♦ The big Broadway news last week centered around the much-anticipated 50th anniversary production of Mart Crowley‘s 1968 groundbreaking play, The Boys in the Band, produced by Ryan Murphy and David Stone. Murphy and Stone have put together a star-studded cast for the production, led by Jim Parsons as Michael and Zachary Quinto as Harold, with Matt Bomer as Donald, Robin de Jesús as Emory, Andrew Rannells as Larry, Tuc Watkins as Hank, Michael Benjamin Washington as Bernard and Brian Hutchison as Alan. At this point, only the role of the Cowboy remains uncast. Two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello is set to direct the production which will play Broadway’s Booth Theatre for 15 weeks only, Apr. 30-Aug. 12.
♦ The Broadway production of Paula Vogel‘s latest play, Indecent, received the BroadwayHD treatment when it’s Aug. 3 performance was filmed for the fast-growing theatrical streaming service. In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the show will be available in January 2018. “On behalf of the producing team for Indecent, we are truly grateful to our friends at BroadwayHD for choosing to preserve Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman’s remarkable production,” said producer Daryl Roth. “Thanks to BroadwayHD, this timely and joyous play will be available to a much wider audience, spreading its vital message of the enduring power of art.”
♦ Off-Broadway’s The Barrow Group will launch its 2017-18 season with Torben Betts’ new play, Muswell Hill, in a co-production with The Pond Theatre Company. The play centers on a London dinner party where a group of friends, distracted by social media and news of an international disaster, fail to connect with each other on a personal level. Previews begin Nov. 11 with an official opening on Nov. 14. Shannon Patterson directs. Up next is The Thing with Feathers by Scott Organ, which follows an underage teen seduced online by an older man and runs Jan. 13-Feb. 10, with direction by Seth Barrish. The season ends in March/April with a revival of Lee Blessing’s Cold War two-hander, A Walk in the Woods, directed by Donna Jean Fogel.
♦ Stephen Kaliski‘s new play, The Briefly Dead, will have its world premiere at 59E59 Theaters this fall, in a production directed by Elizabeth Ostler. Production notes state: “When it comes to the unexpected resurrection of his beloved wife Alcestis, King Admetos learns the hard way that the aftermath of a miracle ain’t as peachy as we might assume.” The cast includes Mia Isabella Aguirre, Sofiya Cheyenne, Kristin Fulton, Paul Hinkes, Ben Kaufman, Katie Proulx, Sarah Wadsley and Jenna Zafiropoulos. The production features original music composed by Steve Smith, with choreography by Katie Proulx. Previews begin Nov. 16, with an official opening set for Nov. 21 and a run scheduled through Dec. 10.
♦ Goodspeed Musicals has announced its slate for the theater’s 2018 season. Up first is The Will Rogers Follies, directed by Don Stephenson and running Apr. 13-June 21. The production will star David Lutken, who appeared in the original Broadway production of the show. Through the summer, the theater will present Lionel Bart’s Oliver!, directed by Rob Ruggiero and running June 29-Sept. 9. Closing out the season is Bullets Over Broadway, the musical adaptation of Woody Allen’s 1994 mobster comedy film. Directed by Gordon Greenberg, performances run Sept. 21-Nov. 25.
♦ “Live From Lincoln Center,” the Emmy-winning performing arts series, will present four Broadway stars in concert during the month of December at the intimate Appel Room: Tony winner Leslie Odom, Jr. on Dec. 19; two-time Tony nominee Andrew Rannells on Dec. 20; Tony winner Sutton Foster, with special guest Jonathan Groff, on Dec. 21; and Stephanie J. Block on Dec. 22. According to “LFLC,” the concert series will showcase the Broadway vets “illuminating their musical journeys to stardom, revisiting favorite songs, and offering glimpses of future projects.” The concerts will be taped by “Live From Lincoln Center” for broadcast in hour-long episodes at dates to be announced in 2018.
♦ IN BRIEF: previews for King Kong at the Broadway Theatre begin Oct. 5, 2018 ahead of a Nov. 8 opening; Bel Powley joins Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Cera and Chris Evans in Second Stage’s upcoming Broadway production of Lobby Hero; André De Shields, Bobby Moreno and Anson Mount have been cast in Playwrights Horizons’ production of Robert O’Hara’s Mankind; David Hyde Pierce will star as Ebenezer Scrooge in The Acting Company’s one-night-only benefit reading A Christmas Carol, featuring John Glover, Harriet Harris, Edward Hibbert and Julie White, on Dec. 11; Broadway shows performing at the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade include Dear Evan Hansen, Anastasia, Once On This Island and SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical; Broadway Green Alliance‘s annual textile drive will take place Nov. 15 in Duffy Square from 11AM-2PM.
Written by Richard Hart