Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:
Broadway’s Be More Chill Breaks Box Office Record
In its first week of previews on Broadway, Be More Chill has set a new record at The Lyceum Theatre. With a gross of $738,383.50, the new musical breaks the house record for a seven-performance week. The previous record was held by the 2008 production of Macbeth starring Patrick Stewart, which grossed $584,033. Based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Ned Vizzini, and featuring a score by Joe Iconis and a book by Joe Tracz, Be More Chill already has an established cult following, gaining the attention of young audiences online after a New Jersey world premiere at Two River Theater in 2015 and a subsequent run Off-Broadway at the Pershing Square Signature Center in 2018. More details here.
Cast Announced for Oklahoma! Broadway Revival
Producers confirmed the Broadway cast is now complete for the transfer of the Bard SummerScape production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, which played a sold-out run in Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse last year. Previews begin at the Circle in the Square Theatre on March 19, ahead of an official opening on April 7 and a limited engagement through to September 1. With the exception of new cast member and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Will Brill as Ali Hakim, the entire St. Ann’s Warehouse company is set to reprise their respective roles on the Great White Way, including Damon Daunno as Curly McLain, Rebecca Naomi Jones as Laurey Williams, Ali Stroker as Ado Annie, Patrick Vaill as Jud Fry, James Davis as Will Parker, and two-time Tony Award-nominee Mary Testa (Guys and Dolls, Xanadu) as Aunt Eller. The Bard SummerScape production of Oklahoma! garnered great acclaim in Brooklyn, heralded as “Best of the Year” and a “Critic’s Pick” by The New York Times and the “#1 Theatrical Event of the Year” by TIME Magazine. More details here.
Broadway Revival of Frankie and Johnny Sets Theatre and Dates
The Broadway revival of Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Tony, Grammy, and Emmy winner Audra McDonald and two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon, will play the Broadhurst Theatre. Performances will begin May 4 ahead of a May 30 opening night. The production will celebrate four-time Tony Award-winning writer McNally’s upcoming 80th birthday. In Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, a waitress and a short-order cook’s first date turns into a one-night stand and something more. The play debuted Off-Broadway in 1987, with a revival seen on Broadway in 2002. More details here.
Broadway’s The Ferryman Welcomes New Cast
Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman welcomed new cast members to the critically acclaimed Broadway production last week. Directed by Sam Mendes, The Ferryman now features three-time Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James (Next to Normal, Titanic, Spotlight), Holley Fain, Emily Bergl, Fred Applegate, Ralph Brown, Sean Delaney, Jack DiFalco, Ethan Dubin, Tony winner Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!, The Whale), Terence Keeley, Collin Kelly-Sordelet, Ann McDonough, Julia Nightingale, and Graham Winton. Beginning April 16, Tony winner Blair Brown (Orange Is the New Black, Copenhagen) will assume the role of Aunt Maggie Far Away, replacing Fionnula Flanagan in the role. Winning three 2018 Olivier Awards, The Ferryman opened at The Royal Court in May 2017. The sold-out show transferred to the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End, and ended its thrice-extended, year-long run in May 2018. More details here.