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'Spider-Man' musical runs out of web; Broadway show to close in January

After two smooth, drama-free years on Broadway, the massive musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark will play its final performance at the Foxwoods Theatre on January 4, 2014. And for what it’s worth, it lasted a whole lot longer than anyone expected it to.

But the Bono and the Edge-penned show (which has been the subject of SNL spoof, copious lawsuits, an off-Broadway musical parody, and a tell-all memoir, among other things) won’t be disappearing completely — a spokesman for the production says that the show’s “next destination” will be “the entertainment capital of the world: Las Vegas.” More details about Spidey’s Vegas run will be announced in the weeks to come. READ FULL STORY

First look at 'Aladdin,' Disney's magical, Broadway-bound musical -- EXCLUSIVE

Several of the films in Disney’s beloved Renaissance period — that is, the golden era of animated films that includes classics like Beauty and the BeastThe Little Mermaid, and The Lion King – have already been turned into big, beautiful Broadway musicals by the folks at Disney Theatrical. Now, there’s a new movie being prepped for the stage, and EW has your first look at the production!

The latest Disney tale to hit the proscenium is Aladdin, the 1992 musical fantasy about a street urchin who finds a magic lamp and releases a genie (iconically voiced by Robin Williams). The show is currently previewing at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, where it’ll run through January 5, 2014. Adam Jacobs stars as the titular pauper, with Courtney Reed as Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie, and in an exciting casting coup, Jonathan Freeman will play Jafar, the role he created in the film.

The creative team for the show is downright magical: Tony winner Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs, with sets, costumes, and lighting by acclaimed designers Bob Crowley, Gregg Barnes, and Natasha Katz, respectively. With the help of bookwriter Chad Beguelin, Disney maestro Alan Menken has composed new songs for the full score, which includes the classics from the film (like “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me”) which Menken collaborated on with lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

Now that you’ve got all the info, check out EW’s exclusive sneak peek at the magical stage production going on in Toronto. The magic carpet will fly into Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre beginning February 26, 2014.

If you’re having trouble with the ‘Launch Photo Gallery’ button, click this link to see the Aladdin First Look photos.

'Big Fish' sets closing date on Broadway

Insert your best “swim away” pun here.

One of this fall’s first new shows to debut on Broadway has now become one of the season’s first to close. The new musical Big Fish, based on the Daniel Wallace novel and Tim Burton’s subsequent 2003 film adaptation, will close on Dec. 29, following 34 previews and 98 regular performances. The show opened on Oct. 6.

EW gave the “delightfully old-fashioned” musical a B+, praising the charisma of leading man Norbert Leo Butz (a two-time Tony winner and quick to bounce back, surely) and the wondrous design of the show, which comes from the creative minds of director/choreographer Susan Stroman and a slew of Broadway’s finest designers.

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This Week on Stage: Fantasia in the Jazz Age, Neil Patrick Harris serves up magic

November is shaping up to be the busiest in recent memory, but the hustle and bustle is costing Broadway a few shows. John Grisham’s A Time to Kill became A Time to Close with an end date of Nov. 17, and the Zachary Levi-Krysta Rodriguez musical rom-com First Date will have its last date on Jan. 5. With as-yet-unannounced premiere dates for shows like Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe (making a spring Broadway bow), Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses (starring Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei and…Letts — busy guy!) and Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons with Tyne Daly, it seems there are more productions than theaters to hold them. Stay tuned for which ones make the cut. Meanwhile, there have been a bevy of new openings, including Fantasia’s return to Broadway, Ed Harris and real-life spouse Amy Madigan in a new Beth Henley drama, a new play by Pulitzer winner Bruce Norris, Neil Patrick Harris directing a new magic show, and Julie Taymor’s major comeback (click on the links below for full reviews):

After Midnight  The Cotton Club era gets a jazzy jolt with this new Broadway revue already being called the sleeper hit of the season. Did senior editor Thom Geier share the enthusiasm? Ab-scat-lutely! “There are showstoppers aplenty in the ebullient new musical revue..After Midnight is a show that’s as light on its feet as its very talented ensemble.” EW grade: A-

The Black Suits Call it School of Rock with an age upgrade; Joe Iconis’ take on a high school rock band opened in L.A., but EW.com’s Laura Hertzfeld felt they could use a little more practice: “The Black Suits never gets deep enough into the roots of suburban angst to make you feel like these guys really have something to rage about — nor does it come up with light, frothy pop numbers that urge you to bop along.” EW grade: C+

Disaster!  Off Broadway gets invaded by killer bees, tidal waves, and disco-era hits in Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick’s wacky take on disaster movies. The show doesn’t hit any icebergs on the way to hilarity. As I write in my review, “It’s the perfect antidote to those lamenting the lack of Forbidden Broadway in their urban lives…scrappy but irresistible.” EW grade: B+

Domesticated  Jeff Goldblum and Laurie Metcalf star in Bruce Norris’ dark comedy about a disgraced politico and his put-upon wife weathering a Spitzer/Wiener/Good Wife-like scandal. Thom Geier had mixed feelings on this follow-up to the author’s Clybourne Park: “[Norris] strives to make a larger point about modern gender relations and the utility (and possibility) of male monogamy. But despite Anna D. Shapiro’s crisp, well-paced direction, Domesticated is better on caustic humor and verbal one-upmanship than real insight or character development.” EW grade: B

How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them  Actress Halley Feiffer takes a hand at playwriting in a new work at Off Broadway’s Rattlestick Theatre, but Stephan Lee firmly believed she may want to hone her craft a little more. “How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them opens with three girls shrieking at the top of their lungs, and over the next 90 minutes, they never really stop.” EW grade: C

The Jacksonian  Staff writer Keith Staskiewicz took a look at the NYC premiere of Beth Henley’s eerie Southern drama about a motel barkeep (Bill Pullman) corralling his oddball patrons (including multiple Oscar nominee Ed Harris). “Robert Falls’ eerie direction has more than a hint of David Lynch…here’s a healthy vein of black humor running throughout which turns Henley’s Southern Gothic soap opera into an even more surreal experience.” EW grade: B+

La Soiree  The naughty burlesque revue — already a hit in Europe — settles in downtown NYC to make the city blush. Marc Snetiker was among those wooed by the circus-like, raunchy fun. “There is an abundance of charm oozing from the cast, who each exude a gleeful passion for their talent (be it sexy, silly, or downright strange). If traditional circus isn’t your thing, you’re in luck.” EW grade: A-

A Midsummer Night’s Dream  Visual stylist Julie Taymor trades Spidey for fairies with an opulent new version of the Shakespeare comedy, the inaugural production at Theatre for a New Audience’s new Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn. Thom Geier found himself much enchanted by Taymor’s reborn ingenuity: “There’s a magnificent muchness of her approach to the Bard’s most durable of comedies, as she tosses in everything from pillow fights to a grass-upholstered reclining chair to achieve her vision. But remarkably, this Midsummer never tips over into a too-muchness.” EW grade: A-

Nothing to Hide  It’s no secret that beloved star Neil Patrick Harris likes magic, but he’s fan of his peers too, and decided to helm a new 70-minute variety show featuring upstart showmen Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães. Did Hillary Busis surrender to the sleight of hands? “[The performers are] clever, surprising, and altogether incredible, in both the literal and figurative senses.” EW grade: A-


Alanis Morissette bringing 'Jagged Little Pill' to Broadway

You oughta know Alanis Morissette is coming to Broadway with her Grammy-winning, iconic 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill.

The workshop production of Jagged Little Pill‘s musical adaptation will feature all of the album’s songs, as well as tracks from Morisette’s other works and new music Morissette will pen specifically for the show. Two-time Tony Award winner Tom Kitt (Next To Normal, Green Day’s American Idiot) has signed on to provide orchestrations and arrangements.

“I look forward to taking the heart of Jagged Little Pill and expanding its story, fleshing it out into ever deeper layers of emotionality, specificity, humanity, power, physicality, spirit and fabulism,” Morissette said in a release.  “I look forward to collaborating with Vivek and Tom and our whole inspiring team to create something greater than the sum of our parts.”

No venue information has been announced, but the production will come to NYC in 2014.

'First Date,' 'A Time to Kill' slated to close on Broadway

Two new Broadway productions announced plans to end their runs. The short-lived stage adaptation of the John Grisham novel A Time to Kill announced that it will close Nov. 17; your last chance to make a date with the Zachary Levi musical comedy First Date will be Jan. 5.

Courtroom drama A Time to Kill opened Oct. 20, but unlike the popular 1996 movie adaptation starring Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey, the play failed to connect with audiences. EW’s Thom Geier gave the play a C+, noting: “There isn’t much subtlety in A Time to Kill – Lindsay Jones’ overly intrusive underscore cues up at every dramatic moment — but it manages to convey a mostly satisfying sense of justice being served.” Before it plays its final night, author Grisham will host a performance of the show on Nov. 14, producers also announced Wednesday.

First Date, starring Zachary Levi (Chuck) in his Broadway debut and Krysta Rodriguez (Smash), opened to lukewarm reviews back in July (EW’s Geier also gave it a C+) and by the end of its run will have played 34 previews and 174 regular performances at the Longacre Theatre. Levi is currently starring on the big screen in Thor: The Dark World.

Ewan McGregor to make Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's 'The Real Thing' in 2014

Well, at least you know what you might be doing next Halloween. Movie star, erstwhile Jedi, and generally hunky Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is set to make his Broadway debut next year in a new production of Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning play The Real Thing.

McGregor will play Henry, a not-so-happily married playwright whose real-life romantic woes mirror his play — about a marriage teetering on collapse — which happens to star his actress wife. This is the second Broadway revival of Stoppard’s 1984 play, which won Tony Awards for its stars Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, and Christine Baranski.

The Roundabout Theatre Company mounting (helmed by red-hot rising director Sam Gold, the great mind behind the Public Theater’s acclaimed Fun Home) will hit the American Airlines Theatre for a limited engagement next October. Previews begin on Oct. 2, 2014, with opening night on Oct. 30 and a scheduled end date on Jan. 4, 2015.
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Preview the red-hot moves in jazzy new Broadway musical ‘After Midnight’ -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Broadway is getting a necessary dose of sexy, snazzy and jazzy rhythm with After Midnight, a quite literally toe-tapping new musical set in Harlem’s Golden Age of jazz.

Psych‘s Dulé Hill oversees the proceedings in the glamorous new revue, which is a pumped-up production of Encores!’ summer hit Cotton Club Parade. The big draw, though, is that the musical will feature a rotating guest roster of all-star musicians, kicking off with Grammy-winner Fantasia (as in Barrino) followed by k.d. lang, Toni Braxton, Babyface, and more. While the music alone is worth the ticket price, the show is bolstered by riveting, jazz-fueled choreography from Broadway golden boy Warren Carlyle.

Below, take a peek at how Carlyle and company brought the moves of Harlem’s legendary nightclubs to the Broadway stage in After Midnight. The show opens on November 3, 2013 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
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This Week on Stage: John Grisham, Mary-Louise Parker and David Hyde Pierce take NYC

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News finally arrived that the upcoming Broadway revival of Les Misérables has its principal cast intact — with Iran-born musical-theater hunk Ramin Karimloo in his first Broadway role as the bread-stealing Valjean, Tony-nominee Will Swenson (Hair) as staunch Javert, Ghost‘s Caissie Levy dreaming a dream of time gone by as tragic heroine Fantine, and Book of Mormon Tony victor Nikki M. James as lovelorn Eponine. Will they duplicate the successes (or in Russell Crowe’s case, non-successes) of their film counterparts, this time without the fish-eye lenses? The spring will tell, but if you live up North and are dying of curiosity, Mr. Karimloo is currently playing the role in Toronto before they bring him home (hee-hee) to NYC.

Also, six new shows pushed through an already crowded fall theater season, including several debuts: playwright Sharr White (The Other Place) takes on Chekhov, sort of, with Mary-Louise Parker returning to the stage for the first time in four years, David Hyde Pierce appears in a piece by his nephew Greg and Curtains composer John Kander, and mega-author John Grisham finds one of his books adapted to the Great White Way for the first time. How did they fare? (Click on the links below for the full reviews.)
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'Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812' cast album -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTEN

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You’ve heard pop, and you’ve heard opera, and maybe you’ve heard a chapter or two of War and Peace, but it’s probably safe to say that you’ve never heard anything that combines the three like the smash off-Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.

Billed as an electro-pop opera, Dave Malloy’s stunning musical (based on a most scandalous portion of Tolstoy’s jumbo Russian saga) has been the talk of the city since it burst onto the scene last fall at Ars Nova. Since then, it played an acclaimed run in New York’s meatpacking district before recently moving uptown to the theater district on Sept. 27 for a limited 14-week run.

Anyone who’s seen the blazingly original musical — which takes place in a custom-built supper club and includes a menu of Russian snacks in the ticket price — knows that the show’s greatest charm (and there’s a lot of it) lies with the vibrant score, and EW has your first listen to the brand-new cast recording.

Below, take a listen to the 27-track cast album from Ghostlight Records, available for digital release Tuesday and in stores (with two discs!) on Dec. 10. A digital highlights edition is also up for grabs on Tuesday.
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