Broadway Fast 5: March
It’s been a busy month on Broadway with new openings and brand new performances hitting the Great White Way but there’s also been other news and what you need to know is in your Broadway Fast 5.
Last week’s apartment explosion and massive fire in New York’s East Village has shut-down performances of popular show Stomp, at least temporarily. The long-running show performs at the Orpheum Theatre, which sits across the street from the site of the collapse on 2nd Avenue.
After male-lead Peter Gallagher came down with a severe sinus infection, the opening of On The Twentieth Century, a revival currently co-starring Kristin Chenoweth, was slightly delayed. However, the show has since been playing to packed houses and recently announced it plans to record a cast album.
Paper Mill Playhouse has announced it will close its 76th season with the world-premiere of Ever After, a new musical adapted from the 1998 film starring Drew Barrymore. The production will be directed and choreographed by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall. The Paper Mill Playhouse production will star If/Then’s James Snyder as Prince Henry and Margo Seibert as Danielle de Barbarac. Joining them are Tony winner Christine Ebersole as Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent, Tony Sheldon as Leonardo da Vinci and Emmy winner Charles Shaugnessy as King Francis. Performances will begin at the New Jersey venue on May 21 and run through June 21. Christine Ebersole will be in the Fox Cities April 22-23.
After a successful start on Broadway and a recent opening in the West End, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical has set its sights on the silver screen. The New York Times reports that Douglas McGrath, who wrote the book for the show, will pen the screenplay. Casting has not been announced.
After 55 years, off-Broadway’s longest-running musical, The Fantasticks, will shutter on May 3. At the time of its closing the production will have played a total of 20,672 performances in NYC: 17,162 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse and 3,510 performances at the Snapple Theater Center.