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Holiday Shows, Broadway “Blows” and More Theater News

November 30th, 2012 Comments off

The cast of "Elf". Photo by Joan Marcus.

The holiday season is in full swing so let’s unwrap some shiny theater news — just be sure to save the ribbon:

  • Thanksgiving week is traditionally a boffo box office week on Broadway and this year was no exception. Twelve shows topped the million dollar mark in receipts. Of particular interest, the holiday themed musicals Elf and A Christmas Story had very healthy totals ($997,145 and $1,104,312) aided by an additional performance per week.  With The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas running elsewhere in town, it would seem that the surest way to success on stage is a torrent of fake snow.
  • Broadway Bares. Photo by Andrew Eccles.

    Speaking of stocking stuffers…wait for it…Broadway Bares, the annual burlesque extravaganza benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, officially announced it is set for Sunday, June 23, 2013. Tickets are on sale now. No word on a theme yet but something tells me it will involve a saucy pun.  Yeah, I’m psychic like that.

  • The holidays are a time for giving…and Broadway is no exception. On December 10, a big name roster of stage talent (including David Hyde Pierce, Patrick Wilson, Julia Murney, Eden Esipinosa and many more) will be singing to support the folks affected by Hurricane Sandy at Broadway Blows Back. (Maybe that was the saucy pun I was seeing in my crystal ball?)
  • Two shows that opened this season got some early presents this week.  Our fine fettle friends at The Mystery of Edwin Drood will be recording an album for the acclaimed revival and the little show that could (about the little tramp that did) Chaplin is getting a national tour launching in the fall of 2014.
  • Fans of Beth Henley’s southern fried comedy/dramas (Crimes of the Heart) or devotees of early aught teen dramas can pop the champagne for an early New Year’s celebration. Producers announced that Amber Tamblyn (star of Joan of Arcadia as well as a genius prank pulled on Tyrese…go look it up) will be making her Broadway debut in Henley’s The Miss Firecracker Contest in the spring of 2013. I’ve got my sash and crown already…

 

TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE: Fall Preview 2012, The Musicals

September 5th, 2012 Comments off

The Cast of "Chaplin". Photo by Joan Marcus.

Buckle up, boys and girls! The theater season is about to get up and rolling so we’ve got a two part preview of the tunes and tears the Great White Way has to offer through the end of the year. Since the first show out of the gate post-Labor Day is a musical, let’s start with a closer look at the originals and revivals singing and dancing onto Broadway during the rest of 2012.

On a quick glance, the slate is…well…a bit like the island of misfit toys; a curiosity chest of pieces with unusual histories from less than name brand writers. But one never knows until the curtain goes up what we truly have in store; the oddest ducks (or Cats) can sometimes turn out to be blockbusters.

Chaplin (September 10): One of Hollywood’s first mega-stars gets the first slot of the season in what promises to be a splashy theatrical biography. The biggest news is that the lead is being played by a relative unknown (almost unheard of in these marquee driven times), Rob McClure. Also in the plus column, a book co-written by musical vet Thomas Meehan (Hairspray) and supporting turns from the recent Closer than Ever dynamic duo Jenn Colella and Christiane Noll…as well as our very own Theater Buff, Wayne Wilcox.

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“Dogfight” Opens, Shepard Returns & More Theater News

July 17th, 2012 Comments off

The cast of "Dogfight". Photo by Joan Marcus.

Just because we’re in the summer slump, it doesn’t mean there’s no news to round-up. Here’s some tasty tidbits from the world of theater…

  • Up-and-coming composing team Benj Pasek & Justin Paul got their first big NYC premiere last night — prior to their A Christmas Story on Broadway this winter — with an adaptation of the indie flick Dogfight at Second Stage. I wasn’t given review tickets so I can’t speak for the show but the initial critical response is mixed but promising for the writers.
  • Playwright Sam Shepard is an American legend for his plays like True West and Buried Child, so a new work from the Pulitzer-winner is always newsworthy. But how about being able to see the world premiere of his Heartless at Signature Theatre for only $25 a ticket? That’s front page news.
  • Two Off-Broadway hits are getting new leases on life. The hit parody Silence! The Musical is moving uptown to a brand new theater on 42nd street, the Elektra Theatre, tomorrow night. Along for the rude and ribald ride is new cast member and cutie Randy Harrison of Queer as Folk fame. Further uptown, the revival of Maltby and Shire’s classic song cycle Closer Than Ever at the York is getting an extension, adding dates from July 23 – August 25. [I’m seeing it soon so I’ll give you the scoop!]