Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on Broadway’s Great White Way this week:
Beginning Preview Performances this Week:
Three Tall Women – Begins February 27th
A revival of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece that follows the interactions between three women who represent different versions of the same woman in her 90s, 50s, and 20s.
Carousel – Begins February 28th
A revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical that tells the story of millworker Julie Jordan, carousel barker Billy Bigelow, and their ultimately destructive relationship.
Lobby Hero – Begins March 1st
A new play from Oscar nominee Kenneth Lonergan that tells the story of four New Yorkers involved in a murder investigation in the lobby of a Manhattan apartment complex.
Broadway News and Notes:
Jeff Daniels to Star in To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway
- Emmy winner Jeff Daniels will headline Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The Bartlett Sher-helmed production will begin performances November 1 at a theatre to be announced. Opening night is set for December 13. Daniels, who takes on the role of Atticus Finch, returns to Broadway after a Tony-nominated turn in 2016’s Blackbird. Joining him are fellow Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (The Glass Menagerie, Peter and the Starcatcher) as Scout, Will Pullen (Sweat) as Jem and Gideon Glick (Significant Other, Spring Awakening) as Dill. The casting of the three – each notably older than their respective characters—indicates Sorkin’s intentions to present the drama as a memory play. More details here.
Hamilton Becomes Fifth-Biggest-Selling Cast Album in History
- The original cast album of Hamilton: An American Musical has sold over 1.46 million copies since its release in September 2015. According to Nielsen Music, which has been tracking album sales in the United States since 1992, the album from the beloved musical has already surpassed Jersey Boys on top of the best-selling cast albums. In comparison, Jersey Boys, which came out in 2005, has sold 1.445 million copies. Hamilton: An American Musical is currently the fifth largest-selling cast album in history. Still, the best-selling cast album with 4.279 million copies sold is the recording of the original London cast of The Phantom of the Opera. Wicked (2.72 million), Mamma Mia (1.71 million), and Les Miserables (1.66 million) occupy the second, third, and fourth spot respectively. Also, the album surpassed the sales of the original cast recording for the musical Rent. Last year, the Grammy-winning cast album also achieved a Triple Platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America or RIAA. It reached double platinum in December 2016. More details here.
Torch Song to Open on Broadway in November
- The Second Stage Theater production of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song will play Broadway’s Hayes Theater this fall. Set to reprise their performances from the Off-Broadway run are Michael Urie and Tony and Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl. The Moisés Kaufman-helmed production will open officially November 1. The staging, which condenses Fierstein’s original Torch Song Trilogy into two acts, played Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater Off-Broadway last fall. The limited engagement will play the Hayes (where the play first premiered on Broadway in 1982, then the Little Theatre) as the third production under Second Stage’s ownership of the venue, following the upcoming Lobby Hero and Straight White Men. More details here.
Dear Evan Hansen Announces First International Production
- The first international production of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen will play Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre beginning in March 2019. The original Broadway production team will reunite to launch this production. The musical continues its sold-out, record-breaking run on Broadway, and a multi-city U.S. touring production launches in September 2018 in Denver, Colorado. Dear Evan Hansen opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre to rave reviews on December 4, 2016, where it’s broken all box office records and has struck a chord with critics and audiences alike. In addition to winning six 2017 Tony awards and a 2018 Grammy Award, Dear Evan Hansen has won numerous other awards, including the 2017 Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical Production and for the off-Broadway production, two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards and two Helen Hayes Awards. More details here.