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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

DECLINING SALES MUTE SEASON’S CURTAIN CALL by Philip Boroff

The frenetic 2023-24 Broadway season officially ended Sunday. Notwithstanding encouraging results this Spring amid back-to-back openings ahead of the Tony Award nominations, industry statist…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 08:28PM
Friday, May 10, 2024

JEREMY O. HARRIS LANDS STARRING ROLE AT WILLIAMSTOWN (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

In an out-of-the-box hire to revive one of the nation’s preeminent summer theaters, the playwright, producer and actor Jeremy O. Harris has been tapped to program the Williamstown Theatre …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 06:18PM
Wednesday, May 1, 2024

‘LITTLE SHOP’ UNIONIZES, OVERCOMING PRODUCER PUSHBACK by Philip Boroff

Production workers at Little Shop of Horrors  have unionized. Producers of the off-Broadway musical had sought to delay an election and disputed the eligibility of two crew members to cast …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 04:57PM
Tuesday, April 30, 2024

‘STEREOPHONIC’ MAKES TONY HISTORY IN HAZARDOUS SEASON by Philip Boroff

In an era of ever-bigger Broadway budgets, the pressure is on newly minted Tony Award-nominated productions to capitalize on the buzz. First, a word about budgets. I added up the capitalizat…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 09:46PM
Tuesday, April 23, 2024

BROOKE SHIELDS ENTERS RACE TO LEAD ACTORS’ EQUITY (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

Brooke Shields is running for president of Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union that represents about 51,000 actors and stage managers. Shields said in a YouTube video that while wo…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 09:17PM
Monday, April 22, 2024

JUDGE BOOTS LUFTIG CO. BANKRUPTCY PLAN AS SUPREME COURT HOVERS by Philip Boroff

Producer Hal Luftig suffered a setback in his court battle against a wealthy investor over millions of dollars from the musical Kinky Boots, a conflict the U.S. Supreme Court may play a role…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 03:24PM
Friday, March 15, 2024

‘ILLINOISE’ TO SQUEAK INTO BROADWAY SEASON by Philip Boroff

Producers Orin Wolf and Greg Nobile are preparing to move the acclaimed dance piece Illinoise  to the St. James Theater, packing another new musical into the busy 2023-24 season. The transf…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 04:09PM
Thursday, March 7, 2024

STAGE WORKERS UNION PUSH GOES PUBLIC by Philip Boroff

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which has been busy organizing off-Broadway, has turned its attention to downtown Manhattan’s most storied and prolific producer. …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 03:19PM
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

‘FORBIDDEN BROADWAY’ IS BROADWAY BOUND by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Four decades after Gerard Alessandrini introduced his Broadway satirical revue at an Upper West Side cabaret, the ever-changing spoof will finally plant its funny flag in a Broadw…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 05:26PM
Monday, February 19, 2024

‘BEAUTIFUL NOISE’ TO CLOSE (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical, is preparing to close in June, according to a person familiar with the production. The final performance at the Broadhurst Theatre that’s avail…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 11:19PM
Monday, January 29, 2024

ATLANTIC THEATER WORKERS LEAD OFF-BROADWAY UNION DRIVE (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

With two shows running on Broadway (Kimberly Akimbo and Days of Wine and Roses) and at least two others on the way (Buena Vista Social Club and English), the Atlantic Theater Co. has affirme…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 03:19PM
Tuesday, January 16, 2024

BROADWAY LEAGUE CHIEF ABRUPTLY EXITS by Philip Boroff

Charlotte St. Martin, who’s led the Broadway League trade association since 2006, will step down on Feb. 16. The sudden departure occurs amid an industry changing of the guard as Broadway …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 06:27PM
Friday, December 22, 2023

‘STEREOPHONIC’ & PAPER MILL ‘GREAT GATSBY’ ON DECK FOR MUSICAL-HEAVY 2024 by Philip Boroff

Producers are working on two high-profile additions to the busy 2023-24 Broadway season: Stereophonic, an ecstatically reviewed play with music about a fictional mid-1970s rock band creating…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 01:50PM
Sunday, December 17, 2023

LEAGUE TOUTS SILVER LINING IN SMALLER AUDIENCE by Philip Boroff

Last season, 25 to 49-year-olds who attended Broadway shows outnumbered those 50 and up for the first time since 2008-09. It’s too early to proclaim a generational shift. The audience was …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 09:54PM
Monday, December 11, 2023

BEHIND THE BIG PROFITS AT ‘LITTLE SHOP’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

After opening red hot in October 2019, Little Shop of Horrors at the Westside Theatre had a rough second half of 2022. Box office sales fell short of the revival’s $180,000 to $200,000-a-w…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 05:51PM
Sunday, December 3, 2023

JUDGE REJECTS PLEA TO HALT ATG-JUJAMCYN COCKTAIL COUP by Philip Boroff

A New York judge declined to intervene in a battle for Jujamcyn Theaters’ lucrative concessions business — a win for Ambassador Theatre Group after acquiring control of the Broadway land…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 09:52PM
Wednesday, November 22, 2023

‘MERRILY’ TICKETS ROLL UP TO $899 by Philip Boroff

The producers of Merrily We Roll Along  have raised the revival’s top ticket price to $899 — the most expensive seat on Broadway so far this season. The $899 tickets, which include a $5…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 10:19AM
Monday, November 6, 2023

INSIDE BROADWAY’S $1 MILLION NUT CASES by Philip Boroff

Water for Elephants, the circus-themed new musical, will be under pressure to make a big splash when it arrives on Broadway. Scheduled to open March 21, 2024, at the Imperial Theatre, it wil…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 03:56PM
Thursday, September 28, 2023

SHUBERT-PRODUCED ‘SOME LIKE IT HOT’ TO CLOSE by Philip Boroff

The Broadway musical comedy Some Like it Hot will close on Dec. 30, just over a year after the $19.5 million show opened. Producers emailed a closing notice tonight. The lavish adaptation of…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 07:16PM
Wednesday, September 20, 2023

‘CABARET,’ AT $24 MILLION, IS BROADWAY’S COSTLIEST REVIVAL (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

Investing in Cabaret  at the August Wilson Theatre this spring might seem like a safe bet, after the success of the Kander & Ebb classic in London and earlier productions in New York. T…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 01:05PM
Friday, August 25, 2023

SOLO SHOWS DELIVER AS ASPIRING BLOCKBUSTERS STRUGGLE by Philip Boroff

Capitalized for $22 million, the David Byrne-Fatboy Slim musical Here Lies Love dramatizes the rise and fall of the Marcos regime, in a Broadway theater repurposed as a discotheque. Last wee…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 02:40PM
Thursday, July 20, 2023

‘KINKY’ SUITS: HOW THE PRODUCER OF A HIT MUSICAL LANDED IN A BANKRUPTCY COURT BATTLE (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

Successful producers rarely publicly discuss filing for bankruptcy. Hal Luftig — whose Kinky Boots  had a lucrative six-year Broadway run — said last week that personal bankruptcy may …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 01:45PM
Wednesday, June 14, 2023

EDDIE REDMAYNE-LED ‘CABARET’ WILL TRANSFER TO BROADWAY IN 2024 (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

Ambassador Theatre Group and Underbelly Productions plan to transfer their hit West End revival of Cabaret  to Broadway, two people familiar with the production said. Eddie Redmayne has com…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 06:39PM
Monday, June 12, 2023

‘KIMBERLY AKIMBO,’ ‘LEOPOLDSTADT’ & DAVID STONE WIN BIG AT TONYS by Philip Boroff

It doesn’t suck to be David Stone today. Nineteen years after the satiric Avenue Q (“It Sucks to Be Me”) upset the Stone-produced blockbuster Wicked at the Tony Awards, the 56-year-old…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 03:59AM
Monday, May 8, 2023

NEW YORK EXTENDS $3 MILLION BROADWAY TAX CREDIT; DISNEY’S ‘ALADDIN’ APPROVED by Philip Boroff

New York State extended the New York City Musical and Theatrical Production Tax Credit, a subsidy of up to $3 million per Broadway show, as the industry struggles with rising costs and subpa…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 03:26PM
Tuesday, May 2, 2023

TONY NOMINATORS LIKE IT ‘HOT’ AS VOTERS’ TREND FAVORS QUIRKY ‘KIMBERLY’ by Philip Boroff

The $19.5 million crowd-pleaser Some Like it Hot was nominated for 13 Tony Awards today, the most of any Broadway show this season. In six of the past 10 Tony races, the musical that got the…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 06:03PM
Friday, December 23, 2022

BEN PLATT TO LEAD $6.5 MILLION ‘PARADE’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

Parade, the 1998 Broadway musical featuring a Tony Award-winning score by the-then 28-year-old Jason Robert Brown, will be revived this spring by Greg Nobile’s Seaview Productions and Amba…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 01:48PM
Friday, November 4, 2022

SEC PROBES BIG BROADWAY FUND’S ‘OUTSIZED’ RETURNS (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

By their own account, the founders of the Broadway Strategic Return Fund turned an overlooked investment niche into a bonanza. Hunter Arnold, John Joseph and Curt Cronin established their he…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 12:01PM
Tuesday, August 23, 2022

WILL A NEW ‘SWEENEY TODD’ MAKE ITS INVESTORS A KILLING? (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller is raising as much as $14.5 million to revive Sweeney Todd on Broadway this spring, a test of whether a big-budget Stephen Sondheim revival can succeed in th…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 12:57PM
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

OSKAR EUSTIS IS NONPROFIT THEATER’S PANDEMIC PAY CHAMP (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

In 2020, a year in which theaters were dark for nine and a half months, Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis earned $1.15 million in pay and benefits, more than any other nonprofit…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 04:37PM
Thursday, July 14, 2022

RUDIN ON THE SPOT: SPOTCO LAWSUIT TURNS TO DEPOSITIONS by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: With the Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird  adjourned indefinitely, a real-life court battle between its producer in exile and original advertising agency is heating …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 01:51PM

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards