May 12, 2020 at 11:11 am #1203478071
Performances for the upcoming Broadway revival of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite starring Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker will now be taking place next spring/summer.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/PLAZA-SUITE-Starring-Matthew-Broderick-and-Sarah-Jessica-Parker-Will-Now-Play-March-2021-at-Hudson-Theatre-20200512May 12, 2020 at 7:33 pm #1203478891
The Broadway shutdown has extended once again. This time, it’ll last until at least through Labor Day.
Expect Broadway to be shut down till at least January – at the earliest. March may be more feasible.May 12, 2020 at 7:38 pm #1203478896
Frank DiLella, who’s the host of NY1 On Stage, did post a tweet earlier today that said “hearing from many sources Broadway will most likely come back in early 2021.”
https://twitter.com/fdilella/status/1260253647675502592May 13, 2020 at 5:36 am #1203479206
I think even that may be optimistic.
It’s also possible that we may see only a handful of long-running shows with deep pockets like Wicked, Hamilton, and The Lion King coming back when things do restart.
Expecting a cancellation/postponement announcement about The Music Man to come before long.
Announcements in the fall for spring bookings will be very telling about investor mindsets.May 13, 2020 at 9:46 am #1203479508
The upcoming Broadway production of MJ has been rescheduled. Performances will now begin in March of next year.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/MJ-Starring-Ephraim-Sykes-More-Will-Now-Begin-Performances-in-March-2021-20200513May 29, 2020 at 2:05 pm #1203507895
Do you think Phantom will survive the pandemic? Or Book of Mormon?May 29, 2020 at 2:16 pm #1203507918
As of now, it’s hard to tell. I recently had a conversation with actor, playwright, director, theatre critic, and historian Ron Fassler about the continuous Broadway shutdown last month. He told me that while he can see shows like Hamilton, The Lion King, and Wicked returning, he thinks it’s possible that The Phantom of the Opera may not. If anyone’s interested, I do have an entire podcast episode where Ron and I discussed a few topics, including the shutdown.May 29, 2020 at 3:45 pm #1203508092
Though in other news, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in today that New York City will begin its first phase of reopening on June 8th. This means that manufacturing, construction, wholesale and retail operations, will return for business, putting over 400,000 New Yorkers back to work. However, face masks and social distancing will still be required of employees.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Governor-Cuomo-Announces-New-York-City-Will-Begin-First-Phase-of-Reopening-20200529May 29, 2020 at 4:38 pm #1203508151
What about Chicago? I guess they’ve been on Broadway long enough, as was Phantom.June 8, 2020 at 3:26 pm #1203522459
There are those who say Book of Mormon should wrap it up due to its controversial depiction of Africans, especially with the BLM movement:
Do you agree?June 8, 2020 at 3:39 pm #1203522488
Having never seen the show, I can’t say.
I will say that Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s style of humor is not my cup of tea. I hardly ever watch South Park, and I’m glad “Blame Canada” lost Best Original Song at the Oscars.June 8, 2020 at 6:55 pm #1203522725
Well “Blame Canada” was, imho, a better song than the winner, “You’ll Be in My Heart.”June 8, 2020 at 7:22 pm #1203522761
I loved both ‘You’ll Be in My Heart’ from Tarzan and ‘When She Loved Me’ from Toy Story 2 equally. I myself am more into ballads.June 10, 2020 at 3:56 pm #1203526644
Blame Canada should’ve hands-down won that year. It was so hilarious and inventive. Too bad it was before the Animated Film category began because I think South Park would’ve had a good chance against Toy Story 2.June 10, 2020 at 5:01 pm #1203526735
Too bad it was before the Animated Film category began because I think South Park would’ve had a good chance against Toy Story 2.
I think Toy Story 2 probably would’ve prevailed in the end (with Best Original Song winner Tarzan as its closest competition). There has been speculation for years about a number of academy members who apparently don’t even bother watching the animated films, they just vote for whatever their kids love most. While we’ve seen in the past how hard it is for sequels to win Best Animated Feature, the last two installments of the Toy Story franchise did manage to overcome that hurdle. In Gold Derby’s live blog of the Oscars this past year, Marcus Dixon wrote “It’s official, the Oscar curse for sequels still exists … just as long as you’re not Toy Story!”
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