Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
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The Iceman Cometh – Begins March 22nd
Tony winner and two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington returns to Broadway in a new production of Eugene O’Neill’s four-act epic play about a newly sober, charismatic traveling salesman whose renewed outlook on life threatens to upend the lives of his old friends.
Three Tall Women – Begins February 27th
Oscar winner Glenda Jackson stars in a revival of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece that follows the interactions between three women who represent different versions of the same woman in her 90s, 50s, and 20s.
Broadway News and Notes:
Broadway’s War Paint to Close in December
- War Paint, the new Broadway musical about rival cosmetics giants Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden that stars Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, respectively, will end its run December 30. The musical opened on Broadway April 6 at the Nederlander Theatre. When it closes, War Paint will have played 333 performances. Prior to Broadway, the musical had a sold-out run at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in summer 2016. Both LuPone and Ebersole received Tony nominations for their performances. War Paint was also Tony-nominated for Best Costumes and Best Scenic Design. More details here.
Sunday in the Park with George Revival Cast Album Released
- The 2017 Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George lives on in a new cast recording of the Stephen Sondheim staple. The recording, featuring the voices of headliners Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford, was released for digital streaming and purchase September 22. A physical album is expected to drop in November. The revival played a limited engagement at the Hudson Theatre, marking the inaugural production of the newly renovated venue. Though the production was critically acclaimed and performed well at the box-office, it withdrew its consideration from awards. More details here.
Matthew Broderick to Narrate Fox’s A Christmas Story Live! Musical
- Matthew Broderick has signed on for the role of the adult Ralphie narrator in Fox’s live staging of a musical based on the beloved 1983 film A Christmas Story. A Christmas Story Live! is set to air December 17 as a three-hour telecast. Executive producer Marc Platt and much of the team behind Fox’s successful Grease Live production are reuniting for the musical that revolves around a nine-year-old boy’s yearning for the perfect Christmas present: “a Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.” Broderick will take on the voice-over work handled in the film by Jean Shepherd, the late humorist and radio host who wrote the 1966 short story that inspired in the movie. More details here.
Groundbreaking British Director Sir Peter Hall Dies at 86
- Sir Peter Hall, founder of Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company and longtime director of the National Theatre in London, died September 11 at age 86. Though his primary impact was felt in the U.K., his influence spread across the Atlantic to Broadway in myriad productions, including the 1981 Tony Award-winning Best Play, Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, and the 1967 Broadway transfer of The Homecoming. Both productions earned Hall Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Play. Hall was nominated for seven further Tonys for a lifetime total of nine. His last Broadway work was a 1999 revival of Amadeus. More details here.