TOP 10 THEATRE STORIES FOR THIS WEEK
Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn has ‘Sex With Strangers’ and the mean girls of Heathers are silenced for good… this week’s Top 10 is a must-read for any theater lover.
10. Heathers The Musical plays its last performance August 4
We are sad to see that the cattiness and mayhem at Heathers is finally coming to an end. We’ll miss Heather… and Heather… and Heather.
9. Patti Issues star Ben Rimalower returns with a new show
Fast on the heels of last year’s hit one-man-show Patti Issues, Ben is back at the Duplex Cabaret Theater starting in September with his latest piece Bad With Money. We just hope Ben still has a few juicy Patti stories up his sleeve.
8. Andrea Martin flies back into Pippin for 24 performances only
After winning the 2013 Tony Award for her performance as Berthe in the current Broadway revival of Pippin, Andrea is singing, spinning, and flying her way back into our hearts for only 3 weeks of shows – which is ‘no time at all’! Second chances don’t always happen – this is yours.
7. Fiddler turns fifty
One of our favorite musicals of all time – Fiddler on the Roof – turned 50 this past week. Fiddler first opened on July 27, 1964 in Detroit. With countless revivals, tours, and regional productions, Fiddler’s success will certainly keep it a ‘tradition’ for fifty more years.
6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on sale at the Barrymore
Straight from the National Theatre in London, the critically acclaimed stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel will start Broadway performances September 10. Tony-winner Marianne Elliott directs a truly solid cast in this Olivier Award winner for “Best New Play”.
5. Free Gentleman’s Guide sneak-peak in Bryant Park this Thursday
Once again, don’t miss out on your free chance to see the casts of some of Broadway’s biggest musicals perform this Thursday in Bryant Park. The show starts at 12:30, but make sure to get there early. This week’s performances include A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Once, and the soon-to-be-closed Heathers.
4. The Office star Mindy Kaling’s play Matt and Ben hits Off-Broadway
While she won’t be starring in it, Mindy’s comedy Matt and Ben is a piece of true comic genius. Co-written with comedienne Brenda Withers, the show imagines that the script to Good Will Hunting falls from the sky and mysteriously lands in the laps of Damon and Affleck. Hilarity ensues beginning August 20 at the Producers Club.
3. Shakespeare in Love adaptation hits the London stage
Finally, the ‘Tom Stoppard gods’ have gifted us a stage version of Shakespeare in Love. Featuring an enormous cast of 28 actors and musicians (plus one dog), the play opened to London audiences last week. Let’s hope the show has a New York address in its future.
2.James Franco to appear on stage, on film
Having closed this past week, the Broadway revival of Of Mice and Men starring Franco and Chris O’Dowd will be filmed before an invited audience this Tuesday night for National Theatre Live. Finally, Franco will get the screen time he so greatly deserves.
1. Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn opens Sex With Strangers this Wednesday
Bryan Cranston isn’t the only Breaking Bad star dazzling audiences on the New York stage. Anna Gunn opens the Laura Eason play Sex With Strangers at Second Stage beginning July 29. And the director’s name sounds familiar as well… David Schwimmer? That’s right. The Friends star directs this sexy drama.