Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on Broadway’s Great White Way this week:
Now on Sale:
The Cher Show – Begins November 1st
A new juxebox musical that tells the story of the early life and career of music icon Cher, using the songs in her memorable catalog.
The Nap – Begins March 28th
A new comedy thriller about the world of snooker, the British version of pool, where a young star on the rise is forced into shady dealings by others attempting to fix a championship tournament.
Opening this Week:
Gettin’ The Band Back Together – Opens August 13th
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 – Opens August 16th
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:
Broadway’s Carousel Announces Closing Date
Producers of the 2018 Broadway revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel have announced that the musical will close at the Imperial Theatre September 16. The production, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien, is the first new production of the musical in over 20 years. The revival received nine 2018 Tony nominations, winning two for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Lindsay Mendez) and Best Choreography (Justin Peck). Set in a small New England factory town, Carousel follows the tragic romance between a troubled carnival barker and the young woman who gives up everything for him. More details here.
Bryan Cranston Plans Broadway Return in Network
Tony and Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston, who won a 2018 Olivier Award for his performance as Howard Beale in Network, will reprise the role when the 2017 National Theatre production arrives on Broadway this fall at the Cort Theatre. Directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Ivo van Hove, Network is adapted by Tony and Olivier winner Lee Hall, based on the Oscar-winning film of the same name by Paddy Chayefsky. Previews will begin November 10 prior to an official opening December 6. In Network, anchorman Howard Beale struggles to pull in viewers – but when he unravels live on screen in his final broadcast, the ratings soar, and the network seizes on their newfound populist prophet. More details here.
Details Announced for Broadway Run of Tootsie
The highly anticipated premiere of Tootsie has found its Broadway home. The new musical based on the beloved 1982 film comedy will play the Marquis Theatre, beginning previews March 29, 2019. Prior to its Broadway run, the musical will make its world premiere at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre from September 11 through October 14, 2018. The production’s Chicago cast will reprise their performances for the Broadway production, including Tony nominee Santino Fontana (Cinderella) as Michael Dorsey. Tootsie tells the story of a talented but difficult actor (Fontana) who struggles to find work until an audacious, desperate stunt lands him the role of a lifetime. More details here.
All-Female Revival of Glengarry Glen Ross Planned for Broadway
Two-time Tony nominee Amy Morton (August: Osage County, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) will direct a Broadway revival of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross, featuring an all-female cast. Performances will begin on Broadway in May 2019. Glengarry Glen Ross is set in a cutthroat Chicago real estate office where four salespeople compete to sell mostly worthless properties to unwitting customers. Whoever sells the most wins a car; whoever sells the least is out of a job. Mamet’s play debuted on Broadway in 1984, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, followed by an Oscar-nominated film adaptation in 1992. The play was most recently revived on Broadway in 2012 with a cast headed by Al Pacino. More details here.