THE SHOW "The Play That Goes Wrong"
THE DEAL Earlier this year, the producers of “The Play That Goes Wrong” announced that the slapstick backstage comedy would end its Broadway run in August but quickly relented and pushed the closing date back to Jan. 6. While that is the last day the show will play at the Lyceum Theatre, it will then transfer to Off-Broadway’s multi-venue New World Stages for an open-ended run, beginning Feb. 11. “Avenue Q” made the same move from Broadway to New World Stages in 2009 and will play its final performance there on April 28.
THE SHOW "Hamilton"
THE DEAL The upcoming limited run of “Hamilton” in Puerto Rico, for which Lin-Manuel Miranda will return in the role of Alexander Hamilton, has switched venues from the historic Teatro UPR at the Rio Piedras campus of the University of Puerto Rico to the Luis A. Ferre Performing Arts Center in San Juan due to security concerns arising from student protests. “We believe in the right to peacefully assemble, and we believe in freedom of speech. But in the case of an unforeseen emergency, our ‘Hamilton’ production security alone would not be able to provide security to cast, crew, patrons and the UPR community,” said Luis A. Miranda Jr., Lin-Manuel’s father who attended UPR and is involved in the run, said in a statement. The producers of “Hamilton” had already spent over $1 million to restore the Teatro UPR.
THE SHOW "Red State Blue State"
THE DEAL Colin Quinn, who has deconstructed world history (“Long Story Short”), the Constitution (“Unconstitutional”) and the New York City melting pot (“The New York Story”) in his most recent comic monologues, will return to Off-Broadway with “Red State Blue State,” a meditation on the current national political divide. It will be produced by Audible at the Minetta Lane Theatre from Jan. 5 to March 3. "We all know I don't owe this country anything. In fact it probably owes me. You, however, owe the country a visit to my show to give it a proper send off before it implodes,” Quinn said in a statement.
THE SHOW "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child"
THE DEAL The best play Tony Award winner, which will likely become the most lucrative nonmusical in Broadway history, will undergo a major overhaul in March, with the replacement of most of the current cast (many of whom originated their roles in London). New cast members will include James Snyder (Harry Potter), Diane Davis (Ginny Potter), Nicholas Podany (Albus Potter), Jenny Jules (Hermoine Granger) and Jonno Roberts (Draco Malfoy).