November 24, 2004 |
New York stagehands and theater producers reached an agreement on a contract Tuesday, avoiding the Broadway stage's second labor disruption in less than two years. Details weren't immediately available. A union spokesman said the contract is similar to a three-year accord the union reached last month with the Nederlander Organization, which owns nine Broadway theaters. That agreement called for pay increases of 3% a year and greater benefits.
November 16, 2004 |
"Gem of the Ocean," the August Wilson play that postponed its New York opening after a major investor pulled out, will arrive Dec. 6 on Broadway now that new financing has come through. Preview performances begin Nov. 23 at the Walter Kerr Theatre, Carol Fineman, a spokeswoman for the production, said Monday. The play will be presented by Carole Shorenstein Hays and Jujamcyn Theaters, both long associated with Wilson's plays. "Gem of the Ocean" originally was scheduled to open Nov.
September 4, 2004 |
Broadway's box office suffered during the first half of this week, probably because of causes related to the Republican National Convention, said Jed Bernstein, president of the League of American Theatres and Producers, which represents Broadway producers. Streets south of the Broadway theater district were closed because of security measures for the convention, which might have discouraged attendance, Bernstein said. There were convention-related protests in the area Sunday.
August 10, 2004 |
Surf's up! "Good Vibrations," a new musical using more than 30 Beach Boys songs, will open on Broadway in January. The show will begin preview performances in early December at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. An opening date will be announced shortly. "Good Vibrations" has a book by Richard Dresser and concerns a group of small-town teens who come to Southern California.
August 3, 2004 |
"Little Women," Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel, has been an indestructible Hollywood property. Katharine Hepburn played Josephine "Jo" March in the classic 1933 movie, directed by George Cukor; June Allyson starred in the 1949 remake; and Winona Ryder was in the 1994 film version. Now Sutton Foster, a Tony winner for her performance in "Thoroughly Modern Millie," will play Jo on Broadway in a new musical opening Jan. 20 at the Virginia Theatre.
July 13, 2004 |
Former "Saturday Night Live" star Chris Kattan withdrew Sunday night from the second lead role in a new Stephen Sondheim/Nathan Lane musical, "The Frogs," currently in previews on Broadway. The show is set to open in 10 days.
April 27, 2004 |
The outrageous hit London musical "Jerry Springer -- The Opera" is coming to the United States. It will open at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco next spring before transferring to Broadway in October 2005. The musical, loosely based on Jerry Springer's TV talk show, began its life as a cult production in a small London fringe theater before becoming a hit at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival, then being produced at London's National Theatre.
September 21, 2003 |
Curtain up! Light the lights! There's an opening on Broadway that is neither a play nor a musical. It's the Biltmore Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., which fell into disrepair and closed in 1987. After a $37-million renovation, it is to become the home of the Manhattan Theatre Club (www.manhattantheatreclub.org). Its production of "The Violet Hour," a new play by Richard Greenberg, the Tony-winning author of "Take Me Out," begins previews Oct. 16 and opens Nov. 6.