The limited Broadway engagement of Soul of Shaolin closes at the Marquis Theatre today. The Chinese martial arts spectacular was part of the “China on Broadway” series that has been created to bring Chinese theatricals to Broadway every year.
Today The Phantom of the Opera celebrates 21 years of haunting the Majestic Theatre on Broadway. The longest running musical on Broadway, Phantom has enchanted New York theater audiences for a total of 8,732 performances. To get discount tickets to see the record-busting Phantom on Broadway, click here.
The Roundabout Theatre Company’s Hedda Gabler, starring Mary-Louise Parker, officially opens on Broadway today at the American Airlines Theatre. Parker is best known as the star of the HBO series Weeds, but she has also frequently appeared on Broadway, most notably as the lead in the play Proof, a role which earned her a Tony Award.
Will Ferrell’s Broadway show, You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush, just had its first Broadway performance last night at the Cort Theatre and will run until March 15. But those Will Ferrell fans who can’t make it to New York City to catch him as Bush on Broadway will be able to see You’re Welcome America from the comfort of their homes when HBO broadcasts the Broadway show as a live special in March.
The Chinese martial arts spectacular Soul of Shaolin had its official Broadway opening tonight. The very limited run production plays at the Marquis Theatre through the end of January. It is to be the first in the “China on Broadway” series, which will bring a Chinese theatrical piece to Broadway annually, right around the Lunar New Year.
On January 4, nine Broadway shows closed, but unfortunately that’s not the end of the carnage. On Sunday, January 11, All My Sons, Gypsy, and Monty Python’s Spamalot also finish their Broadway runs.
The new Broadway revival of Henrik Ibsen’s classic Hedda Gabler starts performances today at the American Airlines Theatre. This Roundabout Theatre Company production stars Mary-Louise Parker (whose Broadway credits include a Tony-winning turn in Proof) in the title role. Her co-stars include Broadway and Off-Broadway regular Michael Cerveris (Sweeney Todd, Assassins, Titanic) and TV/film character actor Peter Stormare, who is making his Broadway debut. Hedda Gabler officially opens on Broadway on January 25 and is scheduled to play through March 29.
Today is a tough day for Broadway, with numerous shows closing. Long-runner Hairspray, last season hits Young Frankenstein and Boeing Boeing, limited run White Christmas, and newbie 13 are among the Broadway musicals and plays shutting their doors. And over the next month, a few more shows will be shutting down, leaving many Broadway theaters barren. The good news is that the spring will usher in several new Broadway productions, including Guys and Dolls, Hair, and Waiting For Godot.
Richard Greenberg’s play The American Plan, starring Mercedes Ruehl, begins performances on Broadway today. The Manhattan Theatre Club production is playing at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (formerly the Biltmore Theatre) and will have its official Broadway opening on January 22.