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
Monday, July 11, 2022

LEA MICHELE WILL REPLACE ‘FUNNY GIRL’ STAR BEANIE FELDSTEIN AS FANNY BRICE by Philip Boroff

People who need to see Lea Michele play Fanny Brice on Broadway are the luckiest people. Lead producers Sonia Friedman, Scott Landis and David Babani announced today the Glee star is replaci…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 01:04PM
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

TONY AWARDS BOOST ‘STRANGE LOOP,’ ‘MJ’ SALES by Philip Boroff

Nearly 20 years in the making, A Strange Loop is having a moment. In the seven days ending on Sunday, Michael R. Jackson’s newly minted Tony Award-winning best musical had its highest-gros…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 12:42AM
Friday, June 17, 2022

WILL ANGELS IN AMERICA MAKE ‘BACK TO THE FUTURE’ A BLAST ON BROADWAY? (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

More than three decades after the chandelier first plunged at Phantom of the Opera and a helicopter flew out of Miss Saigon, a souped-up DeLorean will star in a planned Broadway transfer of …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 12:42PM
Monday, June 13, 2022

BROADWAY CINDERELLA STORY: ‘A STRANGE LOOP’ FOLLOWS ITS PULITZER WITH BEST MUSICAL by Philip Boroff

Maybe Usher can finally quit his day job. A Strange Loop — Michael R. Jackson’s deconstructionist portrait of a musical theater artist as a young, Black, insecure gay man — was named …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 01:46AM
Saturday, June 11, 2022

‘MOULIN ROUGE!’ & ‘STRANGE LOOP’ TEST TONY TRADITION OF GOOSING GROSSES by Philip Boroff

Eight months after winning the Tony Award for best musical, Hamilton’s weekly grosses were up 45 percent. Dear Evan Hansen‘s were higher by a comparable margin after its win. Grosses fo…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 04:58PM
Friday, June 3, 2022

AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP & ITS PRODUCTIONS SECURED $79 MILLION IN U.S. AID (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

As lead producer and landlord of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, Ambassador Theatre Group has bragging rights to the most commercially successful play of the 2021-22 Broadway season. The average…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 12:49PM
Sunday, May 15, 2022

FOUNDERING ‘PARADISE SQUARE’ GHOSTED GROUP SALES CHIEF, LAWSUIT SAYS by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Paradise Square has had a bumpy road to Eden. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards, the second-highest total of the season, it was Broadway’s worst-selling musical in the week ending o…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 06:04PM
Monday, May 9, 2022

TONY NOMINATIONS: WILL ‘SIX’ OR ‘MJ’ RAIN ON ‘STRANGE LOOP’S PARADE? by Philip Boroff

Two musicals in the past half-century have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama before they were up for Tony Awards:  Rent in 1996 and Hamilton in 2016. Both went on to win the Tony fo…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 05:58PM
Sunday, April 17, 2022

LETTS OFFERS SAVAGE TAKE ON POLITICS IN ‘THE MINUTES’ : REVIEW by Richard Dana

In The Minutes, Tracy Letts’ timely and unnerving dark comedy, Noah Reid (Schitt’s Creek) plays Mr. Peel, a wide-eyed, newly elected city councilman in the fictional small town of Bi…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 11:31PM

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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