MvVO Art Launches AD ART SHOW
Broadway

Theater News: Plaza Suite, Hadestown, Stephen Schwartz, Tootsie, Beetlejuice Gets a Cast Recording, A Soldier’s Play Gets a Cast and The Woman in Black

Theater News: Plaza Suite, Hadestown, Stephen Schwartz, Tootsie, Beetlejuice Gets a Cast Recording, A Soldier’s Play Gets a Cast and The Woman in Black

Tony Award® winner Marc Shaiman will write original music for the recently announced production of Neil Simon’s comedic play about marriage, Plaza Suite, starring two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick and two-time Emmy Award® winner Sarah Jessica Parker, directed by Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey. 

Marc Shaiman teased this announcement this morning via his Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/B4uu9cTpMQp/

Director John Benjamin Hickey said, “In terms of beloved New York icons, Marc is right up there with… well… with Neil Simon, Matthew Broderick, and Sarah Jessica Parker. To have Marc, our dear friend, writing music for this play that celebrates love and marriage in New York City is a dream come true.”

As previously announced, Plaza Suite will play a strictly limited 17-week Broadway engagement at Hudson Theatre (141 West 44th Street), with previews beginning March 13, 2020 and an official opening night set for April 13, 2020. Plaza Suite will mark the first time Broderick and Parker will share a Broadway stage since the 1995 revival of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. This event will also mark Broderick’s return to the words of Neil Simon, having won his first Tony Award for creating the role of Eugene Jerome in Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, followed by its sequel, Biloxi Blues.

Prior to coming to New York, in a move reminiscent of the golden age of Broadway when stars would take plays out of town, Broderick and Parker will travel with the production to Boston for a strictly limited 22-performance pre-Broadway engagement at the Emerson Colonial Theatre, the same theater where Plaza Suite had its 1968 world premiere and in 1976, Parker made her Boston stage debut as Flora in the pre-Broadway engagement of The Innocents.

Two world-class actors play three hilarious couples in this uproarious and piercing look at love and marriage from legendary playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Neil Simon. This new production will mark the first revival of a Neil Simon play following his passing August 2018 at the age 91. He is remembered as one of the most celebrated, successful, and beloved writers in Broadway history having written more than 30 plays and musicals.

When Plaza Suite first opened on Broadway in 1968, directed by Mike Nichols and starring George C. Scott and Maureen Stapleton, it ran for nearly three years and played a total of 1,097 performances. Simon and Stapleton were nominated for Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, respectively, while Nichols won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play. In 1971, Simon adapted the play for a big screen adaptation starring Walter Matthau, Stapleton, Barbara Harris, and Lee Grant. In 1982, HBO broadcast a taping of a live stage performance of Plaza Suite starring Lee Grant and Jerry Orbach. In 1987, Carol Burnett opposite Hal Holbrook, Dabney Coleman, and Richard Crenna starred in a television movie adaptation of the play co-directed by Roger Beatty and Kenny Solms. 

Reeve Carney, Eva Nobelzada Hadestown

 Hadestown, the Tony Award®-winning Best New Musical has become the first musical of the just concluded 2018-2019 Broadway season to recoup its initial investment of $11.5M.

The musical continues to set box office records at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street). For the week ending Sunday, October 13, the production grossed an all-time best of $1,523,311 and is the highest-grossing musical in the theater’s history and has been playing to standing room only audiences since it started performances on Friday, March 22.

Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz and Kelly Devine will be honored the NYMF 2019 New York Musical Festival Benefit Concert! The gala will be held November 18th. Kelli Barrett (Wicked, Doctor Zhivago, Fosse/Verdon), Charl Brown (Motown), Gregory Diaz IV (Matilda), Lisa Howard (Escape to Margaritaville), Tamika Lawrence (Come From Away), Lesli Margherita (Zorro, Matilda), Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages), Gabrielle McClinton (Pippin), John McGinty (Children of a Lesser God, Hunchback of Notre Dame), Joey McIntyre (New Kids On The Block, Wicked), Julia Murney (Wicked), Jack Noseworthy (Come From Away), Gypsy Snider (Pippin), Jarrod Spector (Jersey Boys, The Cher Show, Beautiful) and Sergio Trujillo (Ain’t Too Proud) will perform.

The evening will also feature Jeanna de Waal (Kinky Boots) performing a selection from the upcoming Broadway musical Diana and a special performance by honoree Stephen Schwartz himself.

Santino Fontana Tootsie

Sadly the Broadway musical Tootsie will play its final performance on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Upon closing, the musical will have played 293 regular and 25 preview performances at the Marquis Theatre (210 W 46th St).

Tootsie will launch a North American Tour at Shea’s Buffalo Theater in Buffalo, New York, in October 2020.  Casting, exact dates and additional cities will be announced at a later date. Sseveral international productions are underway. Exact timing for all will be announced in the coming months.

Tootsie will launch a North American Tour at Shea’s Buffalo Theater in Buffalo, New York, in October 2020.  Casting, exact dates and additional cities will be announced at a later date. 

Additionally, plans for several international productions of Tootsie are underway. Exact timing for all will be announced in the coming months.

Alex Brightman and Sophie Anne Caruso Beetlejuice

Ghostlight and Warner records have announced that the Beetlejuice – Original Broadway Cast Recording will be released on vinyl as a two-LP picture disc seton Friday, November 22. The same day, Urban Outfitters will release an exclusive color vinyl edition. Both versions include full-color packaging with complete lyrics and synopsis, in addition to liner notes by Jerry Portwood, Digital Editorial Director of Rolling Stone. The album is currently available on CD and through all streaming partners. Beetlejuice –the new hit Broadway musical comedy presented by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures (Mark Kaufman) and Langley Park Productions (Kevin McCormick) – is now in performance at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway). The show was nominated for eight 2019 Tony Awards, including “Best Musical,” “Best Original Score,” and “Best Book of a Musical.” The album is produced by Matt Stine, Alex Timbers, Eddie Perfect, and Kurt Deutsch. To download or stream the album, or order the CD or LP set, please visit ghostlightrecords.lnk.to/beetlejuice

A Soldier’s Play

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) announces complete casting for the first Broadway production of Charles Fuller’s award-winning drama A Soldier’s Play, directed by Kenny Leon.

Joining the previously announced David Alan Grier as “Sergeant Vernon C. Waters” and Blair Underwood as “Captain Richard Davenport” are Nnamdi Asomugha as “Private First Class Melvin Peterson,” Jerry O’Connell as “Captain Charles Taylor,” McKinley Belcher III as “Private Louis Henson,” Rob Demery as “Corporal Bernard Cobb,” Jared Grimes as “Private Tony Smalls,” Billy Eugene Jones as “Private James Wilkie,” Nate Mann as “Lieutenant Byrd,” Warner Miller as “Corporal Ellis,” J. Alphonse Nicholson as “Private C. J. Memphis” and Lee Aaron Rosen as “Captain Wilcox.”

A Soldier’s Play will begin preview performances on December 27, 2019, and open officially on January 21, 2020. This is a limited engagement at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).

The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC), home of Sleep No More, announces the original production of long-running West End play The Woman in Black is coming to New York for the first time. Previews will begin in the hotel’s hidden pub The Club Car on January 8, with an official opening on January 23, 2020.

First presented for a three-week run in the theatre bar at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, The Woman in Black moved to the West End two years later, where it has been enthralling audiences ever since.

Numerous national and international tours have followed, but this site-specific reimagining for The McKittrick marks the first chance audiences have to experience it as originally staged, in a pub, more than 30 years ago.

Broadway

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

More in Broadway

The Illusionists Magic on Broadway for the Holidays

Suzanna BowlingDecember 7, 2019

Everything Coming Up Beth Leavel: Marriage, A New Cabaret Show and a Leading Broadway Role

Suzanna BowlingDecember 6, 2019

Tom Hiddleston is Thrilled Getting His Caricature at Sardi’s

Genevieve Rafter KeddyDecember 6, 2019

The Phantom of The Opera Comes to Broadway At The Pierre

Suzanna BowlingDecember 4, 2019

Casting for The Devil Wears Prada

Suzanna BowlingDecember 3, 2019

The Clinton’s Visit Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Suzanna BowlingDecember 2, 2019

The New Release of a Sampling of Jagged Little Pill’s Album Will Have You Running To The Box Office to Get Tickets

Suzanna BowlingDecember 1, 2019

Theatre News: Michael Jackson, Johnny Deep and the Killer Hand, Mr Magoo, Soft Power, The Carney’s, More MJ Musical News

Suzanna BowlingNovember 30, 2019

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Idina Menzel, Hadestown, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical and More

Genevieve Rafter KeddyNovember 27, 2019