Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Opening this Week:
Straight White Men – Opens July 23rd
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.
Head Over Heels – Opens July 26th
A new musical about a royal family that must prevent an oracle’s prophecy of doom, featuring the songs of the all-female rock band the Go-Go’s.
Broadway News and Notes:
Broadway’s The Prom Switches Venues Before Premiere
- The Broadway-bound musical comedy The Prom has found a new theatre. Performances will begin October 23 as scheduled, but now at the Longacre Theatre instead of the Cort. The Longacre is currently home to A Bronx Tale, which recently announced it will play its final performance August 5. The Prom, directed and choreographed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw, tells the story of an Indiana high schooler barred from bringing her girlfriend to the prom – and the group of eccentric Broadway folk who infiltrate the town in an earnest, misguided attempt to fight the injustice. More details here.
School of Rock Announces Broadway Closing Date
- Producers announced last week that School of Rock will play its final performance on Broadway on Jan. 20, 2019. Once it closes, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will have played 31 previews and 1,307 regular performances. The show began its run November 9, 2015, and opened on December 6. Based on the hit 2003 film, School of Rock tells the story of a down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star named Dewey Finn, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prep school and enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer Battle of the Bands. The show currently has productions running on London’s West End and across the United States on its National Tour. Beginning on October 31, School of Rock will begin its extended sit-down production at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne, Australia before touring Asia. More details here.
Musical Adaptation of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in Development
- The best-selling young adult book series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, is getting the musical treatment. According to a report by Variety, producers have obtained theatrical rights to the series. There is no word yet as to which composer and book writer will be adapting the series, or whether or not the show has Broadway aspirations. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants follows lifelong friends Tibby, Lena, Carmen and Bridget, who find that that as they get older, their lives are heading in different directions. To keep the gang together, they pass along an amazing pair of jeans back and forth that happen to fit each girl perfectly. More details here.
Film Version of Cats Announces All-Star Cast
- Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, multiple Grammy winner Taylor Swift, Tony winner James Corden, and Tony winner Sir Ian McKellen have all been cast in the forthcoming film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical Cats. The film, directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper and penned by Billy Elliot‘s Lee Hall, will begin filming in November. No official word yet on which Jellicles the quartet will play, but it is speculated that Hudson, who won an Academy Award for her performance as Effie in the film version of Dreamgirls, will take on the faded glamour cat Grizabella, the role created in London and on Broadway by Elaine Paige and Betty Buckley, respectively. Hudson would have the chance to belt out the musical’s best-known tune, the chart-topping “Memory.” A release date has not yet been announced. More details here.