THIS WEEK @ JK's TheatreScene

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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, May 29, 2011

TheatreScene: May 23 - 29

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED THIS WEEK:

TOPS AND BOTTOMS: MAY 16 - 22
  • Top Gross: Wicked ($1.69M)
  • Top Attendance: The Book of Mormon (102.4%)
  • Bottom Gross: Arcadia ($213K)
  • Bottom Attendance: Arcadia (46.7%)
  • $1M Club: Jersey Boys, The Book of Mormon, Wicked, The Lion King, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Billy Elliott, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • SRO Club: War Horse, The Book of Mormon, Wicked, The Lion King, Anything Goes

PREVIEWING ON BROADWAY THIS WEEK:
  • Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark - Previews from May 12; Opens June 14

BIRTHDAYS ON BROADWAY THIS WEEK:
  • May 23: Actor Randy Graff (Les Miserables, City of Angels, A Class Act)
  • May 24: Actor Alfred Molina (RED, Art, Fiddler on the Roof)
  • May 25: Actor Deanna Dunagan (August: Osage County)
  • May 26: Actor Magaret Colin (Arcadia - current revival, Jackie)
  • May 27: Actor Laura Dean (Doonesbury)
  • May 28: Actor Justin Kirk (Love! Valour! Compassion!)
  • May 29: Actor Manley Pope (RENT)

COMINGS AND GOINGS
  • Jerusalem has been extended through August 21.
  • That Championship Season closed at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre on May 29 after 97 performances.
  • Good People closed at the Samuel Friedman Theatre on May 29 after 101 performances.
  • Lucky Guy closed at the Little Shubert Theatre off-Broadway on May 29 after 20 performances
  • The 2011 Drama Desk Awards named War Horse Best Play, The Book of Mormon Best Musical, The Normal Heart Best Play Revival and Anything Goes Best Musical Revival.
  • Avenue Q's "School Edition" could play on Sesame Street.
  • Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark made a major PR move by bringing the flying, Reeve Carney, Bono and The Edge to American Idol's finale.  Millions saw the debut of the single "Rise Above I".  The cast recording will be released the day the show will open, June 14th.



IN MEMORIAM
Jeff Conaway passed away on May 26 at the age of 60.  He was probably best known for his roles on TV's Taxi, and as Kenickie in the film version of Grease.  On Broadway, he made his debut at the age of 10 in All the Way Home.  He also eventually starred as Danny Zuko in the original run of Grease, after understudying most of the male roles.  His last appearance was in the 4 performance flop The News in 1985.



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