Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Now on Sale:
The Ferryman – Begins October 2nd
In rural Northern Ireland in 1981, the annual harvest is interrupted by a visitor in a new play by Tony nominee Jez Butterworth.
Beginning Preview Performances this Week:
Mean Girls – Begins March 12th
A new musical based on the 2004 film that follows Cady Heron, who joins the American high school food chain and plots to end the vicious reign of Queen Bee Regina and the “Plastics.”
My Fair Lady – Begins March 15th
An English professor of phonetics makes a bet that he can transform a Cockney flower girl into a lady, in a revival of Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Begins March 16th
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, the Broadway transfer of the London phenomenon that continues the story of former boy wizard Harry Potter, his friends, and his son, in a time-traveling adventure to save the world from the evil Lord Voldemort.
Opening this Week:
Escape to Margaritaville – Opens March 15th
A new musical, featuring the music of Jimmy Buffett, about the choices we make – and the people we become – once we’ve had a change in latitude.
Broadway News and Notes:
Hamilton Earns Record Number of Olivier Award Nominations
- The London version of Hamilton is now the most-nominated production in the history of the Olivier Awards. The nominations, announced last week, recognize excellence in professional theater in London. Hamilton leads the pack with 13 nods, including two for Best Actor in a Musical, three for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Mastercard Best New Musical, and more. The previous record for most Olivier nominations was a tie between last year’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the 2008 production of Hairspray, which each scored 11 nominations. Jez Butterworth’s Northern Irish drama, Broadway-bound The Ferryman, leads plays with eight nominations including Best Director for Sam Mendes. The National Theatre’s production of Angels In America, currently playing on Broadway, follows with six nominations. More details here.
Broadway Composer Robert Lopez Becomes Double EGOT Winner
- Songwriter Robert Lopez became the first person to become a “double EGOT” winner with his Oscar win for co-writing (with his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez) “Remember Me” from Pixar’s animated film Coco. Lopez, who had already achieved EGOT status by winning every major show-business award – the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, alphabetically – by 2014, has since that time earned two more Grammys and now a second Oscar. The tally now includes two Oscars (for songs from Frozen and Coco), two Daytime Emmys, three Tonys (for Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon) and three Grammys (two for Frozen and one for Mormon). Only 12 show-biz luminaries have ever achieved the EGOT pinnacle. Aside from Lopez, the recipients still living are Rita Moreno, Mel Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg, producer Scott Rudin and composer-orchestrator Jonathan Tunick. Earlier recipients included Richard Rodgers, Helen Hayes, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Mike Nichols and Marvin Hamlisch. More details here.
The Prom Finds Its Broadway Home
- The Broadway premiere of The Prom has found a home. The musical comedy will begin performances October 21 at the Cort Theatre, where it will officially open November 15. The show heads to New York following a world premiere in 2016 at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Mean Girls) directs and choreographs. Set in a small Indiana town, The Prom tells the story of a high school student banned from her prom for wanting to bring her girlfriend. When her story reaches a group of eccentric Broadway actors, the group travels to the community in an earnest (and possibly misguided) attempt to help fight the injustice. More details here.
Theatre Community Rallies Behind Broadway Actress After Crash
- The Broadway community is offering condolences and raising funds for Tony-winning actress Ruthie Ann Miles, whose four-year-old daughter was killed last week in a horrific Brooklyn car crash that also left Miles injured. The accident, in which a driver ran a red light (possibly while suffering a seizure) and struck five pedestrians, also claimed the life of a one-year-old boy. Miles, who won a Tony Award for her performance in the 2015 Broadway revival of The King and I, is pregnant, and was walking with her four-year-old daughter Abigail at the time of the crash. Her unborn child reportedly survived, and the actress was in stable condition at New York Methodist Hospital as of Tuesday. More details here.