Behind the Curtain: Jordan to depart 'Newsies' for 'Smash,' more
Jeremy Jordan, who took Broadway by storm last season by starring in the flop "Bonnie & Clyde" and then the popular hit "Newsies," will depart "Newsies" on Sept. 4 in order to shoot his role on NBC's "Smash." Jordan will be succeeded by Corey Cott, who apparently just graduated from Carnegie Mellon. Unfortunately, I received no offer to star in a Broadway musical upon graduating college and had no choice but to go to law school.
'Once' recoups investment in less than 6 months
In a very rare and impressive coup, the Irish rock musical "Once" - winner of 8 Tony Awards - has managed to recoup its $5.5 million investment in less than six months. No Broadway musical has recouped that quickly since "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" back in 2005. By comparison, "Memphis," another Tony-winning musical, was only able to recoup by the very end of its nearly three-year run.
Kravitz impersonator shows up at 'Bullet'
On Monday night, I received word that Lenny Kravitz had attended Woody Harrelson's new Off-Broadway comedy "Bullet for Adolf." But it turns out that guy wasn't the real Lenny Kravitz. Although he wore the trademark glasses and apparently claimed to be the real deal, Kravitz' management has confirmed that he was not even in New York at the time. I just wonder what would happen if a Harrelson impersonator showed up to the show.
'Woods' future remains unclear
Will the Shakespeare in the Park revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" still transfer to Broadway despite the barrage of bad reviews it received last week? Stranger things have happened, but I doubt it. Even if it managed to improve with more rehearsal time and some recasting, the production remains marred by its puzzling directorial choices and negative word-of-mouth.
The real Valli to play Broadway
If a musical about Frankie Valli can run on Broadway for seven years, why shouldn't the real guy take a shot at the Great White Way? It was announced Wednesday that Valli and the Four Seasons will offer seven concerts at the Broadway Theatre in October.
'Kinky Boots' confirms spring Broadway bow
Kinky Boots," a new musical based on the 2005 film about a shoemaker who specializes in selling products to transvestites with a score by Cyndi Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein, confirmed this week that the show will open at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in the spring. Beforehand, the theater will be occupied by the return of the musical "Elf."
Cynthia Nixon, Jack McBrayer, Mandy Patinkin and Alan Cumming at opening night of "Into the Woods" ... Dick Cavett and Linda Lavin at opening night of "Harrison, TX" ... Jennifer Garner and Eugene Levy at Victor Garber's nightclub show at 54 Below.