Following in the footsteps of other rock legends (U2) it looks like Sting has penned a musical based on his memories growing up in northeast England. The Last Ship will open in Chicago before heading to Broadway..however at the moment an opening date and theatre are not yet available. The team attached to the project include playwright John Logan (Red) and writer Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal),with directing duties going to Joe Mantello (Wicked) and choreography by Steven Hoggett (Once).
Academy Award winner Tom Hanks is scheduled to make his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy. Written by the late Nora Ephron, Hanks will portray the late journalist Mike McAlary who won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the police brutality case of Abner Louima. Previews begin at the Broadhurst Theatre on March 1 with the opening night slated for April 1.
In a twist of fate, the revival of Gore Vidal‘s political play The Best Man saw the author pass away at 86 during the run. Currently at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater until September 9, the play boasts a who’s who cast including; Cybill Shepherd, John Stamos, Kristin Davis, Elizabeth Ashley, James Earl Jones and John Larroquette.
This fall will see the return to Broadway by veteran actor Al Pacino in the 30th anniversary of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross. In the 1992 film version Pacino played Ricky Roma, however in this incarnation he will play the role of Shelly Levene. Previews begin October 16 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre with the opening scheduled for November 11.
Just when you thought there was nothing else on his to do list, Montreal-born actor William Shatner will be taking his one-man show to Broadway for a limited run in February. Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It was tried out on Toronto audiences last November, resulting in the upcoming run at the Music Box Theatre in New York. This will launch the 80 year old Shatner’s 15-week American tour….boldly going where many have gone before!
Singing sensation Ricky Martin will play the role of Che in the upcoming revival of the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber production of Evita. The opening date and theater have not been confirmed, but look for the revival to open sometime in March 2012. This production is the re-staging of the recent London production starring Argentinean Elena Roger in the title role. Martin, known for his pop music, is no stranger to Broadway…he was on stage in the mid nineties in the role of Marius in Les Miserables.
As previously reported…there were rumblings of a possible Broadway date for the critically acclaimed Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar…and it’s confirmed. Directed by the festival’s artistic director, Des McAnuff, the Canadian production will head to California’s La Jolla Playhouse for tweaking from Nov. 18 to Dec. 31. It is Dodger Properties that will present the New York production scheduled to open at the Neil Simon Theatre on March 22nd with previews beginning March 1st. There is a long and celebrated relationship between Dodger and McNuff...most recently the Tony award winning Jersey Boys. Is there another Tony Award in McNuff’s future?
The Tony’s once again proved to be the gold standard for award shows. A great host, Neil Patrick Harris…and performances from all the musical contenders…doesn’t get any better than that. The big winner of the night was The Book of Mormon raking in nine statues including best musical. In the play department the magnificent War Horse won for best play…look for it to make its way to Toronto in February.
There is good news on the Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark front. The past few weeks has ticket sales north of $1 million each week…which is a good thing since the production currently has a $75 million price tag…still a long way to go to recoup but at least there is new interest in what has been a very troubled production throughout the unprecedented number of previews.