Beautiful – The Carole King Musical will end its smash-hit, record-breaking run after nearly six years on Broadway. By the time the production takes its final bow, it will have played 60 preview and 2,418 regular performances, surpassing the original production of Annie and the landmark 1998 revival of Cabaret to become the 27th longest-running musical (and the 2nd longest running “bio-musical”) in Broadway history.
Here are the shows that are set to close.
Be More Chill – Closing August 11, 2019
The Prom – Closing August 11, 2019
Boys in the Band – Closing August 11, 2019
Puffs – Closing August 18, 2019
The Cher Show – Closing August 18, 2019
Pretty Woman: The Musical – Closing August 18
King Kong – Closing August 18
What The Constitution Means To Me – Closing August 24, 2019
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune – Closing August 25, 2019
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – Closing October 27, 2019
Waitress – Closing January 5, 2020
So far 29 shows have closed since September 9th.
Sir Paul McCartney has been writing a new musical, of the 1946 Frank Capra classic film “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Producer Bill Kenwright, marks the 77-year-old musician first theatrical venture.
“Writing a musical is not something that had ever really appealed to me,” but Bill and I met up with Lee Hall and had a chat and I found myself thinking this could be interesting and fun. ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ is a universal story we can all relate to.”
Hall, who co-wrote Billy Elliot: The Musical, is writing the book and co-writing the lyrics with McCartney.
McCartney has done 10 demo tracks, with the singer performing every role from George Bailey to Mr. Potter.
Andrew Lloyd Webber announced his contemporary musical version of Cinderella, with a book by The Crown actress/Killing Eve writer Emerald Fennell, will arrive on Broadway next year. Lloyd Webber has written with lyrics by David Zippel (Hercules, City of Angels). The new Cinderella has the title heroine falling in love with a man named Sebastian after Prince Charming has his own fling with a duke.
The musical received an industry presentation in London with a cast that included Carrie Hope Fletcher as Cinderella, Tyrone Huntley as Sebastian and Jonny Fines as Prince Charming, along with Gary Wilmot, Ruthie Henshall, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Sophie Isaacs, and Rebecca Trehearn. Broadway producers and theater owners attended the workshop.
His musical Cats being filmed by Universal stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and Francesca Hayward.