[title of show], the musical about creating a Broadway musical, is having its Broadway debut at long last. The funny four-person musical, which co-stars creators Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, will have its official Broadway opening at the Lyceum Theatre on July 17. To buy discount tickets for [title of show], click here.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that acclaimed director Spike Lee is going to film the Broadway production of the musical Passing Strange later this month. He will film three performances at the Belasco Theatre, one in front of a live Broadway audience and two without an audience. Reportedly Passing Strange‘s producers are financing the taping, and the plan is to eventually air it on cable.
Just a heads-up to Broadway fans out there: July 4th is kind of an unusual day on Broadway. Many shows have canceled their performances for the holiday. Those Broadway shows that are playing on Independence Day, though, often have great ticket discounts. So if you are looking for a fun way to celebrate the holiday, consider Broadway!
After a little over two months of sitting at the bargaining table, the Actors Equity Association (AEA) and The Broadway League came to a 39-month agreement on a production contract today. Both sides appeared to be happy with the contract, which gives the actors an 11 percent increase in compensation during the course of the contract, and also allows the Broadway producers flexibility in marketing their shows through digital means. Equity members will soon vote on whether or not to ratify the contract, which they are expected to do. Happily, this contract negotiation has gone better than the one between The Broadway League and the Broadway stagehands’ union did late last year – that dispute resulted in a strike that paralyzed Broadway for weeks.
Casting has been announced for the upcoming Manhattan Theatre Club production of the dark comedy To Be Or Not To Be, coming to Broadway in September. Craig Bierko and Jan Maxwell will star in this play version of the film of the same name, with Kristine Nielsen, Steve Kazee, Peter Benson, and Rocco Sisto co-starring. Bierko has been seen on Broadway in Thou Shalt Not and The Music Man, while Jan Maxwell has most recently appeared on Broadway in Coram Boy and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. To Be Or Not To Be, adapted for the stage by Nick Whitby, will have its official Broadway opening on October 2.