‘Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus’ Sets New Open Date, Adds Julie White

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The world premiere of Taylor Mac’s new comedy Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus has moved its opening night and found a replacement for injured lead Andrea Martin.
The new opening night will be April 21 at 6:00 p.m. at Broadway’s Booth Theatre (222 We…

Chicago’s Long-Running ‘#DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment’ Musical Comedy Makes Off Broadway Date

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EXCLUSIVE: Chicago’s long-running #DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment is finally making a date with New York City: The offbeat blend of improv, scripted comedy and musical theater will begin performances at Off Broadway’s Westside Theatre this s…

‘Frozen’ Marks Broadway Anniversary With News Of International Expansion

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With the Broadway production of Frozen about to mark its first anniversary, Disney Theatrical Productions has announced versions of the show will be performed in Australia, London and Germany in 2020 and 2021.
The international rollout follows the prev…

Broadway Box Office Warms To $33M; ‘Burn This’, ‘Hillary And Clinton’ Arrive

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Another slate of high-profile Broadway arrivals hit the street last week, with much anticipated productions like Burn This, Hillary and Clinton, What the Constitution Means to Me and Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus adding both money to the till and …

‘Kiss Me, Kate’ Broadway Review: Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase Are So in Love

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Cole Porter has suddenly grown a heart as big as Rodgers & Hammerstein. It’s just a guess, but musicals like “Oklahoma!” and “The King and I” receive more revivals than ones by Porter because they’re musical romances. Porter, on the other hand, wrote musical comedies, not that he didn’t know how to write a terrific love song. Take “So in Love” from “Kiss Me, Kate,” which opened Monday at Roundabout’s Studio 54. It comes early in the show, and as sung by Kelli O’Hara in this revival, it makes the next two and a half hours glow with the wistful longing and sweet desperation of a diva in love.

Despite her Tony Award and long career on Broadway, the word “diva” has never quite fit O’Hara. Indeed, she’s an odd choice to be playing a movie star who’s returning to the theater to play opposite her former husband in a musical version of “The Taming of the Shrew.” The only word less appropriate than “diva” for O’Hara would be “shrew.”

Her masterful rendition of “So in Love” is so heartfelt that we may overlook her rather genteel take on the Bard, but maybe not. O’Hara plays the movie star Lilli Vanessi for real, turning her into a cool Veronica Lake complete with long, sometimes peekaboo, blond hair. There’s nothing send-up or buffoonish about this performance; in fact, she sometimes conveys the impression that her Lilli is slumming a bit in this less than first-rate production of a musical “Shrew” that’s opening in Baltimore. (David Rockwell’s sets are appropriately seedy looking.).

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What O’Hara is is in love. When Lilli’s ex-husband Fred Graham (Will Chase) sends a bouquet to his current paramour, the chorus girl Lois Lane (Stephanie Styles), and the flowers end up in the star’s dressing room by mistake, O’Hara’s meltdown when she learns the truth is a heartrending reversal of her singing “So in Love.” By the way, O’Hara is in great voice throughout and has never sounded more thrilling.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire — and Chase presents a red-hot lover on the rebound. He eschews playing the impresario-actor Fred Graham as a big ham. He’s actually an excellent Petruchio in the musical-within-a-musical scenes, and his pursuit of Lilli backstage is tinged with just enough recklessness to make it real. It’s a little odd to hear this character’s music, originally written for a bass-baritone, to be sung by a lighter voice. Chase’s best notes are up there in tenor territory, but at least they’re good notes.

Scott Ellis can be credited with keeping his two leads playing from the same slightly jaded Valentine’s Day poem. He wisely keeps the more manic comedy to the show’s secondary couple, Lois Lane and her boyfriend, Bill Calhoun. Playing that chronic cuckold, “High School Musical” and “Dancing With the Stars” alum Corbin Bleu leads a spectacularly danced “Too Darn Hot,” with choreographer Warren Carlyle in top form.

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Slightly more droll are the twin vaudevillians John Pankow and Lance Coadie Williams as two gun-toting gangsters. The shtick is expertly handled and marred only by the  inclusion of a 21st-century joke about gun control.

The other misfire is the handling of “From This Moment On,” delivered by Lilli’s fiance, Gen. Harrison Howell (Terence Archie), in a way meant to show the character’s dictatorial approach to love. (The 1999 Broadway revival of “Kate” turned Harrison into a general, and that revision of Sam and Bella Spewack’s 1948 book stands here.) Archie’s under-pitch singing brings a certain levity to the number, but sometimes his horseplay with O’Hara borders on physical abuse.

In that 1999 revival, Marin Mazzie gave the audience a big wink at show’s end to assuage any sexist taint. O’Hara’s wry retreat with Chase is much more sophisticated.

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‘Kiss Me, Kate’ Broadway Review: Will Chase, Kelli O’Hara Stay True To Cole Porter’s Fashion – In Their Way

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Like last season’s Lincoln Center production of My Fair Lady, the Roundabout Theatre Company’s current Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Scott Ellis and opening tonight at Studio 54, had its share of finessing to do, bringing a…

Chico, Chihuahua Star Of Broadway’s ‘Legally Blonde’, Amazon Reality Series Dies At 14

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Hugh Jackman to Star as Harold Hill in ‘The Music Man’ Broadway Revival

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Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway to star in the 2020 revival of “The Music Man,” producer Scott Rudin said on Wednesday. Jackman will play the beloved and coveted role of Professor Harold Hill in the latest version of the Meredith Wilson classic.

This “Music Man” will be directed by Jerry Zaks with choreography from Warren Carlyle. Performances are slated to begin on Sept. 9, 2020, with the official open set for Oct. 22, 2020. We’re not sure yet which theater the new “Music Man” will inhabit, but it’ll be a Shubert.

Jackman, who has played Wolverine in the “X-Men” films and starred in the 2012 big screen adaptation of “Les Miserables,” won a Tony Award for 2003 play “The Boy From Oz.” He was also the centerpiece of 2017 musical movie “The Greatest Showman,” portraying P.T. Barnum.

Additional casting, including the role of “Marian,” will be announced later, producers said.

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“The first musical I was ever a part of was the phenomenal ‘The Music Man,’” Jackman said on Wednesday. “The year was 1983, and I was at Knox Grammar School in Sydney, Australia. I was one of the traveling salesmen, and I think I can actually (almost) remember that unforgettable opening number! That was probably the moment when the magic of theater was born in me.”

“The idea of bringing ‘The Music Man’ back to Broadway has been lurking in the back of my brain for a long time, maybe even for 35 years, and when Scott Rudin called me with that very idea, I was floored,” he continued. “To finally be doing this is a huge thrill.”

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“There is just no way to accurately describe the level of excitement I feel about the opportunity to present Hugh in what I think is the best role ever written for an actor in all of Broadway musical theater,” Rudin said. “Although I have spent a lot of time and energy wishing there was a way to stop the passage of time, this is the one moment when I wish it would just move faster. I can’t wait for us to begin working on this together in earnest.”

“The Music Man” debuted on Broadway on Dec. 19, 1957. It went on to win five Tony Awards, including the prize for Best Musical, and ran for 1,375 performances.

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Broadway-Bound Britney Spears Musical Fills Chicago Theater Vacancy Left By Canceled Michael Jackson Show

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A musical comedy featuring the songs of Britney Spears will fill the slot at the Chicago theater left vacant when producers of the upcoming Michael Jackson bio-musical scotched its own pre-Broadway run in the Windy City.
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Danny Elfman Adds Music To Broadway’s ‘Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus’; Previews Begin Tonight

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Composer Danny Elfman will contribute original music to Broadway’s Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, the latest surprise for the show that begins previews tonight.
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Live Nation, Araca & EBG Announce Partnership To Stage Limited-Run Broadway Residency Shows

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