Diana, MJ, Mack and Mabel, Birthday Candles, Intimate Apparel Complete Their Casts. Who Goes to Broadway! #Stageworthy News of the Week.

The typical Broadway theatergoer is still a well-to-do , middle-aged white woman from out-of-town, according to statistics presented in The Demographics of the Broadway Audience 2018–2019, the 22nd annual report by the Broadway League. But, the League points out, the demographics are changing.

Among the survey result:
• In the 2018–2019 season, Broadway shows welcomed 14.8 million admissions
• Seventy-four percent were Caucasian
• Sixty-eight percent of the audiences were female.
• Average age was 42.3 years old
• The average annual household income of the Broadway theatergoer was $261,000
• Respondents reported having paid an average of $145.60 per ticket.
• About 35 percent of those attendances were by people from the New York City metropolitan area.
• Sixty-five percent of admissions were made by tourists: 46 percent from the United States (but outside New York City and its suburbs) and 19 percent from other countries.v
• Fifty-nine percent of respondents said they purchased their tickets online.
• According to the League, both the number of non-Caucasians, and the number of international Broadway-goers, reached an all-time high in the 2018-2019 season.

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Two Broadway veterans — Taylor Mac, Tony-nominated playwright of “Gary” and Greg Kotis, the Tony-winning co-author of “Urinetown” – are back Off-Off Broadway this season, and why would that surprise anybody? That’s where they began, it’s where they honed their craft, and it continues to reflect their sensibility,

Theirs are among the 11 shows I highlight in my first-ever Off-Off Broadway season preview guide.

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The Week in New York Theater News

Sing Street is coming to Broadway, The stage adaptation of the Irish movie, which had a run at New York Theatre Workshop (my review), opens at the Lyceum April 19

Another TV series is being made into a Broadway musical, with a twist: The Nanny will have a book co-written by TV series creator/star Fran Drescher and music and lyrics @frandrescher and music & lyrics co-written by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star/creator Rachel Bloom

Completed Casts Announced
(In order of opening)

Mack and Mabel, February 19-23, New York City Center
Joining previously announced cast members Douglas Sills as Mack Sennett and Alexandra Socha as Mabel Normand are Major Attaway (Fatty Arbuckle), Michael Berresse (William Desmond Taylor), Lilli Cooper (Lottie Ames), Ben Fankhauser (Frank Wyman), Jordan Gelber (Mr. Kessel), Evan Kasprzak (Freddy), Raymond J. Lee (Andy), Kevin Ligon (Eddie), Janet Noh (Ella), and Allen Lewis Rickman (Mr. Bauman). The ensemble includes Alex Julian Aquilino, Matt Bauman, Maria Briggs, Julian R. Decker, Sara Esty, Paige Faure, Haley Fish, Leslie Donna Flesner, Garett Hawe, Leah Horowitz, Matt Moisey, Madison Stratton, Diana Vaden, Jacob Keith Watson, Kristen Beth Williams, Darius Wright, Joy Woods, and Richard Riaz Yoder.
A love letter to the silent film era, Mack & Mabel tells the story of Mack Sennett (Sills) and his first great discovery and muse, the comedienne Mabel Normand (Socha). Mack makes Mabel a star, but Mack’s insatiable drive to succeed coupled with Mabel’s natural vulnerability—the key to her audience appeal—turns their love affair into a high wire act with no net.

Intimate Apparel, which opens March 23 at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater
Dominic Armstrong, Justin Austin, Errin Duane Brooks, Helena Brown, Kearstin Piper Brown, Chanáe Curtis, Adrienne Danrich, Leroy Davis, Matthew Gamble, Arnold Livingston Geis, Christian Mark Gibbs, Tesia Kwarteng, Anna Laurenzo, Justin Lee Miller, Jasmine Muhammad, Naomi Louisa O’Connell, Kimberli Render, Krysty Swann, and Chabrelle Williams.

Diana, opening on Broadway’s Longacre Theater, March 31
Tessa Alves, Zach Adkins, Ashley Andrews, Austen Danielle Bohmer, Holly Ann Butler, Stephen Carrasco, Bruce Dow, Richard Gatta, Lauren E.J. Hamilton, Emma Hearn, Shaye Hopkins, Andre Jordan, Gareth Keegan, Nathan Lucrezio, Tomas Matos, Chris Medlin, Laura Stracko, and Bethany Ann Tesarck. They join previously announced Jeanna de Waal as “Diana”, Roe Hartrampf as “Prince Charles”, Erin Davie as “Camilla Parker Bowles”, and Judy Kaye as “Queen Elizabeth”.

Birthday Candles, which opens April 21 at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater:
Joining Debra Messing, Andre Braugher Enrico Colantoni, Crystal Finn, Susannah Flood Christopher Livingston

MJ the Musical, which is opening August 13th at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theater. Joining Ephraim Sykes
Quentin Earl Darrington, Whitney Bashor, Gabriel Ruiz,
Antoine L. Smith, Joey Sorge, Darius Barnes, Raymond Baynard,
Coral Dolphin, John Edwards, Ayana George, Kali May Grinder,
Apollo Levine, Ryan VanDenBoom, Lamont Walker II,
Naomi C. Walley, and Zelig Williams

“Trevor: The Musical” will open in April 2020 Off-Broadway at Stage 42, based on the Oscar-winning short movie that gave birth to The Trevor Project,  the crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization focused on saving LGBTQ lives.  The casting of the 19 roles will be announced soon. (Pictured above, a 2017 production in Chicago)

Dharon E. Jones (right), making his Broadway debut, will succeed actor Ben Cook (left) in the role of ‘Riff’ in the new Broadway production of West Side Story. Cook sustained an injury on stage — three weeks after Isaac Powell sustained an onstage knee injury, prompting the postponement of the revival’s opening from Feb. 6 to Feb. 20

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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