Behind the Curtain: 'Seminar,' 'Magic/Bird' to close and more
'Godspell' likely to hold on through the summer
Although the Broadway revival of "Godspell" received no Tony nominations, and its weekly grosses aren't too hot, it could conceivably run through at least the summer. After all, it has low running costs, "High School Musical" actor Corbin Bleu just took over as Jesus and it's no secret that producer Ken Davenport is determined to keep the show going. "I'm confused, concerned and yeah, a little bit angry. Nope, scratch that, a whole lot angry," Davenport wrote on his blog after the nominations announcement.
'Seminar,' 'Magic/Bird' to close after Tony snub
It didn't take long for the Tony Awards for name its first victims. Teresa Rebeck's comedy "Seminar," which received no nominations, quickly announced that it would shutter this Sunday. Jeff Goldblum recently stepped into the play to take over for Alan Rickman. Next up to the guillotine is the basketball drama "Magic/Bird," which also got no recognition from Tony nominators. The show ends on May 12. "Though it ran a limited time, it attracted many new audiences to the theater as well as provided a vehicle for many young people to attend their first show," its producers said in a statement.
'Prince of Broadway' loses its producer
"Prince of Broadway," a musical revue celebrating the monumental career of producer-director Hal Prince slated to open on Broadway this fall, might now be in danger. Its producer, Aubrey Dan, has left the show for financial reasons. A spokesman for the production told Playbill.com that the production is expected to go on but did not provide specific details.
'80s flop 'Moose Murders' to get New York revival
If the disastrous 1988 Broadway musical "Carrie" can get a revival, then apparently so can "Moose Murders," another notorious 1980s flop. Arthur Bicknell's mystery farce, just originally closed on opening night, will be revived by the Beautiful Soup Theater Collective next fall at the SoHo Playhouse.
11-year-old Lilla Crawford lands the lead in 'Annie'
The producers of the upcoming Broadway revival of "Annie" announced that 11-year-old Lilla Crawford, who most recently appeared in "Billy Elliot," snagged the prized title role over more than 5,000 other young girls. Although the actress playing Miss Hannigan hasn't been announced, Rosie O'Donnell has tweeted that she did not get the part.
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