Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on Broadway’s Great White Way this week:
Broadway News and Notes:
Some Like It Hot to Become Broadway Musical
- A new musical adaptation of the film classic Some Like It Hot is in the works, with a Broadway premiere slated for 2020. The show will feature a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (the team behind the sounds of Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, and Disney’s upcoming Mary Poppins Returns), plus a book by playwright Matthew Lopez. Tony winner Casey Nicholaw (Mean Girls, The Book of Mormon) will direct and choreograph. The 1959 Billy Wilder comedy was previously adapted for the stage with Jule Styne, Bob Merrill, and Peter Stone’s Sugar, which opened on Broadway in 1972, going on to earn four Tony nominations and play over 500 performances. More details here.
The Play That Goes Wrong Sets Closing Date
- The celebrated Broadway farce The Play That Goes Wrong, which has the distinction of being the longest-running play currently on Broadway, will end its run at the Lyceum Theatre on August 26, 2018. The comedy about an amateur production of a murder mystery that goes hopelessly awry began previews in March 2017. The production transferred to Broadway after a celebrated run in London’s West End (currently in its fourth year), winning the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. The production will launch of a national tour opening in Pittsburgh this September. Additional tour cities (including a five-week stint at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles), dates and casting will be announced at a later date. More details here.
Disney’s Frozen To Launch National Tour in L.A.
- Disney Theatrical Productions will launch a national tour of its latest musical, Frozen, in fall 2019. The traveling production will officially open at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. Exact dates, a full itinerary, and casting will be announced at a later time. The musical, based on the 2013 Oscar-winning animated film, opened at Broadway’s St. James Theatre in March, subsequently earning Tony Award nods for Best Musical, Best Score for Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and Best Book for Jennifer Lee. The two-act musical is the first stage adaptation of the title to expand upon the blockbuster film, with over half the score consisting of new numbers (while also showcasing the film’s memorable songs, including the Oscar-winning “Let It Go”). More details here.
In The Heights Musical Rights Sold for Film Adaptation
- Warner Bros. Pictures is currently in the process of closing a $50 million dollar deal to acquire the film rights to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights. According to the report, Warner Bros emerged victorious from a massive bidding war which included such media heavy hitters as Fox, Paramount, Sony, Disney, Netflix and Apple. The rights to the musical reverted to authors Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria-Hughes following the sexual assault revelations against the Weinstein Company’s former CEO, Harvey Weinstein. The musical, features music & lyrics by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, opened on Broadway in March 2008 and was nominated for 13 Tony Awards, winning four, including Best Musical. It won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and was also nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. More details here.