Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on Broadway’s Great White Way this week:
Now on Sale:
The Lifespan of a Fact – Begins September 20th
Based on a true story, Daniel Radcliffe stars in a new play about a magazine fact checker assigned to a groundbreaking piece about a Las Vegas teenager who committed suicide, and finds most of the story to be fabricated.
Beginning Preview Performances this Week:
Straight White Men – Begins June 29th
Ed and his three adult sons ring in Christmas by contemplating the value of straight white men in a society driven by conversations of identity and privilege in this new drama.
Broadway News and Notes:
Harry Potter Breaks Another Box Office Record
- The Tony and Olivier Award-winning Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Lyric Theatre has set a new Broadway record for weekly ticket sales for a play, reporting a gross of $2,277,446 for the week ending June 17. This passes the mark set by the two-part play in previews the week ending April 8 ($2,138,859), as well as the previous top grossing play, All the Way, which peaked at $1,623,495 in 2014. Winner of the most awards of any production on Broadway this season, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won six Tony Awards, including Best Play. The production also won 24 major theatre awards in the UK and is the most awarded play in the history of Britain’s Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play. More details here.
Broadway Bound Moulin Rouge! Delays Start of Boston Run
- The pre-Broadway engagement of Moulin Rouge!, a stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning 2001 film musical, has announced new dates at the Emerson Colonial Theatre following a construction issue at the newly restored Boston venue. The Broadway-bound production will now begin previews July 10 instead of the originally announced June 27. Directed by Tony nominee Alex Timbers, Moulin Rouge! was forced to delay the start of Boston previews following a construction issue with part of the steel grid above the stage of the Colonial Theatre last week. Moulin Rouge! stars Tony nominee Aaron Tveit as Christian and Tony Award winner Karen Olivo as Satine. More details here.
Michael Jackson Musical Planned for Broadway
- A musical exploration of the life and catalog of Michael Jackson is in development for Broadway. The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage have partnered to develop a musical inspired by the pop icon. The show is expected to debut in New York in 2020. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Sweat, Ruined) will pen the book for the musical, which will incorporate Jackson’s multiple hits. Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon (An American in Paris) has been tapped to direct and choreograph. Jackson’s catalog has previously served as the backbone for a theatrical production with Thriller – Live, which has played the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End since 2009. More details here.
Movie Adaptation of Cats to Begin Filming in November
- A long-developed film adaptation of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats is now scheduled to begin production in the U.K. in November. Olivier Award-winning Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor has signed onto the Tom Hooper-helmed film and will hold casting calls for ensemble members before rehearsals begin later in the summer. Working Title Films is partnering with Universal Pictures on the film, marking a reunion between the two studios and Hooper after their high-profile 2012 musical film adaptation of Les Misérables. The musical, based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, last played Broadway in a 2016 revival at the Neil Simon Theatre. The original Broadway production ran at the Winter Garden Theatre for nearly 18 years. More details here.