There are no dreams deferred for the producers of the Denzel Washington-led revival of A Raisin in the Sun. In its first full week since its April 3 opening, director Kenny Leon’s well-reviewed revival earned a remarkable $1.18 million, according to figures from the Broadway League covering ticket sales for the week ending April 13. That makes it the fifth highest-grossing show of the week and the only non-musical to cross the seven-figure threshold. And thanks to premium ticket prices as high as $348, Raisin actually exceeded the estimated gross potential of the Ethel Barrymore Theatre by 16 percent. READ FULL STORY
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Three-time Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams will make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of Cabaret.
Cabaret will play a 24-week limited engagement, beginning previews March 21 and officially opening April 24 at the Kit Kat Klub: Studio 54. Williams will appear alongside Alan Cumming as the Emcee, who starred in the last revival of the musical in 1998. The production will be directed by Sam Mendes and co-directed/choreographed by Rob Marshall.
“Michelle Williams is an actress of rare gifts and she will make an astonishing Sally Bowles,” says Rob Marshall. And I am especially excited that Alan Cumming is reprising his extraordinary performance as the Emcee for a whole new audience to experience.”
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During Alan Cumming’s Tony-winning turn as the Emcee in Cabaret on Broadway, Liza Minnelli (who, obviously, won an Oscar for playing Sally Bowles in Bob Fosse’s 1972 film) went to see him backstage. She was so in awe of his brilliant performance that she said, “Alan, I want to be your friend forever.” In an era of celebrity air kisses that make no physical or emotional contact, that could have been the equivalent to, “Nice to meet you.” But if one thing was clear during last night’s wonderfully fun (and, sure, flawed… not that anyone cared) Liza & Alan at New York City’s Town Hall (a one-night performance that sold out so quickly a second night was added), Liza meant what she said. READ FULL STORY
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