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Broadway is taking the rest of the year off
June 29th, 2020 under Broadway. [ Comments: none ]

On March 12th, Broadway did something it has never done. The curtain went down for several weeks. Then those weeks turned into months. Today, The Broadway League announced that the Great White Way would remain dark for the rest of 2020.

As of now, they are hoping for the curtain to finally go up again in the early part of 2021. There are just a lot of things that need to be fine-tuned so that they can open up safely in the COVID-19 world.

Chairman of the Board of The Broadway League Thomas Schumacher said, “The alchemy of 1000 strangers bonding into a single audience fueling each performer on stage and behind the scenes will be possible again when Broadway theatres can safely host full houses. Every single member of our community is eager to get back to work sharing stories that inspire our audience through the transformative power of a shared live experience. The safety of our cast, crew, orchestra and audience is our highest priority and we look forward to returning to our stages only when it’s safe to do so. One thing is for sure, when we return we will be stronger and more needed than ever.”

I am sure they will come back even more even stronger and with more energy than revivals like Chicago, Cabaret, and La Cage aux Folles. Manhattan needs them to come back. Heck, I need them to come back. I need to add some new songs to my repertoire because my cat is sick of me singing songs from Cats. Who am I kidding? I would not even hiss the songs from that show. It is all Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cabaret, Annie, Hamilton, Wicked, Hairspray, Hair, A Chorus Line, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and 42nd Street at my place!

On that note, we need to hear the Lullaby of Broadway roaring from The Lion King again. We need actresses to sing Dance Ten, Looks Three, aka T!ts & A$$. We cannot wait 525,600 minutes for another for the lights to go on again. However, we understand why! Come back when you can, we will be waiting for you.


Do you think this cat is letting Andrew Lloyd Weber know they feel about Cats?
May 26th, 2020 under Broadway. [ Comments: none ]

In case you haven’t heard, the movie Cats was so bad that real cats wished they were any other species but a feline after it came out. We heard this, but we had never seen how they reacted to it when they were around the man who created the awful 1981 musical.

That is until now. Andrew Lloyd Weber was walking on a secluded path when he came up to a pussy that was in front of him. As the producer (who has created several amazing musicals) got near the kitty, it fell to the floor. Then Weber caught up to the cat; it turned its back on him. Which makes you wonder if it is sending him a message to the playwright. Something like you had me at Memory but lost me when the curtain went up.

Luckily for Weber, he came upon a nicer kitty. I don’t think most cats would have given such subtle messages. They would be more like the kitty in Pet Semetary. Me-ow! At least that was how mine was when I pressed play on the theatrical release. Thus, I have never seen the film.


Broadway says Let It Go to Frozen
May 14th, 2020 under Broadway, Frozen. [ Comments: none ]

Broadway no longer wants to build a snowman because Disney Theatrical Productions announced today that Frozen will not be returning to the Great White Way when the curtain finally goes back up after September 6th.

Even though the Frozen is done with Broadway, it will live on via tours, according to Playbill. That is when there are tours again.

Frozen is the first musical and third show to close on Broadway during the coronavirus hiatus. The two stage plays that ended their runs early are Hangmen and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Sadly, I am sure there will be more.


The lights will be out on Broadway until at least September 6th
May 12th, 2020 under Broadway. [ Comments: none ]

No city in the United States has been harder hit by Coronavirus than New York City. In fact, several Broadway stars and crew members have come down with COVID-19, and, sadly, some have even lost their lives to it. Therefore, it would make sense that it is not safe to open up Broadway any time soon, even though that is exactly what the Big Apple needs now. This is why the Broadway League announced today that the curtain will remain down until at least September 6th.

“While all Broadway shows would love to resume performances as soon as possible, we need to ensure the health and well-being of everyone who comes to the theatre – behind the curtain and in front of it – before shows can return. The Broadway League’s membership is working in cooperation with the theatrical unions, government officials, and health experts to determine the safest ways to restart our industry,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “Throughout this challenging time, we have been in close communication with Governor Cuomo’s office and are grateful for his support and leadership as we work together to bring back this vital part of New York City’s economy – and spirit.”

Broadway has been silenced since March 12th. Hopefully, the curtain will be able to go up again on Labor Day.


You’ve Got a Friend in the Beautiful cast!
April 9th, 2020 under Broadway. [ Comments: none ]

The casts of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical from all over the world got together online and sang her iconic song You’ve Got a Friend. Over 80 people harmonized as one, and they created a song that feels like a hug.

Whenever you need something to brighten up even your darkest night, just play this song. You will know that you have a friend out there to get you through troubled times.


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