August 7, 2004 |
Broadway is anticipating some real dog days at the box office, partly because of the arrival in New York of thousands of elephants. The Republican National Convention begins Aug. 30, and several struggling productions will close by then in anticipation of ghost-town conditions exacerbating Broadway's traditional Labor Day slump.
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 |
Broadway lights will continue to shine. Two weeks after its contract expired, the union representing stage actors reached a tentative agreement Monday with New York theater producers, ending a period of uncertainty as the two sides wrangled over issues of healthcare costs, actor safety and, most important, nonunion tours of Broadway shows. "We have a settlement," said Maria Somma, a spokeswoman for Actors' Equity Assn. Details of the settlement were not immediately available.
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.
May 7, 2003 |
Warner Bros. will produce a Broadway musical version of the Anne Rice vampire novels with the working title "The Vampire Lestat," the studio announced Tuesday. If the project comes to fruition in 2005 as planned, it will be the studio's first venture in producing theater, although Warners has previously invested in theater, said Gregg Maday, executive vice president of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures. The "Vampire" talent includes names associated with rival Disney's theatrical projects.
March 13, 2003 |
There was a festive, almost giddy air in the New York Theater District as the 18 musicals that had been shut down for four days by a strike, including "The Producers," "The Lion King," "Mamma Mia!" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie," resumed playing Tuesday night. There were celebrations at many theaters. At "La Boheme," all 28 players in the orchestra came on stage after the show to take a bow, as did the musicians at "Hairspray."
March 11, 2003 |
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg invited striking Broadway musicians and producers to hold round-the-clock negotiations at the mayoral mansion, and both sides continued bargaining late into the night. Bloomberg said the 4-day-old strike was causing a "severe economic impact" as well as the "disappointment of theater-goers from around the world." The city's tourism office said the overall loss for the weekend was about $7.2 million.
March 10, 2003 |
A dispute over the size of orchestras for musicals left most of Broadway filled with the sound of silence for the third straight day of a strike that is costing New York's fragile economy millions of dollars. The Great White Way went dark Friday night after talks between a musicians union and producers broke down and actors and stagehands refused to cross union picket lines, closing 18 Broadway musicals.