Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Now on Sale on Broadway:
Springsteen on Broadway – Begins October 3rd
Rock icon Bruce Springsteen makes his Broadway debut with a solo acoustic concert which follows the arc of his life and career.
Carousel – Begins February 28th
A revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical that tells the story of millworker Julie Jordan, carousel barker Billy Bigelow, and their ultimately destructive relationship.
News and Notes:
Tony Awards and Hairspray Live! Win Creative Arts Emmy Awards
- The 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which honor outstanding artistic and technical achievement in television, were presented September 9 and 10 in Los Angeles. Among the winners were The 70th Annual Tony Awards Ceremony (hosted by James Corden in 2016), which won for Outstanding Special Class Program, while NBC’s broadcast of Hairspray Live! took home three awards, winning for Outstanding Variety/Nonfiction Special Production Design (bringing home a second Emmy for Broadway designer Derek McLane), Outstanding Technical Direction, and Outstanding Multi-Camera Hairstyling. In addition to sharing in the Tony Awards Emmy win, Corden also took home an Emmy Award for Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017 (Outstanding Variety Special) for the second year in a row. More details here.
Michael Friedman, Co-Creator of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Dies at 41
- Michael Friedman, the Obie-winning composer and lyricist known for the musicals Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Love’s Labour’s Lost, has died. He was 41. Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham say Friedman passed away last week of complications related to HIV/AIDS in New York. Friedman’s best-known work is the rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson which imagines the seventh president of the United States as an emo rock star. First performed in 2008, the musical opened on Broadway in September 2010 and closed in January 2011 after 120 performances. Friedman was a co-founder of The Civilians and artist-in-residence and director of Public Forum at The Public Theater. Eustis said in a statement that Friedman was one of the most brilliant, multi-talented theater artists of our time. More details here.
Audra McDonald and Matthew Broderick Among 2017 Theater Hall of Fame Inductees
- The Theater Hall of Fame Inc. has announced its 2017 inductees: actors Audra McDonald, Marin Mazzie, and Matthew Broderick; playwrights Arthur Kopit and Tina Howe; director Oskar Eustis; producer Daryl Roth; and, posthumously, theatre critic Ernie Schier. The 47th Annual Theater Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held November 13 at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre (currently the home of Wicked), whose lobby hosts the Hall of Fame. Five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman will be the Mistress of Ceremonies. Founded in 1970 by James M. Nederlander, Earl Blackwell, and Gerard Oestricher, the Theater Hall of Fame annually salutes Lifetime Achievement in the American Theatre. More details here.
John Lithgow Will Bring One-Man Show to Broadway
- Roundabout Theatre Company has announced the Broadway return of beloved stage and screen star John Lithgow in John Lithgow: Stories by Heart, directed by Daniel Sullivan. The production will begin preview performances on December 21, 2017 and open officially on January 11, 2018, for a limited engagement through March 4, 2018 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. In Stories by Heart, Lithgow traces his roots as an actor and storyteller, working classic short stories by P. G. Wodehouse and and Ring Lardner – read to him as a child – into his own narrative. Lithgow is a two-time Tony Award winner for his performances in Sweet Smell of Success and The Changing Room. He is also a two-time Academy Award nominee for the films Terms of Endearment and The World According to Garp. More details here.