Bye Bye “Birdie,” Hello New Work and New Horizons

Bye Bye "Birdie" [picapp align="none" wrap="false" link="term=bye+bye+birdie&iid=6822616" src="3/a/5/4/Opening_Night_Of_d5b1.jpg?adImageId=9478895&imageId=6822616" width="234" height="200" /] The universally panned production of Bye Bye Birdie, starring John Stamos and Gina Gershon, closed on Broadway on Jan 24 after playing 117 performances. Though selling at 90% capacity, producers decided the show's success would dwindle upon the departure of its stars and so…

A Big Broadway News Roundup

Next to Normal Looking to Launch a National Tour [picapp align="none" wrap="false" link="term=Next+to+Normal&iid=4959751" src="f/b/a/b/63rd_Annual_Tony_c2b6.jpg?adImageId=9327539&imageId=4959751" width="234" height="180" /] Brian Yorkey, the book writer and lyricist for Broadway's Next to Normal, told Playbill.com, "A tour is in the works. David Stone's at work putting it together. I think it will launch later this year, in the fall…

Tveit leaving N2N, Wicked Bway’s 20th longest running show, Nine and In the Heights news, cleaners strike possible

It's official: Tveit is leaving Next to Normal, Massey stepping in Kyle Dean Massey (Xanadu, Wicked, Altar Boyz), who played Gabe in the Tony-winning musical Next to Normal while Aaron Tveit took a leave of absenc, will assume the part of Gabe permanently beginning on Jan. 4. Tveit will play his final performance Jan. 3…

Closing, opening, cast albums, casting and more in a huge Broadway news round-up

A lot has been happening on Broadway these last few weeks. Here are the biggest of the announcements: Closing soon Bye Bye Birdie has offically announced that it will play its final performance on Jan 24. Though technically an extension of its limited run, many had expected this expensive production to run much longer, and…

Mid-November Broadway Musical News Roundup

Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark is gearing up again this time with a lead actor and producer It's official - Reeve Carney, the lead singer of the band Carney, will be playing Peter Parker (ie. Spideman) in the upcoming Broadway mega-spender Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark. Why cast such an unknown in the lead role?…

A casting, gossip and news round-up for October

Finian's Rainbow opens tonight on Broadway The Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow opens on Broadway tonight, October 29, 2009. Starring Jim Norton (The Seafarer) as Finian, Kate Baldwin (Wonderful Town) as Sharon, Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu) as Woody,  and Christopher Fitzgerald (Young Frankenstein) as Og, we're looking to see how the public responds to the show.…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Mamma Mia, Bye Bye Birdie and South Pacific In the News

[picapp src="2/d/a/2/Thank_You_For_a98c.jpg?adImageId=6194569&imageId=6458170" width="234" height="156" /] The Good Mamma Mia, the 13th longest running show in Broadway history, celebrated 8 years on Broadway yesterday, Oct 18! The musical currently stars Beth Leavel, John Dossett, Judy McLane, Allison Briner, Halle Morse, Michael Mindlin, Patrick Boll, Alyse Alan Louis, David Andrew Macdonald and Eric William Morris. [picapp src="8/2/f/5/Opening_Night_Of_03e1.jpg?adImageId=6194675&imageId=6822495"…