Beauty and the Beast Remake or Money-Maker?

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beastBeauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney movie as a child. I loved the spectacle, the love story, and the elements that Disney brought to the original Grimm tale (e.g. Belle’s yellow gown, the enchanted red rose, and the musical themes). A new live-action remake is going to be released on Saint Patrick’s Day starring Emma Watson, Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald, Emma Thompson, and Josh Gad.

Original Productions

The original film from 1991 set a … (read more)

Clive Owen Opens Roundabout’s 50th Season In Old Times Pinter’s Unsettling Drama of Desire to Star Oscar Nominee

Owen on Broadway in Pinter's Old Times

Owen on Broadway in Pinter's Old Times

Owen to make Broadway debut in Pinter’s Old Times.

Clive Owen will star as Deeley in Harold Pinter’s dark and mysterious drama Old Times. The play will be the first offering in the Roundabout Theatre’s 50th season. Opening night is set for October 15, 2015 with previews starting September 17.

First Time on Broadway

This production marks Owen’s Broadway debut. Nominated for an Oscar for the closer, Owen won the Golden Globe for that same film. Theatre work includes Romeo … (read more)

2014-15 Broadway Season: 4 Shows Open on Broadway in March 2015 March Prelude to 14 Opening Nights in April

The Heidi Chronicles will be the final show to open on Broadway in March.

The Heidi Chronicles will be the final show to open on Broadway in March.

The Heidi Chronicles will be the final show to open on Broadway in March.

Late April marks the deadline for Tony nominations and that means there will be a few new shows opening on Broadway in March and then 14 in April. During the next two months, a total of 18 new shows, more than have premiered in the other 10 months of the 2014-2015 theatre season, will make their way to a Broadway stage. Here is a thumbnail sketch … (read more)

Classic Stage Company’s Hamlet Directed by Austin Pendleton Stars Galore in this New Production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Peter Sarsgaard as hamlet off broadway

Peter Sarsgaard as hamlet off broadway

Peter Sarsgaard plays Hamlet.

Recently announced players for the Classic Stage Company’s Hamlet, which will be directed by Austin Pendleton, include Lisa Joyce, Penelope Allen, and Two-time Tony winner Stephen Spinella. Peter Sarsgaard (Garden State) wlll play Hamlet.

The Roles

The cast is exceptionally exciting. Along with Joyce (Boardwalk Empire) as Ophelia, the cast will include Allen (Richard III) as Gertrude, Spinella (Angels in America: Perestroika, Angels in America: Millenium Approaches) as … (read more)

Lisa D’Amour’s Broadway Debut of Airline Highway Features Tony Winner Julie White Manhattan Theatre Club’s Presentation of Steppenwolf’s Production Coming April 1

Julie White to star in Airline Highway.

Julie White to star in Airline Highway.

Julie White to star in Airline Highway.

The Broadway premiere of Lisa D’Amour’s Airline Highway will include a stellar cast. Tony winner Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed) will play Tanya. Included in the Broadway production will be K. Todd Freeman (The Song of Jacob Zulu) as Sissy Na Na, Scott Jaeck (August: Osage County) as Wayne, Ken Marks as Francis (Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark), and Judith Roberts (Orange Is (read more)

Robert De Niro to Direct A Bronx Tale for Paper Mill Production A Bronx Tale Score by Alan Menken & Glenn Slater and Book by Chazz Palminteri

Robert De Niro to direct A Bronx Tale. at Paper Mill

Robert De Niro to direct A Bronx Tale. at Paper Mill

Robert De Niro to direct A Bronx Tale.

Oscar winner Robert De Niro will be part of the creative team that brings the musical adaptation of the Chazz Palminteri film A Bronx Tale to the stage. Along with De Niro will be four-time Tony winner director Jerry Zaks. Palminteri is adapting his film script for the stage while Alan Menken & Glenn Slater will score the musical. De Niro directed and starred in the 1993 film, which is based on … (read more)

Hamilton & Lin-Manuel Miranda Headed to Broadway New Musical Will Open in Summer 2015 After Public Run

Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton the New Musical

Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton the New Musical

Hamilton starring Lin-Manuel Miranda will go to Broadway.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, a Tony, Drama Desk, Grammy, and Emmy winner, has a new musical and it will be on Broadway this summer. The musical, Hamilton, will start previews on July 16 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Miranda, who created the highly acclaimed musical In the Heights, is presently enjoying an extended run of Hamilton at the Public Theatre. Hamilton, which will play at the Public’s Newman theatre through May 3 … (read more)

The Heidi Chronicles Previews Tonight at the Music Box First Broadway Revival Stars Elisabeth Moss, Jason Biggs, Bryce Pinkham and Tracee Chimo

The Heidi Chronicles will be the final show to open on Broadway in March.

heidi56Four shows, including The Heidi Chronicles, will open on Broadway in March. The other three, Fish in the Dark, On the Twentieth Century, and The Audience, are already in previews. Which means that tonight The Heidi Chronicles completes the quarter of February previews destined for March openings.

The Cast and Creative Team

The revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony winning play includes “Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss in the title role. Jason Biggs (The Graduate) … (read more)

On the Twentieth Century Derailed Saturday Night Back on Schedule for Sunday Peter Gallagher Suffers Vocal Stress Due to Illness Understudy Goes on Today

James Moye understudy for Peter Gallagher Twentieth Century

James Moye understudy for Peter Gallagher Twentieth Century

James Moye as Buddy rehearsing the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Elf in November 2014.

It’s been announced that the Roundabout’s revival of On the Twentieth Century at the American Airlines Theatre will be back on track today. The show did not go on last night as one of the stars, Peter Gallagher, was unable to perform due to vocal problems. It’s been reported that Gallagher has been rehearsing and performing all week with a cold and that it finally … (read more)

Finding Neverland Preps for Broadway Opening and Pushes for West End Transfer Gary Barlow & Actor Bryan Cranston Host Preview Feb 26 for West End Theatre Execs

Finding Neverland Lunt Fontane on Broadway

Finding Neverland Lunt Fontane on Broadway

Finding Neverland pointing towards a West End production too?

Finding Neverland, with a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, will begin previews at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on March 15 and will open on April 15. But the new musical may have an even more important performance date before its preview and opening, as the Daily Mail reports that Barlow and stage and screen star Bryan Cranston will be hosting a preview of … (read more)

Broadway Grosses for Week Ending 2/15/15 Reveal New Strength

Mirren made a big splash last weekend.

Mirren made a big splash last weekend.

Mirren made a big splash last weekend.

Helen Mirren in The Audience had a big first week, selling at 101.1%. That number is based on a short two-performance week. However, it’s expected that Mirren, who won an Olivier a few years ago for The Audience, will do big box office during her limited New York run.

Larry David’s comedy Fish in the Dark continued selling beyond capacity. The comedy realized a .5% increase over the week prior, filling the … (read more)

Clinton The Musical Off-Broadway Premiere at New World Stages Announces Leads Satiric Look at Clinton Presidency Stars Tom Galantich and Duke Lafoon

Clinton The Musical casting for Off-Broadway premiere.

Clinton The Musical casting for Off-Broadway premiere.

Clinton The Musical casting for Off-Broadway premiere.

Clinton: the Musical, a satire that spoofs the eight years our 42nd president and his wife spent in the White House, will star Tom Galantich and Duke Lafoon as the president. Both Galantich and Lafoon possess a range of Broadway credits. Galantich has been in The Great White Way productions of Don’t Dress for Dinner, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Boys from Syracuse, Mamma Mia! and City of Angels. Lafoon has been … (read more)