Unless you consider the high number of theater stars on NBC’s Smash (Christian Borle, Brian d’Arcy James, and more) to be a win for Broadway, it’s been a quiet week on stage. The Main Stem’s sole opening was actually a reopening—of Venus in Fur, which moved from the Samuel J. Friedman Theater to the Lyceum. Just one production announced an extension: Porgy & Bess will now run through September. And only two shows, thankfully, divulged that they were closing: Broadway’s Alicia Keys-produced Stick Fly and off-Broadway’s long-running Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Oh, and we learned that Tony Danza will return to Broadway to co-star in his first Main Stem musical, an adaptation of Honeymoon in Vegas, next year. READ FULL STORY
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Singer-songwriter-actress Alicia Keys’ first gig as a Broadway producer is ending early. Lydia R. Diamond’s Stick Fly will play its final show on Feb. 26, following 24 previews and 92 regular performances. The dramatic comedy—which stars Psych’s Dulé Hill and Torchwood: Miracle Day’s Mekhi Pfeffer as brothers returning to their family’s ritzy Cape Cod vacation home for a weekend of big fights and bigger secrets—opened to mix reviews on Dec. 8. Its producers had only recently announced that the show was adding special Wednesday matinees througout March (to accommodate spring-breakers) and would be selling tickets through Apr. 8. On the flip side, the controversial Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, starring Audra McDonald and David Alan Grier, announced today that it was extending through Sept. 30.
Now, the only question left is: What show will take Stick Fly‘s place at the Cort Theatre? Share your suggestions below.
Nick Jonas begins his run tonight as window-washer-turned-business-sensation J. Pierrepont Finch in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, relieving Glee star Darren Criss (whose three-week stint ended on Sunday to very favorable financial results).
Jonas is the third to inherit the primo part, following Criss and original star Daniel Radcliffe (all three of whom performed the role at some point during the month of January). Also joining the cast tonight is Ugly Betty star Michael Urie as the lazy, nepotistic Bud Frump. READ FULL STORY
We at EW ended the year on stage by learning the news about Private Lives‘ early close, celebrating that George Clooney is hitting the boards in L.A., enjoying our readers’ memories of Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, finding out your thoughts on our 2011 Top 10 list, and reviewing the Broadway musicals On the Clear Day You Can See Forever and Lysistrata Jones. Read the highlights below.
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever: According to EW stage editor Thom Geier, Harry Connick, Jr.’s new starrer about a psychiatrist who falls for his patient’s alter ego, “feels like one very long therapy session.” “[The revival] strains to be hip and contemporary, but manages only to feel awkward and dated,” Geier writes, giving the musical a C and adding that Connick “seems almost straight-jacketed in a fundamentally recessive role.”
Lysistrata Jones: Douglas Carter Beane’s basketball-themed off-Broadway adaptation’s quick move to the Main Stem seems “a little like a solid junior-high basketball team playing Madison Square Garden,” says Geier. “Too much of the time, it plays like a slightly raunchier version of a Nickelodeon or Disney Channel sitcom,” he writes about the B-grade musical, “rife with predictable plotlines and broad cultural and racial stereotypes. “
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