As she announced herself this morning on The View (which she co-hosts), Whoopi Goldberg will be the host of the 62nd Annual Tony Awards, which will broadcast live on CBS on June 15. Whoopi appeared on Broadway only a couple years ago in a solo show, and she also occasionally serves as a producer of Broadway shows. “I love Broadway and I’m thrilled to be doing anything for the first time,” she said about the Tony gig, “I’m gonna have a blast.”
The new Broadway musical Glory Days, which opened last night, has sadly joined the exclusive club of Broadway shows that can claim both their opening and closing night as one in the same. This afternoon it was announced that its first official performance had also been its last, and that due to the bad reviews (as well as low advance sales), the producers have decided to close the musical immediately.
On a brighter note, tonight was the official Broadway opening of the Manhattan Theatre Club’s revival of Top Girls. The Caryl Churchill play is scheduled to play a limited run at Broadway’s Biltmore Theatre through June 22.
The new Broadway musical Glory Days opened on Broadway tonight. The production is newly transferred from an engagement at the Signature Theatre in D.C. Glory Days is about four high school friends who come back to their old haunt a year after graduation and discover how much has already changed between them. To get discount tickets to see Glory Days at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway, click here.
The winners of the 2007-2008 Lucille Lortel Awards, which award excellence in New York’s Off-Broadway theatre, were announced today. The honors were fairly evenly distributed among notable Off-Broadway productions including George Packer’s Betrayed (Outstanding Play) and Adrienne Kennedy’s Ohio State Murders (Outstanding Revival). Some of the recipients of acting honors included Elizabeth Franz in The Piano Teacher and Mare Winningham in 10 Million Miles. The closest thing to a sweep was The Adding Machine‘s four wins, for Outstanding Musical, Director, Lead Actor, and Lighting Design. This is the 23rd year for the Lortel Awards, which are presented by the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers.
The Broadway revival of the 1960s farce Boeing-Boeing has its official Broadway opening tonight. The comedy about a bachelor juggling three flight attendant fiancees stars Bradley Whitford, Christine Baranski, Mark Rylance, and Gina Gershon. Boeing-Boeing is playing an open run at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre. To get discount tickets to see the comic Boeing-Boeing, as well as other Broadway plays and musicals, click here.
Visa Signature will be offering a taste of the Tonys by sponsoring a “Tonys Preview Concert,” to be taped at Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 11. All of this season’s Broadway musicals that are eligible for Tony nominations will perform at the event. The broadcast will air on CBS in the New York City area on June 7, but dates will vary in other markets, so check local listings. And don’t forget to check out the Tony Awards ceremony itself, which will air on June 15.
“Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods,” a new MTV reality show, has set its debut date for June 2. Hosted by Haylie Duff (Hairspray), the 8-episode reality TV series follows the process of finding a replacement for the current star of Legally Blonde on Broadway, Laura Bell Bundy. Members of Legally Blonde‘s cast and creative team will appear on the show, and Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky will serve as music director and vocal coach to the Broadway hopefuls auditioning to win the role of Elle.