HI! WELCOME TO MONDAY, FOLKS! I hope you’re wide awake and excited, because a lot happened last week in the theater world, and it’s time for me to tell you all about it.
First thing’s first: Araca Project 2014 show October in the Chair & Other Fragile Things was featured on Playbill.com last week! Wait, this just in: ALL of our shows (and the project itself!) were featured on Broadway World last week!!!!!!!!! We’re so excited to see our shows increasingly public eye and prepare to open in a few short months!
Back to now. As many of you probably know, Holler If Ya Hear Me was heard for the last time this past Sunday, as was Daniel Radcliffe’s play The Cripple of Ishmaan. Joining them in the Broadway graveyard will be Woody Allen’s brainchild Bullets Over Broadway, which is set its closing date of August 24th, after 156 regular performances and 33 previews.
As expected, a plethora of current and forthcoming Broadway shows made opposite strides last week. Glancing at Broadway grosses, we can see that nearly every show began last week with profits, but the meat of the week comes with advancements made to individual shows. For example, Broadway’s Rock of Ages has welcomed back Tony-nominee Constantine Maroulis (one of a few Broadway stars to rise from American Idol fame), Michelle Williams announced her extended stay on Broadway’s Cabaret, Aladdin’s Tony Award-winning genie made magic on Friday’s episode of “The View,” and the team behind Dirty Dancing has announced that Samuel Pergande and Jillian Mueller will lead the show’s national tour. And if all that wasn’t enough to get you amped, Billy Joel became the most recent winner of the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song last week, and Broadway came together at the Skirball Center for Broadway Stands Up for Freedom. Featuring Tony Award winner Lena Hall (of Hedwig fame), as well Tony nominees Celia Keenan-Bolger (The Glass Menagerie), Condola Rashad (Stick Fly), Robin De Jesus (La Cage), the show was hosted by Susan Blackwell and collected benefits for the NYCLU’s youth programming for LGBT teens.
Now that your heart feels all warm and fuzzy… more good news! This week, we’re (loudly) applauding the producers of the new MCC Theater/Neil LaBute show “The Money Shot,” which is also planning to sell discounted tickets for fall theatergoers in school or under thirty years of age. And speaking of discounts, Off-Broadway’s Scott Organ dark comedy Phoenix, starring Julia Stiles and James Wirt, has also promised to sell discounted tickets to each show. Beneath this gesture, the producers explain, is a hope to make Phoenix more “accessible to audiences of all ages and incomes.”
Isn’t that what theatre’s all about? Well, maybe that’s for next week, or next month, or next year to discuss. Sometime in the beautiful future. Until then, friends!Tweet