Andronicus Roll-Ups

Illustration of the death of Chiron and Demetrius from Act 5, Scene 2; from The Works of Mr. William Shakespeare, edited by Nicholas Rowe (1709)

Illustration of the death of Chiron and Demetrius from Act 5, Scene 2; from The Works of Mr. William Shakespeare, edited by Nicholas Rowe (1709)

[I was] on stage in “The Beard of Avon,” a farce.  I was playing the role of the boy player, Geoffrey dunderbread.  It was a short scene from a rehearsal of Titus.    My mouth was shoved full of fruit roll ups, which was to be my tongue [soon to be cut out] (I wanted steak, but whatever).

 
I waited on stage, by myself, on my knees, mouth full of fruit roll ups, unable to talk, for approximately 4-6 minutes on
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Subways are for Sleeping

"7 out of 7 are ecstatically unanimous about Subways are for Sleeping." Howard Taubman: "One of the few great musical comedies of the last thirty years, one of the best of our time. It lends lustre to this or any other Broadway season." Walter Kerr: "What a show! What a hit! What a solid hit! If you want to be overjoyed, spend an evening with 'Subways are for Sleeping.' A triumph." John chapman "No doubt about it. 'Subways are for Sleeping' is the best musical of the century. Consider yourself lucky if you can buy or steal a ticket for 'Subways are for Sleeping' over the next few years." John McClain: "A fabulous musical. I love it. Sooner or later, everyone will have to see 'Subways are for Sleeping'." Richard Watts: "A knockout, from start to finish. The musical you've been waiting for. It deserves to run for a decade." Norman Nadel: "A whopping hit. Run, don't walk to the St. James Theatre. It's in that rare class of great musicals. Quite simply, it has everything." Robert Coleman: "A great musical All the ingredients are there. As fine a piece of work as our stage can be asked to give us."

"7 out of 7 are ecstatically unanimous about Subways are for   Sleeping."  Howard Taubman: "One of the few great musical comedies of the   last thirty years, one of the best of our time.   It lends lustre   to this or any other Broadway season."  Walter Kerr:   "What a show!  What a hit!  What a solid hit!  If   you want to be overjoyed, spend an evening with 'Subways are for   Sleeping.'  A triumph."  John chapman "No doubt about it.  'Subways are for Sleeping' is   the best musical of the century.  Consider yourself lucky if you   can buy or steal a ticket for 'Subways are for Sleeping' over the   next few years."  John McClain: "A fabulous musical.  I love it.  Sooner or later,   everyone will have to see 'Subways are for Sleeping'."  Richard Watts:  "A knockout, from start to finish.  The musical   you've been waiting for.  It deserves to run for a decade."  Norman Nadel:  "A whopping hit.  Run, don't walk to the St. James   Theatre.  It's in that rare class of great musicals.  Quite   simply, it has everything."  Robert Coleman: "A great musical  All the ingredients are there.    As fine a piece of work as our stage can be asked to give us."

It was January of 1962.   The Broadway production of Subways are for Sleeping at the St. James Theatre was getting weak reviews.   Ticket revenues were low, and in need of some magic.

Producer David Merrick had a trick up his sleeve that he had been saving for several years.    He spent some time making some interesting arrangements, and then prepared the following advertisement for every major New York newspaper.  It included the names of the most prominent theatre critics of

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Webber Musical School of Rock Open Call for Kid Musicians Young Musicians Wait in Cold, Rain, and Snow Around Winter Garden

School of Rock, the musical

School of Rock, the musical

Webber’s latest, School of Rock, offered open calls in NYC and Chicago.

The new Andrew Lloyd Webber show School of Rock, The Musical, which he has developed with Glenn Slater and Julian Fellowes, offered young Broadway hopefuls and teen musicians the chance to strut their stuff in an open call yesterday. Dozens showed up to get a chance to be seen and heard.

Getting a Chance to Play

The Logo for the stage musical.

The Logo for the stage musical.

There were teens and pre-teens, many … (read more)

Broadway Grosses Unpredictable During January Dead Months Problematic for Producers

Honeymoon in Vegas Box Office

Honeymoon in Vegas Box Office

Honeymoon in Vegas, which received great reviews, got a bump in ticket sales.

The ‘dead months” for Broadway begin in January with the start of the calendar year and stretch into early March. It’s a time that can be tough on Broadway ticket sales, as people are often low on cash due to holiday spending. Also, the unpredictable and unkind weather, short days and cold nights, and a general letdown after all of the hustle and bustle that defines the … (read more)

New Broadway Musical Mrs. Doubtfire Has Premium Creative Team Harvey Fierstein, Alan Menken and David Zippel Collaborating

Mrs. Doubtfire, musical, Robin Williams

Mrs. Doubtfire, musical, Robin  Williams

Williams’ comedy, Mrs. Doubtfire, to be stage musical.

The hit film Mrs. Doubtfire, in which Robin Williams starred as a dad who cross-dresses and becomes an aging housekeeper in order to see his kids, is being made into a stage musical. The news was first heard in an interview on January 22nd broadcast Entertainment Weekly Radio with Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken.

Menken Makes the Announcement

Mrs. Doubtfire Alan Menken composer for musical

Alan Menken announced he is composing the score.

Alan Menken revealed that he and … (read more)