Ann Starring Holland Taylor Starts on Broadway

Ann Broadway ShowHolland Taylor (TV’s Two and a Half Men) brings her one-woman play Ann to Broadway. Both starring and written by Taylor, Ann is starting preview performances at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater.

In Ann, Holland Taylor embodies one of Texas’ brightest stars, Governor Ann Richards, a colorful, larger-than-life woman who dedicated herself to her constituents and her friends and family. The show was previously presented at venues in Austin, San Antonio, and Galveston, as well as Chicago and Washington, D.C.

“I am so passionate about this new American play which also happens to be written by one of this generation’s greatest actors,” stated Bob Boyett, one of the Broadway production’s producers. Ann is scheduled to have its official opening on March 7.

Broadway Performers Participate in Special Our Town Reading

Blythe Danner

Blythe Danner

Several Broadway singers and actors have signed on to perform in a one-night-only reading of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town as a fundraiser for The Actors Fund. The reading, which commemorates the 75th anniversary of Wilder’s beloved drama, will take place at John Jay College’s Gerald R. Lynch Theatre on March 4.

Blythe Danner, Rebecca Luker, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adriane Lenox, B.D. Wong, Julia Murney, and Martin Moran are among the talented Broadway performers who will take part in the Our Town reading. Peter Flynn will serve as director.

Tickets to the Our Town benefit are priced at $75, $100, and $150. To buy tickets, call 212-221-7300 ext. 133 or go to The Actors Fund is dedicated to helping both performers and behind-the-scenes personnel who work in entertainment and the performing arts.

John Leguizamo Broadway Show To Be Adapted As Film

John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo

Actor and comedian John Leguizamo’s autobiographical one-man show Ghetto Klown (which played on Broadway in 2011) is soon to be adapted for the big screen, though it will be a fictionalized version of Ghetto Klown and will be re-named Fugly! Currently the movie is expected to open in theaters at the end of this year.

Fugly! will star John Leguizamo as a Latino comic named Jesse Sanchez. When he has a near-death experience, Sanchez must revisit the ups and downs of both his personal and professional life. Under the direction of Alfredo De Villa, the film will co-star Rosie Perez, Ally Sheedy, Yul Vasquez, Tomas Milian, Radha Mitchell, and Griffin Dunne.

“This is my first foray into screenwriting and in trying to up-end a format by making an ‘anti-romantic comedy,’” said Leguizamo. “‘Fugly’ was a term we used and invented in New York when I was a kid for anything truly abhorrent. It was used on me many a time in my hood. This time I’m appropriating it. This is my revenge through art!”

Shakespeare in the Park Announces Summer Season

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

The Public Theater has announced the two shows that will make up its free Shakespeare in the Park season this summer at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater. Unlike most seasons, which usually include one Shakespeare play along with another classic, this coming summer will boast two Shakespeare works: The Comedy of Errors and Love’s Labour’s Lost.

These comedies are among Shakespeare’s less often produced works. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, The Comedy of Errors will star two actors who often appear in Shakespeare in the Park productions: Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) and Hamish Linklater (The New Adventures of Old Christine).

Love’s Labour’s Lost will offer a totally new spin on the original play. Titled Love’s Labour’s Lost, A New Musical, the production is adapted and directed by Alex Timbers with songs by Michael Friedman. Timbers and Friedman were among the team that brought the cult favorite Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson to Broadway recently. If Bloody Bloody is any indication, their take on Shakespeare is likely to be irreverent with a contemporary twist.

The Comedy of Errors will start performances on May 28 and conclude on June 30. Love’s Labour’s Lost is scheduled to begin on July 23, closing its run on August 18. As always, Shakespeare in the Park tickets are absolutely free.

Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming To Perform at Town Hall

Liza Minnelli and Alan CummingTwo Broadway favorites, Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming, will perform together in concert at The Town Hall next month. The concerts, to be held on March 13 and 14, will be in celebration of Liza Minnelli’s 67th birthday.

The pair are both well-known by Broadway fans for their turns in the musical Cabaret, though decades apart. Liza Minnelli starred in the 1972 film version of the Kander & Ebb classic, while Alan Cumming gave a memorable take on the Emcee in Sam Mendes’ acclaimed 1998 Broadway revival.

For their Town Hall concerts, which are based on an engagement they had on Fire Island this past summer, Minnelli and Cumming will sing both solo and together, sharing stories and jokes about show business and their personal lives.

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Pump Boys and Dinettes Postponing Broadway Run

Pump BoysThe producers of the planned Broadway revival of the musical Pump Boys and Dinettes have announced that the production won’t be coming to Broadway this season. The show was supposed to start performances at the Circle in the Square Theatre on March 19. A new date has not been set yet.

“With the crowded landscape on Broadway this spring, we all agreed that the wise choice was to proceed with a new opening date,” stated producer Abby Lee. “We are in the process of determining the updated production schedule and look forward to sharing this wonderful musical with Broadway audiences in the near future.”

Under the direction of John Doyle, Pump Boys and Dinettes was set to star American Idol’s Bo Bice. The musical revue originally appeared on Broadway in 1982.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 2/10/2013

Broadway’s overall ticket revenue dipped even further this week, dropping from the already low $16,564,311 down to $15,048,035.  Blame for the decrease can be given to winter storm Nemo, which meteorologists began hyping early in the week.  The snow began battering New York City on Friday afternoon, carrying on through the night.  Though Broadway shows weathered the storm and kept their doors open, some methods of transportation into the city experienced temporary closures and delays, making it difficult for commuters to come in to see Broadway shows.  Furthermore, the weather forecaster-inspired hysteria surrounding the winter storm most likely spooked many would-be Broadway ticket buyers into staying away from Broadway all weekend, despite the fact that the storm was effectively over by Saturday morning and public transit within the city was running just fine.

One of the more successful play revivals on Broadway this season, The Heiress ended its limited run on a high note, nearly selling out its theater at 96.65% capacity at an average paid admission of $101.04.  The production no doubt has enjoyed a boost from the fact that its two stars are both in hot properties right now — Jessica Chastain in the film Zero Dark Thirty and Dan Stevens in the popular PBS drama Downton Abbey, currently airing its third season.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending February 10, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPaidAdm
ANNIE $696,830 8,504 62.24% $81.94
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF $656,660 6,313 57.02% $104.02
CHICAGO $365,414 4,839 56.01% $75.51
CINDERELLA $721,654 9,268 89.22% $77.87
JERSEY BOYS $718,117 7,786 79.25% $92.23
MAMMA MIA! $478,909 6,751 57.06% $70.94
MANILOW ON BROADWAY $742,022 5,666 69.48% $130.96
MARY POPPINS $658,785 9,624 66.94% $68.45
NEWSIES $659,853 7,470 78.14% $88.33
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT $518,472 6,225 54.07% $83.29
ONCE $850,309 7,957 94.01% $106.86
PICNIC $238,562 4,199 70.93% $56.81
ROCK OF AGES $368,708 4,069 87.24% $90.61
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,002,910 11,518 74.60% $87.07
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,590,782 8,752 102.63% $181.76
THE HEIRESS $650,105 6,434 96.65% $101.04
THE LION KING $1,333,769 12,042 89.76% $110.76
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD $272,735 5,734 71.39% $47.56
THE OTHER PLACE $259,979 3,844 74.61% $67.63
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $684,437 9,535 74.26% $71.78
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? $223,970 2,950 54.03% $75.92
WICKED $1,355,055 13,067 90.29% $103.70
Total $15,048,035 162,547 74.99% $89.78

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League
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Broadway Hit Once Wins a Grammy Award

Once Broadway MusicalThe winners of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced, and the Best Musical Tony Award-winning Once came out on top with the Best Musical Theater Album honor. Produced by Steven Epstein and Martin Lowe (also the show’s music supervisor and Tony winning orchestrator), the original cast recording was released on the Masterworks label and features the talents of singers Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti, among others. The show’s songs were written by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

Once‘s competition in the Grammy’s Musical Theater Album category were four other Broadway show recordings. Among them were the albums for last season’s acclaimed revivals of Follies and Porgy and Bess, both on the PS Classics label. The other nominated Broadway show recordings were the current hit Broadway musicals, Newsies and Nice Work If You Can Get It.

Broadway Cat Wanted: Breakfast at Tiffany’s Looking To Cast a Kitty

catsThe forthcoming Broadway production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Richard Greenberg’s new play version of Truman Capote’s famed novella-turned-film, has put out a casting call for a feline to play the role of “Cat” in the show. Cat owners are invited to submit contact info and photos of their pet by sending an email to The casting call will take place during the week of February 11th.

“Holly Golightly’s beloved companion, Cat, is one of the most famous felines in all of literature,” stated Breakfast at Tiffany’s director Sean Mathias. “We will search high and low until we find the perfect animal to take on this role.”

Starring Emilia Clarke as Holly Golightly, the part made famous on film by Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s will start performances on March 4 at Broadway’s Cort Theatre.

My Fair Lady May Be on Broadway in 2014

Clive Davis

Clive Davis

Legendary music producer Clive Davis is making plans to bring Broadway a new revival of the Golden Age musical My Fair Lady to Broadway next year. The tuneful stage classic (which boasts numbers like “I Could Have Danced All Night”) first opened on Broadway in 1956 in a production starring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison.

“I always wanted to produce a Broadway show, and I’ve never done it,” said Davis in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.  “I don’t want to jinx myself, but we’re in discussions with two magnificent performers and a wonderful director.”

Clive Davis is a multiple Grammy Award winner for his work as a record producer. Over the years he has worked with numerous rock, pop, and R&B artists, including Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Harry Connick, Jr., Christina Aguilera, and Barry Manilow, who is currently performing on Broadway.