HERE'S WHAT'S NEW:

CHECK OUT THE TABS ABOVE FOR PREVIOUS ARTICLES, INCLUDING #TBT, THE FRIDAY 5, AND THERE'S AN ALL-NEW BWAY REVIEWS PAGE! CHECK IT OUT!

COMING UP ON BROADWAY:
The Lifespan of a Fact - Opens: 10.18.18 The Ferryman - Opens: 10.21.18 The Waverly Gallery - Opens: 10.25.18 Torch Song - Opens: 11.1.18 American Son - Opens: 11.4.18 King Kong - Opens: 11.8.18 The Prom - Previews: 10.23.18, Opens: 11.15.18 The Cher Show - Previews: 11.1.18, Opens: 12.3.18 Network - Previews: 11.10.18, Opens: 12.6.18 To Kill a Mockingbird - Previews: 11.1.18, Opens: 12.13.18

COMING UP ON THE BLOG: 10/18: #TBT: Vintage Playbill - 10/19: The Friday 5

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Welcome To The Theater! The Broadway Debuts in Plays October/November

Over the next three weeks, five new plays are opening, and with four of them come twenty-five Broadway debuts! The cast of the fifth, The Lifespan of a Fact, is made up entirely of veterans. In any case, today we celebrate these performers.

Here's to great reviews, a terrific run and many more Broadway Opening Nights! Congratulations to all of you.

THE FERRYMAN
Opening Night: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

Dean Ashton (Frank Magennis)   Paddy Considine (Quinn Carney)

Charles Dale (Father Horrigan)   Justin Edwards (Tom Kettle)

Fra Fee (Michael Carney)   Tom Glynn-Carney (Shane Corcoran)

Stuart Graham (Muldoon)   Mark Lambert (Uncle Patrick Carney)

Carla Langley (Shena Carney)   Matilda Lawler (Honor Carney)

Rob Malone (Oisin Carney)   Michael Quinton McArthur (Declan Carney)

Genevieve O'Reilly (Mary Carney)   Glenn Speers (Lawrence Malone)

Niall Wright (James Joseph "JJ" Carney)   Gina Costigan (Understudy)

Carly Gold (Understudy)   Holly Gould (Understudy)

Bella May Mordus (Understudy)   Griffin Osborne (Understudy)

THE WAVERLY GALLERY
Opening Night: Thursday, October 25, 2018
John Golden Theatre

Lucas Hedges (Daniel Reed)

Brian Miskell (Understudy)

TORCH SONG
Opening Night: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Helen Hayes Theatre 

Ward Horton (Ed)   Rob Morean (Understudy)

AMERICAN SON
Opening Night: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Helen Hayes Theatre 

Amelia Workman (Understudy)

#1919

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Around the World in 80 Musicals: Part I: The United Kingdom and Ireland

Today, we begin a new series, Around the World in 80 Musicals. Over the next several weeks, we will take a brief look at 80 different musicals that take place in different parts of the world. The results cover 6 continents and dozens of countries. The data comes from The Playbill Vault and Internet Broadway Database, and details the original Broadway production. Many of the shows take place in multiple countries, but (for the most part) we include them under their primary setting. In limiting it to 80 shows, obviously some favorites are going to be left out. We'd love to hear from you with your favorites that we missed. Get your passports ready!


Around the World in 80 Musicals
Stop One: Europe: The United Kingdom and Ireland



ENGLAND


Blood Brothers

1. Billy Elliot: The Musical - Setting: Northern England, 1984 (2008, Imperial Theatre, 1,312 performances)

2. Blood Brothers - Setting: Liverpool, England (1993, The Music Box Theater, 840 performances)

3. Jekyll and Hyde - Setting: East End and West End of London, 19th Century (1997, Plymouth Theatre, 1,543 performances)


The Last Ship

4. Kinky Boots - Setting: Northampton, England (2013, Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 3,006 performances*)

5. The Last Ship - Setting: Wallsend, England (2014, Neil Simon Theatre, 105 performances)

6. Matilda - Setting: England (2013, Shubert Theatre, 1,554 performances)


My Fair Lady

7. My Fair Lady - Setting: London, 1912 (1956, Mark Hellinger Theatre, 2,717 performances)

8. The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Rochester (Cloisterham) and London, 1830s (1985, Imperial Theatre, 608 performances)

9. Oliver! - London, 1830s (1963, Imperial Theatre, 774 performances)


Titanic

10. The Secret Garden - Yorkshire, early 1900s (1991, St. James Theatre, 709 performances)

11. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - London, 19th Century (1979, Uris Theatre, 557 performances)

12. Titanic - Southampton, April 1912 (1997, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 804 performances)

WALES


13. A Time For Singing - Setting: South Wales, 1900 (1966, Broadway Theatre, 41 performances)

SCOTLAND


14. Brigadoon - Scottish Highlands (1947, Ziegfeld Theatre, 581 performances)


IRELAND


Once

15. Once - Dublin, Ireland
(2012, Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 1,168 performances)

16. The Pirate Queen - Ireland, 16th Century (2007, Hilton Theatre, 85 performances)

* - as of 10/14/18 (still running)

Next stop: France, Spain and Portugal!

#1918
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