Pump Boys and Dinettes Postponing Broadway Run

Pump BoysThe producers of the planned Broadway revival of the musical Pump Boys and Dinettes have announced that the production won’t be coming to Broadway this season. The show was supposed to start performances at the Circle in the Square Theatre on March 19. A new date has not been set yet.

“With the crowded landscape on Broadway this spring, we all agreed that the wise choice was to proceed with a new opening date,” stated producer Abby Lee. “We are in the process of determining the updated production schedule and look forward to sharing this wonderful musical with Broadway audiences in the near future.”

Under the direction of John Doyle, Pump Boys and Dinettes was set to star American Idol’s Bo Bice. The musical revue originally appeared on Broadway in 1982.

My Fair Lady May Be on Broadway in 2014

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Clive Davis

Legendary music producer Clive Davis is making plans to bring Broadway a new revival of the Golden Age musical My Fair Lady to Broadway next year. The tuneful stage classic (which boasts numbers like “I Could Have Danced All Night”) first opened on Broadway in 1956 in a production starring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison.

“I always wanted to produce a Broadway show, and I’ve never done it,” said Davis in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.  “I don’t want to jinx myself, but we’re in discussions with two magnificent performers and a wonderful director.”

Clive Davis is a multiple Grammy Award winner for his work as a record producer. Over the years he has worked with numerous rock, pop, and R&B artists, including Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Harry Connick, Jr., Christina Aguilera, and Barry Manilow, who is currently performing on Broadway.

Jersey Boys Celebrates 3,000th Broadway Performance

Jersey Boys Broadway ShowThe performance of Jersey Boys at the August Wilson Theatre tonight marks a major milestone for the hit Broadway musical.  Jersey Boys will be having its 3,000th performance, which is quite a feat for a Broadway show.

Although it began previews quietly, Jersey Boys quickly began generating buzz when it came to Broadway in 2005 and opened to great reviews. The Tony Award winning mega-hit is #18 on the list of longest-running shows in the history of Broadway.

Jersey Boys tells the true-life story of the formation and success of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, the pop group responsible for numerous hit songs, including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” and “Oh What a Night”.  The production’s original Frankie Valli, John Lloyd Young, recently returned to Jersey Boys on Broadway, and is currently singing
alongside Matt Bogart, Jeremy Kushnier, and Drew Gehling.

Broadway-Bound Motown Has Found Its Young Michael Jackson

Jibreel Mawry

Jibreel Mawry

Motown the Musical, the new Broadway musical that tells the story of Motown Records and its founder Berry Gordy, has found the talented young actors who will play youthful versions of Berry Gordy, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder. Jibreel Mawry and Raymond Luke Jr., who were found during a country-wide casting search, will share the three roles in Motown the Musical.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown the Musical features many hits from Motown Records’ incredible catalog, which includes music by legends such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, and of course Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson.

Motown the Musical is set to begin preview performances at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on March 11, with an official opening night set for April 14.

Music of Gloria Estefan To Feature in Broadway Musical

Gloria EstefanThe music of Grammy Award winning pop star Gloria Estefan will serve as the inspiration for a forthcoming Broadway musical to be developed by Broadway’s Nederlander Organization in association with Estefan Enterprises. The musical will tell the story of Gloria and her musician/producer husband Emilio Estefan, who journeyed from Cuba to music superstardom.

“We are very excited to share this story, which is based on hope, determination and the belief that with hard work and passion, our dreams can become our reality,” stated the Estefans. “Our music has been a true reflection of who we are, where we came from and the journey that has brought us to where we are today.”

Bearing a reputation as the “Queen of Latin Pop,” Gloria Estefan has had several hit songs, including “The Rhythm is Going To Get You,” “Conga,” “1, 2, 3,” and the Academy Award nominated “Music of My Heart”.

Bill Pullman To Join The Other Place on Broadway

Bill PullmanFilm, TV, and sometime Broadway actor Bill Pullman will be returning to the Broadway stage for a brief time when he takes over for Daniel Stern in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of The Other Place at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.  Stern, who is currently co-starring alongside Laurie Metcalf, will be leaving the production on February 3 due to a family situation, and Pullman will replace him starting February 5.  The Other Place is currently scheduled to conclude its extended Broadway engagement on March 3.

Bill Pullman is currently being seen regularly by television audiences in the new NBC sitcom 1600 Penn, in which he portrays the President of the United States (Josh Gad, formerly of Broadway’s The Book of Mormon, co-stars as his son).  Pullman has previously appeared on Broadway in productions of David Mamet’s Oleanna and Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

Evita Ends Its Broadway Run Tonight

Evita Broadway Musical Ricky Martin Elena Roger Tim RiceThe hit Broadway revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber / Tim Rice modern classic musical Evita ends its run at the Marquis Theater today, January 26. Closing on a Saturday is somewhat unusual, as Broadway shows typically conclude runs on Sundays. Evita will have two performances today, a matinee, and then the very last performance will be at 8pm.

Starring Ricky Martin, Evita was one of the most successful Broadway productions of 2012. The show had the advantage of a well-known name, due to both its first run on Broadway and the film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas. But Ricky Martin’s participation was also crucial to the musical’s excellent ticket sales, since he drew in many of his own fans who may not otherwise be interested in Broadway theater.

When it was initially announced that Evita‘s main stars, Ricky Martin, Elena Roger, and Michael Cerveris would be departing this month, the show’s producers hoped to locate suitable replacements. But ultimately they couldn’t find what they were looking for and decided to simply end the production’s Broadway run instead.

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart To Co-star on Broadway

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Two of Britain’s finest stage actors will be taking the Broadway stage together later this year.  Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart — both well known to film and TV audiences — are set to star together in not one but two plays, Samuel Beckett’s classic Waiting for Godot and Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land.  In an unusual situation for Broadway, the productions will play in repertory.

Few details, including exact dates, theater, and additional cast members, have been determined yet.  But the rep productions are expected to start in Fall 2013 under the direction of Sean Mathias.  Stephen Brimson Lewis will provide set and costume design, while Peter Kaczorowski will serve as lighting designer.

“British actors are used to playing in repertory, whether for the National Theatre or the Royal Shakespeare Company,” stated Ian McKellen.  “We enjoy the challenge of variety, and audiences, myself included, enjoy watching a group of actors in contrasting roles. We hope, at least once a week, to give Broadway audiences the chance of seeing Beckett and Pinter on adjacent nights, perhaps even on the same day.”

Glengarry Glen Ross Starring Al Pacino Closes

Al Pacino in Glengarry Glen Ross Broadway ShowBroadway has another round of closings today, headed by the very successful limited-run revival of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross starring Al Pacino. Though Pacino’s turn in the play got a mixed reception from critics, the production sold extremely well at the box office, proving that Al Pacino continues to be a big draw for Broadway theatergoers.

The second of today’s closings is another limited engagement, the Lincoln Center Theater production of the Clifford Odets’ 1937 play Golden Boy, directed by Bartlett Sher. This Broadway revival was one of the more under-the-radar entries this season, opening in December amidst the holiday bustle. The boxing drama, which stars Seth Numrich, Tony Shalhoub, Daniel Jenkins, Danny Burstein, Anthony Crivello, Sean Cullen, and David Wohl, ends its run at the Belasco Theatre today.

Finally, Peter and the Starcatcher is also ending its Broadway run. The play with music, which received several Tony Award nominations and enjoyed positive word-of-mouth, started out Off-Broadway before transferring to Broadway in March 2012. And it was recently announced that there is life after Broadway for Peter as the production will soon transfer to New World Stages for another Off-Broadway run.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Opens on Broadway

black white Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Broadway Show scarlett johansson debra monk rob ashfordThe latest Broadway revival of the Tennessee Williams masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opens at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theater this evening. Following her Tony Award winning success in another dramatic classic, the recent revival of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge, film actress Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers, Lost in Translation) now takes on the iconic role of Maggie the Cat, made famous on film by Elizabeth Taylor.

Playing opposite Scarlett Johansson is Benjamin Walker (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on film) as Brick. The cast also features Irish actor Ciaran Hinds (The Seafarer), Debra Monk (set to star again on Broadway in the musical Pump Boys and Dinettes later this season), Emily Bergl, Michael Park, and Brian Reddy.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof began performances on December 18, 2012. The limited-run production, which is directed by Rob Ashford, is scheduled to play through March 30, 2013.