As the Holiday season officially begins here’s what is new in Broadway news for the week of December 9, 2022.
Grammy-winning Mariah Carey has signed on as a co-producer of the new musical comedy SOME LIKE IT HOT, now playing at the Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street).
“I first became familiar with this story through the timeless film starring Marilyn Monroe. She’s been an important touchstone throughout my life, so much so that I acquired her treasured baby grand white piano at an auction,” said Carey. Marilyn Monroe’s piano represents a deep attachment to her childhood as detailed in the first chapter of Monroe’s autobiography titled “How I Rescued a White Piano.”
This brand-new Broadway musical comedy features a book by Matthew López(The Inheritance) & Amber Ruffin (“The Amber Ruffin Show”), music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Hairspray), and direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon). The musical is based on the classic MGM film Some Like It Hot which has been named the “Funniest American Movie of All Time” by the American Film Institute.
Some Like It Hot officially opens on Sunday, December 11 at the Shubert Theatre. Tickets are available at www.Telecharge.com. Follow us on social media! @SomeLikeItHotMusical (FB & IG) and @SLIHmusical (Twitter)
Tickets to Shucked, the new original musical comedy with a book by Tony Award winner Robert Horn and score by the Nashville songwriting team of Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, are now on sale to the general public via www.shuckedmusical.com and www.ticketmaster.com.
Shucked will play Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) this spring with preview performances beginning Wednesday, March 8, 2023, for a Tuesday, April 4, 2023 opening night.
What’s it about? A pair of semi-neurotic, New York comedy writers and two music superstars from Nashville tearing down walls in an audacious farm-to-fable musical. For more information www.shuckedmusical.com
The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC), the home of Sleep No More, has welcomed back At The Illusionist’s Table, an intimate experience of magic, mentalism, and fine dining. Created and hosted by internationally-acclaimed illusionist, Scott Silven, performances will be offered in the hotel’s cozy Alpine escape, The Hideout at Gallow Green,beginning Sunday, December 4 through January 30.
“A magical, unforgettable theatrical meal… not to be missed.”
– Entertainment Weekly
“Wow, Wow, Wow!”
– The New York Times
SINATRA THE MUSICAL based on the life and career of the legendary artist Frank Sinatra is being developed in conjunction with Universal Music Group Theatrical, the musical theatre production arm of Universal Music Group, and Tina Sinatra and Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE). The script is being written by two-time Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro and will be directed and choreographed by Olivier Award winner and three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall. Michele Anthony, Bruce Resnikoff, and Scott Landis will serve as producers for Universal Music Group Theatrical, with Tina Sinatra and Charles Pignone serving as producers on behalf of Frank Sinatra Enterprises.
Ready to ‘Ease on Down The Road’ again on Broadway? Too late. Producers Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson, Brian Anthony Moreland, and Ambassador Theatre Group announced an all-new production of the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical The Wiz, adapted from The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, is easing on down the road toward a national tour before returning to Broadway for a limited engagement in the 2023/24 season.
Featuring a book by William F. Brown and a Tony Award-winning score by Charlie Smalls (and others), this entirely reimagined revival is directed by Schele Williams (in her Broadway directorial debut), choreographed by Jaquel Knight (in his Broadway debut), additional material by Amber Ruffin, and music supervision, orchestrations, and music arrangements by Joseph Joubert.
The Wiz will launch its national tour in the Fall of 2023 in Baltimore, MD, home of the 1974 world premiere of the musical. Following its run at the Hippodrome Theatre, the tour will slide into Emerald cities across the country before it begins its limited engagement on Broadway in Spring 2024.
The Wiz premiered on Broadway in 1975 and became an instant sensation, going on to win seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Ted Ross), Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Dee Dee Bridgewater), Best Choreography (George Faison), and in a Broadway first, Best Direction of a Musical and Best Costume Design (Geoffrey Holder). “Ease on Down the Road” became the show’s break-out single, and “Home” has since become a bona fide classic. That original production ran for four years (first at The Majestic Theatre and later at The Broadway Theatre) – and 1,672 performances – on Broadway. A 1978 film adaptation starred Diana Ross, Ted Ross, Mabel King, Richard Pryor, and Lena Horne, and marked Quincy Jones’ first collaboration with Michael Jackson.
DESAPARECIDAS the Mexican musical with music & lyrics by Jaime Lozano and lyrics by Florencia Cuenca, book by Georgina Escobar and originally conceived by Jaime Lozano, Florencia Cuenca, and Rachel M. Stevens is currently in previews. Directed by Cuenca, choreography by Gabriela García, and music direction by Jhoely Garay. The musical celebrates the individual lives of women in México, illuminating the challenge of embracing cultural customs while fighting for autonomy in a dangerous world of machismo. From the missing to the socially invisible, to the forgotten, DESAPARECIDAS takes place in a classic and timeless Mexican state fair (a Palenque) where the audience will experience an “appearance” of the stories of the missing as their stories, along with some of the audiences’, are picked out of a raffle drum by our narrator, a famous (and deceased) Mexican singer “La Jenni”.
For tickets, please visit https://www.jackny.org/desaparecidas
KPOP – Original Broadway Cast Recording will be available on February 24, 2023. Available for preorder now, the album is produced by Harvey Mason jr. and features music, lyrics, music production, and arrangements by Helen Park and music and lyrics by Max Vernon. The first-ever Broadway musical to celebrate Korean culture with Korean, Korean-American, and API representation on and off-stage, the show includes a star-studded cast of performers from the world of K-pop, including chart-topping superstar and lead Luna, BoHyung (from the K-pop group SPICA and half of the duo KEEMBO), Min (from the K-pop group Miss A), Kevin Woo (from the K-pop group U-KISS), and more.
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