‘Hangmen’ will transfer to Broadway
“Hangmen,” Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy about the fate of England’s second-best professional hangman after the abolition of capital punishment, will play a limited 20-week run at Broadway’s Golden Theatre beginning Feb. 28. This will follow prior runs in London and at Off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company.
‘Forbidden Broadway’ to close
“Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation,” the latest incarnation of Gerard Alessandrini’s long-running, much-beloved parody of current and classic Broadway musicals, will play its final performance at the Triad Theatre on Dec. 1. The new edition (the first since 2014) takes target at such musicals as “Hadestown,” “Moulin Rouge!,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Frozen,” the experimental “Oklahoma!” and the Yiddish “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Spanish ‘A Chorus Line’ with Banderas eying New York
A Spanish-language production of “A Chorus Line” starring Antonio Banderas, who appeared on Broadway in 2003 in the musical “Nine,” may play New York after running in multiple cities in Spain, as reported by Billboard. One venue being eyed is the Public Theater, where “A Chorus Line” premiered in 1975 before transferring to Broadway, where it went on to become the long-running Broadway show as of that point in time. “A Chorus Line” was revived last year in New York at City Center.
‘SpongeBob’ musical to receive TV broadcast
“The SpongeBob Musical,” which ran on Broadway two seasons ago, will air on Nickelodeon on Dec. 7. Broadway cast members taking part in the broadcast include Ethan Slater as SpongeBob SquarePants, Gavin Lee as Squidward, Danny Skinner as Patrick and Wesley Taylor as Plankton. In the musical, a volcanic eruption threatens to destroy Bikini Bottom unless SpongeBob and his pals save the day. The pop-rock score includes original contributions from a variety of music artists including Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cindy Lauper, Sara Bareilles and John Legend.
Harold Prince to receive public tribute
The life and career of the preeminent Broadway director and producer Harold Prince, who died in July at the age of 91, will be celebrated on Dec. 16 at the Majestic Theatre, the home of “The Phantom of the Opera” — one of the many shows directed by Prince. The free public event will include tributes and performances from friends, family and colleagues.
Schoolgirl ‘Macbeth’ adaptation will return
“Mac Beth,” a streamlined adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” devised by director Erica Schmidt and centered around seven school girls, will receive an encore production beginning Jan. 6 at Hunter College as part of the Hunter Theater Project. The show was produced Off-Broadway earlier this year by Red Bull Theater. Classic Stage Company is currently presenting “Macbeth” Off-Broadway with Corey Stoll and Nadia Bowers.
Billy Crystal at “Tina”…Amy Schumer at “American Utopia”…Taron Egerton at “Moulin Rouge!”…Harry Styles at “Slave Play”…Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper and Jimmy Fallon at “The Inheritance.”