Roll out the red carpet and blow the trumpets, this week’s theater news round-up is flush with Broadway royalty…
- Tony-winner Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) looks to be adding another jewel in her crown; she opened last night in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Wit to a lovely review in the New York Times. I’m seeing it tonight so I’ll report back next week with a full look at reviews and my two cents.
- Prince of Broadway, the new Harold “Hal” Prince tribute show, is foregoing a Toronto tryout and heading straight to the Great White Way in 2012. According to the press release, the decision is being made not because they are so confident in the quality of the piece, but instead because the show has grown so large that a pre-Broadway run is not financially feasible. And that, my Vegas friendly friends, is going all in.
The current Kings of Broadway and their court have decided to re-up their contracts and continue their reign. The entire principle cast of The Book of Mormon including Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells, Nikki M. James and Rory O’Malley, will continue with the blockbuster hit through February 2013. Do I smell a pay raise? Yeah, I think I smell a pay raise.
- A possible new princess of the musical theater has had to abdicate her thrown, at least temporarily. The producers of the soon to open Rebecca announced that due to a lack of capitalization, they will not begin performances this spring as planned. Reports indicate that they hope to try again for the 2012-2013 season. Perhaps if those Mormon kids passed around a hat…
- And last, but certainly not least, a true Queen of the theater is returning to reclaim her rightful place atop the New York scene. The delicious Charles Busch (Psycho Beach Party, The Divine Sister) will present a “limited premiere showcase engagement” of his new comedy Judith of Bethulia. Starting March 30 at Theater for a the New City, Busch will be the author and star of “an outrageous and bawdy celebration of the Hollywood Biblical epic.” I bow down before him.