I love a good smarty-pants interview of great questions and equally great answers that delve into the 'business of show business' and as I catch up on reading today, I've got a link for you. Jeremy Gerard talks to Jordan Roth about the Tony Awards, for-profit vs. not-for-profit theatre, the challenges that even Hal Prince faces these days and more in a wide-ranging piece, here.
Bonus - A big BroadwayWorld.com welcome back to Ken Fallin, who was the site's FIRST artist way back when and if anyone is a heir to the Hirschfeld throne, it's him. He rejoined the site this week, with a great first new piece featuring Patti LuPone and Michael Urie... Check that out, here.
It's only Monday and already I think we have our top story of the week, with the unsurprising news that after a wildly sold out Actors Fund benefit of BOMBSHELL the show is now officially headed towards the stage. (And here I thought everyone would be over-tired like me from Broadway Bares last night).
No word yet on a director, or book writer but one can imagine that both are lining up. We've got all the news right here and it's well-timed as we've got a VERY exciting (and exclusive) two part piece coming later this week with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Stay tuned!
Does a star with a large number of followers help them in selling tickets to see them on Broadway? Maybe not so much writes Cara Joy David today in a must-read blog entry over at the Huffington Post.
She must be in the same meetings that I often am, since the question does come up all the time. In this case, she looks at Vanessa Hudgens in GIGI (5.32 million followers on Twitter, and 14.6 million likes on Facebook) and Darren Criss in HEDWIG (1.84 million followers on Twitter and 1.1 million likes on Facebook) and compares their social presence to their box office draw on Broadway.
GIGI plays its final performance this weekend (June 21 on Broadway) and stuggled to find an audience (grosses here) and you can see how Darren's doing in HEDWIG sales wise here.
As I often say when asked in these meetings -- it's 2015, everything helps, but there's no magic single solution. Check out Cara's full blog, here.
The theatre-loving Internet exploded last night with the news that a sequel to 2003's CAMP was en route via Todd Graff.
Set at real-life, upstate New York theatre camp Stage Door Manor, CAMP 2: FREAKS IN NATURE (working title) will feature (fingers crossed!) much of the original cast, as well as cameos by Donna Murphy and Patti LuPone, alongside "a bevy of other reigning Broadway divas performing a demented version of 'Steppin' To The Bad Side' from 'Dreamgirls', to be staged by the one and only Jerry Mitchell."
If that's not AWESOME enough -- BroadwayWorld.com is offering readers a chance to BE in the MOVIE!!!
I've said this every year for the last few, and this year will be no exception -- The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (formerly known as the JIMMY AWARDS), are one of my absolute favorite nights to spend in a theatre every year. There's nothing like seeing the stars of tomorrow as they step onto a Broadway stage for the first time, for an adoring audience and show what they've done in their high school musicals.
Well, good news -- tickets are now on sale for this year! Tickets can be purchased by visiting NHSMTA.COM or TICKETMASTER.COM and range from $39 to $79. Premium seats are $175.
We've got all the news about the event right here. And, if that's not enough (and as I've mentioned here before), we're also running an amazing series, partnered with many of the wonderful regional awards that feed into this event with local bloggers, coverage of the local awards and shows and more, here. Get your tickets now and thank me later.
In today's New York Times, former Broadway beat writer Patrick Healy, who has since moved (quite successfully) back into the political world from which he came, manages to combine both in a new opinion piece.
Delving into past David vs. Goliath stories of Avenue Q vs. Wicked and of course Nine vs. Dreamgirls he attempts to find the common threads, with ingredients ranging from money (of course) to haircuts (hmmn...).
For me, it's just nice to see theatre coverage in an additional section of the paper.
We've got a fun and epic exclusive on the site this morning, featuring a first listen to Danielle Hope's EPIC 'Disney Medley' from her upcoming live Broadway Records album, available later this month thanks to Van Dean and his prolific team. Set aside 15 minutes and click to play below. And, if you're going to see her tonight at 54 Below, come say hi... If you're not going to see her tonight at 54 Below, you can still rectify that and we've got a special BWW ticket offer, here. Then, come say hi.
Two hot items today ... First, Frank Rich, formerly God-like theatre critic at the New York Times, and now over at New York Magazine shared his thoughts on the 2015 Tony Awards in a typically concise and well-written post that we've linked up here. Harsh or fair, I still re-read his reviews and his HIGHLY recommended memoir, Ghost Light at least once a year.
Second, we've got a hot video below -- a first look at Andrew Lloyd Webber's upcoming SCHOOL OF ROCK which hits Broadway later this year and features Alex Brightman in the Jack Black role from the film (and out Jack Blacking-Jack Black in the below clip of today's press performance.) Plus, you get the Lord making a joke about marrying Brightman, so it's really a must watch, x2.
In it, some of Broadway's biggest names tell us about the odd, scary, creepy and inspiring 'survival jobs' that they had before they made it big. It's a must-watch for those starting out or just generally frustrated.