Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Now on Sale:
M. Butterfly – Begins October 7th
Oscar nominee Clive Owen stars in a revival of David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award-winning drama about a married French diplomat who carries on a 20-year affair with a mysterious Chinese opera singer.
Broadway News and Notes:
Stage Adaptation of Disney’s Hercules In the Works
- Oscar and Tony-winning Disney composer Alan Menken, who scored The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin among many others, has confirmed that a stage version of the 1997 animated feature film Hercules is in the works. Menken broke the news in an interview with California’s Orange County Register, though a representative for Disney Theatrical Productions would not confirm the project. Menken and Tony-nominated lyricist David Zippel were recognized with an Oscar nom for the movie’s hit song “Go the Distance,” sung by Tony winner Roger Bart. Hercules follows the title character, the son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera, who is stripped of his immortality as a baby and is required to become a real hero to reclaim it. More details here.
Dear Evan Hansen Book to Hit Shelves this Fall
- Grand Central Publishing has announced that it will release a new book titled Dear Evan Hansen: Through the Window on November 21. The new book is billed as a “behind-the-scenes” account of the making of the Tony-winning musical, written by the creative team of Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul, and will include personal memories, photographs, unreleased lyrics, and the Dear Evan Hansen libretto. The announcement follows the musical’s success at the 71st Annual Tony Awards in June, where it was the most-awarded production of the evening. The show, about a high school student longing for acceptance, was nominated for nine Tonys and won in six categories, including Best Musical. More details here.
Wicked Becomes Second-Highest-Grossing Show in Broadway History
- After taking in just shy of $2 million in the week ending July 9, Wicked has become the second-highest-grossing show in Broadway history. It assumes the runner-up spot from The Phantom of the Opera, and now trails directly behind The Lion King. Since beginning performances at the Gershwin Theatre in October 2003, Wicked has grossed approximately $1.12 billion. The musical reached the 10-figure milestone in March 2016, joining The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera. It surpassed $1 billion faster than both of its Billionaire’s Club predecessors. More details here.
Uma Thurman to Make Broadway Debut in The Parisian Woman
- Oscar nominee Uma Thurman will make her Broadway debut in The Parisian Woman, a play by House of Cards creator Beau Willimon set in Washington, D.C. in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. Thurman will play Chloe, a D.C. socialite who reaches a pivotal moment in her life and her marriage just as the nation enters into its own pivotal moment. The Parisian Woman marks a rare stage appearance for Thurman, best known for film work like Dangerous Liaisons, Kill Bill, and her Oscar nominated performance in Pulp Fiction. Her last stint on a New York stage was in a 1999 revival of The Misanthrope at Classic Stage Company. More details here.