Wednesday, September 11, 2019
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A busy day yesterday, focused on the future of Broadway...

First, we headed to Broadway Tech Accelerator's "Demo Day," where two startups -- Parallux and True Tickets -- pitched their companies to a room of theater industry pros. (Applications for the 2020 cohort are now open:

Then, we stopped by the Brazen Tavern, where industry members met and mingled with this year's lineup of TEDxBroadway speakers. (More on the event, which will be held on September 24:

Finally, we took in the first Broadway preview of Slave Play at the Golden Theatre. The first performance was followed by a celebration at Paradise Club at The Edition Hotel in Times Square, where cast members, friends, supporters, and influencers sipped cosmos and discussed the play.

FALL PREVIEW WEEK: Check out today's Fall Preview Week special section following News and Notes for a roundup of stories from The New York Times.



Suite life.

"Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick to star in Broadway revival of ‘Plaza Suite’" by Broadway News' Caitlin Huston - "Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick will star on Broadway this spring in a revival of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite.” Directed by John Benjamin Hickey, the revival will play 22 performances at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston in February before playing the Hudson Theatre on Broadway for 17 weeks. The play is scheduled to begin previews on March 13, 2020 and open on April 13. 

This is the first revival of Simon’s play since it originally premiered on Broadway in 1968. … It is produced by the Ambassador Theater Group, Gavin Kalin Productions and Hal Luftig."


CASTING: "‘Six’ announces Broadway cast" by Broadway News' Caitlin Huston - "On Broadway, the cast will feature Adrianna Hicks as Catherine of Aragon, Andrea Macasaet as Anne Boleyn, Abby Mueller as Jane Seymour, Brittney Mack as Anna of Cleves, Samantha Pauly as Katherine Howard, and Anna Uzele as Catherine Parr."

FIRST IN THE BRIEFING: Blue, which previously announced plans for a Broadway run, will have an invitation-only reading September 13-14. The reading will be directed by Phylicia Rashad and will star Leslie Uggams and Nicole Ari Parker.

CLOSING: "#DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment to End Run at Off-Broadway's Westside Theatre" by's Andy Lefkowitz - "#DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment has scheduled a final performance date of September 15 at the Westside Theatre. ... At the time of its closing, #DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment will have played 65 total performances."

ELSIE FEST: "Gavin Creel, Jagged Little Pill Cast & More to Join Darren Criss at 2019 Elsie Fest" by's Andy Lefkowitz - "The newly announced guest lineup includes … Gavin Creel Anaïs Mitchell ... Ariana DeBose and ... Michael Feinstein. Also singing out will be cast members from the upcoming Alanis Morissette musical Jagged Little Pill, along with stars of the YouTube sensation A Very Potter Musical and the hit series R&H Goes Pop. Staff from ... Marie's Crisis will lead attendees in a sing-along."

"Riley Costello Joins Broadway's Wicked as Boq"
by's Andy Lefkowitz - "Wicked welcomes rising star Riley Costello in the role of Boq beginning on September 10. Costello replaces Jesse JP Johnson, who took his final bow at the Gershwin Theatre on September 8."

John Riddle and Bradley Dean join the cast of The Phantom of the Opera in the roles of Raoul and Monsieur André, respectively, beginning tonight.

BRIEFING IN THE NEWS: "Mondays Off Broadway: What Beetlejuice's Alex Brightman Does on His Day Off" by Town&Country's Stellene Volandes - "T&C talks with Brightman about how he spends his one day of freedom. … [T&C:] Morning News or Morning Workout? [Brightman:] Morning news. I like the Broadway Briefing. I do walk my dog in the morning. Is that exercise?"
-- (EDITOR'S NOTE: We like you too, Alex.)

OFF-BROADWAY: "Cast Set for New Group Staging of Donja R. Love’s One in Two" by Playbill's Andrew Gans - "The cast will feature Jamyl Dobson, Leland Fowler, and Edward Mawere."

REGIONAL: "La Jolla Playhouse Announces The Who's Tommy in Concert Featuring Original Cast Members" by BroadwayWorld - "La Jolla Playhouse announces a special fundraising event: The Who's Tommy: A Staged Concert Benefiting La Jolla Playhouse on Monday, October 14 at 7:30pm in the Mandell Weiss Theatre."

ACROSS THE POND: "Sharon Osbourne, Danny Dyer and Dani Dyer confirmed for Nativity! the Musical return" by The Stage's Giverny Masso - "They will appear in the musical when it runs at the Eventim Apollo in London from December 11 to 29."

ALBUM: "Mandy Patinkin To Release New Solo Album Children and Art" by BroadwayWorld - "Patinkin has announced that he will release his latest solo album, Children and Art, on Nonesuch Records. In addition to a song written by Patinkin, the album includes compositions from Stephen Sondheim, Taylor Mac, Lyle Lovett, and Tom Waits."

"Great Performances on PBS Announces 'Broadway's Best' Lineup Featuring 42nd Street, The King and I, Kinky Boots"
by BroadwayWorld - "42nd Street … Premieres Friday, November 1 … Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I … Premieres Friday, November 8 … Red … Premieres Friday, November 15 … Much Ado About Nothing … Premieres Friday, November 22 … Kinky Boots … Premieres Friday, November 29 … "

"Muppets Series From Josh Gad, Bobby and Kristen Lopez Cancelled Due to 'Creative Differences'" by BroadwayWorld - "Following the news, Gad took to Instagram to shed light on what happened. "After a little over a year and a half of working on a project called 'Muppets Live Another Day,' [Adam Horowitz, Eddy Kitsis, and I] have decided, with a heavy heart, to walk away," Gad wrote on Instagram. "Some times creative differences are just that.""

FESTIVAL: "Tony Winners Rachel Chavkin and Billy Porter, Pulitzer Winner Jackie Sibblies Drury, More Set for 2019 New Yorker Festival" by Playbill's Ryan McPhee - "Among those appearing in talks and panels are Tony recipients Rachel Chavkin, Billy Porter, and John Cameron Mitchell, as well as recent Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury."

CONCERT: "Original Off-Broadway Cast to Perform A Strange Loop in Concert at Joe’s Pub" by Playbill's Dan Meyer - "Fans who missed out on the chance to see Michael R. Jackson’s A Strange Loop Off-Broadway will get a second chance when the stars of the show perform live at Joe’s Pub October 14."

"Patti LuPone and Laura Benanti Join 2019 Broadway Back to School Gala Line-Up"
by Playbill's Logan Culwell-Block - "Laura Benanti will host, filling in for the previously announced Celia Keenan-Bolger following a scheduling conflict."

"Judy Kuhn, Alexandra Silber, Steven Skybell Join To Life! Celebrating Sheldon Harnick Concert Gala" by Playbill's Adam Hetrick - "The evening will also feature Carolyn Montgomery, Jeffrey Saver, and Rhyn McLemore Saver."

AWARDS: "Tony Nominee Justin Vivian Bond to Host 2019 Bessie Awards" by Playbill's Adam Hetrick - "Justin Vivian Bond ... has been announced to host the 2019 Bessie Awards, which will be presented October 14 at 7:30 PM at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts."

IN MEMORIAM: "Playwright P.J. Barry Dies at 88" by Playbill's Olivia Clement - "Philip James 'P.J.' Barry, the writer of The Octette Bridge Club, seen on Broadway in 1985, has died at age 88. In addition to his work as a playwright, he was an actor and director who worked extensively Off-Broadway and regionally."
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"Is Broadway Ready for ‘Slave Play’?" by The New York Times' Michael Paulson - "The Broadway production is now in previews and scheduled to run for 17 weeks at the 800-seat John Golden Theater. The producers — a team that includes the actor Jake Gyllenhaal, the music manager Troy Carter and the documentarian Abigail Disney (a great-niece of Walt) — need to harness the enthusiasm and, yes, the edginess as they seek to persuade ticket buyers that they will miss out if they don’t catch “Slave Play.” “This is going to burn fast and bright and hot,” predicted Greg Nobile, the 27-year-old lead producer. “If you want to be part of the cultural conversation, you must see it.”"

"From ‘Sex’ to ‘Superstar,’ 10 Plays That Caused a Stir" by The New York Times' Eric Grode - "The marketing campaign for the Broadway-bound “Slave Play” is following the time-honored tradition of leaning into its controversy, with pull quotes like “Gaudily transgressive” and “Gruesomely sexy.” ... Here are several more plays that caused controversy — and frequently made sure to point that out in their ad campaigns."

"Tina Turner Is Having the Time of Her Life" by The New York Times' Amanda Hess - "Turner is 79 years old. She has been retired for 10 years, and she is still basking in all of the nothing she has to do. “I don’t sing. I don’t dance. I don’t dress up,” she told me. Even her wig — “a critical part of the Tina Turner look,” as she wrote in her recent memoir — has relaxed from its formerly perpendicular posture into a saucy shag."

"Can Derren Brown Be Fooled? Yes. Often." by The New York Times' Alexis Soloski - "A sensation in his native England, Mr. Brown, 48, practices “psychological illusionism.” What is psychological illusionism? “I totally made that term up,” he said. A mentalist, a magician, a hypnotist (and a portraitist, photographer, best-selling author and television pioneer, it’s annoying), he has made a career of tricking people, sometimes millions of them at once."

"How a Summer Festival Is Shaping New York’s Theatrical Winter" by The New York Times' Jesse Green - "Now everyone in the theater knows what’s happening in Williamstown. Though the festival season is still just eight weeks long, usually featuring seven shows in two- or three-week runs, those shows turn up with astonishing regularity on New York stages."

"What’s Broadway Got to Do With It? More Pop Musicals" by The New York Times' Ben Brantley - "Does the wall-to-wall lineup of jukebox musicals dominating New York stages this season make you feel like cursing? Direct your angry thoughts toward the creators of “Mamma Mia!,” that goofy Broadway show from 2001 about a Greek island wedding, with a score consisting entirely of recycled Abba hits."

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