Divas Back on Broadway. Panting After Harry Potter. Hamilton Shop, and Stop. Week in New York Theater


“War Paint,” a musical about real-life rival cosmetic queens,with Patti LuPone as Helen Rubenstein and Christine Ebersole as Elizabeth Arden, is set to open in Broadway’s Nederlander Theater on April 6.


Sunset Boulevard revival with Glenn Close is reportedly happening in January at the Palace Theater.

Scene from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theater in London.
Scene from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theater in London.

All the Broadway theater owners are scrambling to bring “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” from London (where it’s a box office smash) to New York, if possible earlier than the Spring of 2018.According to the Post’s Michael Riedel,  they all see it as a sure — and long-running — hit.

Presidential Politics: Christopher Jackson to play the final performance as George Washington in Hamilton on November 13. Nicholas Christopher, who’s been the standby for the father of our nation, will take over the role for a couple of months. Then he moves on to a starring role in Miss Saigon. Nicholas Christopher was one of the terrific performers portraying prison inmates in the otherwise not so terrific Whorl Inside A Loop
Christopher Jackson, meanwhile – like so many of the original cast members of Hamilton – will not hurt for employment. He’s a regular in the new TV series Bull, and he’ll be singing in Disney’s animated feature Moana.

Beginning November 21, Gary Busey will make his Off-Broadway debut in Perfect Crime, the longest-running play in New York.

Not giving away their shot?

First Monopoly, now a stage adaptation of Clue is aiming for Broadway.


Disney Theatrical Productions emailed actors explaining coming contracts that offer a percentage of future profits from Frozen. The contracts address this month’s developmental lab, a creative period usually covered by standard contracts with Actors’ Equity Association.

Caitlin Houlahan will replace Jenna Ushkowitz as Dawn in Waitressbeginning October 20.

Adam Pascal

Adam Pascal, the original Roger of Rent, will take over as Will Shakespeare in Something Rotten! beginning November 8.


Sam Gold’s going Hollywood. Gold will direct Emma Stone in the film Letters From Rosemary

Rattlestick to the rescue: “My Name Is Gideon: I’m Probably Going To Die, Eventually,” which was going to presented at Soho Rep before that theater shut down abruptly, will now open Thursday, November 17 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

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Scene from a previous production of Sweat

Public Extensions. Lynn Nottage’s Sweat will now run through December 4, and Party People through December 11 both at the Public Theater.

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“Hand to God” wins its appearl over the use of the Abbott and Costello “Who’s on First” routine.


Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first musician to do so. (His songs have been featured in four Broadway shows.)

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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