THE SHOW “Working Girl”
THE DEAL Singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper (who won a Tony for the score of “Kinky Boots”) is working with playwright Kim Rosenstock (“Tigers Be Still”) on a Broadway musical adaptation of the 1988 workplace film comedy “Working Girl.” “I love the film, and its story about a woman’s very unconventional road to success in the ’80s is something I know a lot about,” Lauper said in a statement. The project brings to mind the musical adaptation of the 1980 workplace film comedy “9 to 5,” which briefly played Broadway in 2009 and had a score by Dolly Parton.
WHAT Pearl Theatre
THE DEAL The Pearl Theatre Company, a scrappy 33-year-old company dedicated to producing classic dramas (and one of the few still with a resident company of actors), announced lasts week that it is shutting down, effective immediately. In an email, the company stated that it “simply could not outpace the economic reality of operating a midsize theater company in Manhattan amid a crowded field of worthy causes.” In 2009, the Pearl moved from its longtime home on St. Mark’s Place to City Center, and then again in 2012 to a larger venue on the far west side of 42nd Street. Its most recent production was an adaptation of Thackeray’s “Vanity Fair.”
THE SHOW “Crazy for You”
THE DEAL Earlier this year, director-choreographer Susan Stroman (“The Producers”) staged a one-night concert production of the smash 1992 musical comedy “Crazy for You” (which she originally choreographed) at Lincoln Center. Now word comes that Stroman will helm a Broadway revival of the musical, with a pre-Broadway run set for next winter in Los Angeles. In a statement, Stroman said that “Crazy for You” is “a raucous musical tale about the power art has to bring life to a community and purpose to its people.” Tony Yazbeck (“On the Town”) and Laura Osnes (“Cinderella”) starred in the concert production.
WHAT The Public Theater
THE DEAL Currently presenting “Julius Caesar” as the first of its two Shakespeare in the Park productions, the Public Theater has revealed its 2017-18 season, the company’s 50-year anniversary of staging work at its iconic building at Astor Place in the East Village. The season will include Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” (performed by the experimental group Elevator Repair Service), an encore engagement of the hit play “Tiny Beautiful Things” (again starring Nia Vardalos), Richard Nelson’s “Illyria” (about Public Theater founder Joe Papp in 1958), Luis Alfaro’s “Oedipus El Rey,” Julia Cho’s “Office Hour,” Sarah Burgess’ “Kings” (directed by Thomas Kail of “Hamilton”), Bruce Norris’ “The Low Road” and Lynn Nottage’s “Mlima’s Tale.” “Each of these plays participates in the great issues of the age; that is what makes them Public plays,” artistic director Oskar Eustis said in a statement.