'Bronx Bombers' bombs on BroadwayThe sentimental New York Yankees salute "Bronx Bombers," which opened at Broadway's Circle in the Square two weeks ago to generally unenthusiastic reviews, will play its final performance on March 2. Last week the show grossed about $175,000, a paltry sum for any Broadway show. This leaves open the possibility that something else will open at Circle in the Square...Read more »
Sting’s ‘Last Ship’ sails into Neil Simon“The Last Ship,” the forthcoming Broadway musical with songs by Sting, will have a cast that includes Michael Esper (“American Idiot”), Aaron Lazar (“The Light in the Piazza”) and Fred Applegate (“The Producers”). As expected, it will play the Neil Simon Theatre, where the LBJ drama “All the Way” is now in previews. Opening night is currently slated for Oct....Read more »
Stritch to appear at 92Y for one-on-one talk
Elaine Stritch, who left NYC last year, will appear at a public talk at the 92nd Street Y on Feb. 17 with Chiemi Karasawa, who directed the new documentary "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me." In recent interviews, Stritch has hinted at a possible Broadway comeback in a revival of Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women."
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‘King Kong’ to play the Foxwoods TheatreThe musical-spectacle “King Kong,” which is about to wrap up its premiere staging in Melbourne, will apparently hit Broadway next season. The show’s producer confirmed on Australian radio that the show will play the oversized Foxwoods Theatre, recently home to “Spider-Man.” The title character is portrayed by, according to previous press materials, “the most...Read more »
Osnes and Abraham join ‘Threepenny’ cast Laura Osnes, who is about to leave the Broadway cast of “Cinderella,” will next appear in the upcoming Off-Broadway revival of Weill and Brecht’s landmark musical satire “The Threepenny Opera” at the Atlantic Theater Company. Staged by Martha Clarke, it will begin previews in March. The cast also includes F. Murray Abraham and Mary Beth Peil.
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Disney developing ‘Frozen’ as stage musical As if you couldn’t already guess, Disney will make a stage version of the animated film musical “Frozen,” as revealed by Disney exec Bob Iger in an interview with Fortune. Based on the time it took for the stage versions of “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King” to materialize following their film debuts, “Frozen” could be on Broadway about four years...Read more »
James Corden rumored for 'Forum' revival
James Corden, who stormed Broadway two years ago in "One Man, Two Guvnors" and plays the Baker in the forthcoming film version of "Into the Woods," may soon be in another Sondheim musical. I hear that plans are in the works for Corden to return to Broadway next season as Pseudalus in a revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the...Read more »
Sophia Gennusa, Bailey Ryon, Oona Laurence and Milly Shapiro, the four young girls who play the title role in “Matilda” on alternating nights and who collectively received a special Tony Award, will exit the Broadway production in the coming weeks. They will be replaced by Gabriella Pizzolo, Ripley Sobo, Paige Brady and Ava Ulloa. Of the four, Sobo is the only one with prior Broadway credit, for...Read more »
'Romeo' to close a month early on Dec. 5
The Broadway revival of "Romeo and Juliet" starring Orlando Bloom, which received unenthusiastic reviews when it opened back in September and has done lackluster business since then, will end its run on Dec. 8 instead of Jan. 12, the previously announced closing date. Last week, it filled only 38.9% of the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Gypsy of...Read more »
Simmons asked to play Goblin in 'Spider-Man'
Rock musician Gene Simmons revealed last week via Twitter that he has been offered the role of the Green Goblin in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" that was originated by Patrick Page and is currently being played by Robert Cuccioli. Although Simmons did not say whether he would accept the chance to join the production, he made a point...Read more »