Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on Broadway‘s Great White Way this week:
Now on Sale:
Mean Girls – Begins March 12th
A new Broadway musical based on the 2004 film that follows Cady Heron, who joins the American high school food chain and plots to end the vicious reign of Queen Bee Regina and the “Plastics.”
John Lithgow: Stories by Heart – Begins December 21st
Two-time Tony winner and Oscar nominee John Lithgow returns to Broadway in a solo show that 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.
Opening this Week:
Time and the Conways – Opens October 10th
Oscar nominee Elizabeth McGovern stars in a time-traveling play about the transformation of a British family in the first half of the twentieth century, exploring notions of choice, chance, and destiny.
Springsteen on Broadway – Opens October 12th
Rock icon Bruce Springsteen makes his Broadway debut with a solo acoustic concert which follows the arc of his life and career.
News and Notes:
Ticketmaster Files $10M Suit Against Scalper
- Ticketmaster has just sued Prestige Entertainment for $10 million in LA court for having used “illegal technology” to procure and sell 21,000 tickets to Hamilton and other popular shows. A spokesperson explained: “Ticketmaster is suing Prestige Entertainment over their use of bots to instantly and illegally purchase tens of thousands of tickets and leave real fans out in the cold. Ticketmaster has zero tolerance for bots and will continue to employ all available methods to stop their usage.” With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton won eleven 2016 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Score, Book of a Musical, Direction of a Musical, Choreography and Orchestrations. Mr. Miranda received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Hamilton. More details here.
Cast Announced for Broadway Revival of My Fair Lady
- Emmy nominee Lauren Ambrose will take on the central role of Eliza Doolittle in the Broadway revival of My Fair Lady, set to begin previews in March 2018 at Lincoln Center Theater’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. Ambrose, who first collaborated with My Fair Lady director Bartlett Sher on LCT’s 2006 revival of Awake and Sing!, will be joined onstage by Harry Hadden-Paton in his New York stage debut as Henry Higgins, with two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz as Alfred P. Doolittle and Tony winner Diana Rigg as Mrs. Higgins. Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture Pygmalion, My Fair Lady boasts classic songs like “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “The Rain in Spain” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” More details here.
Tina Fey Celebrates Mean Girls Day in Manhattan
- Last Tuesday was October 3, which is also known as Mean Girls Day, thanks to a famous scene from the movie. Tina Fey celebrated by passing out free cheese fries in New York, on the first day of ticket sales for the upcoming Broadway musical adaptation of the film. Fey, who also played teacher Mrs. Norbury in the movie, handed out Sweetery fries from a Mean Girls food truck to fans waiting to buy tickets at the August Wilson Theatre box office. The show begins Broadway previews in March 2018. Mean Girls will make its world premiere at The National Theatre in Washington, D.C. later this month. More details here.