‘Honeymoon’ closing, ‘Hamilton’ pulls politicos, NBC picks live ‘Wiz’

Good reviews don’t mean box office hits

The adage is critics don’t close shows, producers do.

But critics  wrote generally positive reviews for Paper Mill Playhouse’s latest foray on Broadway — “Honeymoon in Vegas” — and it will close this Sunday (April 5). It’s cashing in just a few weeks before the official cutoff for the Tony Awards (April 23) and announcement of the nominations (April 28).

Shows usually try to hang on, as did “A Gentleman’s Guide of Love and Murder,” whose box office picked up after it get nominated and then won the Best Musical Tony.

“But “Honeymoon” is losing more than a $100,000 a week, according to the New York Times. To read more, click here. 

Double-dipping with ‘The Wiz’

After “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan,” NBC’s next live Broadway show next December will be “The Wiz.” This time around, though, it won’t be a one off.

The production, in association with the super creative Cirque du Soleil folks, plans to open on Broadway in 2016.

Set to air Dec. 3, the same executive producers from “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan” will be in charge along with Tony-winning director Kenny Leon (for both TV and Broadway). Also, Harvey Fierstein will contribute new material to the original book by William F. Brown. Last time he did that, he created “Newsies.”

“The Wiz,” a version of the “Wizard of Oz” story with a black cast, first opened on Broadway in 1975. A 1978 movie version starred Diana Ross as Dorothy, Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow and Nipsey Russell as the Tin Man.

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Clintons, Cheneys agree on ‘Hamilton’

Believe it or not, the Clinton Family (Hillary, Bill and Chelsea) and the Cheney family (Dick and wife Lynn) all loved the hottest show in NYC, “Hamilton.”

And this is not your regular, mainstream theater musical. Not. At. All.  It’s a hip-hop musical featuring a mainly black and Latino cast playing America’s founding fathers. It sold out at the downtown Public Theater. The plan is to transfer it to Broadway this summer (previews on July 13, opens Aug. 6 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre).

Get tickets here.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical is about the founding fathers who, in song and rhyme, fight for independence, debate the balance of constitutional powers, set fiscal policy and worry about their place in history. It also depicts the birth of partisan politics, which seem nastier that today, as hard as it may be to believe.

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