Week In Review: Broadway Blooms

Hello Everyone! Luner on Theatre is back! And we’re here with our second ever Week in Review article! Bringing you all the best Broadway news from this past week, Luner on Theatre is still bringing you the theatre news you need to know! Broadway may be at a lull during these summer months, but this week Broadway was blooming!

What a week on Broadway it was! From shows opening to shows closing, Broadway this week bloomed in the heat of Summer bringing us new productions, replacements and old time memories. So lets begin!

Hair Returns to Broadway for Limited Engagement

The week started out groovy and hip as Hair returned to Broadway for a limited summer engagement. The production, which is nestled in the St. James Theatre, till early September is merely the National Tour of Hair staying in New York City for some time. Hair fairs flocked to the theatre this week as a show that defined a generation returned to the Great White Way. Hair will Officially Open on Broadway July 13th and play the St. James until September 10th. Luner on Theatre previously covered the news of Hair’s return to Broadway. You can view that article here. Or you can click here to check out the National Tour of Hair’s Website.

Master Class Officially Opens on Broadway! Review Roundup!

Master Class, the story of Maria Callas, who has gone from having it all to loosing it all officially opened this week on Broadway. Starring Tyne Daly and Sierra Boggess, the production is being put together by the Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Here ar just a few quotes from the production to have a taste of what the critics think. Ben Brantley of the New York Times said “Ms. Daly transforms that script into one of the most haunting portraits I’ve seen of life after stardom”. David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter said “It should be no surprise that someone with six Emmys and a Tony is an accomplished actor, but Tyne Daly is doing something extraordinary in Master Class”. And Mark Kennedy of the Associated Press said “Tony Award-winning Daly puts everything she’s got into portraying Callas in a new revival of Terrence McNally’s play”. So if you are interested in seeing or learnign more about Master Class on Broadway, you can click here for more!

Snap Snap! Brooke Shields Officially Opens in The Adams Family!

Broadway’s The Adams Family got a new face this past week was Brooke Shields took over and officially opened in the role of Morticia. Joining a star studded cast currently featuring Roger Rees as Gomez, The Adams Family is a fun family friendly show  currently on Broadway. The show revolves itself around the lives of the class Adams Family cartoon characters. And while the show may not have the strongest songs or plot in the world, they are good. The aspect of this show that really shines is its technical aspects. The Adams Family is definitely a Broadway production to see! Click here for more information.

Anything Goes and Catch Me If You Can Celebrate the Big 100!

Luner on Theatre would like to wish a giant congratulations to both Catch Me If You Can and Anything Goes who both this week celebrated 100 Performances on Broadway! It still blows my mind that these shows are only getting to 100 performances! However, I have no doubt in my mind both shows will be running for a long time.

The Normal Heart Closes Today on Broadway

Today, the Tony Award winning production of The Normal Heart, which captured the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, closes on Broadway. The production, which was nominated for multiple Tony Awards became a profound piece of theatre this season in New York and is hands down one of the best theatre pieces of the current season. The play talks about and follows friends who refuse to let politicians, doctors and a city in denial about an epidemic no one will seem to care about. The AIDS epidemic story covered in this piece is not only an emotional journey but one of the greatest works of theatre. If you did not get to witness The Normal Heart in its time on Broadway, you have truly missed a masterpiece.

And thats it! What week for Broadway folks! Who only knows what this week will hold in store! Stayed tuned to Luner on Theatre for an exciting week as we bring you more news from Upper Darby Summer Stage and other theatres around the country doing summer time shows! And dont forget to click here and Vote for Luner on Theatre as Phillys Best Local Blogger! Thats its everyone! See you tomorrow for another week of Summer 2011 Theatre!

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