Jessica Chastain To Star in Film of the Play Miss Julie

Jessica ChastainActress Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, The Help), currently starring on Broadway in the revival of the drama The Heiress, will soon take on another classic play, though this time it will be on film. Chastain is set to star opposite film actor Colin Farrell (Total Recall) in a new movie adaptation of August Strindberg’s 1956 play Miss Julie.

Directed by Liv Ullmann, the new Miss Julie film will feature Jessica Chastain in the role of a count’s daughter who becomes flirtatious with a footman (played by Farrell). What seems innocent at first becomes potentially dangerous as the two engage in a psychological power struggle.

Investor Pulls Out of Broadway-Bound Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany'sBreakfast at Tiffany’s is scheduled to open on Broadway this March, but the show — which just began rehearsals — has had a little pre-Broadway set-back. One of the play’s investors has suddenly pulled out of the production, leaving it $1 million short of its capitalization.

Despite this considerable loss, the producers of Breakfast at Tiffany’s are still moving forward with the production, confidant that they will be able to quickly secure additional investors to fill the gap. They are reportedly already in discussions with potential investors.

A new Richard Greenberg-penned play adaptation of Truman Capote’s story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is scheduled to begin previews at the Cort Theatre on Broadway on March 4. The official opening is planned for March 20.

Cast of Musical Cabaret To Reunite on Today Show

Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, and Michael York are among the cast members of the 1972 film Cabaret who will gather for a reunion on the NBC network’s popular morning show The Today Show on January 30. They will be reuniting in honor of the movie musical’s 40th anniversary.

The movie Cabaret was based on the acclaimed, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. Directed by legendary Broadway choreographer Bob Fosse, the film went on to win eight Oscars. Cabaret enjoyed a big hit revival on Broadway in 1998, when the Roundabout Theatre Company put on a new production starring Alan Cumming and Natasha Richardson.

The Cabaret film’s stars, Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, are still closely associated with the musical in the eyes of many musical theater aficionados. Grey originated the role of the Emcee on Broadway, and the Kander & Ebb songs from the musical are among Liza’s fan favorites.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 1/27/2013

Ricky Martin in Evita on Broadway

Ricky Martin in Evita on Broadway

Total Broadway ticket sales appear to be in a bit of a yo-yo pattern this month, having been at nearly $18 million a couple weeks ago, jumping up to more than $19 million last week, and now back down to $17,182,845.

The Broadway revival of Evita starring Ricky Martin concluded its Broadway run this past Saturday.  Due largely to Martin’s presence, the Andrew Lloyd Webber / Tim Rice musical has enjoyed big numbers throughout its run, frequently topping the million mark in weekly ticket sales.  This week was no exception, with Evita bringing in $1,018,693 for its final week.  However, the show by no means sold out its large theater, not quite reaching 80% capacity, and selling tickets at an average admission price of $99.01.

Cinderella made a big impression during her first week at the Broadway ball.  The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical filled its theater to 98.82% capacity, selling tickets at an average paid admission of $103.63.  These numbers, along with continued strong sales from Annie, indicate that Broadway audiences are hungry for family-friendly shows beyond the Disney brand, which has tended to monopolize that market with The Lion King and the soon-to-be-closing Mary Poppins.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending January 27, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPaidAdm
ANNIE $1,026,892 11,696 85.60% $87.80
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF $886,531 9,245 83.50% $95.89
CHICAGO $471,437 6,408 74.17% $73.57
CINDERELLA $458,652 4,426 98.82% $103.63
EVITA $1,104,835 10,188 79.00% $108.44
JERSEY BOYS $871,297 8,606 87.60% $101.24
MAMMA MIA! $592,095 8,385 69.97% $70.61
MARY POPPINS $690,408 9,782 68.04% $70.58
NEWSIES $815,997 8,721 91.22% $93.57
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT $725,287 8,280 71.92% $87.60
ONCE $943,703 8,160 96.41% $115.65
PICNIC $261,561 4,230 71.45% $61.83
ROCK OF AGES $421,952 4,421 94.79% $95.44
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,091,830 12,228 79.20% $89.29
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,635,919 8,752 102.63% $186.92
THE HEIRESS $604,765 7,048 92.64% $85.81
THE LION KING $1,515,827 13,271 98.92% $114.22
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD $392,302 6,407 79.77% $61.23
THE OTHER PLACE $293,794 4,421 85.81% $66.45
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $572,561 9,993 77.83% $57.30
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? $311,397 4,100 75.09% $75.95
WICKED $1,493,804 14,184 98.01% $105.32
Total $17,182,845 182,952 84.65% $91.29

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League
All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2012

Bill Pullman To Join The Other Place on Broadway

Bill PullmanFilm, TV, and sometime Broadway actor Bill Pullman will be returning to the Broadway stage for a brief time when he takes over for Daniel Stern in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of The Other Place at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.  Stern, who is currently co-starring alongside Laurie Metcalf, will be leaving the production on February 3 due to a family situation, and Pullman will replace him starting February 5.  The Other Place is currently scheduled to conclude its extended Broadway engagement on March 3.

Bill Pullman is currently being seen regularly by television audiences in the new NBC sitcom 1600 Penn, in which he portrays the President of the United States (Josh Gad, formerly of Broadway’s The Book of Mormon, co-stars as his son).  Pullman has previously appeared on Broadway in productions of David Mamet’s Oleanna and Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

Evita Ends Its Broadway Run Tonight

Evita Broadway Musical Ricky Martin Elena Roger Tim RiceThe hit Broadway revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber / Tim Rice modern classic musical Evita ends its run at the Marquis Theater today, January 26. Closing on a Saturday is somewhat unusual, as Broadway shows typically conclude runs on Sundays. Evita will have two performances today, a matinee, and then the very last performance will be at 8pm.

Starring Ricky Martin, Evita was one of the most successful Broadway productions of 2012. The show had the advantage of a well-known name, due to both its first run on Broadway and the film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas. But Ricky Martin’s participation was also crucial to the musical’s excellent ticket sales, since he drew in many of his own fans who may not otherwise be interested in Broadway theater.

When it was initially announced that Evita‘s main stars, Ricky Martin, Elena Roger, and Michael Cerveris would be departing this month, the show’s producers hoped to locate suitable replacements. But ultimately they couldn’t find what they were looking for and decided to simply end the production’s Broadway run instead.

Aladdin To Play Toronto Before Hitting Broadway in 2014

Disney's AladdinMary Poppins will be flying away from Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre this March, but the theater won’t be empty for long.  Disney’s Aladdin will take over the space in 2014, though exact dates have yet to be announced.  The stage version of Aladdin will expand the 1992 film from a slim 90 minutes to a full two-act format.  The musical will feature songs from the movie by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, but there will also be new lyrics and a new book by Chad Beguelin (Elf, The Wedding Singer).  Some of the new material was originally developed for the movie, but didn’t make the cut.

Before Aladdin arrives on Broadway, the show will have an out-of-town, pre-Broadway tryout at the Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, playing from November 13, 2013 to January 12, 2014.  Aladdin had a “pilot” version at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle in 2011, but Disney has stated that the Broadway version will be a brand new production.  Casey Nicholaw will direct and choreograph Aladdin, and the creative team includes scenic designer Bob Crowley, costume designer Gregg Barnes, lighting designer Natasha Katz, dance arranger Glen Kelly, and musical supervisor Michael Kosarin.

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart To Co-star on Broadway

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Two of Britain’s finest stage actors will be taking the Broadway stage together later this year.  Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart — both well known to film and TV audiences — are set to star together in not one but two plays, Samuel Beckett’s classic Waiting for Godot and Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land.  In an unusual situation for Broadway, the productions will play in repertory.

Few details, including exact dates, theater, and additional cast members, have been determined yet.  But the rep productions are expected to start in Fall 2013 under the direction of Sean Mathias.  Stephen Brimson Lewis will provide set and costume design, while Peter Kaczorowski will serve as lighting designer.

“British actors are used to playing in repertory, whether for the National Theatre or the Royal Shakespeare Company,” stated Ian McKellen.  “We enjoy the challenge of variety, and audiences, myself included, enjoy watching a group of actors in contrasting roles. We hope, at least once a week, to give Broadway audiences the chance of seeing Beckett and Pinter on adjacent nights, perhaps even on the same day.”

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 1/20/2013

Golden Boy Broadway Show, Clifford Odets, Bartlett Sher, logoMODEST INCREASE IN BROADWAY TICKET SALES
Following last week’s nosedive in Broadway ticket revenue, this week saw total ticket sales increase by nearly two million dollars, raising from $17,802,126 to $19,579,646. Barring a miracle, though, the winter doldrums are likely to ensure that Broadway sales remain modest for the next couple months.

Three Broadway plays sold their final tickets last week, as their runs concluded on January 20. Glengarry Glen Ross featuring Al Pacino went out with a bang, one of just six shows to make over a million this week — and the only one of those that’s a play (the other Millionaire Club members were The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, Spiderman, Evita, and the week’s top earner, Wicked). Golden Boy enjoyed better than usual attendance during its final week, filling the theater to 84.35% capacity. And Peter and the Starcatcher performed respectably, earning a total of $502,223, with an average paid admission of $79.55.

Grammy Award winning songwriter and recording artist Barry Manilow began performances of his limited-run Barry Manilow on Broadway concerts, and so far his fans have been coming out in droves. Filling the theater to 88.47% capacity, the show sold tickets at an impressive average paid admission of $155.22.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending January 20, 2013:

Broadway Show Tickets Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPaidAdm
ANNIE $902,883 9,531 69.75% $94.73
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF $891,457 10,203 92.15% $87.37
CHICAGO $502,373 6,403 74.11% $78.46
EVITA $1,018,693 10,289 79.78% $99.01
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS $1,070,538 7,587 88.63% $141.10
GOLDEN BOY $471,181 6,559 84.35% $71.84
JERSEY BOYS $823,113 7,644 77.81% $107.68
MAMMA MIA! $633,996 8,590 71.68% $73.81
MANILOW ON BROADWAY $447,956 2,886 88.47% $155.22
MARY POPPINS $696,998 9,490 66.01% $73.45
NEWSIES $793,300 8,106 84.79% $97.87
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT $757,128 7,764 67.44% $97.52
ONCE $951,399 7,857 92.83% $121.09
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER $502,223 6,313 76.02% $79.55
PICNIC $235,067 4,513 76.23% $52.09
ROCK OF AGES $445,141 4,295 92.09% $103.64
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,266,814 13,299 86.13% $95.26
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,655,074 8,752 102.63% $189.11
THE HEIRESS $596,439 6,394 84.04% $93.28
THE LION KING $1,547,560 13,132 97.88% $117.85
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD $380,259 5,925 73.77% $64.18
THE OTHER PLACE $278,002 4,178 81.09% $66.54
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $722,379 9,418 73.35% $76.70
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? $289,650 3,503 64.16% $82.69
WICKED $1,700,024 13,768 95.14% $123.48
Total: $19,579,646 196,399 81.61% $97.74

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League
All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2012