Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Opening this Week on Broadway:
M. Butterfly – Opens October 26h
Clive Owen stars in a Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award-winning drama about a married French diplomat who carries on a 20-year affair with a mysterious Chinese opera singer.
Broadway News and Notes:
New Musical The Prom Will Open on Broadway Next Year
- Following a 2016 world premiere at Atlanta, Georgia’s Alliance Theatre, the new musical The Prom will transfer to Broadway in fall 2018. Tony winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten!) will direct and choreograph. The musical features a book by Chad Beguelin (Aladdin), who also penned the lyrics, and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and music by Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer). The Prom takes place in a small Indiana town, where a prom is canceled after the high school forbids a female student from bringing her girlfriend. When a group of eccentric Broadway actors hear her story, they travel to the community in an earnest – if possibly misguided – attempt to correct the injustice. More details here.
Emmy Winner Anthony Edwards to Make Broadway Debut
- Emmy and Golden Globe winner Anthony Edwards has been announced to play the role of Mr. Franklin in the upcoming Broadway revival of Children of a Lesser God. The new production of Mark Medoff’s 1980 play is set to begin performances beginning March 2018 at Studio 54. Tony winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Fences) directs the mounting that will also star Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff. Edwards is probably best known for his role as Dr. Mark Greene on the long-running TV series ER, for which he received four Emmy nominations. More details here.
Broadway’s War Paint Moves Up Closing Date
- War Paint, the new Broadway musical starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as rival cosmetics giants Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, respectively, will now end its run November 5 at the Nederlander Theatre. The musical was originally scheduled to close December 30; the earlier date will allow two-time Tony winner LuPone to have necessary and immediate hip replacement surgery. Both LuPone and Ebersole received Tony nominations for their performances. LuPone is next slated to star as Joanne in the upcoming London production of Company. She’ll reprise her performance after taking on the role in the New York Philharmonic’s 2011 staging. More details here.
Hamilton Creator’s Star-Filled Benefit Single Tops Billboard Charts
- After its release on October 5, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s benefit track “Almost Like Praying” has reached the top spot of Billboard’s October 28 Digital Song Sales chart. The song is a response to the devastation Puerto Rico faces following Hurricane Maria, which left millions without homes, food, or water. Proceeds go directly to the Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund. According to Billboard, Nielsen Music projected 111,000 downloads in the week ending October 13. This lands the song on the publication’s Hot 100 chart, marking Miranda’s first track in the top 40.“Almost Like Praying” is available to download or stream here. More details here.