This Week in Theater


“Jersey Boys” on Broadway (AP Photo)

Angela Tricarico

  1. An era has ended! The 2006 Tony Award winning Best Musical Jersey Boys announced that they will close on January 15, 2017 after over 11 years and 4,000 performances at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre. Beginning October 18, Mark Ballas of Dancing With The Stars, will make his Broadway debut as the final actor to play Frankie Valli.
  2. Kristin Chenoweth set to return to Broadway! For two weeks only, Kristin Chenowith will return to Broadway in a new concert to celebrate her album release. The Tony winner’s album, The Art of Elegance, an American Songbook collection, is set to be released on September 23. The accompanying concerts My Love Letter To Broadway will run from November 2-13 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
  3. Now is the time to seize the day – in movie theaters! Disney Theatrical filmed the September 11 performance of the widespread favorite musical Newsies during the Los Angeles tour stop for a theatrical release in early 2017. Original Broadway cast members Jeremy Jordan (a Tony nominee for his leading role in Newsies), Kara Lindsay (as Katherine Plummer – the romantic female lead), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (as Crutchie, one of the leaders of the newsboys), Ben Fankhauser (as Davey Jacobs, second in command) and Tommy Bracco (as Spot Conlon, the leader of the Brooklyn Newsies). Though the ensemble will be rounded-out mainly by members of the current touring company, a few Toursies will be returning in addition to some of the other Broadway Newsies.

This week is a relatively slow week for Broadway with no openings or closings!