Oprah, Whoopi Goldberg and Martha Stewart at “Tina”…Jamie Lee Curtis at “Slave Play”…Brooke Shields at “Beetlejuice”…Josh Groban at “Freestyle Love Supreme”…Nick Kroll at “American Utopia”
‘Tootsie’ announces closing date
“Tootsie,” the Broadway musical based on the 1982 film comedy starring Dustin Hoffman as out-of-work actor Michael Dorsey/soap opera star Dorothy Michaels, will close on Jan. 5 following 293 regular performances. The closing notice was not a surprise. After opening to mixed reviews and earning two Tony Awards, the production has seen its weekly box office grosses steadily decline. “Mrs. Doubtfire,” another musical based on a film comedy about a cross-dressing actor, is already set to come to Broadway in the spring.
‘Woman in Black’ to receive NY debut
The English ghost drama “The Woman in Black,” which premiered in 1987 and has run in the West End ever since, will play New York City for the first time in a six-week run at the McKittrick Hotel, which is best known as the home of the immersive theatrical event “Sleep No More.” It will be restaged for an intimate pub setting.
‘Hadestown’ recoups investment costs
It pays to know your Greek mythology. The producers of “Hadestown” announced Monday that the Tony-winning musical romance has recouped its $11.5 million initial investment costs, officially making it a hit by traditional Broadway standards. It is the first musical from the 2018-19 season to reach recoupment. And at this point, it may end up being the only musical from last season to recoup.
K-pop musical looks to Broadway
“KPOP,” a new musical about the Korean pop music industry which played Off-Broadway in 2017, is being redeveloped for a future Broadway run. A national search is underway for Korean, Korean-American and Asian-American performers, which will include an open audition call in New York on Nov. 16.
‘West Side Story’ revival to include major cuts
As first reported by Vogue, the new Broadway revival of “West Side Story,” which will be directed by Ivo van Hove (“Network,” “A View from the Bridge”) and begins previews on Dec. 10, will incorporate major cuts and textual changes. Maria’s jubilant song “I Feel Pretty,” which opens the second act, has been cut. So has the extended ballet portion of the song “Somewhere.” The musical will also be presented in a single act without an intermission.
‘Hamilton’ film will be released – at least one day…
Back in 2016, word got out that the Broadway production of “Hamilton” had been filmed before Lin-Manuel Miranda left the show – but there was no word on when or even whether the film would ever be released. Original cast member Leslie Odom, Jr., while making a guest appearance on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” on Nov. 7, said that he knows “for sure” that it “will come out eventually.”