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Theater Roundup: 'Beetlejuice' Evicted, 'Betrayal' Closes, 'Cyrano' Opens & more


Beetlejuice premiered on Broadway last fall, and though it got off to a shaky start, the box office has really picked up over the past few months.

Unfortunately, the theater that houses the show, the Winter Garden, has elected to kick them out as of June 6th for an even more profitable tenant - The Music Man, from prolific producer Scott Rudin and starring box office draw Hugh Jackman, which begins its run in the fall.

Despite the fact that Beetlejuice just set a record for the theater over the Thanksgiving holiday, the show's grosses dipped low enough to invoke a stop clause - the theater's right to kick them out - last May, and that is what they are using as justification to evict the show. Since then, the grosses have increased, with lots of first time Broadway visitors falling for the show.

Warner Brothers has attempted to try to find a compromise, but Scott Rudin isn't interested in taking The Music Man to a different theater. However, Beetlejuice is still searching for a new theater, and has announced a national tour beginning in fall 2021. Check under the cuts for more theater news.



Betrayal, starring Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox, played its final performance yesterday. The show had a sold-out run in London before transferring to NYC for a 17 week run.

https://instagram.com/p/B5yFJublW3V

The cast sent their best wishes to the cast of Cyrano for their opening in London.




A new production of Cyrano, starring James McAvoy, written by Martin Crimp and directed by Jamie Lloyd, has opened in London. The reviews have been generally positive on this contemporary take of Edmond Rostand's romance, with praise for McAvoy's performance in his fourth collaboration with Lloyd. The play runs through the end of February at the Playhouse Theatre, and the cast includes McAvoy as well as Michele Austin, Adam Best, Nari Blair-Mangat, Tom Edden, Eben Figueiredo, Seun Shote, Kiruna Stamell, Nima Taleghani, and Anita-Joy Uwajeh.

https://instagram.com/p/B50Pm6FFdzE

The cast took to social media to congratulate the Betrayal cast on their run.





Actor Tony Goldwyn will be taking over for John Benjamin Hickey in The Inheritance, currently running on Broadway, while Hickey takes a leave of absence. He joins the company beginning January 5th for a four month engagement.





This past week, Hamilton grossed over $3 million dollars on Broadway, while Moulin Rouge and The Lion King made well over $2 million each. Several shows grossed over a million, including Ain't Too Proud, Wicked, Mean Girls and To Kill a Mockingbird. Finding considerably less success is The Lightning Thief, which made under $300,000 last week.



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Tags: actor / actress, black celebrities, broadway / theatre, charlie cox, hugh jackman, james mcavoy, tom hiddleston
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