Luner on Theatre; In Case You Missed It (Or Us!)

Luner on Theatre is back! Did you miss us? We apologize for our short absence but know you understand just how busy everyone can be sometimes! And that goes for us here as well! So today, Luner on Theatre is here to bring you everything that has happened since we last blogged to keep you up to date on everything you need to know theatre and so much more! Here we go folks!

Lewis Black is Coming to Broadway! The famed comedian will hit Broadway later this fall with a week long engagement at The Richard Rogers Theatre with his hit one man show, Running on Empty. The politically charged show has been touring the nation and will make a stop in New York City from October 9th to October 14th, 2012. Tickets are now on sale for this production coming soon to Broadway!

Ghost the Musical prepares to vanish from Broadway. In a sad but expected announcement, producers of the London transfer Ghost have announced the production will shutter on Broadway come August 18th, 2012. The production is currently playing the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and will close with only 39 previews and 136 performances under its belt. The London production, from which this transfer came from, is set to close in London October 6th. There is a U.S. tour planned and set to launch in 2013 with multiple other productions planned worldwide as well.

A Christmas Story, the Musical finds its new Broadway home! Ironically following the article that caused this theatre news, the touring production of A Christmas Story, The Musical (Currently touring the United States) is now set to open at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway this winter season! Producers of the production have officially announced the show will begin previews November 5th with an official opening set for November 19th. The production will then play through December 30th, 2012. Creative team is headed by Tony Award Winner John Rando Tony-nominated choreographer Warren Carlyle. For more information;

Is Into the Woods headed back to Broadway? While this is no surprise to many of us in the theatre community, word has broke The Public Theatre is raising funds to transfer their current production of Into the Woods back to Broadway later this year. The production is reportedly eying the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, which is where Into the Woods made it’s Tony Award winning debut in 1987 (When the Theatre was known as the Martin Beck Theatre). The cast includes  Chip Zien, Tony Award winner Donna Murphy, Tony Award winner Denis O’Hare, Academy Award nominee Amy Adams, Tony nominee Jessie Mueller and Tony Award winner Glenn Close. Luner on Theatre is watching this situation very closely and will have more news as soon as possible.

Hockadoo! With a buck or two! The Tony Award Winning musical Memphis closed on Broadway this past weekend, August 6th as announced earlier this Summer. However, as if Memphis was already not proud enough of themselves for their impressive Broadway run, it was announced Memphis would totally recoup its intial $12 million dollar Broadway investment. Definitely another exciting note for this production to exit Broadway with. Memphis played a total of 30 previews with 1,166 total performances when it closed this past Sunday.

The End of the Rainbow really hits the end. The new Tony Award nominated play End of the Rainbow, which highlights the famous final months of Judy Garland’s life has announced a closing date on Broadway. The production will shutter at The Belasco Theatre on August 19th, 2012. By the time the production closes, it will have played 176 performances. The production is also slated for a West Coast run later this year and a U.S. tour is currently also in the works. Hollywood is also eying End of the Rainbow for a movie adaptation starring Tony Award nominee Tracie Bennett. Luner on Theatre was lucky enough to check out End of the Rainbow in its time on Broadway – Click Here to See our Full Review of the Production.

Well isn’t that just supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! On August 3rd, 2012, Disney Theatrical’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s smash hit musical Mary Poppins ranked its way into becoming the 24th longest running musical in Broadway history! The production set an incredible record recouping it’s investment within the first 52 week run of the production. The show, which is from the 2006-2007 season, is the only production from that year currently still runnning on Broadway.

There ya go folks! Everything major that has happened that Luner on Theatre wants to make sure you know about! While we do vanish sometimes due to overwhelming amounts of work, we are never gonna leave you in the dust entirely! There is also some theatre news from the past two days we did not include on this post but you should check back daily to see as we are back to blogging and bringing you everything you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information!

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