Behind the Curtain: 'Once' and 'Nice Work' announce national tours, more
'Spider-Man' comes up with odd Tonys promotion
Although "Spider-Man" received just two Tony nominations, its producers are determined, in their own words, "to have more Tonys than any other show on Broadway on Sunday, June 10." In a very strange promotion, anyone named Anthony, Tony, Antoinette, Toni, Antonio or Antonia will be eligible to receive free tickets to its matinee performance on the day of the Tony Awards.
'Once' and 'Nice Work' announce national tours
The producers of "Once" announced this week that the show will launch a national tour next year. "Nice Work if You Can Get It," also nominated for Best Musical, has also divulged plans for a national tour.
'How to Succeed' revival to close shop on May 20
The Broadway revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," which originally starred Daniel Radcliffe as the corporate climber J. Pierrepont Finch, will shutter on May 20 after a profitable yearlong run. Since Radcliffe left the show, the role has been played by Darren Criss and Nick Jonas.
John Lloyd Young to come back to 'Jersey Boys'
Besides a guest spot on "Glee" and the movie "Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!!," John Lloyd Young hasn't done much since leaving "Jersey Boys" four years ago. It was announced Wednesday that the actor, who won a Tony for playing Frankie Valli, will return to the show this July for a short run.
Despite Tony nom, 'Leap of Faith' closing
"Leap of Faith," which unexpectedly snagged a Tony nomination for Best Musical, will close on Sunday. Last week, it grossed a paltry $171,381, with an average ticket price of $21.51. "Although we love our show and very much appreciate both our many award nominations and the joy of our audiences, we have not been able to achieve a sustainable level of ticket sales to continue," its producers said in a statement.
O'Hara's schedule could delay 'King & I' revival
Don't get too excited at the prospect of Kelli O'Hara starring in a revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The King & I" just yet. The production, to be directed by Bartlett Sher ("South Pacific") at Lincoln Center Theater, could be postponed due to O'Hara's schedule. She's now starring in "Nice Work if You Can Get It" and is also slated to headline the musicals "Far from Heaven," which will receive an Off-Broadway production next season, and "The Bridges of Madison County."
'Clerk' O'Halloran to do Off-Broadway
Brian O'Halloran could very well end up on Broadway in "Clerks 3" two years from now. But even if that doesn't materialize, you can still see him onstage later this month in "You've Got Hate Mail." O'Halloran will join the cast of the Off-Broadway comedy, which explores the farcical aftermath of a mistakenly sent email, for a single show on May 25.
Angela Lansbury at "Evita" ... Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon at opening night of "Lonely, I'm Not" ... John Krasinski and Emily Blunt at "Peter and the Starcatcher."