It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Broadway has had its fair share of announcements this month. With the highly anticipated film releases “Annie” and “Into The Woods,” it’s difficult to imagine that there is even more happening on the Great White Way than on the small screen. Here are five things you need to know about Broadway this month!
1. Sting gets on board The Last Ship
After what could be described as a rocky start to the new musical The Last Ship, music writer and famous rocker, Sting, joined the cast of his pet project this month. In his first week on Broadway, the production brought in its highest gross and capacity at the theatre rose 18%. He is scheduled to appear in the role until Jan. 24.
2. Side Show will actually leave you
Despite popular reviews, the reworked revival of 1997’s Side Show will close on Jan. 4. The musical, with show-stopping tunes such as “I Will Never Leave You” ran only 7 weeks, ironically, almost the identical amount of performances of it’s first attempt on Broadway. There is talk that the production may move to the West End though no details are finalized. The St. James Theater will soon be occupied by the new comedic musical Something Rotten which will preview in March and open in April 2015.
3. “Beaches” becomes musical playing near Chicago
The 1985 novel and 1988 movie featuring Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey and the song “Wind Beneath My Wings” is setting its sights on Broadway. The show will run at Drury Lane in Oak Brook, Illinois from June through August. Casting for the engagement has yet to be announced.
4. Progress on Pretty Woman
Pretty Woman movie director Garry Marshall has announced the stage musical is “a year away” and that Disney is behind it. The famous flick featured a young Julia Roberts and Richard Gere and according to Marshall it’s a “darn good story” and readings have already been occurring with temporary music.
5. Grammy nominations announced
And the nominations go to….
Shows being considered for a golden gramophone include Aladdin, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and San Francisco Symphony’s West Side Story.
Broadway.com points out that notably missing from these are Idina Menzel and Anthony Rapp’s If/Then, Bridges of Madison County and Here Lies Love.
Menzel also surprisingly did not get a nomination for her performance of “Let It Go” but the song was nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Still, other Broadway vets including Ariana Grande, James Franco and Joan Rivers received nods. The award show will take place Feb. 8.