The arts education organization Broadway Bound Kids, which facilitates performing arts programs in community centers and schools throughout the New York area, has begun a crowdfunding campaign. A number of celebrities, including Broadway performers like Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher), Will Chase (Rent), and John Stamos (Bye Bye Birdie), are lending their support to the campaign and can be seen on a video at www.BroadwayBoundKids.org.
“Theatre helped me find my identity and who I was going to be,” Stamos stated. “Whether you’re acting or doing make-up or just part of the community, it gives you a place and it gives you purpose. If you get an opportunity to be a part of something like Broadway Bound Kids, do it!”
The Broadway Bound Kids campaign is raising money so that underprivileged students can have the chance to take part in The Broadway Bound Players, the program’s youth ensemble, without charge. The organization’s Indiegogo campaign will conclude in early January.
The Manhattan Theatre Club production of the new Sharr White play The Snow Geese concludes its limited Broadway engagement at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre today. The production first began previews on October 1 and opened on October 24.
Set in 1917, in a country lodge in New York, The Snow Geese is a poignant and often funny drama that charts how a well-to-do family copes with a change in their fortunes following the death of their patriarch.
The play stars Mary-Louise Parker as the mother of the family, and co-stars Evan Jonigkeit and Brian Cross as her two very different sons. Victoria Clark and Danny Burstein also star, and Daniel Sullivan served as director of the production.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards recently announced this year’s nominees, and as usual Best Musical Theater Album is the category that gets the attention of the Broadway community. This year the category has just three entries, all Broadway shows. The trio of nominees are three of the biggest hits on Broadway to open last season: Motown the Musical, Matilda: The Musical, and the Best Musical Tony Award winner Kinky Boots.
The recent film adaptation of the musical Les Miserables was also represented among the Grammy nominees, with the deluxe edition of the movie soundtrack getting a nod in the Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media category.
The Grammy Award winners will be announced on January 26, 2014, when the ceremony is broadcast live on the CBS network from Los Angeles.
Kandi Burruss, one of the stars of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta, will soon join the cast of the Off-Broadway show NEWSical The Musical. Her two-week stint in NEWSical will be from January 13-26, 2014.
“I am thrilled to join the cast of NEWSical The Musical,” said Kandi Burruss in a statement. “Having just come off of my own musical production, NEWSical The Musical furthers my journey in entertainment to, simultaneously, do more of what I love: act and sing.” As well as her role on the Atlanta edition of the popular Real Housewives franchise, Burruss is known as a songwriter and record producer.
NEWSical the Musical, which currently features Christine Pedi and Michael West, among others, is playing on Theatre Row at 410 W. 42nd Street. Tickets are $90 to $110. Go to www.NEWSicalthemusical.com for tickets and information.
The 8th Annual Broadway Sings for Toys: A Benefit for Toys for Tots comes to The Cutting Room on December 16 at 7pm. The event is hosted by The Broadway Boys, who include Daniel Torres, Travis Morin, Jesse Nager, Brad Greer, John Michael Dias, Gabe Violett, and Zal Owen.
In addition to The Broadway Boys, other artists scheduled to perform at the benefit concert include a slew of Tony winners, such as Lillias White, Chuck Cooper, and Adriane Lenox (dueting with her daughter). Nick Adams, Charl Brown, Morgan James, Crystal Monee Hall, Ryan Shaw, Jessica Philips, and Marva Hicks will also appear.
Tickets are $20, and attendees are also asked to bring and unwrapped toy. Call 212-691-1900 or go to www.thecuttingroom.com to get tickets and find more information. The Cutting Room is located at 44 East 32nd Street.
GOOD TICKET SALES THIS WEEK
Although Broadway couldn’t hope to enjoy the hot box office of the recent Thanksgiving Week (which saw an impressive $31,531,067 in sales), this week’s overall ticket revenue was nonetheless very strong at $27,935,664 in total sales.
WICKED SOLE MEMBER OF TWO-MILLIONAIRES CLUB
It wasn’t altogether surprising that Broadway’s mighty trio — Wicked, The Lion King, and The Book of Mormon — each earned over $2 million in ticket sales over Thanksgiving, but even post-Thanksgiving week is bringing big audiences to these musicals. One of them, Wicked, even succeeded in making over two million this week, taking in a total of $2,036,322.
ROMEO AND JULIET COMES TO A TRAGIC END
William Shakespeare’s sad love story for the ages, Romeo and Juliet, ended its run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway this past Sunday, and things weren’t looking good for the star-crossed lovers in their final week on Broadway. At 55% capacity, the theater was barely half full, and the average admission price was only $66.04, which is somewhat surprising given that the famed tragedy featured film star Orlando Bloom as Romeo himself.
The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending December 8, 2013:
|A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
|A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
|MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL
|NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT
|ROCK OF AGES
|ROMEO AND JULIET
|SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK
|THE BOOK OF MORMON
|THE GLASS MENAGERIE
|THE LION KING
|THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
|THE SNOW GEESE
|TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III
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
The latest Broadway revival of William Shakespeare’s 400-year old romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet ends its Broadway run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre today. The production began previews on August 24, and then opened on September 19.
Orlando Bloom (The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies) and Condola Rashad starred as the doomed lovers in this production, which was directed by David Leveaux. Christian Camargo, Brent Carver, Chuck Cooper, Justin Guarini (the American Idol alum turned Broadway performer), Jayne Houdyshell, and Geoffrey Owens co-starred.
Romeo and Juliet has had no shortage of productions on Broadway over the years. This one was the 36th on the Internet Broadway Database’s list, with the first one having been a production in 1754 at the New Theatre.
While audiences are enjoying the very Elizabethan-style version of Twelfth Night starring Mark Rylance on Broadway, the Off-Broadway scene is getting its own take on the beloved Shakespearean romantic comedy of mixed identities this month, courtesy of the Essential Theatre Group.
Unlike the Broadway production, which has an all-male cast (as productions did in William Shakespeare’s own time), ETG’s production has a mixed-gender cast — no doubt a relief to those who already find the gender-bending Twelfth Night a little confusing at times. ETG’s Twelfth Night, which is directed by Tony Lance, also features original music by Conly Basham and Gillian Bell (a sample can be viewed here).
Twelfth Night plays December 13-21 at The Tank Theatre, located in Times Square at 151 West 46th Street on the 8th floor. Tickets are a budget-friendly $15 and can be purchased at twelfthnighttank.brownpapertickets.com.
Multiple Tony Award winning director and living Broadway legendary Harold Prince is working on developing a musical version of the famed F. Scott Fitzgerald short story “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz”. The score of the musical will be written by Charles Strouse and the book will be by Thomas Meehan.
Strouse and Meehan are celebrated for their work together on the musical Annie, which is currently being revived on Broadway. Meehan also has written or co-written hilarious scripts for many other Broadway musicals, including Hairspray and The Producers.
Fitzgerald’s story, published in 1922, is about a teenager who goes to boarding school and meets a young man who claims that his family is so wealthy that they own a diamond that is larger than the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
The next best thing to seeing a Broadway show live onstage happens tonight on NBC at 8pm Eastern Standard time when the network broadcasts a live TV performance of the beloved Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music.
Carrie Underwood stars in the role of Maria, the young governess of a group of rowdy children. Stephen Moyer (True Blood) plays the children’s father, Captain von Trapp. The cast also features experienced Broadway performers such as Audra McDonald, Christian Borle, and Laura Benanti.
Fans of the famed film adaptation of The Sound of Music will discover that this original Broadway stage version includes a few songs that were not included in the movie. But they will also be happy to hear the musical’s many classics, such as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” and “Edelweiss”.