Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Opening this Week on Broadway:
Marvin’s Room – Opens June 29th
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.
The new stage adaptation of 1984, on the heels of four wildly successful U.K. runs, opened on Broadway last week at the Hudson Theatre. Critic reviews were mixed to positive, with many emphasizing the intense special effects and graphic depictions of torture: Bloomberg News – “Nerve-jangling…harrowing…the play is an assault of flashing lights, rumbling noise, and skillfully staged violence.” NY Magazine – “The torture scenes are visceral, ghastly, and hair-raisingly vivid.” But some reviewers found the heightened effects distracting and the storytelling a bit muddled: Hollywood Reporter – “The impressive stagecraft constantly overpowers the human element of the drama – the cast’s committed performances notwithstanding.” Newsday – “The storytelling could baffle those unfamiliar with the book, and a quick refresh before going to the play is helpful.” Read more review excerpts and purchase discount tickets.
News and Notes:
Broadway’s Indecent Extends After Closing Announcement
- Paula Vogel’s acclaimed play Indecent will now remain open through August 6 at the Cort Theatre, despite an initial June 25 closing announcement. The show, which received a Tony Award for director Rebecca Taichman, has seen overwhelming support following the initial closing announcement. After receiving positive word-of-mouth and playing to standing-room-only crowds, the producers have decided to keep the production open an additional 6 weeks, through August 6. More details here.
Broadway Revival of Cats to Close in December
- Cats, whose original run was one of the longest in Broadway history, now will see its revival come to an end. Producers of the show confirmed today the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will play its final performance at the Neil Simon Theatre on December 30. The show opened July 31, 2016, the first revival of the musical since the original blockbuster closed after an 18-year run that began at the Winter Garden Theatre in 1982. More details here.
Broadway’s 1984 Sets Age Restriction Policy
- Producers have announced that the stage adaptation of 1984, now running at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre, will implement, effective immediately, an age restriction policy: Audience members must now be age 13 years or older in order to enter the theater. According to press materials, the new policy is being implemented “due to the intensity of the production, which includes several scenes that are graphic in nature and have disturbed younger patrons.” Written and directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, the play is adapted from George Orwell’s classic novel. More details here.
Princess Diana Musical Bound for Broadway
- A new musical based on the life of the late Princess Diana will make its royal entrance on Broadway next year, according to the New York Post. Diana, directed by Tony Award-winner Christopher Ashley (Come From Away) and featuring music and lyrics by David Bryan and book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro, will be part of this year’s Reading Festival at New York Stage and Film at Vassar College. Broadway producers are expected to be in attendance. A three week workshop will follow this fall at La Jolla Playhouse. More details here.