amBroadway | Bruce Springsteen to reopen Broadway, ‘King Lear’ gets happy ending, and more
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Bruce Springsteen to reopen Broadway
Out of the blue, it was announced Monday that Bruce Springsteen’s acclaimed solo show (“Springsteen on Broadway”), which was the most popular Broadway ticket a few years ago, will play a limited encore this summer at St. James Theater debuts June 26, making it the first show to play on Broadway after the Pandemic Showdown. Tickets go on sale Thursday, June 10. All spectators must provide proof of vaccination.
“King Lear” ends well
Have you ever wished Cordelia would live and get married at the end of “King Lear”? The NY Classical Theater, which stages free outdoor productions of classic plays each summer, will present Nahum Tate’s famous “happy ending” version of “King Lear” at four public parks in Manhattan and Brooklyn from June 24 to August 8. . Believe it or not, this was the most popular version of Shakespeare’s tragedy from 1681 to 1838.
‘Lehman Trilogy’ reconfirmed with new actor
“The Lehman Trilogy,” the multi-part financial drama tracing the Lehman brothers and their lineage from 1844 to 2008, which premiered at the Nederlander Theater on Broadway when it closed, will premiere on September 25 and will officially open on October 14. The cast will consist of Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Adrian Lester, who replaces Ben Miles. Scott Rudin (who has come under fire in recent weeks over allegations of harassment at work) is no longer involved in production as a lead producer.
Limited audience capacity for Shakespeare in the Park
In order to accommodate the New York State social distancing guidelines currently required for small and medium performing arts spaces, the Public Theater plans to severely limit attendance to this production of Shakespeare in the Park. summer of “Merry Wives” (a contemporary adaptation of Jocelyn Bioh’s Shakespeare comedy set in South Harlem among West African immigrants) at 428 seats (25% of the capacity of the Delacorte Theater). Unlike in previous years, all free tickets will be distributed exclusively through a digital lottery. Production runs from July 6 to September 18.
Jailed producer returns to Broadway
“Paradise Square,” a new musical about ethnic and racial tensions in the Five Points neighborhood of Lower Manhattan during the Civil War, will open at the Barrymore Theater on Broadway in March of next year. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about “Paradise Square” is the fact that it is produced by Garth Drabinsky, who produced big budget Broadway shows in the 1990s (including “Show Boat” and ” Ragtime “), was later found to have engaged in massive financial fraud and ultimately served a prison sentence in Canada. This is all detailed in the 2012 documentary “Show Stopper: The Theatrical Life of Garth Drabinsky”.
‘Batman’ fan memoir to be adapted for the stage
Superheroes haven’t had much luck on Broadway (remember “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”?). Nonetheless, a new show inspired by “Batman” is currently in development. “Darknights and Daydreams,” a play by Michael Uslan based on his memoir “The Boy Who Loved Batman,” is looking to play on Broadway in two years. Uslan is the initiator and executive producer of the modern “Batman” film franchise, which runs from “Batman” of 1989 to “The Batman” of 2022.