They say that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb but clearly “they” weren’t talking about Broadway theater. It’s like a twenty car pile-up of show openings out there, everyone trying to crash the party before the Tony eligibility deadline on April 28. Right now, there are overworked publicists surviving on nothing more than leftover pigs-in-a-blanket and fumes from their overheating blackberries. Pray for them. Here are a few bits and bobs to keep our energy up:
- The new play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo opens tonight for a limited 16 week run on Broadway. The critical reaction to Robin Williams’ performance should be interesting to watch (and I’ll chime in next week in April’s “To See or Not To See” round-up.)
- The box office results are in and it looks like people are responding to the fizzy (and slightly filthy) fellas of Priscilla Queen of the Desert as well as the revival of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. In a perfect world, Arcadia would be raking in Wicked-dough for years to come.
- If you want to be ahead of the curve, take a look at the list of musicals which received development grants from The National Alliance for Musical Theatre. The odd-couple combo of Michael John LaChiusa (Hello Again) and Ellen Fitzhugh (Paper Moon) is certainly an eye-catcher.
We’ve made it through our first month and I want to thank everybody for reading and commenting; this should be a conversation between friends so jump on in and let me know what you’d like to see more (or less) of. Keep up with posts by joining us on Facebook. And, finally, take a look back at some popular stories from March you may have missed:
- Tom Berklund was our first Theater Buff. You never forget your first.
- Celebrating Stephen Sondheim’s birthday led to some truly heartfelt and lovely remembrances from readers.
- Tony-Nominee Kate Baldwin kissed and told about Sheldon and Cheyenne.
- Cheap Broadway tickets. ‘Nuff Said.
- And finally, we mounted a full-scale revolt against tyranny and bloating with the Les Miz Workout.