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Theatre News: Betrayal, Diana, Slave Play and The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical



Jamie Lloyd Company, Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Benjamin Lowy Productions, Glass Half Full Productions, and Gavin Kalin Productions announced today that beginning on first preview, tomorrow, Wednesday, August 14, Betrayal will launch a $40 in-person only rush ticket policy. Additionally, a limited number of $25 tickets are now available for purchase online and in-person at the box office.

$40 rush tickets to Betrayal will be sold in person at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre box office on the day of the performances beginning when the box office opens (Monday – Saturday at 10:00 AM; Sunday at 12:00 PM). There will be a limit of two tickets per customer. Seat locations will be at the discretion of the box office and are based on availability.

As previously announced, The Jamie Lloyd Company, the successful partnership between Ambassador Theatre Group and Artistic Director Jamie Lloyd, brings their production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal to Broadway following its smash-hit, extended run in London’s West End. Directed by Mr. Lloyd, Betrayal stars Golden Globe, Olivier, and Evening Standard Award winner Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, and Charlie Cox, all making their Broadway debuts as Robert, Jerry, and Emma, respectively. They will be joined by Eddie Arnold as the Waiter.

Betrayal will play Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street) with performances beginning Wednesday, August 14, 2019, and an official Opening Night set for Thursday, September 5, 2019.

The new musical based on the incredible real life story of an icon to end all icons, Diana, will open on Broadway in the spring of 2020.  Performances will begin on Monday, March 2, 2020 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th St.), with an official Opening Night set for Tuesday, March 31, 2020.  

Jeanna de Waal, Erin Davie, Roe Hartrampf 

Tony Award®-winning director Christopher Ashley (Come From Away) and the wrtiers behind the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis (Joe DiPietro and David Bryan) bring us face-to-face with one of the 20th century’s most compelling figures in this landmark musical event, featuring an epic and sweeping contemporary score, with music supervision and arrangements by Olivier Award®-winner Ian Eisendrath, choreography by Olivier Award-winner & Tony Award-nominee Kelly Devine, and Diana’s iconic style as reimagined by six-time Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long.

 Judy Kaye

Diana had its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse earlier this year and was an instant sold-out hit, extending its run into the spring.

Jeanna de Waal, acclaimed for her performance in the title role in the world premiere, will lead the cast on Broadway. She will be joined by Roe Hartrampf as “Prince Charles”,  Erin Davie as “Camilla Parker Bowles” and two-time Tony Award-winner Judy Kaye as “Queen Elizabeth”, all of whom will be reprising their roles for Broadway.

Paul Alexander Nolan, Joaquina Kalukango

Producers Greg Nobile and Jana Shea of Seaview Productions, Troy Carter, Level Forward, and Nine Stories,founded by Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker, announced full casting today for the upcoming Broadway premiere of Slave Play, the acclaimed new work by Jeremy O. Harris, directed by Robert O’Hara. 

The cast features Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, and Paul Alexander Nolan, who are bringing their acclaimed Off-Broadway performances to the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). They are joined by Joaquina Kalukango who will create the role of Kaneisha for the Broadway production. The cast is being understudied by Eboni Flowers, Thomas Keegan, Jakeem Dante Powell, and Elizabeth Stahlmann.

Chris McCarrell Photo by Jeremy Daniels.

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical will come to Broadway this fall. The musical, features a book by Be More Chill book writer Joe Tracz and a score by Rob Rokicki, will play a strictly limited 16-week engagement at the Longacre Theatre beginning Sept. 20. Opening night is set for Oct. 16. 

Based on Rick Riordan’s 2005 novel, which follows a teen demigod who is trying to prevent a war between the Greek gods, the musical arrives on Broadway after a 32-city North American tour and a 2017 off-Broadway run. 

Casting for the seven-person company in the Broadway production has not yet been announced. In both the touring and off-Broadway productions, Chris McCarrell has played Percy Jackson. 

The Lightning Thief is directed by Stephen Brackett, who directed Be More Chill, with choreography by Patrick McCollum, set design by Lee Savage, costume design by Sydney Maresca, lighting design by David Lander and sound design by Ryan Rumery. 

Hopefully George Salazar will return.

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, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:


Ahead of the Broadway Opening of Lempicka The Longacre Theatre Is Showcasing Art Work By Tamara de Lempicka



The Longacre Theatre (220 W 48th St.), soon-to-be home of the sweeping new musical, Lempicka, is showcasing a curated selection of renowned artist Tamara de Lempicka’s most famous works. Eschewing traditional theatrical front-of-house advertising, the Longacre’s façade now boasts prints, creating a museum-quality exhibition right in the heart of Times Square. The musical opens on Broadway on April 14, 2024 at the same venue.

The Longacre’s outdoor exhibition includes works of Self Portrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti) (1929), Young Girl in Green (1927), Nu Adossé I (1925), The Red Tunic (1927), The Blue Scarf (1930), The Green Turban (1930), Portrait of Marjorie Ferry (1932), Portrait of Ira P. (1930), Portrait of Romana de la Salle (1928), and Adam and Eve (1932).

Starring Eden Espinosa and directed by Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin, Lempicka features book, lyrics, and original concept by Carson Kreitzer, book and music by Matt Gould, and choreography by Raja Feather Kelly.

Spanning decades of political and personal turmoil and told through a thrilling, pop-infused score, Lempicka boldly explores the contradictions of a world in crisis, a woman ahead of her era, and an artist whose time has finally come.

Young Girl in Green painted by Tamara de Lempicka (1927). Oil on plywood.