No more “Hard Knock Life” for us! The 2012 revival of everyone’s favorite copper-topped orphan Annie has a new cast album featuring all of the tunes “Little Girls” (and okay, perhaps some boys too) sang and danced around their living rooms growing up, including “Maybe,” “Tomorrow,” “N.Y.C.,” and “Easy Street.” And EW has every track, streamable below with added bonus tracks featuring the musical’s new addition to the cast, Glee’s favorite baddie Jane Lynch, who began an eight-week stint as the crusty alkie Miss Hannigan just last week. (Though we did already get an aural hint of her take on one of the tunes some time ago.). Click below for access to the entire cast album, available as a digital download on May 28 and for purchase on June 18. READ FULL STORY »
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Cheerios, rejoice! Jane Lynch, who won an Emmy as sharp-tongued cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on Fox’s Glee, will make her Broadway debut this spring in the hit musical revival of Annie. The role seems like a perfect fit for the star: Miss Hannigan, the drunken and scheming head of young Annie’s orphanage who melodically complains about being surrounded by “little girls.” Lynch, an Illinois native who got her start in theater at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Second City, will appear in the musical for eight weeks only, from May 16 through July 14. READ FULL STORY »
Broadway box office: Scarlett Johansson sells tickets -- but Jessica Chastain has star power, too, post-Globes
January is typically a slow period on Broadway, given the seasonal dip in post-holiday tourism, but shows headlined by Hollywood starlets are bucking the trend this year. In its first full week since its Jan. 17 opening, the Scarlett Johansson-led revival Cat on a Hot Tin Roof clawed in $886,531 for the week ending Jan. 27, according to the Broadway League. That’s a modest 5 percent dip from the show’s premiere week and represents a strong 67 percent of the potential gross for the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Since reviews for Rob Ashford’s production were generally mixed, the popularity of the 28-year-old Avengers star (and improbable doppelganger for a young Christopher Walken) will be a big factor in the revival’s fortunes during its limited run through March 30.
Meanwhile, the recent Golden Globe win for Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain has proven to be a sudden box office bonanza for the actress’ Broadway debut, The Heiress. The drama revival, which opened last November and will end its limited run Feb. 9, grossed $604,765 last week, a nearly 36 percent jump from its total two weeks ago and two-thirds of the potential haul for the venue. (Of course, it probably doesn’t hurt that her costar Dan Stevens is back in the public eye with the return of Downton Abbey on PBS.) READ FULL STORY »
For Broadway producers, Thanksgiving brought some extra trimmings this year. According to figures from the Broadway League, a dozen Broadway shows topped $1 million at the box office for the week ending Nov. 25 — the first time that’s happened all year. Perennial musical hits led the list: Wicked ($2.3 million), The Lion King ($2.1 million), The Book of Mormon ($1.8 million), and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark ($1.78 million). The fifth slot went to the just-opened revival Annie (pictured above), which took a stroll down Easy Street by selling $1.5 million in tickets, 105 percent of the show’s potential gross and a house record for the Palace Theatre. (Premium ticket charges spiked the average ticket price to $116, from $89 the week before.) READ FULL STORY »
Two Sandys dominated the New York theater scene this week. One was the canine star of the beloved musical Annie, which opened Thursday night to generally mixed reviews (despite a near rave from EW’s Jessica Shaw). The other was the hurricane that disrupted numerous productions last week. The storm even became the unlikely scapegoat for the producers of the Al Pacino-led revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, which pushed back its opening date from Nov. 11 to Dec. 8 despite being in previews since Oct. 9 and canceling only a handful of performances due to Sandy. Here’s our take on recent openings:
Annie The rags-to-riches 1977 musical makes a welcome return to Broadway in a new production starring 11-year-old Lilla Crawford (pictured above, with rescue dog Sunny as Sandy). According to EW’s Jessica Shaw, “This Annie is a love letter to both the city and a musical that’s endured for 35 years.” EW grade: A–
Sorry Like his last two plays, Richard Nelson’s deliberately timely new Off Broadway drama opened on the day on which it’s set: In this case, Election Day 2012. As Melissa Rose Bernardo writes, “The lightning-in-a-bottle nature of the works — particularly Sorry, with its references to Hurricane Sandy and even the approaching nor’easter — imbues them with a thrilling immediacy.” EW grade: A–
Bad Jews Off Broadway regular Tracee Chimoo is “terrific,” Lisa Schwarzbaum writes, in up-and-coming playwright Joshua Harmon’s “lively little comedy of hostility and intrafamily kvetching.” EW grade: B
The Heiress I had nothing but praise for “s crisp, first-rate production,” starring about a wealthy 19th-century physician (David Strathairn) whose plain-Jane daughter (Jessica Chastain) is suddenly wooed by a penniless charmer played by Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens. EW grade: A
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Let’s face it: There are a whole lot of new stage productions opening in New York City this fall. Some shows boast legendary veterans like Al Pacino (left) and Sigourney Weaver. Others promise young stars like Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal. For still others, the title alone (a 50th anniversary revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, anyone?) may be the biggest draw. Here are the 10 that have us most eager to line up for tickets.
(Broadway) This tale of the world’s most optimistic orphan girl searching for a family is one of our greatest musicals. Its music is iconic (“It’s a Hard Knock Life,” “Tomorrow”), and the rags-to-riches story of its endearing protagonist (played by newcomer Lilla Crawford) has been warming hearts since it debuted in 1977 and won seven Tonys. In the hands of director James Lapine, who boasts three Tonys of his own, you can bet your bottom dollar it’ll be a hit. (Previews start Oct. 3; show opens Nov. 8)
The upcoming Broadway revival of Annie has found its Daddy Warbucks. Australian actor Anthony Warlow makes his Broadway debut alongside Katie Finneran and Lilla Crawford when Annie bows on November 8 at the Palace Theater.
Warlow’s more than familiar with the famously cue-balled role: he’s currently playing Warbucks in a regional production in Melbourne, and his take on classic Warbucks songs like “NYC” and “I Don’t Need Anything But You” can be heard on the Aussie cast recording released earlier this year.
The new production of Annie features direction by James Lapine (Into The Woods, Passion) and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (In The Heights). Casting for Rooster, Lily and Grace — the three remaining principal roles — has not yet been announced.
Finding the girl to play the titular orphan in Annie is hard enough, and producers of the upcoming Broadway revival certainly found a budding star in young Lilla Crawford (whom we interviewed back in April). But no production of Annie is complete without her familiar gang of orphan friends, of course!
Entertainment Weekly has an exciting first look at the bright group of young girls who will be joining Crawford when the classically optimistic musical (directed by James Lapine and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler) hits Broadway this fall. Click through our gallery for an exclusive peek at the hard knock lifers! READ FULL STORY »
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