Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:
Hadestown to Open on Broadway in April
Following a celebrated West End opening at London’s National Theatre, the new musical Hadestown by singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell has set a 2019 Broadway premiere at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The run will begin previews on March 22 with an opening night set for April 17. Tony nominee Rachel Chavkin (The Great Comet) is the musical’s co-conceiver and director. Hadestown is a musical re-telling of the mythical quest of Orpheus to overcome Hades and regain the favor of his one true love, Eurydice. The 2016 Off-Broadway premiere at New York Theatre Workshop was honored with an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, an Off-Broadway Alliance Award nomination for Best New Musical and seven Lucille Lortel Award nominations, including a nod for Outstanding Musical. More details here.
Dear Evan Hansen to Receive Film Adaptation
Best Musical Tony winner Dear Evan Hansen is being adapted into a feature film. Universal has acquired the rights to develop the project for the screen, with original book author Steven Levenson writing the screenplay. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote the music and lyrics for the stage production, are expected to be executive producers on the film, along with Levenson. Dear Evan Hansen is the story of a high school senior with the titular name who has severe social anxiety and has trouble connecting with others and making friends. After the suicide of a classmate, Hansen gets caught in a lie that brings him closer to his classmate’s family. The 2016 Broadway production was nominated for nine Tony awards and won six, including Best Musical and Best Score. More details here.
Last week was filled with Broadway closing notices for three currently running Broadway shows: The Go-Go’s jukebox musical Head Over Heels, The Donna Summer bio musical Summer, and Best Revival Tony winner Once On This Island. Summer will play its final performance on December 30 while Head Over Heels and Once On This Island will end their Broadway runs Junuary 6. Summer: The Donna Summer Musical received two Tony nominations for its leading actresses, LaChanze and Ariana DeBose. The disco-fueled bio musical will launch a North American tour beginning Sept. 30, 2019, playing cities including Los Angeles, Nashville and Rochester. Head Over Heels, co-produced by Gwyneth Paltrow, failed to build an audience after receiving mixed reviews from critics, though the possibilities of a national tour are currently being explored. The critically acclaimed revival of Once On This Island was nominated for nine 2018 Tony Awards, winning for Best Revival of a Musical. Producers are launching a national tour, set to begin in the fall of 2019. More details here, here, and here.