September 6, 2013 |
The sun will come out -- tomorrow. But the forecast looks cloudy for the Broadway revival of “Annie” in the not-too-distant future. The current version of the beloved musical, which opened in November at the Palace Theatre, will close in January, producers announced on Thursday. It has played 487 performances and 38 previews. The production, directed by Tony-winner James Lapine, was nominated for a Tony for best musical revival this year. But it has received tepid reviews and ticket sales have been on the decline recently.
January 19, 2012
After its highly anticipated run at the Mark Taper Forum set to start Jan. 25, "Clybourne Park," Bruce Norris' 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, will open on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theater on April 12, according to a spokesperson for the show. It has been a circuitous path to New York's famed theater district, but at least it has carried many of the original crew along for the ride. Pam MacKinnon will direct at both the Taper and the Walter Kerr; she directed the show's original incarnation at off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons in February 2010.
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.
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.
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.
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.