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
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

‘MUSIC MAN,’ ‘PLAZA SUITE’ SHINE IN BROADWAY GROSSES REVIVAL by Philip Boroff

For the first time in two years, the Broadway League publicly reported grosses for each show. Although the industry and the world have changed in the interim, one thing hasn’t: stars sell …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 07:58PM
Wednesday, March 16, 2022

BROADWAY NONPROFIT COFFERS SWELLED DURING SHUTDOWN (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

What started as an existential crisis for Broadway’s nonprofit producers turned into an unexpected windfall. Thanks to a resurgent but fickle stock market, insurance payouts, cost-cutting …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 02:01PM
Wednesday, February 16, 2022

JACKSON ESTATE WILL BE THERE FOR OUTSIZED ‘MJ’ PROFITS (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

If MJ  The Musical becomes a box office sensation, Paris Jackson, Bigi Jackson, Prince Jackson and the executors of their father’s estate stand to enjoy an unusual windfall. Typically, h…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 03:04PM
Friday, January 28, 2022

PANDEMIC PUMMELS AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

The self-described “world’s No. 1 live theater company” has taken a drubbing. The parent company of U.K.-based Ambassador Theatre Group reported a pretax loss of $202 million for the 1…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 04:36PM
Saturday, November 27, 2021

WITH SONDHEIM’S DEATH, ‘COMPANY’ HAS LINK TO ‘RENT’ by Philip Boroff

Stephen Sondheim’s death on Friday morning — an unexpected loss to the people in his life and to musical theater — attaches a new significance to the third Broadway revival of 1970’s…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 05:57PM
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

UZO ADUBA & SANDWICHES STAR IN LYNN NOTTAGE KITCHEN COMEDY: REVIEW by Richard Dana

Uzo Aduba, of In Treatment and Orange Is the New Black, plays the hilariously tyrannical proprietor of her self-named truck-stop diner in Clyde’s. She lords it over her crew of short-ord…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 10:29PM
Friday, November 19, 2021

‘HAMILTON’ PRODUCER RETURNS TO ROOTS WITH ‘BLACK NO MORE’ AT THE NEW GROUP by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Seven years after Hamilton began previews at the Public Theater and gave the business of Broadway and touring a shot in the arm, its lead producer, Jeffrey Seller, is following a …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 03:25PM
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

EDIE FALCO RADIANT IN MTC’S ‘MORNING SUN’: REVIEW by Richard Dana

In Morning Sun,  a world premiere presented by Manhattan Theatre Club, British playwright Simon Stephens precisely captures 60 years of history, local custom, and mother-daughter dynamics…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 09:33PM

PANIC OR PRUDENCE? INSIDE THE EQUITY-LEAGUE SUMMER STOCK DRAMA (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

March 2020 ushered in a three-ring crisis for the Equity-League Health Trust Fund, the healthcare plan for theater actors and stage managers. As the industry shut down indefinitely in respo…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 03:22PM

EQUITY-LEAGUE FUND’S STATEMENT TO BROADWAY JOURNAL by Philip Boroff

The following is the complete statement from the Equity-league Health Trust Fund, attributed to its trustees, in response to questions from Broadway Journal. A spokesman emailed it in August…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 02:22PM
Monday, September 27, 2021

‘MOULIN ROUGE!’ TAKES 10 TONYS, FIRST BIG-BUDGET BEST MUSICAL WINNER IN 12 YEARS by Philip Boroff

More than two years after opening on Broadway, Moulin Rouge! won 10 Tony Awards and became the first big-budget best musical winner since 2009. The pandemic-delayed ceremony celebrated the …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 01:21AM
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

RUDIN ANGLES TO RETAIN ‘MORMON’ PROFITS AS LAWSUITS FLOURISH (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

Five months after announcing that he would “step back from active participation” on his Broadway shows, producer Scott Rudin is still negotiating the terms of his exit from his biggest …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 04:37PM
Sunday, August 22, 2021

‘PASS OVER’ IS TENSE, TAUT DRAMA: REVIEW by Richard Dana

Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s one-act drama, Pass Over, Broadway’s first play in 18 months, is a bleak yet funny and poignant mash-up of Waiting for Godot  and the Book of Exodus. Two po…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 01:18PM
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

SONIA FRIEDMAN CONFIRMS BEANIE FELDSTEIN FOR ‘FUNNY GIRL’ by Philip Boroff

The producers of the first Broadway revival of Funny Girl,  planned for the spring of 2022, confirmed that Beanie Feldstein has been cast to play Fanny Brice, the role that made Barbra Stre…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 01:50PM
Monday, August 9, 2021

A ‘MERRY’ RETURN OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: REVIEW by James Feinberg

“It’s been a long, hard year,” John Falstaff (Jacob Ming-Trent) complains in Merry Wives, Jocelyn Bioh’s update of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Delacorte Theatre…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 09:17PM

WILL ‘FUNNY GIRL’ REIGN OVER BROADWAY’S REVIVAL PARADE? by Philip Boroff

Broadway producers are people who need people — especially courageous people willing to congregate indoors during a pandemic. And maybe even get excited about a new take on a classic music…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 12:01AM
Friday, July 30, 2021

BROADWAY LEAGUE SAYS AUDIENCES MUST BE VACCINATED by Philip Boroff

The Broadway League said it will require audiences show proof of vaccination and wear masks except in designated areas for eating and drinking. The mandate by the trade association of theate…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 11:31AM
Thursday, July 29, 2021

ACTORS’ EQUITY, BROADWAY LEAGUE REQUIRE VACCINATIONS FOR EMPLOYEES, NOT AUDIENCES by Philip Boroff

Actors’ Equity Association and the Broadway League mandated that actors and other employees at Broadway theaters be fully vaccinated — with a few exceptions — while unvaccinated audien…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 05:54PM
Monday, July 12, 2021

‘WEST SIDE STORY, ‘HANGMEN’ GET SBA FUNDS TO REOPEN; ‘HAMILTON’ SECURES $50 MILLION by Philip Boroff

Ivo van Hove’s video-heavy revival of West Side Story,  which was originally produced by Scott Rudin and opened a month before Broadway was shuttered, has scored a $10 million Small Busin…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 10:47PM

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