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, November 20, 2011

TheatreScene: November 14 - 20

BROADWAY PHOTO-OP OF THE WEEK:


Alicia Keys is probably more likely to have pictures taken of her than to being taking pictures, but here she is taking pictures of fans who lined up to get their tickets and a poster signed by Keys and the cast of the new Broadway play, Stick Fly.  Keys produces the show now in previews at the Cort Theatre.



BROADWAY VIDEO OF THE WEEK:

With an adjustment to the lyrics, the cast of RENT serenades Regis Philbin on his last day as co-host of LIVE! with Regis and Kelly.  Bon voyage, Reege!





NOW IN PREVIEWS ON BROADWAY





  • An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, Previews: November 16; Opens November 21
  • Bonnie and Clyde: Previews: November 4; Opens: December 1
  • Stick Fly: Previews: November 18; Opens: December 8
  • On a Clear Day You Can See ForeverPreviews: November 12; Opens: December 11
  • Lysistrata JonesPreviews: November 12, Opens: December 14


OPENED THIS WEEK ON BROADWAY


Private Lives according to Squigs
Paul Gross and Kim Cattrall 
according to Ken Fallin

  • Private Lives opened at the Music Box Theatre on November 17.  Its StageGrade.com average is a B.
  • Seminar opens tonight at the John Golden Theatre.


BAD NEWS ON BROADWAY THIS WEEK:  ILLNESS AND INJURY


Alan Rickman (right)

Stockard Channing (right)

Both Alan Rickman and Stockard Channing were sidelined from their shows this week, Seminar and Other Desert Cities, respectively.  Mr. Rickman missed one of the final previews of his show with a respiratory infection.  He returned following one day off.  Ms. Channing has reinjured her knee, and has missed the entire weekend.  She will require minor surgery, and should return to the Booth by the end of this week.

GOOD NEWS ON BROADWAY THIS WEEK: NEW SHOW AND EXTENSION



It isn't that much of a shock, really, but it is good news, no matter what!  Disney's Newsies is coming to Broadway this spring at the Nederlander Theatre.  Producers say it will be a 3 month limited engagement.  Bet your bottom dollar, though, that if it is a critical and financial success, it will last longer than three months!


Another show that was to be a limited engagement, Other Desert Cities, turned out to be both a financial and critical hit.  And now it is an open run, at this point with tickets on sale through March 25th.



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