December 4, 2012 |
The true stars of Broadway are New York's tourists, says a new study. Their first sightseeing stop? The Internet. The Broadway League's 15th annual demographics report, released Monday, profiles the current habits of theatergoers, comparing it with seasons past, and then predicts future trends. The study, based on questionnaires distributed in the Big Apple, finds that 63.4% of Broadway ticket sales for the 2011-12 season went to tourists. This was up from 61.7% in the previous season.
January 7, 2013 |
The Broadway debut of the new musical version of the popular 1982 Barry Levinson movie "Diner," featuring music by pop star Sheryl Crow, has reportedly been delayed until fall. The delay, which was reported by the New York Times, will allow producers to raise more funds toward the musical's $9.5-million budget as well as provide time for rewrites. Levinson is writing the book for the musical, based on his original screenplay. This isn't the first bump in the road for "Diner," which had been expected to debut on Broadway in April.
February 5, 2013 |
If you're a community theater regular, or even attended high school or college musicals, you're likely familiar with the lively, foot-tappin' tunes of “Pippin.” It's the story of a young prince, son of the French King Charlemagne (King Charles), and his search for his place in the world. The original Broadway version of "Pippin," directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, debuted in 1972; it ran for five years and won five Tonys. Now "Pippin" will return to the Great White Way this March for the first time in more than 30 years.
June 22, 2012 |
Broadway will see the return of actors Laurie Metcalf and Bobby Cannavale in the new season that begins in the fall. Metcalf, an original member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater, will star in "The Other Place," Sharr White's thriller, which premiered last year at Off-Broadway's MCC Theater, set to open Jan. 10 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The actress is currently onstage in London's West End in Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night. " In "The Other Place," she will star as a researcher on the brink of a breakthrough in neurological medicine when her world and family begin to unravel.
January 17, 2014 |
With his "Harry Potter" days now well behind him, Daniel Radcliffe has been embracing less family-friendly material in recent years and that includes the darkly comic world of Martin McDonagh's "The Cripple of Inishmaan. " Having starred in the recent revival of the play on London's West End, Radcliffe will take the production to Broadway, with an opening at the Cort Theatre in New York scheduled for April 20. The play is expected to begin previews on April 12 and will run for three months.
February 5, 2008
Re "L.A. plans Broadway face-lift," Jan. 28, and "L.A.'s 'Blade Runner' plans," Opinion, Jan. 30 The Times characterizes the "Bringing Back Broadway" initiative as a plan to "obliterate Broadway's essentially Latino character." That conveniently omits the numerous benefits this widely supported initiative will bring about. The revitalization of the Broadway district will encourage economic development and an appreciation for Los Angeles' vibrant history, be an attraction for tourists and enhance the unique culture of our city.