Broadway News Wrap Up – 02.12.19

Broadway News

Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:

Broadway’s Anastasia and The Band’s Visit Announce Closing Dates

Two currently running Broadway shows posted closing notices last week.  The Band’s Visit will play its final performance April 7 at the Barrymore Theatre. The musical received positive reviews, 10 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and recouped its $8.75 million capitalization in 11 months. The Band’s Visit came to Broadway with the support of critics from its 2016 Off-Broadway run, and a North American tour will launch June 25 at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island.  Anastasia, the Broadway stage musical based on the 1997 animated film, will end its run March 31  at the Broadhurst Theatre. The expanded stage production, earning two Tony Award nominations in 2017, features a score by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty with a book by Tony winner Terrence McNally. The musical launched a national tour in October 2018, and other productions continue in Madrid, Spain and Stuttgart, Germany. Additional productions are planned for Holland, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Australia, and Brazil. More details here and here.

NBC Cancels Hair Live!

NBC has cancelled its plans for an upcoming live broadcast of the musical Hair. The announcement comes a week after Fox’s presentation of Rent, which drew in the lowest numbers of any of the networks’ recent televised musicals. “Live musicals are a part of this network’s DNA, and we are committed to continuing that tradition,” said NBC Co-Chairmen Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks in a statement. “Since these shows are such enormous undertakings, we need titles that have a wide appeal and we’re in the process of acquiring the rights to a couple of new shows.” The ’60s musical, about a group of hippies resisting authority and protesting the Vietnam War, was a marked departure from NBC’s earlier, more family-friendly offerings, which began in 2013 with The Sound of Music. NBC does not have any announced live theatrical projects in the pipeline.  More details here.

Adrienne Warren Will Lead Tina Musical on Broadway

Adrienne Warren, the Tony-nominated star currently debuting the title role in the West End premiere of the Tina Turner bio-musical Tina, has signed on to play the role in the upcoming Broadway production. The transfer will premiere this fall, with exact dates and venue to be announced soon. Turner said, “I’m so proud of everything that Adrienne has achieved over the last year in the West End. She has given it everything she’s got, she has poured her soul into it and she deserves every success. I am thrilled she will be reprising her role in New York, and I cannot wait to see her on that Broadway stage on opening night.” Warren earned a Tony nomination for her performance in Shuffle Along, which followed her acclaimed Broadway debut in Bring It On: The Musical. Warren will continue in the West End staging until April 13. More details here.

London’s The Height of the Storm Announces Broadway Run

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced plans to present the American premiere of Tony Award nominee Florian Zeller’s The Height of the Storm, translated by Academy & Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton and directed by Tony Award nominee Jonathan Kent. The play is scheduled to begin previews at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on September 10, 2019, ahead of an official opening on September 24. British stage legends Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins will reunite in New York City for the production, reprising their respective roles from the critically acclaimed West End run, which played a limited engagement at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2018. The Height of the Storm will mark Florian Zeller’s second Broadway production, following his Broadway debut with The Father, which played the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in the spring of 2016, earning a Tony Award nomination for Best Play and featuring a Tony Award-winning performance by Frank Langella. More details here.

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