Broadway Update

Jeff Daniels and Celia Keenan-Bolger in To Kill a Mockingbird

Broadway Update: Mockingbird, Mormon, Love Supreme Return

By: David Sheward

June 17, 2021: The new Broadway calendar is almost complete. Two more shows shuttered during the pandemic have announced their reopenings and another will have a return engagement. This means nearly every 2020 production has definite dates for a comeback. To Kill a Mockingbird and The Book of Mormon, two shows formerly under the aegis of producer Scott Rudin, have posted their return dates. Rudin has withdrawn from producing due to reports of workplace harassment and toxicity. Mockingbird, Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the highest-grossing straight play in Broadway history, will resume performances at the Shubert Theater on Oct. 5. Jeff Daniels will return to the role of Atticus Finch and Celia Keenan-Bolger takes up the part of his young daughter Scout through Jan. 2, 2022. 

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Broadway Update

Bruce Springsteen will return to Broadway

Broadway Update: Springsteen, Skeleton Crew, Paradise, etc.

By: David Sheward

June 10, 2021: The 2021-22 Broadway and Off-Broadway season continues to take shape with new productions and those postponed from previous seasons announcing dates and theaters. In the latest round of updates, Bruce Springsteen returns to Broadway, Manhattan Theater fills out its roster, a new musical set during the Civil War is slated, and The Lehman Trilogy finally makes the transfer from Off-Broadway to on with one cast change. 

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In The Heights

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Musical In the Heights Is Adapted for the Screen

By: Ellis Nassour

June 9, 2021: The creator of the theatrical blockbuster Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the director of the comedy blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians, Jon M. Chu are debuting one of Summer’s biggest and most anticipated films, In the Heights (Warner Bros.) , down from New York’s Upper Upper West Side Washington Heights, “where the streets are made of salsa music and little dreams become big,” to a cinema near you this weekend.

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BroadwayHD

Hot lineup of New titles features BKLYN-The Musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, On the Town and a special playlist to Celebrate Pride Month.

June 7, 2021: BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming service for theater fans, is kicking off the Summer months with a sizzling hot lineup of iconic theater productions, films and documentaries. Leading the slate on June 1st is Tony Award winner John Cameron Mitchell’s vibrant rock odyssey film Hedwig and The Angry Inch and, On the Town, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin as three fun-loving sailors who have 24 hours of shore leave in New York City and want to make every second count. Hot to Trot, a feature documentary film about the fascinating world of same-sex competitive ballroom dance, comes to BroadwayHD on June 3rd.

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Broadway Update: Pass Over and Tonys Announce Dates

John Michael Hill and Namir Smallwood in “Pass Over”

By: David Sheward

June 3, 2021: The new post-quarantine Broadway season keeps getting earlier and earlier. Pass Over, Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s play focusing on two African-American men dealing with pervasive discrimination, will now begin performances at the August Wilson Theater on Aug. 4 with an opening set for Sept. 12. The production will have a limited run until Oct. 10.

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We Have To Hurry

 Love Gets A Second Chance During Life’s Third Act

June 2, 2021: Playwright and Emmy-winning actress Dorothy Lymon takes on the illuminating words from her own pen for the next monthly digital presentation of We Have To Hurry.  Paired with the previously announced Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe nominated actor Alfred Molina, Ms. Lyman’s new play about two mature people rediscovering life’s simplest joys streams live via Broadway on Demand for two performances only, Saturday, June 5th at 8pm and Sunday, June 6th at 3pm.

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Lilies Off Broadway

Hartley Parker, Florimond Le Goupil-Maier

Final two weeks of Lilies, or The Revival of a Romantic Drama will play final performance Sunday, June 6th.

June 1, 2021:   Lilies, or The Revival of a Romantic Drama, one of first new show to come in after the pandemic, will play its final Off-Broadway performance at The Theater Center on Sunday, June 6 week earlier than previously announced. Previews began on Wednesday, May 5 with an official opening night on Monday, May 17. 

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Jamie deRoy & friends

Songs from Tony Award winning musicals Part Three.

May 29, 2021: Set your DVRs to catch Jamie deRoy & friends’ Songs from Tony Award winning musicals Part Three.  Jamie deRoy & friends now airs on Spectrum HD Channel 1993 and Verizon FIOS Channel 37 every other MondayThe next show is Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 at 8PM.

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The Tony Awards Return

The Tony Awards Return with Special Four Hour Telecast on CBS Sunday, September 26

By: Ellis Nassour

May 26, 2021 — You knew Broadway was coming back. You just weren’t sure when. Now, you know. You knew there were delayed 2019-2020 Season Tony Awards nominations. And you knew the Tony Awards would be back. You just didn’t know when. Now, you do. CBS, the American Theatre Wing, and the Broadway League announced that the long-delayed (since June) due to Covid-19 the 2021 Tonys, the 74th such event, will be air in a special four hour evening on Sunday, September 26, very shortly after Broadway has begun its long-awaited reopening.

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Broadway Update

Amber Gray, Patrick Page, and Reeve Carney in Hadestown which will begin performances on Sept. 2, 2021

B’way Update: Hadestown Opens Early; Girl, Lackawanna, Thoughts Announce Dates

By: David Sheward

Since my last Broadway update, several more shows have announced firm opening dates and one has leapt ahead of all the others. Hadestown, the 2019 Tony Best Musical, will reopen its gates at the Walter Theater on Sept. 2, nearly two weeks before the big-ticket, box-office blockbusters Hamilton, Lion King Wicked, and Chicago do on Sept. 14.

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Broadway To Open September 14

Tickets go on sale today!

May 6, 2021:  Broadway shows can open on September 14th at 100% capacity.  Yesterday at a press conference, Governor Cuomo announced that Broadway will be back in New York City in the fall. He gave September 14th as a start date and tickets will go on sale today at 100% capacity.

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On This Day In New York Theater: May 23, 1922

By: Samuel L. Leiter

(No. 27 in the series)

May 23 was a rather lonely date in the annals of New York theater during the 1920s. Apart from the second of two revivals of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, which opened at the Masque Theatre for 16 performances in 1927, only one show used the May 23 slot, but it was a doozy. I’m referring to Anne Nichols’s surprisingly popular comedy about religious intermarriage, Abie’s Irish Rose, which struck a resounding gong in the teeming melting pot of Roaring Twenties’ New York City. 

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Broadway Barks

The 23rd annual Broadway Barks and 2nd Broadway Barks Across America is set to stream on Sunday, May 23rd at 7:00 pm EDT on Broadway.com and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Facebook and YouTube pages. The event, hosted by Bernadette Peters will feature adoptable animals presented by celebrities from across the country.

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We Have To Hurry

Stage and Screen Favorite Alfred Molina in We Have To Hurry June 5th & 6th, 2021. All Profits Benefit The Actors Fund Home East & West 

May 18, 2021: Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe nominated actor Alfred Molina is set to headline the next monthly digital presentation of We Have To Hurry, streaming live via Broadway on Demand for two performances only, Saturday, June 5th at 8pm and Sunday, June 6th at 3pm. The heartwarming new play, about a pair of mature people reigniting their spark during the sunset years of life, is written by playwright, director and actor Dorothy Lyman and is directed by Patricia Vanstone.

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Broadway’s Post-Quarantine 2021-22 Season

By: David Sheward

May 16, 2021: With COVID infections dropping and vaccinations reaching higher levels, the New York theater is poised to reopen after a year and a half of lockdown. Both Governor Cuomo and Mayor DeBlasio have touted that the city will be open for business this summer and Broadway has followed suit. It started with a trickle of press releases but now the floodgates have opened with multiple shows announcing their return starting on Sept. 14. On that date, the three biggest money-makers–Hamilton, Lion King and Wicked–and longest running American show in Broadway history–Chicago–are opening their doors. 

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