As the spring season really gets revved up, this week had two major previewers, one major musical opening, and one colossal hit anniversary. It's been a pretty happy week! And it's just a pet peeve, really, that has me down at all. I'm sure I'll get over it. How was your theatre week?
Happy Hardbody!: SO GLAD Hands on a Hardbody finally opened! It was so difficult to keep my mouh shut about this special, challenging and unique show. Before the opening, it was fun to highlight some of the cast members, like "Face of the Future" Jon Rua (HERE), "Mr. March 2013" Jay Armstrong Johnson (HERE), and "Ms. March 2013" Allison Case (HERE). But the day finally came and I got to share my thoughts! My review is HERE. March 21, 2013 was a terrific day on Broadway!
Once Turns One and Mormon Says, "Hello!" to Two!: March 18, 2013 was also a big day on Broadway, with 8 time Tony-winner Once turning one year old. With four of the leads about to depart the show, the celebration, led by the soon-to-depart Cristin Milioti, was bittersweet. The good news is that the audience was treated to an encore of a song cut from the show. Lucky them! A few days later, like TODAY, March 24, 2013, The Book of Mormon celebrates its 2nd Anniversary on Broadway. But the good news for those Mormon boys is that the London version opened on 22 March 2013, to mixed to positive reviews, and looks set for healthy run - tickets are already booking there through January 2014! AND both productions set new box office records to boot!
And Finally... Hot Broadway Boys in Magazines!: It is always good news when the other media highlight Broadway and its performers. It is a happy bonus when the young, up-and-comers are the focus. This week, Jay Armstrong Johnson was featured THREE times: The Last Magazine, Backstage, and Buzzfeed.com! He shared the pages of Backstage with Betsy Wolfe (The Last 5 Years, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Valesia Lekae (Motown: The Musical), and Pippin's Matthew James Thomas. Thomas joins Armstrong on Buzzfeed.com's "The 33 Hottest Hunks of Broadway." The articles are interesting, and the pics are... well... pretty nice, too! Here are a few, plus links to the full articles - just click the title.
The Last Magazine (Photo by Charlotte Wales)
Backstage (Photo by Chad Griffith)
Buzzfeed.com (Photos from Buzzfeed)
Have a great theatre week!