Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:
Broadway’s Mockingbird Breaks Another Box Office Record
Producer Scott Rudin announced last week that the Broadway production of Aaron Sorkin‘s To Kill a Mockingbird, based on Harper Lee‘s classic novel, has once again shattered its own box office record at the Shubert Theatre, and the record for the highest weekly gross for an American play on Broadway. The record-breaking gross of $1,718,214.84 is also the highest-ever weekly gross of any play in the history of The Shubert Organization. This is the second time the production has broken its own one-week box office record. The current advance stands at more than $22 million, with total sales at $52 million. Mockingbird will launch a coast-to-coast national tour in August 2020 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. More details here.
The Cher Show Cast Album Sets Release Date
The original cast album to the new Broadway musical The Cher Show, currently playing at the Neil Simon Theatre, will be released digitally April 12 on Warner Bros. Records with the physical CD album release set for May 10. Fans who pre-order the album will receive “If I Could Turn Back Time” instantly. The bio-musical is a celebration of entertainment icon Cher and her amazing six decade career and life story. The release contains 22 songs including the legend’s biggest hits like “If I Could Turn Back Time,” “I Got You Babe,” “Believe,” “The Beat Goes On,” “Bang, Bang,” and “Strong Enough” and is performed by a stellar cast. Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks and Micaela Diamond all play Cher at various times in her life. Cher, currently on tour, is an Oscar, Emmy and Grammy award-winning star and recent Kennedy Center Honoree. More details here.
Aladdin Celebrates 5 years on Broadway
Disney’s Aladdin celebrated five years on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 31. To honor the occasion, the hit musical welcomed five current and former Genies – Deonte L. Warren, Michael James Scott, James Monroe Iglehart, Major Attaway, and Juwan Crawley – to perform a special post-show “Act 3” performance for audiences. Based on the 1992 animated film, the Disney musical tells the story of a street-smart commoner whose whole life changes when he meets a magical genie who can grant him three wishes. Aladdin, directed and choreographed by multiple Tony winner Casey Nicholaw, was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical, with Iglehart winning for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. More details here.
The Life And Works of Maya Angelou in Development for Broadway
The life story and written works of the late author and poet Maya Angelou are being made into a one-woman stage play to be titled Phenomenal Woman: An Evening With Maya Angelou. Produced with the support of Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson, the play is aiming to arrive on Broadway in 2021. Angelou, who wrote the 1969 classic book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2000 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. As an actress, she appeared in Jerome Kilty’s Broadway play Look Away, an adaptation of Mary Todd Lincoln: Her Life and Letters, earning Angelou a 1973 Tony nomination for her performance as Elizabeth Keckley. More details here.