October 30, 2013 |
[This post has been corrected. See below.] Proving that a big-budget musical can overcome initial bad reviews to become a mainstay on Broadway, "Wicked" is celebrating its 10th anniversary in New York on Wednesday, with special appearances scheduled for the evening's performance at the Gershwin Theatre. "Wicked," a "Wizard of Oz" prequel featuring songs by Stephen Schwartz, is the 11th longest running show in Broadway history. (The No. 1 spot is still held by "The Phantom of the Opera," which has been running for more than 25 years.)
September 13, 2012 |
No need to bone up on the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith before attending "The Book of Mormon" at the Pantages Theatre. Just know that this exceedingly naughty, though in the end disarmingly nice, show is devised by the minds behind "South Park" and that risqué "Sesame Street" for theater-loving adults, "Avenue Q. " In other words, leave the kids at home with a baby-sitter, or child-protective services might be knocking at your door. Built for the irreverent Gen X faithful, all those aging slackers (myself among them)
July 27, 2012 |
The Fonz is heading back to Broadway -- this time as a porn star. Henry Winkler and (the much younger) Cheyenne Jackson will play adult film actors in the world premiere of David West Read's "The Performers. " The play is set to open Nov. 14 at the Longacre Theatre, with Evan Cabnet as director. The romantic comedy revolves around two high school friends (Daniel Breaker and Jackson) who reconnect at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas. Long-term relationships with the women in their lives are tested, and the hardest-working man in the adult film industry, a character named Chuck Wood (Winkler)
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.
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.
February 20, 2013 |
Once more to the barricades, "Les Misérables" fans. The beloved musical is heading back to Broadway next year in the form of the 25th-anniversary touring production, which came to Los Angeles in 2011. "Les Misérables," which has found renewed popularity thanks to the Oscar-nominated movie adaptation, is set to open in New York in spring 2014. The production has been touring the United States since 2010 and has stopped at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, the 25th-anniversary production draws inspiration from the paintings of Victor Hugo, who wrote the original novel.