THE SHOW “Disaster!”
THE DEAL Hours after it received just a single Tony nomination, the new musical “Disaster!” waved the white flag and announced an early closing. Although only intended to be a limited run through July 3, the campy musical that parodies 1970s disaster flicks moved up the closing to Sunday, May 8, at the Nederlander Theatre, which will next be occupied by the return engagement of “Motown.” On social media, Seth Rudetsky (who co-wrote the show’s book and is in the cast) wrote that “Disaster!” will soon be licensed for future productions.
WHO Audra McDonald
THE DEAL Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, who did not receive a Tony nomination for her performance in “Shuffle Along . . .,” won’t have to wait long for her next award. She will be honored May 12 by New Dramatists (which supports rising playwrights) at its annual spring luncheon at the New York Marriott Marquis. The event generally draws a large number of Tony nominees and industry professionals.
THE SHOW “The Glass Menagerie”
THE DEAL Actor-turned-director Joe Mantello (who recently staged “The Humans” and “Blackbird”) will return to acting next season in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” starring Sally Field, directed by Sam Gold and produced by Scott Rudin, reports Playbill.com. The play was seen on Broadway just two years ago with Zachary Quinto and Cherry Jones.
WHAT The Paper Mill Playhouse
THE DEAL New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse will receive this year’s Regional Theater Tony Award. Papermill, which for decades had been mainly a place to see revivals of classic musicals, has been rejuvenated in recent years by premiering new musicals with Broadway aspirations, such as “Newsies,” “Honeymoon in Vegas,” “A Bronx Tale” and “Bandstand.”
THE SHOW “Whorl Inside a Loop”
THE DEAL The comedic drama “Whorl Inside a Loop,” by Sherie Rene Scott and Dick Scanlan, about a Broadway actress who is conscripted into teaching a drama class at a maximum security men’s prison, is being eyed for a Broadway run with Christina Hendricks (who played Joan on “Mad Men”) in the cast. The play premiered Off-Broadway last year.
THE SHOW “The Philadelphia Story”
THE DEAL Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller recently took part in a reading of Philip Barry’s 1939 comedy “The Philadelphia Story” produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company, as reported by ShowBiz411.com. The Roundabout has been looking to revive the play (which is best known for the 1940 film version with Katharine Hepburn) for years, but it is unclear whether a production will happen anytime soon and whether it would involve Cooper and Miller.