Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on Broadway’s Great White Way this week:
Opening this Week:
The Boys in the Band – Opens May 31st
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:
Broadway’s Margaritaville Announces National Tour
- Escape to Margaritaville, the new musical featuring the songs of Jimmy Buffett, will launch a national tour in October 2019. The traveling production will kick off at Rhode Island’s Providence Performing Arts Center. The musical, featuring a book by Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley and directed by Tony winner Christopher Ashley, opened at the Marquis Theatre in March after playing pre-Broadway engagements in La Jolla, Chicago, New Orleans, and Houston. Casting and a full itinerary will be announced at a later date. More details here.
Andy Karl Joins Cast of Pretty Woman
- Three-time Tony nominee Andy Karl has been announced to take over the role of Edward Lewis from Tony winner Steve Kazee in the Broadway-bound Pretty Woman: The Musical. Kazee, who played the role at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre, has departed the main-stem transfer for family reasons. Pretty Woman: The Musical, based on the late Garry Marshall’s hit 1990 film, will begin previews at the Nederlander Theatre on July 20 with an opening night scheduled for August 16. Karl most recently appeared on Broadway in a Tony-nominated and Olivier-winning turn as Phil Connors in Groundhog Day. His credits also include Tony nominated performances in On the Twentieth Century and Rocky as well as roles in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Wicked, Jersey Boys, 9 to 5, Legally Blonde, The Wedding Singer and Saturday Night Fever. More details here.
Broadway Ticket Scalping Ring Busted in Bronx
- According to ABC 7 New York, a fraudulent ticketing ring operating out of two locations in the Bronx has been busted in a seven month co-investigation by the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Five people were arrested in connection to the bogus ticketing ring which has swindled thousands of dollars from Broadway, sports, and music fans throughout its operation. According to the report, the Midtown South Detective squad made the bust at two separate locations which revealed that the ring had been using sophisticated printing technology to print hundreds of fake tickets to popular concerts, Broadway shows, and sporting events. The suspects have been charged with over 70 counts of fraud, larceny, and forgery. More details here.
NBC Announces Hair as Next Live Musical
- NBC has tapped the 1960s musical Hair as its next live broadcast, slated for a spring 2019 airing. The broadcast follows NBC’s previous live musical offerings: The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, Hairspray, and, most recently, Jesus Christ Superstar. The musical, featuring music by Galt MacDermot and a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, premiered in 1967 at Off-Broadway’s Public Theater before a Broadway transfer the following year. The 2009 revival went on to win the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The national tour of the production played a limited Broadway engagement in 2011. More details here.