This Week on Broadway – 09.05.17

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Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on Broadway’s Great White Way this week:

Hope you enjoyed the long weekend!

News and Notes:

Broadway Cares/EFA Awards Emergency Grants for Harvey Victims

  • Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced that it will provide $155,000 in emergency grants for immediate, on-the-ground assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The funds will be donated on behalf of the Broadway community and will go to 17 social service organizations based in Houston and across Texas and the Gulf Coast. “In the best and worst of times, the Broadway community — those onstage, offstage, and in the audience — are among the most generous people around,” said Paul Libin, president of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS board of trustees and executive vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters. “On behalf of the entire theater community, Broadway Cares is proud to quickly and responsibly assist those affected by these extraordinary events.”  For more information and to donate, click here.

Hamilton Cast Recording Surpasses Rent Sales

  • The original cast recording of Hamilton maintains its presence on the Billboard 200 albums charts. The September 9th chart marks the 100th consecutive week the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical has made an appearance. Additionally, the latest week of sales tracking brought the complete cast recording up to 1.285 million total sales, surpassing Rent’s 1.284 million. This makes the Grammy-winning album the sixth-highest-selling cast recording in Nielsen Music history. According to Billboard, it trails behind the Phantom of the Opera’s London cast recording highlights edition, Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables, and Jersey Boys. In March, Hamilton reached Triple Platinum status, surpassing three million sale units (album or single). More details here.

Elephant Man author Bernard Pomerance Passes Away at 76

  • Bernard Pomerance, a Brooklyn-born poet and playwright who won fame and the Tony Award for The Elephant Man, died August 26 of cancer at his home in Galisteo, N.M. He was 76.  The Elephant Man had its premiere in London before opening off-Broadway and then on Broadway at the Booth Theatre in 1979, ran 916 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Play.  During the original run, the role was played by David Bowie and Mark Hamill, among others. Bradley Cooper starred in the play’s 2015 revival, also at the Booth Theatre, where it broke box office records and was reprised in London. More details here.

Bruce Springsteen Extends Broadway Run

  • Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming run has been extended by 10 weeks after selling out its initial run in a single day. Springsteen on Broadway, which begins previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre October 3, now will run through February 3, 2018. The show had initially been set to close November 26. Tickets for the initial run sold out the same day they went on sale. The show marks Springsteen’s Broadway debut. He’ll perform five shows a week. More details here.

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