Glengarry Glen Ross Starring Al Pacino Closes

Al Pacino in Glengarry Glen Ross Broadway ShowBroadway has another round of closings today, headed by the very successful limited-run revival of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross starring Al Pacino. Though Pacino’s turn in the play got a mixed reception from critics, the production sold extremely well at the box office, proving that Al Pacino continues to be a big draw for Broadway theatergoers.

The second of today’s closings is another limited engagement, the Lincoln Center Theater production of the Clifford Odets’ 1937 play Golden Boy, directed by Bartlett Sher. This Broadway revival was one of the more under-the-radar entries this season, opening in December amidst the holiday bustle. The boxing drama, which stars Seth Numrich, Tony Shalhoub, Daniel Jenkins, Danny Burstein, Anthony Crivello, Sean Cullen, and David Wohl, ends its run at the Belasco Theatre today.

Finally, Peter and the Starcatcher is also ending its Broadway run. The play with music, which received several Tony Award nominations and enjoyed positive word-of-mouth, started out Off-Broadway before transferring to Broadway in March 2012. And it was recently announced that there is life after Broadway for Peter as the production will soon transfer to New World Stages for another Off-Broadway run.

Peter and the Starcatcher Will Transfer To Off-Broadway

Peter and the Starcatcher supports MovemberPeter and the Starcatcher may be ending its Broadway run at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on January 20, but it turns out that the play with music still has life in it yet. The show’s producers just announced that Peter and the Starcatcher will continue life Off-Broadway. Not surprisingly, the production will transfer to the premiere venue for Broadway to Off-Broadway transfers, New World Stages.

Located in midtown Manhattan, just a stone’s throw from most of the Broadway theaters, New World Stages is an ideal venue for shows like Peter and the Starcatcher, which have enjoyed steady popularity but can’t quite sell enough tickets to make a profit in a Broadway house. Peter follows in the footsteps of such Broadway to Off-Broadway transfers as Rent, The 39 Steps, Million Dollar Quartet, and Avenue Q, which all moved to New World Stages (Avenue Q is still playing there on Stage 3).

Exact opening dates and casting information have yet to be announced, but Peter and the Starcatcher is expected to start performances in its new home this coming March.

Peter and the Starcatcher Celebrates Movember

A behind-the-scenes team from Broadway’s Peter and the Starcatcher is going to be helping raise both funds and awareness for men’s health issues by taking part in “Movember”, an annual event in which men spend the month of November growing out their mustaches (mo’s, for short).  The show decided to participate in honor of one of their main characters, Black Stache, the villainous pirate with a great black mustache.

The actual cast of Peter and the Starcatcher can’t participate because they have to be able to maintain a consistent onstage look, but several crew members and even the executive producers have made the committment to start out clean shaven on November 1 and then grow the biggest, most beautiful mustaches possible.  The Peter and the Starcatcher team is also encouraging their fans and the general public to be “Mo Bros”.   Learn how you can both join and support the team here:  us.movember.com/team/547497

“Movember” was created as a way of raising awareness about health issues of concern to men, particularly prostate cancer and testicular cancer.  People can register to participate at www.movember.com.

Peter and the Starcatcher Introduces Post-Show Talkback Series

Broadway’s Peter and the Starcatcher has begun holding post-performance talkbacks on Wednesday nights.  With these post-show discussions, the multiple Tony Award winning play is offering audiences a chance to be drawn further into the wacky universe of the show, which is a telling of the origins of Peter Pan and his world.

The next scheduled Peter and the Starcatcher talkback will be held following the Wednesday, October 10 performance.  The discussion will feature the participation of Sandy Duncan, the sprightly actress known for her starring role as the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up in the 1979 Broadway production of the musical Peter Pan.  Joined by Peter and the Starcatcher‘s Adam Chanler-Berat, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and Matthew Saldívar, Duncan will talk about the challenges of taking on an iconic role on the Broadway stage.

The following week’s post-show discussion, to be held after the Wednesday, October 17 performance, will focus on Peter and the Starcatcher‘s design.  Set designer Donyale Werle and costume designer Paloma Young, who both earned Tonys for their efforts, will talk about their creative processes.  They will be joined by the play’s director, Roger Rees, and playwright Rick Elice.

Peter and the Starcatcher To Close in January

Peter and the Starcatcher has announced that it will be closing on Broadway on January 20, 2013.  The play with music, which is currently running at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, was nominated for a Best Play Tony Award.  Though it didn’t win that honor, the production did win Tonys for Best Actor, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, and Best Sound Design.

Based on a book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher is the untold story of how the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up became known as Peter Pan.  In its original appearance Off-Broadway, the play gained a great deal of critical acclaim, leading to its Broadway transfer. 

By waiting until January to close, Peter and the Starcatcher will have the opportunity to enjoy ticket sales during the lucrative holiday months around Thanksgiving and Christmas.  A tour is expected to launch in August of 2013.

Peter and the Starcatcher Celebrates Pirate Day With Free Ticket Offer

“International Talk Like a Pirate Day,” founded by humor columnist Dave Barry, is coming up on September 19, and the Peter Pan-themed show Peter and the Starcatcher has come up with a unique way to celebrate it.  In tribute to the play’s own pirate, Black Stache, Peter and the Starcatcher will have a special “Stache Day” on that date.

In honor of “Stache Day,” Peter and the Starcatcher will give out free tickets for that night’s performance to the first 100 people wearing mustaches (they can be real or fake) who line up at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (located at 256 West 47th Street) on the morning of September 19.  The tickets will be distributed at 10:00AM, and only one ticket can be claimed per person.

To encourage fans to come bearing their most impressive mustaches, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (the authors of the book on which Peter and the Starcatcher is based), as well as the actor who plays Black Stache, Matthew Saldivar, will choose the three best mustaches.  Those people will each be given a pair of tickets, plus a backstage tour at the performance that evening.

More Broadway and Musical Theater Stars Join TV’s Smash

From the beginning, Smash, the NBC TV show about the creation of a Broadway musical, has employed many real-life Broadway stars. Christian Borle (a recent Tony Award winner for his role in Peter and the Starcatcher), Brian d’Arcy James (the man behind the big green costume in Broadway’s Shrek), Will Chase (Rent, Billy Elliot), and Meg Hilty (Wicked) are among the Broadway regulars that have populated the world of Smash, giving it a special air of authenticity for musical theater fans. The recent news that d’Arcy James and Chase won’t be series regular next year, though, made it seem that the show might be chipping away at the genuine Broadway babies.

Theater fans can relax — for now — though, since it appears that Smash is continuing its policy of hiring actual musical theater performers. One of the most recent cast additions in Jeremy Jordan, the break-out star of the 2011-2012 season for his roles in Bonnie & Clyde and Newsies. On Smash, Jordan is set to play a Brooklyn-born singer (perhaps borrowing some of the tough-guy, New York attitude that he is currently showing Broadway audiences in Newsies?).

And now there is news that Jennifer Hudson will be joining Smash. The former American Idol contestant wowed musical theater lovers in 2006 when she played Effie White in the film version of the Broadway hit Dreamgirls. Although Hudson has not actually starred in a Broadway production (her appearances on the Great White Way have been limited to a couple special benefit concerts), she will be playing a Broadway star named Veronica Moore in a multi-episode arc.

With any luck, Smash will be employing even more Broadway and musical theater talents in the future. Given that the TV show films in New York City, it creates the possibility for working Broadway performers to do both theater and television. Of course the extent to which they can do both may depend on how demanding their roles are and what the show’s shooting schedule is like. Jeremy Jordan, for instance, plans to continue playing his part in Newsies while also filming Smash. But Christian Borle, who has a starring role on Smash as a composer, will soon be departing Broadway’s Peter and the Starcatcher to begin filming.

Once Takes Top Honors at the 2012 Tony Awards

Many Broadway shows were honored at the 2012 Tony Awards this past Sunday evening, but it was the musical Once, based on the Irish indie film of the same name, that received the most recognition, nabbing eight Tonys (including Best Musical and Best Leading Actor for Steve Kazee).

Little-show-that-could Peter and the Starcatcher won the second largest number of Tony Awards, taking a total of five Tonys, including Best Featured Actor in a Play for Christian Borle (now well-known to TV audiences for his role as a Broadway songwriter in the NBC series Smash).

Beloved Broadway actress Audra McDonald received her fifth Tony Award, this time for her acclaimed performance in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, which took the Best Musical Revival award.

The Best Play award went to the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park, while the Best Revival of a Play award went to the sell-out production of Arthur Miller’s classic Death of a Salesman (co-starring Andrew Garfield, star of the new Spider-man movie).

Newsies, the Disney film flop that has now become a popular Broadway show, won Best Score (for lyricist Jack Feldman and composer Alan Menken), as well as Best Choreography for Christopher Gattelli’s energetic dance moves.

Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, this year’s Tony Awards ceremony not only featured the presentation of the awards to this season’s winners, but also several musical performances (including a special performance by the cruise ship cast of Hairspray on the high seas) and special awards like one given to Hugh Jackman in recognition of the money he raised for charity while performing his solo show.