The 27th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction is coming up on Sunday, September 22. The beloved yearly event will take place from 10am until 7pm in Shubert Alley, located on West 44th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.
The flea market gives Broadway fans the chance to purchase theater memorabilia, ranging from old Playbills and show posters to more unique items like stage props and costumes. Actual cast members often man the tables, frequently selling homemade baked goods in addition to show-related items.
For fans who have truly been saving up their pennies, the afternoon auction features many impressive offerings. There are walk-on roles and backstage opportunities for Broadway musicals like Kinky Boots and The Lion King, a chance to have lunch with Judith Light and Angela Lansbury, signed and handwritten musical phrases by everyone from Cyndi Lauper to Stephen Schwartz, a t-shirt worn onstage by Tom Hanks, and much more.
The event will also feature a celebrity autograph table and photo booth, giving fans the chance to meet many Broadway and TV celebrities in person. Visit broadwaycares.org to find out more about the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction and a detailed list of auction items.
The operatic vocal quartet Il Divo are coming to Broadway for a very limited engagement this season. The four-man group formed by music impresario Simon Cowell (American Idol) will do six concerts at the Marquis Theatre, from November 7-13.
Joining Il Divo as a special guest at all of the concert performances will be actress and recording artist Heather Headley. Headley earned many ardent supporters in the Broadway community for her turns in The Lion King and Aida, but hasn’t been on the Great White Way since.
Il Divo’s appearance on Broadway comes just as the group is scheduled to release a new recording featuring a collection of show tunes. The album will feature guest performances by Broadway and theater performances like Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Ball, and Barbra Streisand.
In their Broadway concerts, Il Divo will be performing songs from a number of well-known Broadway musicals, including West Side Story, Carousel, and The Phantom of the Opera.
It has been announced that the forthcoming film version of the Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone will star film and stage actor Geoffrey Rush. Rush will play the role of Man in Chair, a part that he played on stage in the Australian premiere of the show in 2010.
Geoffrey Rush has starred in numerous movie, including Shakespeare in Love and The King’s Speech, which both earned him Oscar nominations. He actually won the Oscar for his career-making performance in Shine. Rush has performed once on Broadway in the play Exit the King, and earned a Tony Award for his performance.
The Drowsy Chaperone, a musical comedy, has a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, and music and lyrics by Gregg Morrison and Lisa Lambert. The film is expected to start shooting in 2014.
The feature length documentary Broadway Idiot, which charts Green Day singer/songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong’s journey to Broadway with his musical American Idiot, is scheduled to arrive in New York City movie theaters on October 11, opening nationwide on October 18.
Broadway Idiot was directed by Doug Hamilton and had its premiere at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas earlier this spring. The documentary film was later screened at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
For people who can’t find Broadway Idiot at their local cinema, the documentary will be available to watch on Video On Demand as of October 18.
NBC’s live television production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood as Maria now has a Captain von Trapp to play opposite her. Actor Stephen Moyer will take on the part of the demanding widower who was memorably played on screen by Christopher Plummer.
Though Stephen Moyer is primarily known to audiences for his starring role on the hit vampire-themed TV show True Blood, he does have previous stage experience. Most recently Moyer played the part of smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago at the Hollywood Bowl.
Produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (TV’s Smash), the new production of The Sound of Music will be broadcast live on NBC on December 5.
It has been announced that the musical Dames at Sea will get a production on Broadway next year. Dames at Sea features music by Jim Wise, and book and lyrics by Robin Miller and George Haimsohn. This new production will have music direction from Rob Berman and direction/choreography by Tony nominee Randy Skinner.
A tap-happy celebration of the Golden Era of film musicals, Dames at Sea originally opened Off-Broadway in 1968 in a production starring Bernadette Peters, playing what was a breakthrough role for the eventual Tony Award winning actress and Broadway icon.
“This is a quintessential American musical with an amazingly tuneful score and a really clever book, and this Dames will have more dancing than ever before,” stated the production’s director and choreographer, Randy Skinner. “For the first time in New York, Dames will be heard with a fully orchestrated score.”
Broadway literally took to the streets on August 19, sleeping outside Manhattan’s Covenant House crisis shelter to show support for the hundreds of homeless young people living inside. Dubbed the Broadway Sleep Out, the event was designed to raise awareness about the plight of New York City’s homeless youth while also raising money to provide them with clothes, food, and shelter.
Over 50 Broadway artists took part in the Sleep Out, including Rory O’Malley (The Book of Mormon), Capathia Jenkins (Newsies), Sebastian Arcelus (A Time to Kill), Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), Adriane Lenox, Stephanie J. Block, Michael McElroy, and composer Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde). The event resulted in more than $136,000 being raised.
“Getting to be here at Covenant House and see the courage of these kids and hear their struggles,” stated Frank Wildhorn, “I am touched and so happy to be able to help in any way I can.”
Even many of Stephen Sondheim’s most avid fans know very little about the film version of his classic 1973 Broadway musical A Little Night Music. Starring Elizabeth Taylor and Diana Rigg, the 1978 movie was not a success and has gone largely forgotten by musical theater fans over the decades.
But now Sondheim fans can judge for themselves whether or not the movie’s songs were worth preserving, as the A Little Night Music movie soundtrack has been made available on CD for the first time ever. The CD recording has been released by Sony Masterworks and is also available for digital download.
In addition to well-known Stephen Sondheim songs like “Send in the Clowns,” the soundtrack also includes a re-written film version of “The Glamorous Life” and instrumental cues that were previously unreleased. Go to MasterworksBroadway.com to find out more about the recording.
Although it didn’t last especially long on Broadway, the recently-shuttered play The Nance will live again on film. Taped during special performances of the production that were added following its scheduled closing, The Nance will air on PBS as a part of its “Live from Lincoln Center” series in 2014.
Written by Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed, Xanadu, Sister Act, Cinderella), The Nance starred Tony Award winner Nathan Lane as a burlesque performer who played campy characters onstage, yet had to hide his own homosexuality from the world.
Lane’s co-stars in The Nance included Cady Huffman (The Producers), Andrea Burns (In the Heights), Lewis J. Stadlen, Jenni Barber, Jonny Orsini, and Geoffrey Allen Murphy.
Douglas Carter Beane’s new play, The Nance, ends its run at the Lyceum Theatre today. The production began previews on March 21 and officially opened on April 15. Though it was scheduled for an open run and enjoyed respectable sales, presumably The Nance was not able to sell enough tickets (particularly during the summer months when kid-friendly fare thrives) to stay open any longer.
Set in 1937, the play starred Tony Award-winning Broadway favorite Nathan Lane in the role of Chauncey Miles, a well-loved New York burlesque performer. Though Chauncey plays a popular campy character type known as ‘the nance,’ he must keep his own true homosexuality a secret.
Directed by Jack O’Brien, the production also starred Andrea Burns, Cady Huffman, Jonny Orsini, Jenni Barber, Mylinda Hull, and Lewis J. Stadlen.