Les Miserables Coming to the Imperial on Broadway March 2014

Cameron Mackintosh

Cameron Mackintosh

Cameron Mackintosh, celebrated theater producer, has announced that the forthcoming Broadway revival of the international musical sensation Les Miserables will come to the Imperial Theatre, which served as the home for the original Broadway production for almost 13 years.

“This magnificent theatre has the perfect blend of scale and intimacy for a story like Les Misérables, and I can’t wait to put together a brilliant company to bring this great musical to new generations of Broadway audiences,” said Mackintosh.

The Broadway Les Miserables revival is the 25th anniversary production of the show.  This re-imagination of Les Miz, which has already been seen in the national touring production, features a number of new elements, including new orchestrations and scenic designs.

The Les Miserables revival will start preview performances on March 1, 2014, with its official Broadway opening slated for March 23, 2014.

Jane Lynch To Host TrevorLIVE Event on June 17

Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch

Glee star — and now also a Broadway star, thanks to her current turn as Miss Hannigan in the Annie revival — Jane Lynch will serve as host for TrevorLIVE New York, taking place on June 17 at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

TrevorLIVE is the annual signature event of The Trevor Project, an organization that LGBTQ youth who are in crisis. Directed by Michael Wilson (The Trip to Bountiful), the event will include performances from Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Sara Bareilles, DJ Kiss, and others.

“I am so thrilled to be hosting TrevorLIVE New York and proud to be part of such a worthwhile cause!” stated Jane Lynch. “The Trevor Project is a beacon of hope for so many through their tireless advocacy and outreach — it’s an honor to help bring attention to all that they do.”

To find out how to to get tickets to TrevorLIVE, go to TheTrevorProject.org/TrevorLiveNY.

Ben Vereen, Nathan Lane To Take Part in Theatre World Awards Ceremony

Ben Vereen

Ben Vereen

The slate of performers and presenters that will participate in the upcoming Theatre World Awards ceremony have been announced. A mix of Broadway theater veterans and relative newcomers will take part in this annual event, to be held at the Music Box Theatre on June 3.

Ben Vereen, Courtney B. Vance (Lucky Guy), Anika Noni Rose, Lea Salonga, Jackie Hoffman, Wesley Taylor, Jessie Mueller, Phillip Boykin, Tony Sheldon, Isabel Keating, and Christine Lahti are among those currently scheduled to either present or perform at the Theatre World Awards. Nathan Lane will also appear as a special guest.

Directed by John Tartaglia (Avenue Q), the Theatre World Awards will be hosted by theater columnist Peter Filichia. Learn more about the event at www.theatreworldawards.org.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 5/26/2013

Broadway saw a heartening increase of close to a million dollars in total ticket revenue this week, as sales rose from $24,657,284 to $25,537,729.  New York City had an influx of tourists for the Memorial Day Weekend holiday, which likely had a positive effect on the Broadway box office on Saturday and Sunday in particular.

This week’s numbers reflect that Broadway’s spring season has seen an unusually high number of successful plays.  Unlike musicals, which attract the bulk of tourists, plays tend to struggle more on Broadway.  But both I’ll Eat You Last (starring Bette Midler) and Lucky Guy (starring Tom Hanks) sold out this week, with the latter bringing in over $1 million in sales.  Of course both of those Broadway plays boast major celebrities seldom seen on stage.  However, both The Assembled Parties and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike also came very close to selling out this week, with the latter earning an average paid admission of $95.85.

The three highest earning Broadway show this week — The Lion King, Wicked, and The Book of Mormon — came very close to making two million.  The top earner, The Lion King, reached an impressive $1,916,698.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending May 26, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvdPdAdm
ANN $240,339 4,378 49.17% $54.90
ANNIE $975,730 11,975 87.64% $81.48
CHICAGO $759,417 8,187 94.76% $92.76
CINDERELLA $1,066,129 12,240 87.38% $87.10
I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS $808,816 5,519 101.5% $146.55
JERSEY BOYS $942,078 9,308 94.75% $101.21
KINKY BOOTS $1,367,891 11,476 100.7% $119.20
LUCKY GUY $1,385,399 9,673 102.3% $143.22
MACBETH $348,516 3,992 63.85% $87.30
MAMMA MIA! $941,265 10,404 86.82% $90.47
MATILDA $1,105,554 11,456 100.3% $96.50
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,371,341 12,151 100.8% $112.86
NEWSIES $904,712 9,367 98.81% $96.59
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT $775,554 9,141 79.40% $84.84
ONCE $886,127 8,144 96.13% $108.81
PIPPIN $934,760 7,953 97.9% $117.54
ROCK OF AGES $440,359 4,568 97.94% $96.40
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,257,780 13,892 89.97% $90.54
THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES $403,161 5,088 97.85% $79.24
THE BIG KNIFE $238,202 4,186 70.71% $56.90
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,812,800 8,752 102.6% $207.13
THE LION KING $1,916,698 13,601 100.0% $140.92
THE NANCE $516,625 6,198 84.58% $83.35
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,174,102 12,923 100.6% $90.85
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL $515,155 5,711 67.16% $90.20
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE $590,903 6,165 97.92% $95.85
WICKED $1,858,318 14,430 99.71% $128.78
Totals: $25,537,729 240,878 90.87% $103.02

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League. All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2013 nytix.com.

Little Miss Sunshine Musical Coming To Off-Broadway

Little Miss SunshineThe Oscar-nominated family road trip film Little Miss Sunshine is now a musical, and soon New York audiences will be able to see it when the show hits Off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre. Casting hasn’t yet been announced, but the musical version of Little Miss Sunshine is set to begin performances at Second Stage on October 15.

William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and James Lapine (Into the Woods) wrote the Off-Broadway bound musical, which had its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in early 2011. Little Miss Sunshine has undergone major revisions since then, so the New York premiere will essentially be a very different show.

“I am thrilled to kick off our 35th anniversary season with Little Miss Sunshine,” stated Carole Rothman, Second Stage Theatre’s artistic director. “It seems appropriate to kick off this landmark season with a musical about optimism and resiliency, two qualities that are crucial for any not-for-profit theatre celebrating its past while also looking to its future.”

CBS To Continue Broadcasting Tonys Through 2018

CBS NetworkThe American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League have made an agreement with CBS that ensures the popular TV network will continue to broadcast the Tony Awards ceremony through 2018. This is a continuation of a long relationship, as CBS has televised the Tonys for the last 35 years.

“We’re pleased to renew our commitment to the performing arts and look forward to continuing this great and long-standing partnership by bringing the best of Broadway to primetime television for many years to come,” stated Jack Sussman of CBS Entertainment.

Heather Hitchens and Charlotte St. Martin, the executive directors of the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League, respectively, expressed their appreciation of CBS, saying, “Their dedication to our community allows us to bring the finest of the Broadway season into the homes of our fans each and every year – and also allows us to introduce the world of theatre to new audiences across the country.”

The Tony Awards are just around the corner, with the 67th annual celebration set to broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall
on June 9. The CBS telecast will start at 8pm EST.

Clint Eastwood To Direct Jersey Boys Movie

Clint EastwoodThe forthcoming big screen adaptation of Broadway mega-hit Jersey Boys now has a director. Academy Award winning director and acting legend Clint Eastwood will take the helm of the film version of Jersey Boys, which tells the true story of the formation, success, and tribulations of the pop group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Jersey Boys, which will be produced by Robert Lorenz and Graham King, is set to begin filming in L.A. late this summer. The production is currently holding casting auditions.

Featuring numerous hits by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Jersey Boys opened to rave reviews in November of 2005 and has continued to be a Broadway audience favorite since then. The show won the Tony Award for Best Musical and the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

Zachary Levi To Star in First Date on Broadway

Zachary LeviCasting has finally been announced for the new musical First Date, which will be coming to Broadway this summer. Zachary Levi (best known as the star of TV’s Chuck) and Krysta Rodriguez (The Addams Family) will headline the production, and they will be joined by co-stars Sara Chase, Kristoffer Cusick, Blake Hammond, Kate Loprest, and Vicki Noon.

Set in real time, First Date follows a series of hilarious shenanigans that take place when high-strung Aaron (played by Zachary Levi) and serial-dater Casey (Krysta Rodriguez) have dinner at a bustling New York City restaurant. The musical’s book was written by Austin Winsberg (Gossip Girl) and the music and lyrics are by Michael Weiner and Alan Zachary.

First Date, which had its world premiere in Seattle, will begin preview performances at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway on July 9, with the official opening night set for August 4.

Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Alda Participate in Free Shakespeare Reading

Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave

Just as The Public Theater’s free-to-the-public Shakespeare in the Park season is getting started at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park next month, the Public will be offering another free Shakespeare-themed event. On June 17 at 8pm, they will be hosting “What Are We Worth? Shakespeare, Money, and Morals,” a Public Forum event that invites attendees to take part in a town hall-style discussion.

Moderated by Harvard professor Michael Sandel (author of What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets), the conversation will be about the ways that the language of money directs our lives. The event, which will feature selected readings from Shakespeare plays, boasts the participation of many former and current Broadway stars, including Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Alda, Liev Schreiber, Raul Esparza, Jesse L. Martin, Lily Rabe, and Hamish Linklater.

“We are delighted to be partnering with the Aspen Institute and the brilliant Michael Sandel to create this lively and passionate evening,” stated Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public. “Shakespeare was writing at the birth of the modern economy, and his searing insights into money and value will be the perfect frame for this exhilarating event.”

“What Are We Worth?” tickets will be distributed for free at the Delacorte Theater at 12pm on June 17 (limit of 2 per person). There will also be some ticket distributed through an online ticket drawing. Visit shakespeareinthepark.org to learn more.

Broadway Musical Legally Blonde To Take on the High Seas

Legally BlondeLegally Blonde, the Tony nominated musical that played on Broadway from 2007-2008, is about to be seen out on the open waters when it becomes the resident show of Norwegian Cruise Lines’ brand new ocean liner “Getaway”.

Readying to set sail in January of 2014, the 4,000-passenger ship boasts a 787-seat theater where Legally Blonde will play as it cruises the Eastern Caribbean. Passengers will also get to enjoy another former Broadway show, the dance musical Burn the Floor.

This is not the first time that a Broadway musical has become entertainment for cruise ship passengers. The Royal Caribbean line has offered condensed versions of both Chicago and Hairspray (the latter even had a feature spot on a previous Tony Awards telecast, with a musical performance being broadcast live from the ship).