Behind the Curtain: 'Ghost' musical to close in August, more
'Ghost' musical to close in August after 136 shows
Just like its otherworldly lead character, the time has come for "Ghost the Musical" to disappear - at least from New York. The new musical, which opened to scathing reviews and very few Tony nominations, will close on Aug. 18 after just 136 performances. The show's producers, however, noted that plans are under way for tour. Let's see how long it takes before those productions disappear too.
Broadway actress attacks 'Into the Woods' on Twitter
The Shakespeare in the Park revival of "Into the Woods" began previews on Tuesday night, And while the show does not officially open for another two weeks, that didn't stop Broadway performer Morgan James, who saw the first preview, from blasting the Sondheim revival on Twitter. "HOW can you f--- up 'into the woods'?? I fear musicianship is dead in musical theatre. And acting, for that matter," Morgan tweeted. Although Morgan eventually deleted the tweet, it set off a firestorm of comments. I can't help but wonder whether Morgan, who recently appeared in "Godspell" and "Wonderland," saw the comments people made on Twitter about those truly awful productions.
Sold-out 'Harvey' will not extend Broadway run
The Roundabout Theatre Company confirmed that its hit revival of "Harvey" starring Jim Parsons will close on Aug. 5 as scheduled despite initial hopes that the show would extend its limited run.
John F. Kennedy musical to get remake
"One Shining Moment," a long forgotten musical about John F. Kennedy, is being reworked in preparation for a planned Broadway revival next year that would coincide with the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination. It will now be titled simply "Kennedy."
Encores! planning new summer series 'Too'
It's been three years since Encores! has presented one of its elaborate Summer Stars productions at City Center, which had included a stellar "Gypsy" starring Patti LuPone, an enjoyable "Damn Yankees" and a dreary "The Wiz." But sources tell me that Encores! is developing a new summer series - tentatively called "Encores! Too" - that will focus on new musicals instead of old chestnuts. Sounds like a great idea to me.
Tom Hanks at "Into the Woods" ... Demi Moore, Jeremy Sisto and Angela Lansbury at "Once."