Heya! Happy Monday. Last week was a revolving door of planned and executed Broadway exits. Most notably, Broadway’s Tupac-fuelled Holler if Ya Hear Me closed last night after hugging the bottom of gross charts since its release earlier this summer. Not far behind, Broadway’s Rocky has set its closing date of August 17th, following 216 performances at the Winter Garden Theatre. Rumored to take its place is the brand-new production of Finding Neverland. Also rumored to be around the bend is the possibility of iconic hit Side Show returning to the Broadway stage, as well as mysterious reshoots of the forthcoming Disney interpretation of “Into the Woods” (for better or worse? I suppose only time will tell.)
Now wake up. Last week witnessed the 50th anniversary of Broadway smash-hit Fiddler on the Roof, as well as the first week of the annual Williamstown Theatre Festival and impressive grossing strides for Broadway’s Cabaret, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Bullets Over Broadway, and Of Mice and Men (despite no big steals at the Tony’s). And speaking of James Franco, Off-Broadway’s brand new The Long Shrift opened last week under the direction of the boisterous Hollywood dweller, prompting criticism, criticism, and more criticism from New York City theatre critics one and all. What likely won’t receive criticism, however, is Bryan Cranston in this just-announced “All the Way” movie — God bless HBO for immortalizing greatness.
This past week also brought with it the first anniversary of Glee superstar Cory Monteith’s untimely death, prompting teary eyes from Lea Michele & the cast of Glee, his family, and surely hundreds of thousands of adoring fans. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by his loss this week (and, if we could time travel, last week too).
Okay, restoring ultimate positivity in 3… 2… Idina Menzel. Also, my Spidey senses are tingling, but for the best reason possible. (Idina for president!) (I’ll never kill a spider again!)
That seems like a good place to leave things for this past week in theater. Stay tuned next week for more!Tweet