Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Beginning Preview Performances:
Michael Moore: The Terms of My Surrender – Begins July 28th
Michael Moore makes his Broadway debut, bringing his unrivaled powers of provocation and satire in a subversive new one-man show which cross-examines America’s current political climate.
Broadway News and Notes:
Tony Winner Dear Evan Hansen Recoups Investment
- Just over a month after winning the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen has recouped its Broadway investment. The production gained its $9.5 million capitalization in eight and a half months. The show, starring Tony winner Ben Platt as a shy teen who becomes a social-media hero in the aftermath of another teen’s suicide, has played to standing-room-only crowds at the Music Box Theatre since opening last December 4. More details here.
Alec Baldwin to Star in NBC’s Live A Few Good Men
- Stage-and-screen actor Alec Baldwin is set to star as Colonel Nathan Jessep in NBC’s live presentation of Aaron Sorkin’s courtroom drama A Few Good Men. Baldwin will take on the role indelibly created on-screen by Jack Nicholson and originated by Stephen Lang in the Broadway play. The live presentation will air on NBC in 2018, with an exact date to be announced. Baldwin was nominated for a 1992 Tony Award for his performance as Stanley Kowalski in the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. He won two Emmys and three Golden Globes for his role as Jack Donaghy on NBC’s Emmy-winning comedy series 30 Rock. Sorkin’s play first debuted on Broadway in 1989 and adapted as a film in 1992 directed by Rob Reiner. More details here.
A Musical Adaptation of Robin Hood Eyes Broadway
- According to the New York Post, a new musical adventure based on the tales of Robin Hood may be making its way to Broadway. The musical titled, Hood: The Robin Hood Musical Adventure opened to rave reviews last week at the Dallas Theater Center, featuring a book and direction by Broadway book writer, Douglas Carter Beane. The simply told tale is set in a barn with a small cast of young actors, who also play the instruments in the musical. The score by Lewis Finn is contemporary, and the production also features elements of puppetry. More details here.
Award-Winning Playwright Tony Kushner Planning Trump Play/West Side Story Adaptation
- Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner discussed several upcoming and in-the-works projects in an interview with the Daily Beast, including a new drama about President Donald Trump set two years before the election. Kushner gave no timeline for the play, and didn’t say whether it would be completed before the end of Mr. Trump’s first term. Kushner also revealed he is working with Steven Spielberg on a remake of West Side Story, the beloved 1961 movie musical directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise. Following the 1991 debut of the first chapter of Angels in America, Millennium Approaches, Kushner won both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play in 1993. He won Best Play again in 1994 for the play’s second chapter, Perestroika. The cycle also netted him an Emmy Award in 2004 for its HBO television adaptation. More details here.