NBC’s Bye Bye Birdie Live! Moved to 2018
- NBC has delayed its production of Bye Bye Birdie Live! to 2018, altering its original plan to produce the live musical in December 2017. The postponement was prompted by the live musical’s star, Jennifer Lopez, who is currently overscheduled with two existing NBC series, World of Dance and the drama Shades of Blue. Consequently, NBC will not produce a live musical for the holiday season, as it has done the past four years with The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, and Hairspray. The network has, however, planned a live telecast of Jesus Christ Superstar to air on April 1, 2018, Easter Sunday. More details here.
Glenn Close Stops Sunset Boulevard Mid-Performance
- Glenn Close, currently reprising her role as Norma Desmond in the classic musical Sunset Boulevard, halted a performance last Wednesday when an audience member began to take photos. “I’m sorry. Stop the show. Someone there is taking photos. You must know how distracting and disrespectful that is. Now, we can have a show or we can have a photo shoot,” she told the crowd. Close then continued the performance from the top of the song “With One Look.” Taking photos in a Broadway theater is strictly prohibited by New York law. More details here.
The Band’s Visit to Arrive on Broadway in the Fall
- Itamar Moses and David Yazbek’s acclaimed new musical The Band’s Visit will open on Broadway this fall, with previews scheduled to begin October 7 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. David Cromer, who helmed the Off-Broadway staging, will direct, and a cast will be announced at a later date. Based on Eran Kolirin’s screenplay, The Band’s Visit officially opened Off-Broadway December 8, 2016, at the Atlantic Theater Company to a large number of positive reviews, and sold out the remainder of its run shortly after. Following a second extension, the production played through January 8, 2017, amidst speculation of a possible Broadway transfer. The Broadway production will officially open November 9. More details here.