Steve Buscemi, Lola Kirke, Chris Messina among those joining previously announced stars Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac in Tony Award winner Sam Gold's spring Off Broadway production of 'Three Sisters' https://t.co/25I71yS67n— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 24, 2020
Welcome to another edition of Theater Roundup, the sporadic series of posts about theater news that strikes OP's fancy!
Today, New York Theater Workshop announced the full casting for their summer production of Chekhov's Three Sisters, adapted by Clare Barron and directed by Sam Gold. In addition to the previously announced Oscar Isaac and Greta Gerwig, the production has added Steve Buscemi, Lola Kirke, Chris Messina, and a slew of other notable actors, including Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Ben Sinclair and Virginia Wing. The full cast list can be found at the source.
The show begins preview performances on May 13th, opens June 1st, and runs through July 12th at NYTW.
Sing Street, which recently concluded an Off-Broadway run at the New York Theater Workshop, begins its Broadway run on March 26th at the Lyceum Theatre. The musical is based on the 2016 film of the same name, and is about a group of teens who start a band at their religious high school in 1980's Dublin. They've released a music video of one of the songs in the show, which you can view above.
Sophia Anne Caruso abruptly left her role as Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice mid-week last week. The official reasoning for her departure is that she exercised an out in her contract to pursue television work. The show is set to continue at the Winter Garden Theater through its scheduled closing date on June 6th.
OP notes that it is exceedingly odd for an original cast member to leave a Broadway show without notice, mid-week, and with no fanfare. There is plenty of futher discussion of her departure on the Broadway subreddit, if you're interested in reading more.
Broadway grosses and attendance for week ending 2/23/20 are now available. https://t.co/X3fdMLfJBb— The Broadway League (@BroadwayLeague) February 24, 2020
Broadway League has released its grosses for last week, and in its first full week of performances, the musical Six broke the $1 million mark. The show, a musical about the wives of Henry VIII, was a huge success in London, and the NYC production is off to a good start, hitting 95% of its gross potential.
Other top performers include Hamilton, Moulin Rouge, Beetlejuice, The Lion King and Hadestown.
Shows that are struggling include Grand Horizons, Girl from The North Country and The Inheritance, all making under 60% of gross potential. Speaking of The Inheritance...
‘The Inheritance’ Closing in March After Box Office Struggles https://t.co/OKt4RNACL7— Variety (@Variety) February 21, 2020
The Inheritance will close on March 15th, after months of difficulties at the box office. The two-part, seven hour play, about a group of gay men grappling with the legacy of the AIDS epidemic and loosely inspired by Howards End, was successful in its original run in London, but never reached the same level of success on Broadway. The show cost $9.5 million to produce and will not make back its investment, but is still hopeful for Tony recognition in June.
The play is about a survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide, which killed two million Cambodians, and his daughter, a Cambodian-American who is prosecuting an official from the regime and finding out more about her father's story in the process. The play cuts between 2008, the daughter's present timeline, and the 1970's, when her father is young and playing in a rock band.
Performed by six Asian-American actors who all act, sing and play their own instruments, the show is a combination of dramatic play and rock concert. Read the article at the source for a more detailed look!
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