Behind the Curtain: 'Smash' attracting DVR viewings
As in recent weeks, the Nielsen ratings for Tuesday night's episode of "Smash" were as low as ever. However, there is something of a silver lining. According to Playbill.com, the show's DVR ratings have recently increased by more than 50 percent. Time will tell if this is enough to keep the Broadway-themed television drama moving forward.
Newly conceived 'Phantom' to tour, original stays on B'way
Apparently, it's not too soon to revive "Phantom." Even though the original Broadway production, which just celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Majestic Theatre, still shows no signs of closing.Producer Cameron Mackintosh plans to present an entirely new production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical (though it will at least have the same costume design) that will tour the country next season. It will be directed by Laurence Connor, who also directed the new "Les Miz" that is heading to Broadway next year.
'Honeymoon' to premiere at Paper Mill before Broadway
Jason Robert Brown's musical of the film comedy "Honeymoon in Vegas," which has long been in development and delayed repeatedly, will finally receive its world premiere this fall at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse. It is being considered a pre-Broadway engagement. What is no longer clear is whether Tony Danza, who was expected to play the James Caan role from the movie, is still involved in the musical.
Another '50 Shades' musical parody coming
Last month, "50 Shades! The Musical," an uninteresting parody of the well-known trilogy of erotic novels that was most notable for having an overweight Asian male in spandex play Christian Gray, played at the Gramercy Theatre. Now comes "Cuff Me: The Fifty Shades of Grey Musical Parody," a separate show that will play the Actors Temple Theatre beginning next month.
'Wicked's' Idina Menzel set for 'Next to Normal' follow-up
It was announced Thursday that Idina Menzel, who has not appeared on Broadway since her Tony-winning turn in "Wicked," will return next season in "If/Then," a new musical by composer Tom Kitt and lyricist-writer Brian Yorkey, who penned the Pulitzer-winning "Next to Normal." An original musical, "If/Then," explores a woman on the verge of turning 40 who moves to New York City to restart her life.
Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton at opening night of "Carousel" at the New York Philharmonic ... Bobby Cannavale and Amy Sherman-Palladino at opening night of "The Madrid."