Off-Broadway Adding Machine To Close July 20

The Off-Broadway production of The Adding Machine, the new musical version of Elmer Rice’s expressionist play, has announced that it will close at the Minetta Lane Theatre on July 20. The unusual musical by Joshua Schmidt and Jason Loewith is about a man called Mr. Zero who, after 25 years of service, is replaced by a machine – and then murders his boss in a moment of blind rage. Dark and strange, the Off-Broadway musical is also surprisingly sweet and funny. The Adding Machine originated at the Next Theatre Company in Chicago, and thanks to its healthy Off-Broadway run of roughly 150 performances, the musical will likely go on to a good life in regional theatre.

Three Broadway Closings Today

It’s curtains for Curtains, Top Girls fall, and this is the last Sunday for Sunday in the Park with George. All three of these shows have their final Broadway performances today. Curtains announced its Broadway closing date months ago, Top Girls is finishing its scheduled Broadway engagement, and Sunday in the Park with George is finally closing after several extensions.

Danity Kane’s Aubrey O’Day On Broadway

Singer Aubrey O’Day, a member of the all-girl pop/R&B group Danity Kane, is coming to Broadway on July 18. She will be taking on the part of Amber Von Tussle in the hit Broadway musical Hairspray. O’Day, who will be assuming the role when Ashley Spencer leaves Hairspray to join the Broadway company of Grease, is expected to stay through August 31.

Cirque Dreams Opens On Broadway Tonight

The colorful, acrobatic show Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy opens on Broadway tonight at the Broadway Theatre. Music, costumes, and impressive physical feats combine to make Cirque Dreams a circus with a theatrical flair. The kid-friendly show is playing a limited Broadway engagement set to end on August 24. Get discount tickets to see Cirque Dreams at the Broadway Theatre by clicking here.

Finalists Spencer and Keeling From Grease Reality Show To Be Broadway Replacements

Ashley Spencer and Derek Keeling, who were both finalists on the NBC reality TV show Grease – You’re the One That I Want, are set to finally play the roles of Sandy and Danny on Broadway after the winners of the TV show (Laura Osnes and Max Crumm) depart the Broadway revival on July 20. Keeling has had a good warm-up, having played Danny in a national tour of Grease. And Spencer has been getting plenty of Broadway experience in another show, Hairspray. The pair will assume their long-awaited roles in Broadway’s Grease on July 22.

for colored girls Comes To Broadway August 19

The new Broadway revival of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, starring singer/songwriter India.Arie, will begin Broadway previews at the Circle in the Square Theatre on August 19. The official Broadway opening will be on September 8. Directed by Shirley Jo Finney and choreographed by Hinton Battle, this production of the poetic 1970s play is produced by Whoopi Goldberg and DreamTeam Entertainment Group.

Cat and Cry-Baby Close On Broadway Today

Two Broadway closings today, one planned and one sudden. The all-star Cat on a Hot Tin Roof headed by James Earl Jones is ending its limited run today. And unfortunately the rockin’ satire Cry-Baby is also shutting its doors, due to lack of ticket sales. Happily, Cry-Baby will live on in a national tour next year, and there is talk that this production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (presumably not with the entire Broadway cast intact) could turn up in London.

A Catered Affair To End Broadway Run

A Catered Affair is the second Broadway musical to announce its closing following last Sunday’s Tony Awards. The under-the-radar Broadway show had been struggling to sell tickets from the very beginning, though it appeared to finally be finding its audience, so the closing announcement is a little bit of a surprise. Given that it wasn’t nominated for a Best Musical Tony, and its musical performance didn’t come off especially well on the Tony Awards, A Catered Affair probably didn’t experience much of a jump in ticket sales following the ceremony, so that likely accounts for the announcement. It is also possible that the show’s producers are hoping the closing announcement will generate more ticket sales, which often happens. Unlike Cry-Baby, which is ending its Broadway run this weekend, A Catered Affair will not be closing until July 27. This gives the intimate Broadway show some extra time to continue building an audience and increasing ticket sales – if successful, it is possible that they could end up postponing the Broadway closing date further. But just in case it doesn’t, get your discount tickets to see A Catered Affair on Broadway now by clicking here.

A Catered Affair To End Broadway Run Late July

A Catered Affair is the second Broadway musical to announce its closing following last Sunday’s Tony Awards. The under-the-radar Broadway show had been struggling to sell tickets from the very beginning, though it appeared to finally be finding its audience, so the closing announcement is a little bit of a surprise. Given that it wasn’t nominated for a Best Musical Tony, and its musical performance didn’t come off especially well on the Tony Awards, A Catered Affair probably didn’t experience much of a jump in ticket sales following the ceremony, so that likely accounts for the announcement. It is also possible that the show’s producers are hoping the closing announcement will generate more ticket sales, which often happens. Unlike Cry-Baby, which is ending its Broadway run this weekend, A Catered Affair will not be closing until July 27. This gives the intimate Broadway show some extra time to continue building an audience and increasing ticket sales – if successful, it is possible that they could end up postponing the Broadway closing date further.

Broadway’s Biltmore Theatre To Be Renamed

The Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) has announced that its Broadway house, the Biltmore Theatre, will be renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in honor of the Broadway publicist (MTC was just a recipient of a substantial financial gift from the Dr. Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman Foundation). The date for the new name dedication has not been set yet, but it is expected to occur right before MTC’s new Broadway theater season begins.