Archive for September, 2009
West Side Story recoups investment after 30 weeks
West Side Story has officially recouped its $14 million initial investment after running 30 weeks (247 performances)! A national tour of this production will begin in the fall of 2010 though it is likely the Broadway version will stick around for a good while longer.
American Idiot extends run at Berkley Rep
American Idiot has been extended at Berkely Rep through Nov 15! The show is now the top-grossing show in the Rep’s 41-year history with the biggest advance sale, the biggest day at the box office, and 17 of the top 20 days ever. Extended for three weeks even before it had its first performance, American Idiot now adds another two weeks. We can only hope it will next move straight on to NYC.
The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction was a great success
The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction that took place this past Sunday raised $403,929 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS! Since its debut in 1987, the event has raised a staggering grand total of $8,161,752!
Shrek the Musical adds the song “I’m a Believer”
And … due to popular demand, the song “I’m a Believer” will now be sung in Shrek the Musical beginning Friday, October 2. Not sure what I think of this. They must be doing well-enough to pay those royalties …
I’ve been getting a number of requests for footage from the sequel to Phantom of the Opera, Phantom: Love Never Dies, so I figured I should post what’s out there now here.
It’s only a teaser, but the clip actually gets me excited for the show … set on Coney Island a decade after the original.
Here’s the clip. Enjoy!
Rumor has it that Scarlett Johansson is heading to Broadway, set to star opposite Will & Grace star Sean Hayes in a revival of the Neil Simon musical Promises, Promises.
Also rumored – directors Harold Prince and Susan Stroman are set to collaborate on an upcoming Broadway musical called Paradise Found, an adaptation of the novel The Tale of the 1002nd Night. Mandy Patinkin is rumored to be under consideration as the Shah’s eunich.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Randy Skinner, with music supervision by Rob Berman, has announced the stars for this year’s re-mounting.
The cast will be helmed by James Clow (Assassins, Wonderful Town, Company, She Loves Me, Blood Brothers), Melissa Errico (Dracula, My Fair Lady, High Society), Tony Yazbeck (Gypsy, A Chorus Line, On the Town), Mara Davi (A Chorus Line, The Drowsy Chaperone, No, No Nanette), Ruth Williamson (La Cage Aux Folles), Peter Reardon (Urinetown, Passion, Meet Me in St. Louis, La Cage Aux Folles), Remy Auberjonois, Cliff Bemis, Madeleine Yen and David Ogden Stiers.
Previews begin Friday, November 13 for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 3, 2010. Additional casting will be announced shortly.
David Bologna leaves Billy Elliot
David Bologna, whose performance as Michael earned him a nomination for a Tony Award in Billy Elliot the Musical, plays his final performance on Sept. 27.
Laura Michelle Kelly and Christian Borle join the cast Mary Poppins
Laura Michelle Kelly, who originated the title role in Mary Poppins on the West End, and Christian Borle (Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Footloose) will join the cast of Broadway’s Mary Poppins on Oct. 12 as Mary and Bert.
Six new tribe members for Broadway’s Hair
The Tony-winning revival of Hair welcomed six new cast members to the tribe: Rachel Bay Jones and Ryan Watkinson (Xanadu), Krystal Joy Brown (High School Musical), Heath Calvert (Good Vibrations), Matt DeAngelis (Altar Boyz), Hannah Shankman (Kaspar Hauser) and Ryan Watkinson (Xanadu).
Two new Nalas and two new Simbas for The Lion King
Alphonso Romera Jones II and Marquis Kofi Rodriguez will be stepping into the role of Young Simba, and Shereen Pimentel and Shannon Skye Tavarez into that of Young Nala in Broadway’s The Lion King during the next couple performances.
Bring it On: The Musical is an adaptation of the smash Hollywood film of the same name. With direction/choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights, 9 to 5, The Apple Tree), a book by Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music by Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) and Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, 13, High Fidelity), lyrics by Amanda Green (High Fidelity) and orchestrations/arrangement/music supervision by Alex Lacamoire (In the Heights, Wicked), I don’t see how this could possibly fail.
The show is looking to mount a regional production in 2011, followed by a national tour. Though no Broadway production has been mentioned, with these names on board, I’d be very surprised if this show didn’t eventually make it to the Great White Way.
Broadway’s Bye Bye Birdie is offering lots of ways for folks to get tickets on the cheap. They’ve got the standard student rush tickets at half price, available 1 hour before the show, but they are also offering “general rush” tickets that can be bought by anyone on the day of the performance for $26.50, and those between the ages of 18 and 35 can become members of Roundabout’s “hiptix” program and get tickets for only $21.50!
On Tuesday, September 22, Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone, The Civil War, Young Frankenstein), John Dossett (Gypsy, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer), Alyse Alan Louis, Allison Briner, Halle Morse, Michael Mindlin (9 to 5, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Patrick Boll (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer), David Andrew Macdonald (Coram Boy), Eric William Morris (Coram Boy), Felicity Claire, Rachel Frankenthal and Natalie Gallo all joined the New York cast of Mamma Mia.
Lots of Broadway stars are making television appearances this week:
John Stamos (Bye Bye Birdie, Cabaret, Nine) will appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on September 29.
Kristin Chenoweth (The Apple Tree, Wicked, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown) will appear on the “Late Show with David Letterman” on Thursday September 24.
New Yorkers can catch Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages, The Wedding Singer) at 5pm on WNBC.
Did you miss the recent Broadway cast appearances on television? Streaming video to the rescue…
The cast of Broadway’s The Lion King performing on Dancing with the Stars yesterday, September 23:
The cast of Chicago’s Jersey Boys performing on Oprah last weekend:
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