Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on Broadway’s Great White Way this week! But first:
Happy Thanksgiving from Entertainment-Link!
Opening this Week:
Home for the Holidays – Opens November 21st
Winners of American Idol, The Voice, and America’s Got Talent, unite to form a new Holiday concert tradition, performing more than 25 beloved Christmas classics.
Emmy winner John Leguizamo has returned to Broadway with his latest work, Latin History for Morons, which officially opened last week at Studio 54. The irreverent and incisive 90-minute solo play traces the marginalization of Latinos in U.S. history and the vital roles they played – from a satirical recap of Aztec and Incan history to stories of Latin patriots in the Revolutionary and Civil War and beyond. Reviews were mostly positive towards Leguizamo’s return to the stage, though some found the humor at times more groanworthy than gut-busting:
Newsday – “…righteously funny, if bordering on the obscene, and there are some pointed messages about immigration issues. But attempts to keep things current with passing references to Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey fall flat.”
New York Times – “At their best, [Leguizamo’s] jokes get at something deep. If only the character at the center of this frenetic one-man show were as convincing. Latin History for Morons would be richer if he didn’t try so hard to make something so awful so funny.
However, most critics praised Leguizamo’s daring humor and incomparable mimicy, as well as the deep dive into Latino culture:
Entertainment Weekly – “A sobering expression of political urgency that reflects its star’s maturation as a Latino public figure…”
New York Daily News – “Irreverent, entertaining…While it whirls together autobiography, comedy and social commentary, the show is fast-paced, funny, foul-mouthed, [and] insightful…”
NY1 – “Latin History reveals a maturing comedian who manages to be funny, instructive, and touchingly reflective all at the same time.”
News and Notes:
1984 Ruled Not Eligible for 2018 Tony Awards
- The Tony Awards Administration Committee met on November 9 for the first time this season to decide the eligibility of Broadway productions for the American Theatre Wing’s 2018 Tony Awards. The Committee announced that the Broadway staging of 1984, which ran from May through October at the Hudson Theatre, is ineligible to compete in any category. Stars Reed Birney, Tom Sturridge and Olivia Wilde will not be considered for their performances. In a statement, Tony Award Productions said, “The show did not fulfill all of the eligibility requirements as outlined by the Tony Rules and Regulations.” No further elaboration on the decision was provided. However, the New York Times has reported that it was the production’s refusal to allow journalist and Tony nominator Jose Antonio Vargas access to see a performance that was the determining factor in the committee’s decision. A spokesperson for the production would not confirm the report. More details here.
Tony Winner Ben Platt Makes Forbes 30 Under 30 List
- Forbes has revealed its annual 30 UNDER 30 Hollywood & Entertainment list, spotlighting the next generation of talent. Appearing among the list of esteemed actors, writers, musicians and more is Tony Award winner Ben Platt, currently starring in Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen. The 24-year-old received the 2017 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Evan Hansen. He also received the Drama League’s Distinguished Performance Award, of which he is the youngest ever recipient. The talented star recently signed with Atlantic Records for his forthcoming debut album. More details here.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Announces Broadway Closing Date
- The Broadway production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will play its final performance January 14, 2018, producers announced last week. It was also announced that the U.S. national tour will launch in September 2018. There are also plans for international tours launching in Australia in 2018 and the United Kingdom in 2019. “It has been a privilege to share this timeless story with audiences of all ages,” said producers Mark Kaufman, Kevin McCormick, and Caro Newling in a joint statement. “Our remarkable creative team, led by the incomparable Jack O’Brien, have re-imagined the story of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka for a new generation. We now look forward to a long life for the production across North America and around the world.” More details here.
Film Adaptation of Tony Winner Come From Away in the Works
- Come From Away, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about travelers who find themselves stranded together in a small Newfoundland town during 9/11, will be adapted as a feature film by the Mark Gordon Company. Husband-and-wife writing team of Irene Sankoff and David Hein, who were nominated for the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, will author the screenplay. “Irene, David and Christopher created an experience that celebrates the triumph of humankind’s solidarity and compassion in the face of adversity – an experience that is equally breathtaking, inspiring and cathartic. We are proud to create a feature film adaptation to share with audiences around the world,” said Mark Gordon in a statement. More details here.