amBroadway: Public Theater cancels ‘The Truth Has Changed’, house pride nights at ‘Harry Potter’ and more

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Public Theater and Josh Fox dispute cancellation of solo show

In a recent interview with this paper promoting the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater, festival director Mark Russell  recommended (along with several other shows) “The Truth Has Changed,” a one-man show performed by filmmaker Josh Fox. But as the festival reached its end over the weekend, the Public Theater cancelled the show’s remaining performances, leading to competing claims as to what led to the cancellation. In a statement, the Public Theater wrote that the show “was cancelled following multiple reports of Josh Fox’s violations of our code of conduct…Following discussions with Mr. Fox and his team, the Public Theater determined we could no longer work together.” On Twitter, Fox responded that “We did not nothing wrong. We were working in an unsafe theater. We complained. Now the Public Theater is defaming my character. It’s so nuts.”

‘Harry Potter’ introduces ‘House Pride Nights’

It’s no secret that weekly grosses at “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” have dipped considerably in recent months. In what may be an attempt to convince “Harry Potter” fans to reattend, the show’s producers are instituting “House Pride Nights” dedicated to the fans of each respective house at Gryffindor, including Hufflepuff (Feb. 13 and 14), Slytherin (Feb. 20 and 21), Gryffindor (Feb. 27 and 28) and Ravenclaw (March 5 and 6). These performances will include pre-show trivia with cast members and a costume contest. 

Wine-consuming ‘Sideways’ to play Off-Broadway

“Sideways the Experience,” a stage adaptation of Rex Pickett’s 2004 novel “Sideways,” will be staged Off-Broadway at the Theatre at St. Clement’s beginning Feb. 20. It will include “an immersive premium wine and gourmet food event” – reflecting the fact that the novel revolves around a trip to wine country. Ticket prices will range depending on how much wine one would like to consume. 

Britney Spears musical eyeing summer debut

Of course, there was eventually going to be a Britney Spears jukebox musical – and it will apparently be here pretty soon. According to BroadwayWorld.com, the show (titled “Once Upon a One More Time”) will open at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre this summer following an out-of-town tryout run in Chicago. In the musical, various fairy tale princesses, influenced by “The Feminine Mystique,” decide to discard the standard versions of their stories and seek more from life.  Kristin Hangii (“Rock of Ages”) will direct. 


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