Here’s a quick glance of some notable Broadway news items from the past week:
Kinky Boots Announces Closing Date on Broadway
The 2013 Tony winner for Best Musical, Kinky Boots, will end its Broadway run April 7, 2019, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Directed and choreographed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots began performances in 2013. At the time of closing, the hit musical will have played 2,507 regular performances and 34 previews – making it the 25th longest-running production in Broadway history. The musical, featuring a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein, won six 2013 Tony Awards. Based on the 2005 Miramax film, Kinky Boots tells the uplifting and heartwarming tale of Charlie Price, a young man reluctantly taking over his family’s struggling shoe factory and looking for a fresh idea. Charlie meets and finds inspiration in Lola and together, they discover that it takes a good friend to make a great pair. More details here.
Tina Turner Musical Headed to Broadway
Tina, the new musical based on the life of legendary singer Tina Turner, will begin its Broadway run in fall 2019 at a theatre to be announced. The bio musical received its world premiere in April 2018 at the Aldwych Theatre, where it continues to play to sold-out audiences. A separate production is planned for Hamburg in 2019. Tina tells the story of the rockstar’s life from her humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee to her chart-topping, Grammy-winning days as the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. In a statement Tina Turner said, “Bringing this musical to life on stage and working with this team has meant so much to me, I feel that it is in many ways a culmination of my career. London audiences have been and continue to be extraordinary. Now, the bright lights of Broadway are calling, and I’m very excited to share this beautiful show with New York audiences next year.” More details here.
Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow to Star in Hillary and Clinton
Tony and Emmy Award winners Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow will return to Broadway this Spring in Hillary and Clinton, a new play by author Lucas Hnath (A Doll’s House, Part 2). Tony winner Joe Mantello (The Humans, Three Tall Women) will direct the production, which will begin previews in March 2019. The play premiered at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater in 2016 before heading to Philadelphia, Richmond, and Dallas. In each of those productions, the role of Hillary was played by a black actress. The play, which will feature Metcalf as Hillary and Lithgow as Bill, aims to explore the politics of marriage and gender roles as Hillary, a former First Lady, is at odds with her husband Bill and her campaign manager Mark as she attempts to salvage her bid for President of the United States during the 2008 primaries. Metcalf earned a Tony Award earlier this year for Three Tall Women, after winning the previous year for her performance as Nora in A Doll’s House, Part 2. Lithgow, a Tony winner for The Changing Room and Sweet Smell of Success, last appeared on Broadway in his solo show Stories By Heart. More details here.