I didn't think I'd ever return to movie theaters after this pandemic. But I did, and I confess that I'm finding it pleasurable — the scale, and the sound, and the visual imagination. (The trailers are more soul-killing than ever, however -- tedious and gruesome -- quite a drag.)
If you see the shows, you might or might not notice the changes, depending on your level of fandom, but they matter a lot to the artists involved, and this is all a reminder of the impact the events of last year is having in the theater world. nyti.ms/3vAYFnP
Sure enough, it turned out that “Hamilton” had rechoreographed a song, and “To Kill a Mockingbird” had reblocked its ending, and “The Lehman Trilogy” and “Jagged Little Pill” had added new lines.
I knew that “The Book of Mormon” was holding a workshop to revisit its script and staging, following a letter of concern from actors, and I started to sense a possible pattern, so I began calling around.
The changes, many prompted by concerns from actors, have not been announced, and I stumbled across this story idea when I went to the reopening of “The Lion King” and noticed that Timon no longer refers to Rafiki as a monkey. (Yeah, I’ve seen “The Lion King” a few times.)
You know Broadway is coming back. But here’s something you probably don’t know: Some of the biggest shows have been revising onstage moments to reflect concerns about race. nyti.ms/3vAYFnP
Post show gift: an on-brand cookie
Spotted in the audience: @Lin_Manuel, plus Real Housewives @CountessLuann and Leah McSweeney, and also this very enthusiastic patron:
And every seat has a red rose, a tote bag and, of course, a mask.
There is a billboard truck on the corner
Tonight I'm at the reopening of "The Phantom of the Opera," which is the longest running show in Broadway history — it first opened in 1988, and ran for 13,370 performances before the pandemic.
Tonight: It’s the first night back for “Jagged Little Pill.”
Leslie Bricusse wrote songs featured in seven Broadway shows, but is best known for two songs from the film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” -- "The Candy Man" and "Pure Imagination." He died yesterday. nyti.ms/2Z3uCJc
NYC & Company expects 2.8 million foreign visitors this year, down from 13.5 million in 2019. Those figures matter to Broadway, which before the pandemic had drawn 19 percent of its attendance from outside the country. nyti.ms/3nthWUH
Tonight I’m at the opening of the return Broadway engagement of “Freestyle Love Supreme.”
I haven't been to all 18 "If It Only Even Runs A Minute" concerts celebrating songs from flop musicals, but I've been to a few, and last night's, at @54Below, was particularly moving -- tunes and tales from unsuccessful Hal Prince shows. Congrats @jenashtep and @Kmichaelmurphy.
Lynn Nottage (@Lynnbrooklyn) has a play, "Clyde's," opening on Broadway in November; a musical, "MJ," previewing on Broadway in December; and an opera, "Intimate Apparel," at @LCTheater in January. Plus she's writing a film about Barbara Jordan. nyti.ms/3pdb0xb
On Broadway, another step to keep performers healthy by reducing interactions with patrons: @BCEFA is suspending in-theater red bucket fund-raising appeals this fall. The nonprofit hopes to restart the tradition next spring.
Doing a little Macbeth research this afternoon…
There's an awful lot of good stuff available at @TKTS this weekend and if you're in NYC, vaccinated, have a mask, and are looking for a theatre bargain, now's the time.