No doubt, at least in my mind, that this is the best Tony Award show opening number ever. Even Broadway pros are looking around with their mouths hanging open in astonishment (look for Debra Messing’s swiveling head). It’s not just the look, it’s the clever lyrics and jokes that bring the spectacle to a higher level.
The “Hamilton” effect — that is, how the successful Broadway musical has had impact in the most unexpected places — will be center stage on Jan. 18 when the auction house Sotheby’s sells a hundreds of Alexander Hamilton’s manuscripts and letters — some of which are unknown — that for years were stored in a trunk in a descendant’s basement
The collection, which has been held by Hamilton heirs for 200 years, has not been fully cataloged, according to the NYTimes. “But Sotheby’s said it contained many personal items, including love letters from Hamilton to his wife, Eliza, and a condolence letter her father, Philip Schuyler, sent her after Hamilton’s fatal duel with Aaron Burr, sealed with black wax.”
Judi Dench, who since 1998 has received 7 Oscar nominations — the most earned after age 60 by any performed — last night took home her eighth Olivier Award, more than any other actor has ever collected.
Dench won for best supporting actress for her performance in “The Winter’s Tale,” produced by the Kenneth Branagh Theater Company, a troupe he spent around two years putting together.
Imelda Staunton won for lead actress in a musical for the great role of Momma Rose in “Gypsy.”
It’s not like Lin-Manuel Miranda needs any more PR to sell tickets for “Hamilton” on Broadway. The show is sold out through November and tickets sell for thousands of dollars each on the secondary market. But who passes up an opportunity to hang out with Obama at the White House? OK. The guys seeking the Republican Presidential nomination probably would. But none of them can rap.
Personally, I want to know who the cute drummer is.
To watch the freestyle rap, click here.
To hear Lin-Manuel Miranda talk about being inspired by Family and politics, click here.
“Hamilton,” a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton who is a founding father of the U.S., an aide to Gen. Washington, supporter of the Constitution and founder of our financial system and more, opens tonight on Broadway. The Great White Way will never be the same.
Lin-Manuel Miranda won’t be on stage in the title role of “Hamilton” when President Obama and his daughters attend today’s matinée of the red-hot Broadway musical. But he won’t be far.
Miranda, who also wrote and directed the show, now in previews, will be sitting in the audience evaluating it. Kinda hard to see how the show’s doing when you’re always on stage. He scheduled three such dates in advance before the Aug. 6 opening and today’s matinée is one of them, confirmed the show’s press representative Sam Rudy, according to the NYTimes.
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. Continue reading ‘Honeymoon’ closing, ‘Hamilton’ pulls politicos, NBC picks live ‘Wiz’