Katie Holmes is returning to Broadway for one her first projects post divorce with a starring role in Theresa Rebeck’s new play, Dead Accounts. It’s set to open at the Music Box Theatre this fall. Tony Award-winning Jack O’Brien will … Read More »
Now that the Broadway season has ended with the Tony Awards, it’s time to think about what’s next. Broadway has embraced movie stars who turn shows into events in limited runs; how about taking a page from Hollywood and going the brand route? Producer Dianne Fraser has acquired stage rights to Gilligan’s Island: The Musical, and she plans to launch the show on Broadway, banking on the idea that the audience for the iconic TV show will want to see the characters brought to the stage.
It’s based on the classic 1960s series with a book that was written by series creator Sherwood Schwartz and his son Lloyd, with a score by Schwartz’s daughter Hope and her husband Laurence Juber, a guitarist-composer. Schwartz, who also created The Brady Bunch, passed away last year, but not before the show was road-tested in small theaters across the country. It’s very similar to the format of the original show, with Gilligan, the Skipper, The Howells, Ginger, Maryanne and the Professor stranded on an island. They’ve added another character: an alien. Read More »
Are Broadway audiences ready for a noir story about power and betrayal in Old Hollywood? We’ll see next year: Emmy winner and Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale will star in a production of Clifford Odets’ play The Big Knife. The Roundabout Theatre Company production, directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes, will begin previews on March 22, 2013, at the American Airlines Theatre and open officially in April. The limited engagement runs through June 2. “The Big Knife is well overdue for a revival,” says Roundabout’s Artistic Director Todd Haimes. “It’s written by one of our greatest American playwrights with an array of great roles for actors to sink their teeth into.” He adds that Cannavale is “one of those modern actors who you can really imagine fitting right into the 1940s. There’s something wonderfully old-school about him.” Read More »
The Roundabout Theater Company has set Jake Gyllenhaal to make his American stage debut in the ensemble cast of If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, a comic drama by Nick Payne that will start previews August 24 and open September 20 at the Laura Pels Theatre on West 46th Street. Gyllenhaal made his stage debut on London’s West End in Kenneth Longergan’s revival of This Is Our Youth. Read More »
Woody Allen is adapting the original screenplay he co-wrote with Douglas McGrath for the 1994 film Bullets Over Broadway as a musical and will take it to Broadway in 2013. The New York Times reports that Julian Schlossberg and Allen’s sister … Read More »
The Book Of Mormon juggernaut shows no signs of abating. The Tony-winning musical, which recouped its initial investment in eight months and has a precedent-setting $40 million advance sale on Broadway, is now getting ready to hit the road with … Read More »
BREAKING: After wrapping up a year that saw her turn in lauded performances in the films The Help, Tree of Life, Take Shelter and The Debt, Jessica Chastain is now turning her sights on Broadway. She will star in The … Read More »
Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark was the highest grossing show on Broadway over the holidays, shattering the record for the highest single-week gross of any show in Broadway history. It also recorded the highest single-week attendance by any show in Broadway history. Maybe Julie Taymor’s replacement director Philip William McKinley was onto something when he told Deadline last year that Broadway’s most expensive musical would eventually make its money back. Bashed in previews, the $75 million Spider-Man broke records over the New Year. Keep in mind that estimates are the show needs to gross $1.2 million a week to cover costs, so investors won’t be lighting cigars for a long time. But many felt last year this would go down as the biggest Broadway debacle ever, and so far that doesn’t seem to be the case.
New York, NY – SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark, Broadway’s most popular new show, rang in the New Year as the highest grossing show on Broadway, shattering the record for the highest single-week gross of any show in Broadway history. The total gross for the record-breaking week ending Sunday, January 1 was $2,941,790.20, besting the previous record of $2,228,235 set by Wicked in 2011. Playing to 17,375 audience members (100.02% capacity of The Foxwoods Theatre), SPIDER-MAN also enjoyed the highest single-week attendance by any show in Broadway history (playing a standard 9-show holiday schedule).
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While there is suspicion that the year-old Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark will have to run for decades to recoup its $75 million budget despite its glowing press, the same cannot be said of the Tony-winning The Book Of Mormon. … Read More »
Back in March, the official release outlining the retooling of the massive and plagued Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark touted a new direction and a new director to replace Julie Taymor. And when the revamp finally made … Read More »
BREAKING: Barry Levinson’s 1982 film Diner is headed for Broadway in fall 2012. Base Entertainment’s Scott Zeiger and Brian Becker have announced a musical adaptation with book by Levinson and music and lyrics by Sheryl Crow. The musical marks the … Read More »
All of Broadway will go dark Saturday and Sunday as Hurricane Irene approaches the East Coast and New York braces for winds, rain and potential flooding during the weekend. It will be the biggest emergency shutdown of the Great White … Read More »
Producers of the Broadway play The Motherf**ker With the Hat said today that the extended limited engagement has recouped its full capitalization. The play is written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and stars Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Annabella Sciorra and Yul Vázquez. Scott Rudin is counted among the producers. The … Read More »
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark finally opened on Broadway on Tuesday night. There was a star-studded crowd that included Bill Clinton, a 10-minute standing ovation, and even deposed director Julie Taymor got up to take a bow. And, thank goodness, no actors fell from the rafters. A press release from the show’s reps reports that “critics and audiences cheer[ed] the opening,” and offered a few effusive blurbs from USA Today, MTV and NY1 News. Well, first of all, they weren’t reading the reviews I saw. In The New York Times (generally the review that helps a show fly or die), Ben Brantley compared its earlier incarnation to now as an “ascent from jaw-dropping badness to mere mediocrity,” but that isn’t a rave since he likened that earlier version to “watching the Hindenburg crash and burn.” The Wall Street Journal called the book “flabby and witless” and, as for the plot, “everything that happens is utterly familiar and utterly predictable.” To sum up, the WSJ offers that “$70 million and nearly nine years of effort, all squandered on a damp squib. … Never in the history of Broadway has so much been spent to so little effect.” The other Gotham papers basically said it was better than it was when Taymor was calling the shots, but essentially that its edge (not to be confused with U2′s The Edge) had been varnished away, leaving blandness and U2 songs that aren’t the catchiest that Bono and The Edge ever came up with. Read More »
UPDATE: CBS, which carries the Grammy Awards, issued a statement from Jack Sussman, EVP specials, music and live events. “On behalf of everyone at CBS, our thoughts and prayers go out to John’s wife Rita, daughters, Maria and Rose and the entire Cossette family,” Sussman said. “I was fortunate to … Read More »
Easter Sunday seems an appropriate time to focus on Hollywood’s treatment of the subject matter of religion. When it comes to making movies from various Biblical interpretations, conventional wisdom says stick close to scripture and the faithful will flock. Mel … Read More »