Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on Broadway’s Great White Way this week:
Beginning Preview Performances this Week:
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 Broadway show about uncovering the truth, and recovering from the past.
Roundabout Theatre Company’s new Broadway production of J. B. Priestley’s Time and the Conways, returning to Broadway for the first time since its premiere in 1938, officially opened last week at the American Airlines Theatre. Critics were divided in their opinions of the revival, with some praising the acting, design and direction for lifting otherwise creaky material: Hollywood Reporter – “[Director] Taichman, set designer Patel and lighting magician Akerlind tap into the playwright’s metaphysical concept with lingering imagery far more evocative than Priestley’s self-conscious writing.” Entertainment Weekly – “As deftly handled by director Taichman, Priestley’s metaphysics are poignant where, in less able hands, they could come off as annoyingly mystical.” But some critics could not get past the troublesome script: NY Magazine – “Despite intermittent moving moments, the text often feels clunky, dated, and more than a bit sentimental.” NY Daily News – “Without the time-leaping construction, the play is pretty conventional. It also has an annoying habit of overexplaining itself. While ideas are underlined and highlighted, characters tend to be fairly one-dimensional.” Read more review excerpts and purchase discount tickets.
Rock icon Bruce Springsteen has made his Broadway debut with solo-show Springsteen on Broadway, which opened last week at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Reviewers were unanimous in their praise for the intimate and thoughtful evening tracing the life and career of The Boss: NY Post – “True Bruce-heads will have heard these stories hundreds of times, and the songs thousands of times. But having them whispered into your ear from touching distance means they pack a bigger emotional punch.” Time Out NY – “The hits are here, but stripped down and edged with wistfulness….It’s magic.” Though some felt the show’s more rigid structure might offer a less-exciting contrast to the freedom of a concert setting: NY Magazine – “The show’s balance of solo acoustic ballads and austere speeches about love and loss [is] frequently undercut by the iconoclastic snark of the man himself. ” NY Daily News – “Being locked to a script at times stunts his naturalness and ease. But the intimacy of the setting – and his magnetism – make up for occasional lapses in spontaneity.” Read more review excerpts and purchase discount tickets.
News and Notes:
Tony Awards Will Return To Radio City Music Hall
The Tony Awards will return to Radio City Music Hall next year. The 72nd Annual ceremony will be broadcast on CBS on Sunday, June 10. The Tony Awards, along with CBS, announced the Tony’s will continue to be broadcast on CBS through 2026. The ceremony has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. “CBS has been an amazing and collaborative partner in bringing the live arts we honor to their viewers,” stated Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing and Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League. “Their continued support has helped make the Tony Awards an acclaimed television event and has allowed us to bring Broadway to homes all over America.” The nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards will be announced on Tuesday, May 1. More details here.
TV Reality Stars Head Home for the Holidays on Broadway
Home for the Holidays, featuring contemporary takes on more than 25 holiday favorites, will play a limited run at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre November 17–December 30. The production will star Candice Glover, winner of American Idol Season 12; Josh Kaufman, winner of The Voice Season 6; and Bianca Ryan, winner of America’s Got Talent Season 1. Kaitlyn Bristowe, star of the 11th season of The Bachelorette, will host the limited engagement, which will feature special appearances by Oscar-nominated stage and screen star Danny Aiello and YouTube sensations Peter Hollens and Evynne Hollens. The artists will be backed by an eight-piece rhythm and brass band. Audiences can expect traditional tunes like “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “O Holy Night” as well as radio favorites such as “All I Want for Christmas is You” and “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home).” More details here.
Broadway’s Come From Away Turns a Profit
The Broadway production of Come From Away has recouped its $12 million capitalization. The show, which earned a Tony Award nod for Best Musical, becomes the third Broadway musical of the 2016–2017 season to announce its recoupment, following the revival of Sunday in the Park with George and the Tony-winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen. Set in the immediate aftermath of September 11, 2001, the musical tells the story of the small community of Gander, Newfoundland, who welcomed 7,000 stranded passengers when several planes were diverted. Despite the clash of cultures, the locals and passengers formed impactful relationships as they made sense of the tragedy in America. Director Christopher Ashley received a Tony Award for his work. More details here.
New Concert Rocktopia to Play Broadway
Rocktopia, an acclaimed concert that has seen great success on international tours, will land at the Broadway Theatre for a six-week run this Spring. Created by maestro Randall Craig Fleischer and stage veteran Rob Evan (“Jekyll & Hyde,” “Tarzan“), who will also star, Rocktopia features the music of Mozart, Queen, Beethoven, Journey and more. Developed over eight years, Rocktopia is inspired by the idea that if Beethoven or Mozart were alive today, they would be modern-day rock stars. The production features lead vocalists, a five-piece rock band, a choir of 40 and an orchestra of 20. More details here.