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Daily Archives: January 3, 2018
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Bette Midler – The ShowGirl Must Go On
Bette Midler in The Rose
7 Predictions for the Theater in 2018
Editorial Staff • Broadway • Jan 1, 2018
You can’t see the future, but if you stop and listen, you can hear which way the wind is blowing. With that in mind, here are seven predictions from TheaterMania about the trends and ideas that will shape the theater in the coming year:
1. More A-List Musicians Will Play Broadway
Bruce Springsteen is changing the game at the Walter Kerr Theatre. While numerous high-profile musicians have created “theatri-concerts” for the Broadway stage — a list that ranges from the likes of Bette Midler to Duran Duran — Springsteen’s solo show, complete with dark, brooding monologues about his life and new acoustic takes on his extensive song catalogue, plays more like Billy Crystal’s introspective 700 Sundays than a career retrospective highlighting his greatest hits.
Audra McDonald be the Next Dolly?
Photo Credit: Walter McBride / WM Photos
by BWW News Desk Dec. 27, 2017
In his recent guest appearance on 77 WABC Radio Podcast, Michael Reidel has teased the possibility of a glamorous new Dolly Levi poised to stroll the passerelle following Bernadette Peters. Reidel says there are ‘rumblings’ that Audra McDonald is topping the list of choices. Could she be the next to come back where she belongs?
HELLY, DOLLY! features a book by Michael Stewart’s and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. The revival is directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks and is playing Broadway’s legendary Shubert Theatre.
Sellers’ Market Boosts Broadway B.O. To $50M All-Time Peak Week High
by Jeremy Gerard
January 2, 2018 2:45pm
Broadway offered something for everyone last week, as long as everyone was loaded with dough. Face-value ducats topped out at $1,150 for blockbuster Hamilton, but that was Monopoly money considering the going rate for fans of Bette Midler (nearing the spectacular end of her spectacular run in Hello, Dolly!) and Bruce Springsteen (whose work week is limited to five performances at the 948-seat Walter Kerr).
Before the curtain even went up on opening night, #HelloDolly was an event. ???? #BetteMidler’s first appearance in a Broadway musical in decades? The tickets practically sold themselves. It’d be easy to get swept up just seeing Bette on Broadway, but the scale of the show rises to meet her with its standout cast, impressive choreography, and visual feast of colorful costumes. Heck, there’s even a train! ???? Did you see the standout musical this year? ????: Illustration by Patrick Faricy for EW
Bette Midler is fabulous in Trudie Styler’s Freak Show opening in theaters and OnDemand January 12
The New York Times
Broadway Tops Its Biggest Week Ever
By ANDREW R. CHOWJAN. 2, 2018
The Broadway ticket sales boom hit a new peak over the holidays, with 32 shows contributing to the highest-grossing week in history.
The week between Christmas and New Year’s is typically Broadway’s biggest of the year, with tourists in town and students off for the holidays. The total box-office gross reached $50.3 million, edging out the record set at the end of last year. But attendance was higher the same week last year, with 359,495 theatergoers. Higher ticket prices and the increased use of premium pricing models meant that more money came in last week, despite roughly 50,000 fewer tickets being sold.