Broadway Shows News July 2008


WHAT’S HAPPENING … BROADWAY! This month seems to be a busy time over on the Great White Way. There is much traffic being generated in the way of openings, closing and stars coming and going … it is one big revolving door! There is an eager Broadway buzz as an American Idol and a Lachey take to the stage in addition to a few television and film stars. Here in New York July will bring more than Independence Day with it!

Now with the 2007/2008 Tony Awards announced a new season of Broadway begins. The first show to start off the season is the acclaimed off-Broadway hit [title of show]. This backstage homage begins in July. Also coming this summer is the new musical A Tale of Two Cities based on Charles Dickens classic novel. Look for it to hit the theater in August.

Several familiar names will be lighting the way this summer. Apparently Taylor Hicks is the one that Grease wants. The season five winner of American Idol made his Broadway debut last month making many “soul patrol” fans extremely happy. Stephen Collins and Drew Lachey have joined the cast of the hysterically funny Spamalot as King Arthur and his trusted man servant. Collins is best known for his long running role as Rev. Eric Camden on the popular drama 7th Heaven while Lachey was a member of the boy band 98 degrees and the season two winner of Dancing with the Stars. These two are a welcomed addition to an already talented ensemble.

This summer several productions will be bidding farewell making room for some anticipated shows. John Waters CryBaby ended its run on June 22 and November starring Nathan Lane will close on July 13. This David Mamet comedy which opened in January continued to struggle at the box office. Despite a few Tony nominations A Catered Affair the new musical by Harvey Fierstein will have its final curtain call on July 27. Probably the biggest closing of the summer will occur on August 17 when the revival of the critically acclaimed A Chorus Line dims its lights for good. The current Tony nominated production which stars Mario Lopez opened in the fall of 2006 and gave a whole new generation of theatergoers the chance to experience that singular sensation. A Chorus Line is a tribute to Broadway that gives a behind the scenes look at the audition process. If you have the opportunity don’t miss your chance to experience this piece of theater history … see it before it closes!

Enjoy the summer and be sure to check back here next month for a preview of all of the fall openings!

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