Friday, June 24, 2016
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Shuffle Along closing when Audra McDonald exits B'way musical on July 24
The new Broadway musical Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed will end its run July 24. Producer Scott Rudin cited the exit of one of the show’s major stars, 6 time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, as a reason for the show’s closure.
Can Josh Groban make this costly Broadway musical a hit?
Michael Riedel: The musical Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 starring Josh Groban is expensive. The musical’s official budget is $12 million, though sources say it’s likely to hit $14 million by the time it opens.
10 Broadway shows currently playing will be gone by the end of the year
Roger Friedman: Ten (10) of the shows listed on Broadway – roughly a third – of the shows currently playing will be gone by the end of the year.
Hamilton documentary to feature unseen footage of original cast performance
The Hamilton documentary for PBS will air unseen footage of the original cast production, but it will only be an abbreviated performance. Although PBS is filming two performances of the entire show
Theatre critics are being let go
There is a steady decrease in professional journalists covering theatre and reviewing Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. The New York Post's first string theatre critic, Elisabeth Vincentelli,
Quote of the day
Ian McKellan

“Retirement from theatre would mean retirement from life. It doesn’t appeal to me. A few years ago, I decided to take six months off each year and see what happened – and what happened was, I got intensely bored. So I went back.”

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