‘Come From Away’ to be filmed on Broadway
The cast of the heartwarming musical “Come From Away,” which ran on Broadway from 2017 to the day of the shutdown, will reunite at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in May to film a live capture of the production, which will be released in the fall, as reported by Playbill.com. Written by married Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein, “Come from Away” explores how 38 airplanes were redirected to the rural village of Gander, Newfoundland during the 9/11 attacks. A tight-knit ensemble switches off between playing the kind and resilient residents of Gander (mayor, local news reporter, cop, bus driver) and the disoriented “plane people” (female pilot, gay male couple, mother of a firefighter, Orthodox Jew).
Original ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely’ cast to reunite at Paper Mill
A few months ago, the execs at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse had hoped to be able to welcome subscribers back to the theater with a new production of the 2000 musical comedy “Pete ‘n’ Keely,” which is stylized as a kitschy 1960s television variety show. Not surprisingly, this week, Paper Mill confirmed that “Pete ‘n’ Keely” will instead be filmed and presented digitally. The production will reunite the musical’s original director, Mark Waldrop, with its original stars, George Dvorsky and Sally Mayes. Looking ahead, “Beehive: the ‘60s Musical,” the last show in the Paper Mill season, may still be presented live at the theater for subscribers only in the late spring or summer.
‘Women’s Day on Broadway’ moves online
Two days before Broadway shut down back in March of last year, Hillary Clinton made a keynote address at the New Amsterdam Theatre as part of the third annual “Women’s Day on Broadway,” in which she highlighted the diversity of recent Broadway seasons. Disney Theatricals has confirmed that it will move forward with a new edition of “Women’s Day on Broadway” this year, albeit online, on March 12. This year’s theme will be “Reflecting Courageously, Transforming Collectively.”
Tepper tells more ‘Untold Stories of Broadway’
Jennifer Ashley Tepper, whose many credits include theater producer, historian, author and fangirl, will come out with the fourth volume of “The Untold Stories of Broadway,” her extensive oral history of Broadway based on personal interviews and organized by individual theaters, on March 9. Featuring interviews with over 200 industry professionals, the new volume will include chapters on the Imperial, Jacobs, Studio 54, Minskoff, Friedman and Goldman, and the five Broadway theaters that were demolished in 1982 to make way for the Marriot Marquis.
This week’s streaming productions…
“School Girls: Or, the African Mean Girls Play (digital “production of Jocelyn Bioh’s dark comedy set at a 1980s boarding school in Ghana), through Feb. 14, theatre2.org…”All the Devils Are Here” (solo show performed by Patrick Page about Shakespeare’s villains), launches Thurs at noon, shakespearetheatre.org…”Simply Sondheim” (new Stephen Sondheim revue with Broadway and DC actors and a full orchestra), through March 26, sigtheatre.org.