Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:
To Kill A Mockingbird Breaks Own Box Office Record
The Broadway production of Aaron Sorkin‘s To Kill A Mockingbird has again surpassed its previous 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 (week ending 3/31) 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 critically acclaimed adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel has recouped its entire investment after 19 weeks. Since performances began in November 2018, To Kill a Mockingbird has not played to an empty seat, with capacity at 100% or greater for every performance in the 1,460-seat theater. The advance currently stands at more than $22 million, with total sales at $52 million. More details here.
Mel Brooks Joins In Residence on Broadway Series
Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Mel Brooks will perform on the Broadway stage June 17 and 18 as part of the In Residence on Broadway series at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The unscripted show will combine off-the-cuff comedy, unbelievable personal stories, and film clips from some of his most memorable work. Brooks won his first Oscar in 1964 for writing and narrating the animated short The Critic and his second for the screenplay of his first feature film, The Producers, in 1968. Many hit comedies followed, including Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He received three 2001 Tony Awards for the musical stage adaptation of The Producers, which ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2006 and holds the record for the most Tonys ever won by a Broadway production. He followed that success with Young Frankenstein, which ran on Broadway from 2007 to 2009 and opened in London’s West End in fall 2017. Other previously announced artists for the In Residence series include Morrissey, Yanni, Regina Spektor, and illusionist Criss Angel. More details here.
Destiny’s Child Musical in Development
Mathew Knowles (father of Beyoncé) and Je’Caryous Johnson have announced they are currently developing Survivor: The Destiny’s Child Musical, about the girl group that launched the careers of Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. The musical will give audiences an honest, behind-the-scenes look at how the iconic group was created. Knowles, who acted as manager of the group until their split in the mid-aughts, says the musical will be told through his perspective. Johnson’s recent stage productions include the Snoop Dogg- and Tamar Braxton-led Redemption of a Dogg and Set It Off Live. Although no official dates have been announced, the production is eyeing a 2020 premiere in Houston. Since its inception in 1990, Destiny’s Child has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, won multiple Grammy Awards, served as an inspiration to many musical acts and garnered generations of fans. More details here.
Disney Announces Beauty and the Beast Broadway Revival
Beauty and the Beast, the first Disney title to be adapted into a Broadway musical, is poised to return to the New York stage. The announcement arrives on the heels of the show’s 25th anniversary; Disney Theatrical Productions President Thomas Schumacher disclosed the plans on ABC News, though opted not to reveal any additional details, including a theatre or production timeline. Beauty and the Beast first opened at the Palace Theatre in 1994 and went on to run for nearly 13 years, becoming Broadway’s tenth longest-running production in history. The musical has grossed more than $1.4 billion worldwide and played in thirteen countries and 115 cities. Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a cold-blooded prince who has been magically transformed into an unsightly creature as punishment for his selfish ways. To revert into his true human form, the Beast must first learn to love a bright, beautiful young woman whom he has imprisoned in his enchanted castle before it is too late. More details here.