Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Opening this Week:
1984 – Opens June 22
The U.S. premiere on Broadway of the U.K. hit, a new adaptation of George Orwell’s novel about a dystopian future where critical thought is suppressed under a totalitarian regime.
Broadway News and Notes:
- After losing the Best Play race at last Sunday’s Tony Awards to Oslo, both Indecent and Sweat have posted closing notices. Despite winning a second Pulitzer Prize for playwright Lynn Nottage, Sweat was shut out of the Tonys and will shutter on June 25. Indecent, which will also close June 25, marked the Broadway debut of Paula Vogel, another Pulitzer champ. Her provocative play about censorship won two Tonys, including one for director Rebecca Taichman. Best Revival nominee Six Degrees of Separation also announced its post-Tonys closing, playing its final performance June 18. More details here.
Jersey Boys Verdict Overturned
- Months after a jury in Nevada federal court found the creators of the long-running Broadway smash Jersey Boys guilty of copyright infringement, Judge Robert C. Jones ruled in favor of the defendants’ appeal. Jurors determined that 10 percent of the show‘s success was attributable to material director Des McAnuff and writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice drew from an unpublished biography, Tommy DeVito – Then and Now, by author Rex Woodard. More details here.
Dear Evan Hansen Hits No. 1 Spot on iTunes
- The cast album for Dear Evan Hansen, the most-awarded production of the 71st Annual Tony Awards, is currently sitting in the top spot on the iTunes album chart, and No. 2 on the Amazon album chart. The album shot up in ranking following the show’s sweep at the 71st Annual Tony Awards on June 11. The cast album for The Great Comet, the most Tony-nominated show of the season, currently sits at No. 38 on iTunes, while Hello, Dolly!’s cast album is at No. 51. More details here.
Tony Awards Loses Viewers Without Hamilton Boost
- After hitting a 15-year ratings high last year, riding the tidal wave of popularity over Broadway mega-hit Hamilton, the Tony Awards on CBS this year, hosted by Kevin Spacey, drew a modest 4.7 metered market household rating against the deciding game in the Stanley Cup Final. That was down -31% from last year’s 6.8 rating for the Tonys, which also faced the Stanley Cup Finals. The Tonys’ delivery also was below the 2015 show (5.1), which aired opposite the highly rated NBA Finals. More details here.