Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on Broadway’s Great White Way this week:
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American Son – Begins October 6th
Set in a Florida police station, Kendra and Scott, a separated, interracial couple, reunite as they grapple with the disappearance of their teenage son in this Broadway premiere drama.
Beginning Preview Performances this Week:
Gettin’ The Band Back Together – Begins July 19th
After losing his job on Wall Street, 40-year-old Mitch Shapiro reconnects with his high school friends, putting their old band back together and entering a high-stakes Battle of the Bands.
Pretty Woman the Musical – Begins July 20th
A new musical based on the beloved 1990 romantic comedy about a businessman who unexpectedly falls for a down-on-her-luck Hollywood call girl after hiring her as an escort.
Broadway News and Notes:
SpongeBob Announces Broadway Closing Date
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical will end its Broadway run September 16 at the Palace Theatre, producers announced last week. The Tony-nominated production will embark on a North American national tour beginning fall 2019. The musical’s Broadway run is cut short, in part, due to the fact that it is losing its home. The 105-year old Palace Theatre will close temporarily as part of a $4.2 billion real estate deal that will redevelop the site, including the Double Tree Hotel which was constructed around the Palace in the 1990s. SpongeBob SquarePants arrived in New York following a Chicago out-of-town try-out last summer. The show’s director, Tina Landau, earned a Tony Award nomination for her inventive and unconventional approach to the material that humanized the characters than creating literal representations of the familiar Nickelodeon cartoon. The production recieved twelve 2018 Tony nominations in total, including Best Musical. More details here.
Who’s Holiday! Plans Broadway Run
- Matthew Lombardo’s dark solo comedy Who’s Holiday! is planning a limited Broadway run later this year. The news was first reported following a decision made last week by the US Court of Appeals. The court affirmed that the long-embattled play is a parody that falls under fair use. A satirical spin on Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Lombardo’s solo show follows a drunken, middle-aged Cindy Lou Who, who now resides in a trailer in the hills of Mount Crumpit. Dr. Seuss Enterprises has argued that the work infringes on trademarks and has tried to shut the work down. Who’s Holiday! played a limited run last winter Off Broadway at the Westside Theatre. More details here.
The Play That Goes Wrong Delays Broadway Closing
- The acclaimed Broadway comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, which recently announced an August 26 closing date, will now remain at the Lyceum Theatre through January 6, 2019. The comedy introduces audiences to the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, a performance troupe attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery. As the title suggests, it doesn’t go so well, and the accident-prone thespians fight against all odds to make it through the performance to final bows. The production will also launch a national tour opening in Pittsburgh this September. Additional tour cities, dates and casting will be announced at a later date. More details here.
West Side Story Broadway Revival Planned for 2019
- The Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim masterwork, West Side Story, will return to Broadway in a new production directed by Tony Award winner Ivo van Hove; and for the first time ever in the United States, will feature all-new choreography by the internationally acclaimed Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. The revival will begin performances on December 10, 2019, ahead of an official opening night on February 6, 2020 at a theater to be announced. When the original production of West Side Story first premiered at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre on September 26, 1957, it utterly changed the face of the American musical theater. Now, more than 60 years later, the legacy of that original production, along with subsequent stagings around the globe and the iconic cinematic adaptation, has cemented West Side Story‘s place as one the most significant cultural achievements of the 20th century. More details here.