A week after Mike Pence paid an unexpected visit to “Hamilton,” leading to a dramatic post-curtain speech from Brandon Victor Dixon and a Twitter rant from Donald Trump, the hip-hop musical once again broke Broadway box office records by grossing $3.26 million over eight performances, giving its producers much to be thankful for over Thanksgiving. The average ticket price was just over $300. That being said, $10 front row tickets are available via a hard-to-win digital lottery.
Tickets for ‘Hello, Dolly!’ with Bette Midler hit $525
Although it’s just half the top ticket price for “Hamilton” (i.e. $998), the upcoming Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!“ starring Bette Midler raised eyebrows this week with the revelation that premium tickets are selling for as much as $525. The cost conscious may want to consider purchasing a balcony seat on a night when Midler’s standby (Tony winner Donna Murphy) is playing Dolly Levi.
Kroll, Mulaney’s ‘Oh, Hello’ extends run one last time
Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland have agreed to stick around Broadway for another week before retreating to the safety of the Upper West Side. “Oh, Hello,” the comic creation of Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, has extended its limited run one last time through Jan. 22. “The Play That Goes Wrong,” an English farce in the style of “Noises Off,” will begin previews at the same theater soon afterwards.
General public can now tour the Met Opera House
It’s no longer necessary to buy a ticket to “La Traviata” to check out the Metropolitan Opera House. Going forward, the venue will be made open to the general public on Sundays. Visitors can tour its public spaces and art exhibitions and eat brunch at its Grand Tier Restaurant, where students in the Met’s Young Artist Development Program will serenade diners with brief recitals.
‘Buyer and Cellar’ with Urie set for PBS airing
Jonathan Tolins’ hit Off-Broadway comedy “Buyer and Cellar,” which starred Michael Urie as an out-of-work actor who lands a job tending to Barbra Streisand’s Malibu mansion and ends up coaching her to play Mama Rose in “Gypsy,” will air on PBS on Monday night, Dec. 5. The play was filmed with Urie during a recent encore run at the Westport Country Playhouse.
Sondheim’s‘Company’ being remade with gender switch
A while back, a new version of Stephen Sondheim’s seminal relationship musical “Company” was being developed in which the eternal bachelor Bobby would be a gay man. Now a different version in which Bobby is female (and is renamed Bobbie) has been approved by Sondheim and will be produced in London next year, as reported by the Daily Mail. Marianne Elliott (“The Curious Incident,” “War Horse”) will direct. The text is being lightly revised to accommodate the gender change.
Paul McCartney at “A Bronx Tale” ... Taylor Swift at “Kinky Boots” ... Bill Nye at “Cagney” ... Emma Stone and Lea Michele, Mindy Kaling at “Dear Evan Hansen” ... Ben Stiller, Ralph Macchio, Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann at “Oh, Hello.”