We’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! WHY WE LOVE IT Isn’t it RICH, indeed! The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, the post-Brady Bunch television extravaganza, has become legendary in the videosphere of campy folklore. The series brought us such gems as this Strike Up the Band/Music Man mashup, a tribute to Purlie (without Melba Moore, but with synchronized swimmers) and whatever the hell is going on here. But in this clip, Florence Henderson, who started out on Broadway before becoming the classic small screen mom, takes it down a notch with a sort of upbeat, subtly swingy version of “Send in the Clowns.” All appears to be fine, and then…bam. Enter the poor, helpless Brady kids dressed as sad circus clowns. We can’t believe we didn’t realize until now that this is what was missing from A Little Night Music. MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT LOOK OUT FOR… 3:30. Why do they keep turning around to wave as they’re leaving? Are they ever going to get off that stage?! Well, maybe next year? OVERALL CAMP FACTOR Three out of three Clown Marcias. Clown Marcia, Clown Marcia, Clown Marcia! View Comments
Rock of Ages opened on Broadway on April 7, 2009 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Featuring a score of classic rock hits including “Here I Go Again,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” the jukebox musical tells the story of Drew, an aspiring rock star who moves to Los Angeles to make his dreams come true. Rock of Ages The show also currently stars Chester See as Stacee Jaxx, Carrie St. Louis as Sherrie, Genson Blimline as Lonny, Adam Dannheisser as Dennis, Cody Scott Lancaster as Franz, Josephine Rose Roberts as Regina, Paul Schoeffler as Hertz and Teresa Stanley as Justice. Frankie J. Grande and Lauren Zakrin will also shortly be joining the company, stepping in as Franz and Sherrie, respectively. Related Shows Here he goes again! Rock of Ages alum Justin Matthew Sargent is reprising the role of Drew in place of an injured Constantine Maroulis in the Broadway production. Sargent will perform in the show from October 28 through November 9. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015 Sargent briefly returned to Rock of Ages earlier this year while Aaron C. Finley was out due to illness. His other Broadway credits include Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark and Bonnie and Clyde. View Comments
Sutton Foster Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Get Up Close & Personal With Cheyenne JacksonStage and screen star Cheyenne Jackson (The Performers, Finian’s Rainbow, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks) will be heating things up at the Café Carlyle this winter as he makes his debut at the venue. The actor and singer-songwriter will play January 13, 2015 through January 24. Iconic Blondie headliner Debbie Harry will also be headlining at the Café this season, rocking out on the Upper East Side for two weeks, March 24 through April 4.Second Stage Eyeing Purchase of Helen HayesA flurry of news regarding the Helen Hayes Theatre today. The long-running Rock of Ages announced that it was closing there early next year, while Second Stage confirmed that it was looking to buy the Broadway venue. “We are excited to move forward with our plans to finalize our purchase of the Helen Hayes Theatre,” Casey Reitz, the executive director of Second Stage Theatre, told The New York Times, adding that they would “announce our plans and a timeline in the near future.” With 597 seats, the Helen Hayes is the smallest theater on Broadway and is currently independently owned.Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights…in GermanAfter an acclaimed run in London, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical In The Heights will receive its German language premiere in Austria. The musical is set to play Vienna’s Konservatorium Wien University in May 2015. So we’re guessing the tuner is now Un Das Heights ? (Forgive us if we’re wrong, we ended up learning all the words to The Sound of Music instead of basic German, which until now, proved more useful in our choice of career.)Sutton Foster’s Turkey Weekend PlansBroadway fave Sutton Foster will be spicing up Thanksgiving weekend for those lucky enough to be in the Washington D.C. area. The two-time Tony winner will be appearing in An Evening with Sutton Foster, conducted by Steven Reineke, on November 28 and 29 at the Kennedy Center. Sounds like the perfect holiday treat to us! Star Files View Comments
View Comments Broadway vet Bradley Dean will step in for Tam Mutu in the title role in Doctor Zhivago on April 3. The April 2 evening performance of the epic romance was canceled after Mutu could not appear in the show because of illness and with less than a week of preview performances to date, there had not been time to prepare understudy Dean. The Des McAnuff-helmed production will officially open at the Great White Way’s Broadway Theatre on April 21.Dean’s Broadway credits include The Last Ship, Evita, A Little Night Music, Company, Spamalot, Man of La Mancha and Jane Eyre.The tuner features a book by Michael Weller, music by Lucy Simon and lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers. Based on the 1957 novel by Boris Pasternak, the romance is set during the final days of Czarist Russia and follows Zhivago, a political idealist, physician and poet. His life is tossed by the tides of history as he is torn between a life with his devoted wife, Tonia Gromeko and the passionate and mysterious Lara Guishar. Zhivago is not alone in his yearnings for Lara, competing for her affections with the young revolutionary Pasha Antipov and the aristocrat Viktor Komarovsky.The cast also includes Kelli Barrett, Tom Hewitt, Paul Nolan and Lora Lee Gayer. Doctor Zhivago Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 10, 2015
View Comments Citizens don’t exactly vote on a monarchy, but they have chosen their queen of Broadway. Dame Helen Mirren, who was recently crowned a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner, has theatergoers bowing to her feet at The Audience; the show continues to appear in the top five by capacity (this week at 100.75%) and maintaining a seven-figure weekly gross on a seven performances-a-week schedule. Tony-nominated productions Fun Home, Something Rotten!, An American in Paris and Hand to God also had reason to celebrate with their highest grosses to date. Meanwhile, Rita Wilson made her return to Fish in the Dark, which continues to play to sold out houses.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending May 10:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($1,701,798)*2. Wicked ($1,469,322)3. The Book of Mormon ($1,446,131)4. Aladdin ($1,422,347)5. An American in Paris ($1,298,817)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. It Shoulda Been You ($409,488)4. Hand to God ($400,886)3. The Visit ($208,078)2. On the Town ($202,745)**1. Airline Highway ($175,953)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.53%)2. Fish in the Dark (101.36%)3. Fun Home (101.34%)4. The Audience (100.75%)*5. The King and I (100.00%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Jersey Boys (65.13%)4. On the Town (59.03%)**3. Gigi (55.81%)2. The Visit (54.91%)1. Wolf Hall Parts One & Two (52.51%)* Number based on seven regular performances**Number based on four regular performancesSource: The Broadway League
View Comments Prisoner 24601 has his next gig lined up! Tony nominee Ramin Karimloo will lead the previously reported production of the long-in-the-works musical The Prince of Broadway in Japan. Celebrating the career of the 21-time Tony-winning director and producer Hal Prince, the tuner will play October 23 through November 22 at Tokyu Theatre Orb in Tokyo and November 28 through December 10 at Umeda Arts Theatre in Osaka. Also starring Tony winner Shuler Hensley, Tony nominee Nancy Opel, Kaley Ann Voorhees and Reon Yuzuki, the production will be helmed by Prince himself with co-direction and choreography by Susan Stroman.Karimloo is currently playing Jean Valjean in the Broadway revival of Les Miz; he received a Tony nod for his performance in the production. He originated the role of the Phantom in the West End run of Love Never Dies and starred in The Phantom of the Opera in the West End and in the 25th anniversary concert filmed at Royal Albert Hall. Hensley won the Tony for Oklahoma!; he has also appeared on the Main Stem in No Man’s Land, Waiting for Godot, Young Frankenstein, Tarzan and Les Miserables. Opel was nominated for a Tony for Urinetown and was last seen on the Great White Way in Honeymoon in Vegas; her additional Broadway credits include Cinderella, Memphis and Fiddler on the Roof. Voorhees is presently making her Broadway debut in Phantom. A big name in her native Japan, Yuzuki is a former Top Star otokoyaku (an actress who plays male roles) of the Japanese Takarazuka Revue’s Star Troupe.The Prince of Broadway pays tribute to Prince’s 60-year career and examines the circumstances and fortune, both good and bad, that led to him creating some of the most beloved theater of all time, including West Side Story, The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Company.The production will feature a book by David Thompson, set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by William Ivey Long, wig design by Paul Huntley, musical supervision and arrangements by Jason Robert Brown and musical direction by Fred Lassen.The show was originally slated to open on the Great White Way in 2012 starring Sierra Boggess, Richard Kind and Emily Skinner, with Stroman helming the musical alongside Prince. No word yet on whether the production is still Broadway-bound.
Taran Killam will make his New York theatrical debut in Encores! Off-Center’s Little Shop of Horrors this summer, appearing as evil dentist Orin Scrivello opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Ellen Greene. Summer is a great time to be a Saturday Night Live cast member, as sleep becomes part of the routine again. While chatting with Seth Meyers on Late Night, Killam revealed his plans to brainstorm SNL pitches in his downtime backstage after (spoiler alert) Orin is eaten by Audrey II. Take a look at the fun interview below, in which Killam also reveals his rich high school musical lineage, including two key Andrew Lloyd Webber roles. Little Shop will play New York City Center July 1 and 2. View Comments
View Comments Finding Neverland Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Close your eyes, count to 10 and make it work. The all-star trio of judges from Lifetime’s upcoming Project Runway Junior stopped by the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre to catch a performance of Finding Neverland, and visited backstage to hang out with Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Matthew Morrison on August 15. Feast your eyes on the stunning Kelly Osbourne, Project Runway season four victor Christian Siriano and Cosmopolitan and Seventeen executive editor Aya Kanai with Morrison and friends. As you know in Neverland, one day you’re in. And the next day, you’re battling pirates and running around with a bear on rollerskates.
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Brian d’Arcy James is Pinching HimselfBrian d’Arcy James is not only headlining a hit Great White Way musical (Something Rotten!), but he’s also in the much-buzzed about new movie Spotlight. On December 22 the busy Broadway favorite stopped by TODAY, below, to chat about his plethora of projects. “I’m pinching myself that I’m in it,” d’Arcy James admitted about the film, before going on to say that he’ll be “taking a few minutes off” over Christmas…It is busy season for the Main Stem, after all! View Comments Ryan Silverman’s Paris ProjectBroadway alum Ryan Silverman (Side Show) has been tapped for Stephen Sondheim’s Passion at Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet. He will play Captain Giorgio Bachetti alongside Natalie Dessay as Fosca and more in the Fanny Ardant-helmed production, which will run March 16, 2016 through March 24. The venue has attracted multiple high profile shows of late, including the pre-Great White Way engagement of An American in Paris; it is currently playing host to the Broadway-bound Singin’ in the Rain.Viewing Figures In for Daddy Long LegsTurns out that the Daddy Long Legs live stream on December 10 was a resounding success! The broadcast from the Davenport Theatre was seen by a total of 150,055 people in 135 countries around the world. Directed by John Caird and starring married Broadway pros Megan McGinnis and Adam Halpin, the production made history as the first ever Broadway or off-Broadway performance to be broadcast over the interweb free of charge. We’re loving the whole concept of watching shows from the comfort of our own sofa…hopefully this will catch on!Hamilton’s Twitter TriumphHamilton has broken yet another record, this time on Twitter! According to the AP, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s gargantuan hit generated more than one million tweets over the past year; in comparison, there were 266,000 tweets about the Tony-winning Fun Home and 323,000 Tony Awards-related tweets during the June broadcast. Check out a fancy chart of the last 30 days of conversation on Twitter around Hamilton below!
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 15, 2017 Broadway alum Danny Rutigliano will assume the role of Danny in Holiday Inn beginning November 1. He takes over for Lee Wilkof in the Roundabout production, which is scheduled to run at Studio 54 through January 15, 2017.Rutigliano last appeared on Broadway in Born Yesterday; his additional stage credits include Billy Elliot, The Lion King and The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public. He joins a cast that includes Bryce Pinkham as Jim, Lora Lee Gayer as Linda, Corbin Bleu as Ted, Megan Sikora as Lila Dixon and Megan Lawrence as Louise.Based on the 1942 film of the same name, the musical features 20 classic songs from the Irving Berlin catalogue, including “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” “Easter Parade” “Cheek to Cheek” and the Oscar-winning “White Christmas.” Related Shows View Comments Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical Danny Rutigliano(Photo courtesy of Polk & Co.)