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 »
Two new Broadway shows that received less-than-enthusiastic reviews and failed to catch on with ticket buyers posted closing notices on Wednesday afternoon. The courtroom drama "A Time to Kill," which marked the first John Grisham novel to be adapted to the stage, will close on Nov. 17. The musical "First Date," which depicts a young pair meeting up at a bar, will also shutter,...Read more »
'A Doll's House,' Baryshnikov, Dafoe set for BAM in spring
Brooklyn Academy of Music unveiled its spring season this week. In addition to "King Lear" with Frank Langella, BAM will also present a production of Ibsen's "A Doll's House" as well as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe in "The Old Man."
Disney eyeing musical of 'Hunchback of Notre Dame'
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LBJ drama with Bryan Cranston set for B’way
“All the Way,” Robert Schenkkan’s new three-hour drama about President Lyndon B. Johnson, starring Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), which just premiered at the American Repertory Theatre in Massachusetts, is set to transfer to Broadway later this season, the playwright confirmed via Facebook and Twitter. Schenkkan is best known for his Pulitzer-winning...Read more »