Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on Broadway’s Great White Way this week:
Now on Sale on Broadway:
Frozen – Begins February 22nd
A new musical stage adaptation of the hit animated Disney film, based on the Hans Christian Andersen story of a princess who freezes everything she touches.
Junk – Begins October 5th
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar returns to Broadway with a new play about a self-professed investment genius who touches off a financial civil war.
Latin History for Morons – Begins October 19th
John Leguizamo schools his son – and the rest of us – on the buried and forgotten history of Latinos in the Americas in this one-man show about uncovering the truth, and recovering from the past.
Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway premiere of Prince of Broadway, a musical celebration that highlights the extraordinary six-decade career of director and producer Harold Prince, opened at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre last week. Most reviews praised the hard working performers and the classic songs selected for the retrospective: Variety – “The talent that went into this show is out of this world. Unbeatable as an ensemble, cast members also get their individual moments to soar…the scope of Prince’s career is smartly represented by the selections and their respectful treatment.” However, many critics found little insight into the subject’s career, and some felt the featured numbers lost effectiveness outside their respective shows: NY Daily News – “One can’t help but be impressed by the scope and breadth – but at the same time feel left in the dark about Prince’s precise contributions. It’s not a deep dive into the mind of a master.” Entertainment Weekly – “There’s no question the songs are great, and the talent involved is, too, but in this format many are robbed of the emotional resonance they’d have in the context of their full show.” Read more review excerpts and purchase discount tickets.
News and Notes:
Denzel Washington Will Return to Broadway in The Iceman Cometh
- Oscar and Tony winner Denzel Washington will star in Eugene O’Neill’s epic 1946 play The Iceman Cometh on Broadway next spring for a limited 14-week engagement. Previews are set to begin on March 22, 2018 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Washington’s most recent Broadway appearance was the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun. He previously starred in plays Checkmates in 1988, Julius Caesar in 2005 and Fences in 2010 — for which he earned the Tony for best actor. In Iceman, Washington will play the nuanced role of Hickey, a heavy-drinking salesman who quickly begins to see his life differently after he goes sober. More details here.
Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen Announces New Evans
- The producers of Dear Evan Hansen have announced that Taylor Trensch, currently starring on Broadway as Barnaby Tucker in Hello, Dolly!, will star as the title character in the Tony-winning musical beginning mid-January 2018. Noah Galvin, fresh off his performance in ABC’s The Real O’Neals, will play the role of Evan Hansen beginning November 21, until Trensch begins performances next year. As previously announced, Ben Platt, the show’s Tony-winning star, will depart the Broadway musical November 19. More details here.
Annie, The Producers Author Thomas Meehan Dies at 88
- Thomas Meehan, the co-writer of Broadway hits Annie, The Producers, and Hairspray, passed away August 21 at the age of 88. The winner of three Tony Awards, Meehan was one of Broadway’s most prominent librettists. He won his first Tony Award for the book to Annie, the iconic 1977 smash on which he collaborated with composer Charles Strouse and lyricist-director Martin Charnin. He went on to win a Tony for The Producers (for the book he co-wrote with Mel Brooks) and one for Hairspray (co-written with Mark O’Donnell). More details here.