While Broadway ticket prices continue to surge, more and more shows are offering digital lotteries for cheap (or at least heavily discounted) tickets. New shows with digital lotteries include “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Present Laughter,” “The Present,” “Amelie” and “War Paint.” The Off-Broadway revival of “Sweeney Todd” in the West Village also just started one.
‘My Fair Lady’ coming back to Broadway next year
Lincoln Center Theater will present the first Broadway revival of “My Fair Lady” in more than 20 years next spring, under the direction of Bartlett Sher (who staged the LCT revivals of “South Pacific” and “The King and I”). No casting has been announced, but theater fans are already passionately debating who should play Eliza Doolittle (the part originated by Julie Andrews). Conceivable candidates include Kelli O’Hara, Laura Benanti, Anne Hathaway, Laura Osnes, Annaleigh Ashford, Lauren Worsham, Sierra Boggess and Alexandra Silber.
Roundabout debuts first training program for theater technicians
The Roundabout Theatre Company and the stage employees union (IATSE) came together on Monday to announce the creation of the theater industry’s first program to train young adults for technical theater careers, such as being a stagehand, electrician, sound engineer, hairstylist or makeup artist. Each year, 20 fellows will be selected for three years of training, mentorship and job placement assistance. The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment will provide significant funds for the program.
Free ‘A Chorus Line’ reunion event at New York Public Library
Members of the original Broadway cast and creative team of “A Chorus Line” will reunite on March 23 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts for a free discussion that incorporates items from the library’s extensive archives. “A Chorus Line” was the longest-running show in Broadway history until it got overrun by English hits like “Cats,” “Les Miz” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” For tickets visit nypl.org.
‘Cagney’ to end Off-Broadway run, eyeing Broadway
“Cagney,” a small-scale bio musical that stars Robert Creighton as Hollywood icon James Cagney, will conclude its year-long Off-Broadway run on May 28, but the show’s producers are hoping to bring the show to Los Angeles and then Broadway. “Cagney” incorporates classic George M. Cohan songs with an original score.
Ron Howard at “Dear Evan Hansen”... Josh Groban at “Sweeney Todd”... Brenda Vaccaro at “Sunday in the Park with George”... Jonathan Groff and Zachary Quinto at “Significant Other.”