The latest round of negotiations between Local One and the League of American Theatres and Producers ended Sunday night without any progress. The League has announced that performances at the 27 Broadway theaters affected by the strike will now be canceled through November 25. The Broadway community had been hopeful that the two parties would be able to hammer out a contract before the very lucrative Thanksgiving week, but it appears that is not to be. No further negotiations have been scheduled at this time. Click here for information on how to get a refund if you have tickets for a Broadway show this week.
Twenty-seven Broadway shows have now been dark for over a week, but there may be a light at the end of the tunnel — today, the Broadway stagehands’ union Local One and the League of American Theatres and Producers resumed negotiations for the first time since the union went on strike on November 10. No word yet on whether there has been any progress, but we’ll keep you updated. In the meantime, Broadway fans will have to settle for the eight shows that are still open (their theaters are on different contracts with Local One): The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Cymbeline, Mary Poppins, Mauritius, Pygmalion, The Ritz, Xanadu, and Young Frankenstein.
A revival of Tennessee Williams’ classic play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof will have a limited Broadway run at the Broadhurst Theatre early next year. Directed by Debbie Allen, the production will have an all African-American cast. Performances of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof will begin on Broadway on February 12, 2008.
It has just been announced that the Broadway production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be coming to a close on January 20, 2008. After a successful Off-Broadway run, the charming musical comedy transferred to the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway in the Spring of 2005. When it closes, it will have played over 1,000 performances.
LoveMusik, the Kurt Weill musical that had a brief Broadway run last season, is finally getting a recording that preserves the work of the show’s fine cast, including stars Donna Murphy and Michael Cerveris. Ghostlight Records will release the CD on November 27.
The Drama Book Shop (250 W. 40th Street) will host a Spring Awakening event on Tuesday, November 13 at 5pm. Authors Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik will be there to sign copies of the libretto to their groundbreaking Broadway musical, and cast members John Gallagher Jr. and Jennifer Damiano will perform a song.
The League of American Theatres and Producers just released a new report on Broadway demographics today, revealing some interesting statistics about the Great White Way. During this past Broadway season, attendance was up among foreign tourists, people under 18 years of age, and non-Caucasians. Some of the report’s revelations are not too surprising, such as the news that the internet is now the most popular place to buy theater tickets. Other stats were more unexpected: 31% of all Broadway tickets are sold to the 6% of theatergoers who attend 15 or more shows a year.
With the fall season in full swing, yet another new Broadway show is bowing tonight. Tom Stoppard’s latest drama, Rock ‘n’ Roll, starring Brian Cox and Rufus Sewell, opens tonight at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Get discount tickets to see this exciting new play on Broadway here.
Disney’s new Broadway musical version of its animated film The Little Mermaid began previews tonight at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. In addition to Mermaid, Disney is currently represented on Broadway by The Lion King and Mary Poppins. (Past Disney Broadway musicals include Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, and Aida.)
It’s now official that Daniel Radcliffe, star of the Harry Potter films, will be coming to Broadway later this year in Equus. Radcliffe will reprise the role of Alan Strang, which he played to acclaim earlier this year in London’s West End. His co-star, Richard Griffiths, will also join the Broadway cast of the production.