Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical Sets Broadway Venue and Dates
Producers announced last week that Tina – The Tina Turner Musical will begin performances October 12 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, with an opening night set for November 7. Tony nominee Adrienne Warren will take on the title role of the rock legend, having recently earned an Olivier Award nomination for her performance in the musical’s world premiere in London’s West End. The musical explores the life and legacy of the music artist, from humble beginnings in Tennessee to becoming a global phenomenon – all set to Turner’s decades of hits. Tina Turner is considered to be one of the best-selling artists of all time – and the reigning Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. She has garnered 11 Grammy Awards and three Grammy Hall of Fame awards, plus a legion of fans the world over. More details here.
Criss Angel Joins In Residence on Broadway Series
World-renowned illusionist Criss Angel will take the stage from July 2 – 7 as part of the In Residence on Broadway series at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The production appears on the heels of an acclaimed West Coast run of Angel’s new show, titled Chris Angel Raw – The Mindfreak Unplugged. Angel is one of the most influential and imitated magicians of the modern era. He’s earned acclaim for his role as star, creator, executive producer and director of the television series Criss Angel Mindfreak on the A&E Network and for his Las Vegas stage show of the same name. Angel joins a lineup of In Residence on Broadway shows that includes Morrissey (May 2-11), Yanni (May 28-June 2) and Regina Spektor (June 20-26). More details here.
Ryan Murphy to Adapt The Prom for Netflix
Ryan Murphy, who produced the revival of The Boys in the Band on Broadway earlier this season, announced that he will adapt Broadway’s The Prom for online streaming giant Netflix. Murphy will collaborate on the upcoming film with the show’s Tony-winning director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw and creators Tony winner Bob Martin (book), Tony nominee Chad Beguelin (book, lyrics), and Tony nominee Matthew Sklar (score). Murphy is best known for creating/co-creating/producing a number of successful television series, including the FX medical drama Nip/Tuck, the Fox musical comedy-drama Glee, the FX anthology series American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Feud, and the currently airing Fosse/Verdon. Now running at the Longacre Theatre, The Prom tells the story of an Indiana high schooler barred from bringing her girlfriend to the prom – and the group of eccentric Broadway folk who infiltrate the town in an earnest, misguided attempt to fight the injustice. More details here.
Musical Adaptation of Billy Crystal’s Mr. Saturday Night in Development
Tony-winning stage-and-screen veteran Billy Crystal is at work on a musicalized version of his 1992 film, Mr. Saturday Night. A workshop for the musical, which Crystal is developing with The Nederlander Organization, will take place in May. The creative team includes three-time Tony winner Jason Robert Brown and Tony nominee Amanda Green, plus the movie’s screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. Mr. Saturday Night is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that marked the directorial debut of its star, Crystal. It focuses on the rise and fall of Buddy Young Jr., a stand-up comedian. Co-star David Paymer received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Crystal co-wrote and starred in the autobiographical solo play 700 Sundays, which played a Tony-winning run from 2004-2005. He brought the show back to Broadway for a sold-out encore engagement in 2013. More details here.