September 2, 2019 at 4:16 pm #1203054151
Reviews are starting to come in for the Public Works’ presentation of the new stage adaptation of Disney’s Hercules, and they have been pretty enthusiastic.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Review-Roundup-Public-Works-HERCULES-in-Central-Park-20190902-facebookSeptember 3, 2019 at 9:35 am #1203055512
Fra Fee will be joining the National Theatre’s upcoming remounting of Translations in London.
https://www.broadway.com/buzz/196772/ferryman-alum-fra-fee-joins-remount-of-translations-at-londons-national/September 3, 2019 at 3:26 pm #1203056259
The all-female cast for the world premiere of Alice Birch’s play [Blank] has been announced. The show will play at London’s Donmar Warehouse from October 11-November 30. https://www.playbill.com/article/all-female-cast-set-for-london-world-premiere-of-alice-birchs-blankSeptember 3, 2019 at 3:28 pm #1203056267
59E59 Theater’s fall and winter 2019 lineup has been unveiled. https://www.playbill.com/article/59e59-theaters-fall-season-taps-kathleen-chalfant-an-albert-einstein-musical-and-moreSeptember 4, 2019 at 3:08 pm #1203058014
Complete casting has been announced for the West End revival of Noises Off. http://www.playbill.com/article/west-ends-noises-off-finds-its-full-castSeptember 4, 2019 at 3:13 pm #1203058021
Two actresses will share the role of Eva Peron in the upcoming New York City Center production of Evita this November. Maia Reficco will play Eva Peron from ages 15-20, while Solea Pfeiffer will play her from ages 20-33. http://www.playbill.com/article/solea-pfeiffer-and-maia-reficco-to-split-title-role-in-new-york-city-centers-evitaSeptember 4, 2019 at 3:16 pm #1203058034
Soho Rep has announced its 2019-2020 season lineup. http://www.playbill.com/article/soho-rep-unveils-20192020-seasonSeptember 5, 2019 at 5:37 pm #1203059911
Complete casting has been announced for The Prince Of Egypt. http://www.playbill.com/article/full-cast-announced-for-world-premiere-of-the-prince-of-egyptSeptember 5, 2019 at 5:39 pm #1203059916
Complete casting has been announced for the musical Einstein’s Dreams, which will play at 59E59 Theaters from November 5-December 15. http://www.playbill.com/article/off-broadway-premiere-of-einsteins-dreams-musical-finds-its-castSeptember 5, 2019 at 5:42 pm #1203059924
Kristine Nielsen and Aidan Quinn will star in Signature Theatre’s production of Horton Foote’s The Young Man From Atlanta from November 5-December 8. http://www.playbill.com/article/kristine-nielsen-aidan-quinn-and-more-to-star-in-off-broadway-revival-of-the-young-man-from-atlantaSeptember 5, 2019 at 5:44 pm #1203059927
Casting has been announced for a production of The Glass Menagerie at Wild Project that will be directed by Austin Pendleton and Peter Bloch. Performances begin October 5. http://www.playbill.com/article/austin-pendleton-and-peter-bloch-to-co-direct-the-glass-menagerie-off-broadwaySeptember 6, 2019 at 8:35 am #1203060694
Len Cariou and Craig Bierko will both star in Harry Townsend’s new play, Last Stand, which will be taking place Off-Broadway for a limited run this fall at New York City Center.
https://deadline.com/2019/09/len-cariou-craig-bierko-harry-townsends-last-stand-off-broadway-1202713776/September 6, 2019 at 2:06 pm #1203061074
In Michael Riedel’s latest column, he talks about how the upcoming stage adaptation of Sing Street could potentially move from Off-Broadway to Broadway this season.
https://nypost.com/2019/09/05/charming-irish-musical-sing-street-is-on-the-road-to-broadway/September 6, 2019 at 3:23 pm #1203061138
Even if a lot of the same creative time of Once is behind, the question is, can they strike gold twice? Once’s Broadway success was probably due in part to the movie’s Oscar win for Best Original Song, and Sing Street unfortunately got no major awards recognition as a film. I know a movie’s awards success doesn’t always impact its transition to stage, but it’s a question worth considering. Do most audiences outside of arthouse film lovers even remember Sing Street? My guess is probably not. It might work better staying Off-Broadway. To succeed on Broadway, they might need to use the Kinky Boots formula and get a really well-known music star to help write the score.September 6, 2019 at 4:45 pm #1203061191
I guarantee you that a lot of the general public probably never even heard of the original movie of Once at all before seeing the stage version. As for Kinky Boots, please keep in mind that not a lot of people expected that show to become a hit. The word ‘Kinky’ was in its title, it was based on a British independent film that was never a big commodity, and the score was being written by famed recording artist, Cyndi Lauper. Usually, it can be tricky to market musicals written by recording artists because it’s not the same thing as recording artists actually appearing on Broadway. Many of them have flopped such as The Capeman (Paul Simon), Thou Shalt Not (Harry Connick, Jr.), Lestat (Elton John), Tarzan (Phil Collins), 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton), and The Last Ship (Sting). Yet, Kinky Boots became a surprise hit that ran for 6 years.
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