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Well, my "little vacation" ended up lasting two and a half years... funny how life steers your life in directions you weren't planning on. I'll start off with occasional posts, but I fully plan to resume this blog to full speed by the new year.

I hope you'll come back for frequent visits, to see new reviews, to share opinions, to take a survey (or two), and to celebrate the shows and show people that have made the TheatreScene!

Jeff

Sunday, April 24, 2011

TheatreScene: April 18 - 24

HAPPY EASTER!

BE SURE TO CAST YOUR VOTE IN THIS MONTH'S POLL (TO YOUR RIGHT)!

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?  BECOME A "FOLLOWER"!

 
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED THIS WEEK!:

SPECIAL JK'S THEATRESCENE DISCOUNT FOR THE NORMAL HEART ON BROADWAY:



TOPS AND BOTTOMS (April 11 - 17)
  • Top Gross: Wicked ($1.66M)
  • Bottom Gross: High ($91K)
  • Top Attendance: The Book of Mormon (102.4%)
  • Bottom Attendance: Million Dollar Quartet (43.4%)
  • $1M Club: Mary Poppins, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Lion King, Wicked
  • SRO Club: Anything Goes, The Book of Mormon, War Horse

BROADWAY BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK:
  • April 18: Actor Gavin Creel (Hair, Thoroughly Modern Millie)
  • April 19: Actor Betsy Joslyn (Sweeney Todd - original, Into the Woods - original)
  • April 20: Actor Jessica Lange (A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie)
  • April 21: Actor Patti LuPone (Evita, Anything Goes - 1987, Women on the Verge...)
  • April 22: Actor Alan Campbell (Hello, Again - revival, Sunset Boulevard)
  • April 23: Actor David Larsen (American Idiot, Billy Elliot, Good Vibrations)
  • April 24: Actor Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl, I Can Get It for You Wholesale)

OPENING AND IN PREVIEWS THIS WEEK ON BROADWAY:


  • Baby It’s You!: Previews - March 26; Opening - April 27
  • The House of Blue Leaves: Previews - April 4; Opening - April 25
  • The Normal Heart: Previews - April 19; Opening - April 27
  • The People in the Picture: Previews - April 1; Opening - April 28
  • Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark: On Hiatus.  Previews - November 28, 2010; Previews Resume: May 12; Opening – June 14

COMINGS AND GOINGS
Casting
  • Jane Krakowski, Tony winner for Nine, co-star of Grand Hotel: The Musical, and current star of TV's 30 Rock gave birth to her first son on April 13.  Congratulations, Jane!
  • The First Lady of American Theatre, Helen Hayes, will be commemorated on a "Forever" stamp by the United States Postal Service.  The stamp will be unveiled at the 2011 Helen Hayes Awards in Washington, DC on April 25.  Ms. Hayes is the only actor to have two Broadway theatres named after her, and is one of only 12 performers to have won a Tony, an Oscar, an Emmy and a Grammy.
  • Cousin Brucie Morrow, legendary 50's, 60's and 70'd DJ will be a special guest star in Memphis for the week of May 3 - 8.  The stint includes a special scene specifically written for him by Tony winner Joe DiPietro.
  • Christopher Tierney has been cleared by doctors to return to rehearsals for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.  Finally, some excellent news for that show!
  • Tony winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, fresh from her self-imposed "rest," will be in the Rock of Ages film, in a villainous role created especially for her.  She will be singing "Hit Me with Your Best Shot."
Shows

  • The cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert will be honored by the Family Equality Council on April 25, in recognition of their efforts to help LGBT families.
  • The 25th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition being held on April 25 and 26, will have a veritable who's who of Broadway involved including Sutton Foster, Kathleen Turner, Daniel Radcliffe, Harvey Fierstein, Nick Adams, Robin Williams and Christie Brinkley.  My money is on How to Succeed to win for the most money collected.  Saturday night, they earned $7,200 in about 5 minutes for two bow ties and a meet and greet with Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette!
  • There will be no public tickets on available for this years Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre.  You can see better at home, anyway!
Milestones
April 18:
  • The play Clybourne Parkwon the Pulitzer Prize for drama 2011.
  • The current revival of La Cage aux Folles celebrated one year on Broadway!
April 19:
  • High, starring Kathleen Turner, opened at the Booth Theatre.
April 20:
  • American Idiot celebrated one year on Broadway!
  • Sister Act opened at the Broadway Theatre.
  • High announced its closing for April 24, 2011.
April 21:
  • Jerusalem opened at the Music Box Theatre.
April 24:
  • The revival of Born Yesterday opened at the Cort Theatre.
  • High closed at the Booth Theatre after 8 performances.
  • American Idiot closed at the St. James Theatre after 422 performances.

BROADWAY HISTORY: IMPORTANT OPENINGS OVER THE YEARS:
April 18:

  • 1994: Disney's Beauty and the Beast opened at the Palace Theatre.  The show changed Broadway forever, and ran 5,461 performances.
  • 2002: Thoroughly Modern Millie opened at the Marquis Theatre, won the Best Musical Tony and ran for 903 performances.
  • 2005: The Light in the Piazza opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center.  Victoria Clark (Tony winner), Kelli O'Hara and Matthew Morrison starred.  The show ran 504 performances.
April 19:
  • 1945: Groundbreaking Carousel opened at the Majestic Theatre, bringing spousal abuse and suicide to the musical stage.  It ran 890 performances.
  • 1979: The Elephant Man opened at the Booth Theatre, earning Carole Shelley a Tony and a Best Play award to booth.  It closed after 916 performances, including a stink by David Bowie.
  • 2001: They predicted it would run for decades, but it lasted just under 6 years. It won more Tonys than any show ever, and it brought Premium seating ($425.00 per orchestra seat) to the masses, to "help keep scalpers from bilking too much money out of the audiences' pocketbooks."  Huh?  So we should give too much money to Mel Brooks instead?  The Producers opened at the St. James and closed after 2,502 performances.
April 21:
  • 1977: Annie opened at the Alvin Theatre.  The sun came out for 2,377 performances worth of tomorrows.
April 22:

  • 1993: Another show they said would run for years lasted just over 2 at the St. James Theatre.  The Who's Tommy played 899 performances.
April 23:
  • 1963: She Loves Me, widely considered to be one of Broadway's greatest, most perfect musicals opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, where it ran a surprisingly short 301 performances.
  • 1997: Like a certain show this year, this show had huge previews issues, terrible word of mouth and a ship that didn't sink.  But Titanic opened, took Broadway by storm, and sailed 804 times at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

BROADWAY VIDEO OF THE WEEK: 
Broadway Says "It Gets Better" with the November 2010 "You Are Not Alone" Concert benefiting The Trevor Project.  Betty Buckley, Aaron Lazar, Seth Rudetsky and many more Broadway celebrities participated in this event.


Sing For Hope from Kelly Reed on Vimeo.



Jeff 
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