This Week in Theater
October 5, 2016
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- Broadway Flea Market breaks record! The 30th annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction was held on September 23 in Shubert Alley, 44th and 45th streets in Manhattan’s theater district. The flea market and auction are one of the many events held in the Broadway community each year to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids; in addition, they raise money during Christmas time (Gypsy of the Year) and spring (Easter Bonnet), and hold events such as Broadway Backwards, Broadway Barks and Broadway Bares. This year’s flea market was the most successful in history. The grand total, which included profits from the autograph table, photo booth, silent and grand auctions and all the tables that lined the streets was a record-breaking $782,081.
- Prince of Broadway to transfer next fall! Prince of Broadway, the revue celebrating the legendary career of 21-time Tony award winning director/producer Harold Prince, is set to land on Broadway next fall. His 60-year career is showcased, paying tribute to the shows that he helped shape including West Side Story, Cabaret, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera, It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman, Evita and Company. The show was first mounted in Japan featuring a cast of Broadway all-stars. It will open next fall at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater as part of Manhattan Theater Club’s season.
- Grumpy Cat makes her Broadway debut! Internet sensation Grumpy Cat made her Broadway debut on September 30 in the cast of… you guessed it, Cats. She is the first real cat to perform in the iconic musical.
- In The Heights set to begin filming this spring! The film adaptation of Lin Manuel Miranda’s first Tony winner is going to begin filming in the spring of 2017, produced by the Weinstein Company. Quiara Alegría Hudes, the tuner’s book writer, is adapting the screenplay, and Jon M. Chu will direct. In The Heights takes place over three days and follows a tight-knit group in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. It is speculated that Miranda will be a part of the film, though he won’t be reprising his Tony-nominated turn as Usnavi, the show’s central character. Perhaps he’ll take on the role of Piragua Guy this time around.
Openings: Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical opens October 6 at Studio 54. Oh, Hello on Broadway, John Mulaney and Nick Kroll’s acclaimed comedy show opens October 10 at the Lyceum Theater.
Closings: Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet-filled beauty An American In Paris takes its final bow October 9.