Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Opening this Week on Broadway:
Michael Moore: The Terms of My Surrender – Opens August 10
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:
Pulitzer-Winning Playwright Sam Shepard Passes Away at 73
- Playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director Sam Shepard passed away on Thursday at his home in Kentucky following complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 73 years old. Shepard is the author of forty-four plays as well as several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs. Shepard received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. Later, he was nominated for other drama Pulitzers, in 1983 for the play True West and in 1984 for the play Fool for Love. Shepard’s work firmly established him in the canon of American theater and made him one of America’s most famous playwrights, regularly anthologized and taught in universities and drama schools across the country. Shepard’s Western drawl and laconic presence made him a on-screen presence as well. He appeared in dozens of films – many of them Westerns – including Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, Steel Magnolias, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and 2012’s Mud. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in the 1983 film The Right Stuff. More details here.
Bette Midler Sets Final Performance in Hello, Dolly! Revival
- 2017 Tony winner Bette Midler will play her final performance in Hello, Dolly! at the Shubert Theatre on January 14, 2018. The news was announced as a tweet from the official Hello, Dolly! Twitter. Directed by Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, the Broadway revival opened April 20 to enthusiastic reviews. Midler plays the role of Dolly seven performances per week; on Tuesday evenings two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy takes on the role of the indelible matchmaker. There is no word yet on a replacement for Midler. More details here.
Cast Announced for Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
- The cast for the Broadway production of the West End hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was announced last week. The cast includes Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley, who played the adult Harry, Hermione and Ron in the West End. Also making the trip are Sam Clemmett, as Harry’s son Albus, and Anthony Boyle as his Hogwarts classmate Scorpius Malfoy. Producers said there will be 28 new actors in the two-part play, which takes up the story 19 years after the end of J.K. Rowling’s final Potter novel. The play opened in London in 2016 and went on to win nine Olivier Awards. It continues in London with a new cast. Previews begin at New York’s Lyric Theater in March. More details here.
The Parisian Woman, with Uma Thurman, Sets Broadway Theatre
- Producers for The Parisian Woman on Broadway have announced that the political drama will debut at the Hudson Theatre beginning November 7. The new play by House of Cards writer Beau Willimon will star Oscar nominee Uma Thurman, making her Broadway debut, alongside Josh Lucas and Tony Award winner Blair Brown. The Parisian Woman is inspired by Henry Becque’s late 19th century comedy La Parisienne and will be directed by Amélie director Pam MacKinnon. Opening night for the limited engagement is set for November 30, with further casting to be announced at a later date. In The Parisian Woman, a tale of drama and politics set in present-day Washington D.C., Thurman and Lucas will play a power couple angling to secure an important judicial post. More details here.