Can any of the major star-driven plays set to open on Broadway over the next few months match the off-stage drama that consumed the theater world last week? It would be hard for any play to top the rumors and Twitter meltdowns that accompanied Shia LaBeouf's eleventh-hour exit from "Orphans" with less than a month to go before its Broadway debut.
Little Orphan Annie, the plucky redheaded star of Broadway musical and comic strip fame, has run out of tomorrows ---at least in print.The pop culture icon who sang and danced her way to international fame in the Broadway musical that gave us tunes such as "It's The Hard-Knock Life," and "Tomorrow," ended her decades-long run as a comic strip heroine on Sunday, June 13.
I'm not a big theater guy. Despite being a native New Yorker, the last Broadway show I saw might have been "Beatlemania," back in the 1970s. (Great show!) But my kids are into the performance thing. They're always staging "plays" and shooting "movies," etc.
The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita is returning to Broadway in 2012 with Argentine actress Elena Roger starring as Eva Peron and pop star Ricky Martin in the role of "Che" Guevara, the producers said Wednesday.The theatre where the musical about the late Argentine first lady will play has not yet been lined up however, Hal Luftig and Scott Sanders said in a statement.Roger will be coming back to the role she won raves for in London's West End in 2006.
If Mel Brooks had written his smash show The Producers today, he might be tempted to change the names of the two scheming lead characters from Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom to Garth Drabinsky and Myron Gottlieb.