News Nuggets: Broadway’s ‘Godspell’ will close despite Tony Awards showcase

Once,” “Peter and the Starcatcher” boosted by Tonys, but the future of other shows is still up in the air: “The good news: ‘Once,’ which won eight Tonys including best musical during the Sunday June 10 awards telecast, already has announced plans for a national tour. That’s bound to include Columbus, though the visit might not happen for a season or two … Plus, in a rare piece of good news for a Broadway non-musical, ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ has announced plans to tour … What’s still to be determined is whether any of the other new musicals from the 2011-12 Broadway season will last long enough in New York to spark enough interest to justify a national tour.” COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Godspell” will close due to poor ticket sales: “A spot at the Tony Awards telecast didn’t help ‘Godspell.’ The musical will close by the end of the month. Producer Ken Davenport said Wednesday that the hip retelling of the New Testament’s Gospel of Matthew will close June 24 at the Circle in the Square Theatre … When it closes, it will have played 30 preview performances and 264 regular performances. Though not nominated for any Tonys, the show managed to get one of its songs — ‘Light of the World’ — featured on the telecast. But producers had warned that unless there was an uptick at the box office, the show would be shuttered.” WASHINGTON POST

Star and composer of the “Once” film, Glen Hansard, on watching the stage adaptation win eight Tonys: “Glen Hansard says he ‘just had to take a walk’ after the Tony Awards triumph by the stage adaptation of ‘Once,’ which included Best Musical. Hansard, who co-starred in the original 2007 film and co-wrote its songs with his Swell Season bandmate (and former girlfriend) Marketa Irglova, tells Billboard.com that watching the musical take home eight Tonys ‘was amazing. They had invited us along, Mar and I, and we sat there and had a great time, and I just needed to take a big, long walk afterwards and just sort of take it in. What an incredible gift this whole thing has been.'” BILLBOARD

Tony Awards get Biblical: “‘Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain,’ reads the third commandment in the famous Ten! I thought of this while watching the Tony Awards last Sunday night. The show opened with the super neat evangelical men from the smash musical ‘The Book of Mormon‘ singing the name of Jesus in the first production number. And the cast of the revival ‘Jesus Christ Superstar‘ followed shortly after, with their title song. It was exhilarating or blasphemous, depending on your point of view. Jesus got more mentions at the Tonys than the Shuberts, Nederlanders, Jujamcyns or even producer Scott Rudin. Maybe it’s all a sign of a general revival of interest in Christianity?” CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Tony Awards cruise ship promo promts criticism: “Actor Harvey Fierstein — wearing a tuxedo jacket, a blue plastic inflatable inner-tube hugging his stomach, pink swim trunks, and hoisting a cocktail glass sporting a tiny umbrella – waddled on stage two hours into the awards ceremony telecast Sunday on CBS. But rather than revealing who would win the next category, Fierstein instead introduced a commercial segment that promoted Royal Caribbean International’s cruise lines that offer full-length Broadway shows onboard … Some TV critics and social media commentators quickly judged the cruise ship promotion to be a show stopper — and not in a good way.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Daytime Emmy frontrunner “General Hospital” changes with the times: “After nearly five decades on daytime TV, ‘General Hospital’ is making some changes to stay relevant. ‘Showbiz Tonight’ goes behind the scenes of the popular soap to learn the secret to its longevity. The new executive producer, Frank Valentini, opens up about drawing in modern viewers, while cast-members thank the show’s loyal fan base. They say that ‘General Hospital’ has been such a hit because everyone has a ‘soap opera story’ they can relate to, and in the end, we all crave a little drama in our lives!” HLN

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