Week In Review: Broadway Business
Hello Everyone! As the 2010-2011 theatre season comes to an end here, Broadway is gearing up for yet another crazy year and season as 2011-2012 approaches! However, we here at Luner on Theatre are preparing for another new year and season of Broadway theatre as well. So sit back and relax as Luner on Theatre brings you some final Broadway Business as we wrap up the 2010-2011 season and look ahead to the new one before us.
From productions closing to new shows aiming for Broadway, the annual business of Broadways end of season cleaning is most definitely taking place. But lets get into the details of what exactly is going to be happening within these next few weeks.
Catch Me If You Can Set to Close September 4th, 2011
Things at The Neil Simon Theatre will soon no longer be live in living color as it has been announced the Broadway production of Catch Me If You Can will shutter as summer ends on Broadway. The production which opened in earlier this spring on Broadway will have played 32 previews and 170 performances when the production closes. The production stars big names such as Aaron Tveit, Norbert Leo Butz (Who received a Tony Award for his Role), Kerry Butler and Tom Wopat. Catch Me If You Can began in Seattle during the Summer of 2010 only to transfer to Broadway later. It was brought to you by the same team that brought you Hairspray, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and followed the true life story of Frank Abagnale Jr. If you’d like to check out more information on Catch Me If You Can, click here! And if you’d like to see my review of Catch Me If You Can, click here!
Ghost The Musical Plans to Officially Spook Broadway in 2012
Ghost The Musical, a musical based off of the movie of the same title from 1990 that has received much praise from its current West End run, has officially announced it will be making its way to Broadway come early 2012. The production will be placed in a Nederlander Theatre to be announced soon. Ghost The Musical was adapted by Bruce Joel Rubin with direction from the Tony Award Winning director Matthew Warchus. The production also features music and lyrics by Dave Stewart (of the Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard. Rubin also helped with lyrics. Luner on Theatre will keep you up to date on all the Broadway news concerning Ghost The Musical and its transfer across the pond.
Broadway League Delays Broadway on Broadway to Remember 9/11
The Broadway League has announced that it will delay the annual Broadway on Broadway celebration that takes place annually in Times Square to honor those on September 11th as the 10th anniversary comes this september. The annual celebration which generally takes place the first weekend in September will be moved to another weekend. Organizers have also announced that this years celebration will be extra special to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the concert.
Lyricist Jerry Leiber Passes Away at Age 78 of Heart Failure
Jerry Leiber, of the famous song writing team Leiber and Stoller, has passed away at the age of 78 . Leiber was famous for many of his well known songs with Mike Stoller such as “Loving You”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “Standby Me” and “On Broadway” and many many others. The team was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. All of their songs were placed into a Broadway show still performed today known as Smokey Joes Cafe.
And as for now, that is all we really have! Luner on Theatre is going to be bringing you “Previews” again for all the new upcoming shows for the 2011-2012 season! That way you will be able to learn some more about the new shows coming to the Great White Way! Keep an eye out for that and more here on Luner on Theatre!