Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on Broadway’s Great White Way this week:
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The Boys in the Band – Begins April 30th
A group of gay men gather in a New York City apartment for a friend’s birthday party where the cracks beneath their friendships begin to show, in the Broadway premiere of Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking 1968 play.
Broadway News and Notes:
Bernadette Peters replaces Bette Midler in Broadway’s Hello, Dolly!
- Three-time Tony Award recipient Bernadette Peters made her highly anticipated return to the Broadway stage Saturday in the revival of Hello, Dolly! She takes on the title role of matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi, replacing Bette Midler, who played her final performance on January 14. Peters last appeared on Broadway as Sally Durant Plummer in the 2011 revival of Follies. A Tony winner for Song and Dance and Annie Get Your Gun (plus an honorary award in 2012), her additional Broadway credits include memorable performances in A Little Night Music, Gypsy, Into the Woods, and Sunday in the Park with George. Also joining the production are Tony nominee Victor Garber (last on Broadway in 2010’s Present Laughter) as Horace Vandergelder, Charlie Stemp (an Olivier nominee for London’s Half a Sixpence) as Barnaby Tucker, and Molly Griggs in her Broadway debut as Minnie Fay. The three take over for David Hyde Pierce, the Dear Evan Hansen-bound Taylor Trensch, and Beanie Feldstein. The new cast will celebrate their official opening February 22. More details here.
Broadway Bound Moulin Rouge! Sets Boston Dates
- The stage version of the 2001 Baz Luhrmann movie Moulin Rouge! will reopen Boston’s historic Emerson Colonial Theatre in summer 2018, from June 27 through August 5, prior to its New York debut. Tony nominee Alex Timbers directs the new stage adaptation. The show, which (like the movie) weaves original songs with pop standards, will feature a book by Tony winner John Logan and choreography by Sonya Tayeh. While casting for the Boston engagement has not yet been announced, a recent lab presentation starred Aaron Tveit and Tony winner Karen Olivo as the poet Christian and the singer and courtesan Satine (played on screen by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman), respectively. The musical is expected to transfer following its world premiere engagement, though no word yet on a theatre or dates. More details here.
Disney Will Host First Women’s Day on Broadway
- Ahead of its official Broadway opening, Frozen and Disney Theatrical Productions are hosting the first Women’s Day on Broadway. The event, which will take place on March 12 in partnership with The Actors Fund, will feature panel discussions with women on Broadway and in entertainment. The goal is to promote mentorship and investment in women on Broadway, in the hopes of fostering gender equality in the community. “By gathering together for this unique event, we hope to be able to provide a platform for women to share their experiences and find a collective opportunity for growth,” said Anne Quart, senior vice president of Disney Theatrical Productions. The Women’s Day symposium, which is free and open to women working in entertainment and the general public, will be held at the St. James Theatre, where Frozen will be in previews. More details here.
Train Frontman Pat Monahan to Join Broadway’s Rocktopia
- Pat Monahan, the Grammy-winning and multi-platinum-selling lead singer of the pop-rock band Train, will make his Broadway debut for the first three weeks of the run of Rocktopia, March 20 through April 8. The musical event fusing 20th-century rock with classical compositions will feature world-class vocalists backed by a full symphony orchestra, an electrifying rock band and a choir performing the works of musical innovators including Journey, Mozart, Queen, Handel, U2, Tchaikovsky, Heart, Beethoven, Led Zeppelin, Copland, The Who and more. With founder and lead singer Monahan, Train has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and more than 30 million tracks, with multiple platinum/gold citations, including three Grammys, two Billboard Music Awards, more than 13 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 and dozens of other honors. As part of Rocktopia, Monahan will perform multiple songs, including “Kashmir” by Train’s musical inspiration, Led Zeppelin. More details here.