Spider-Man’s Opening Night on Broadway Set

Foxwoods Theatre In 2003 - Andreas Praefcke - Wikimedia Commons

Foxwoods Theatre In 2003 - Two Names Ago

On the heels of the announcement that rehearsals were underway for Spider-Man Turn off the Dark, comes the news there is now an official opening night: December 21st, 2010. This will follow a series of preview performances starting November 14th. So Broadway is in for a very superhero-y Christmas this year.

The production’s start date has been pushed back multiple times over the past couple years, with first estimates for the previous fall giving way to early this year, then, as financial problems mounted, to a big question mark. As the production is estimated to be the most expensive in the history of Broadway, the financial problems were definitely of the ‘nontrivial’ variety. Reports are it will cost around $50 million to produce by the time the curtains are drawn. Hopefully it’ll overcome the Heaven’s Gate vibe that’s starting emanate from it.

Reeve Carney, Jennifer Damiano, and Patrick Page remain the stars as Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson, and Norman Osborn respectively. The newly renamed Foxwoods Theatre plays host to the show, formerly the Hilton Theatre, formerly The Ford Center for the Performing Arts, formerly the pile of rubble that consisted of the Apollo and Lyric Theatres.

Spider-Man One Swing Closer to Broadway

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Jennifer Damiano

Choreography rehearsals for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark began last week, the most concrete news yet that the production may actually happen after suffering numerous delays, including the loss of two major stars. Reeve Carney, the only one of the original main cast to remain after the delays, is learning the ropes, or more specifically, the wires, necessary to get Spider-Man off the stage and into the air.

Though there’s been no official announcement yet, the general consensus is that the show may open sometime in October. Replacing departed stars Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cummings are Jennifer Damiano and Patrick Page as Mary Jane Watson and Norman Osborn/Green Goblin. Veteran Broadway director Julie Taymor is still attached and the music and lyrics are still products of U2′s Bono and Edge, The.

Anchorman – The Musical

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Anchorman Ron Burgundy

Director Adam McKay revealed recently that the sequel to his 2004 film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, was to be a musical that would have first appeared on Broadway before filming began for a theatrical release. The sequel was to have been set in the 80′s, but disagreements over the film’s budget stopped production and have, for the moment, killed the project.

While the idea may seem rather far fetched, keep in mind McKay and Ferrell joined forces for the comedic play You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush in 2009 which had a limited and very successful run on Broadway. At the moment it appears we won’t be seeing the musical or the film, unless Paramount has a change of heart on the budget.

Steve Carell, who played Brick Tamland in the original film, a man who is very fond of lamps, joined in and urged Broadway to consider the project as a way to kickstart development on the theatrical sequel.

There’s certainly no shortage of cross-over in Broadway and Hollywood productions, so there’s no reason Anchorman 2 can’t hit the Great White Way before your local theatre. Until that happens, feel free to check out some of the more classic productions currently playing with some Broadway Tickets from us.

Wicked on the Big Screen

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Original Broadway Cast of Wicked
Idina Menzel & Christen Chenoweth

News broke last week that Wicked, currently a major success on Broadway, will be heading to the big screen. Hollywood has fairy tale fever after the big money pulled in by Alice in Wonderland earlier this year. Currently involved in the film production are the musical’s book writer Winnie Holzman and songwriter, Stephen Schwartz, along with the producer Marc Platt. They are meeting with four different candidates to helm the film as director: Rob Marshall , James Mangold, Ryan Murphy, and JJ Abrams (who has more important stuff to do, so please, leave him alone.). Universal is backing the production.

Based on the book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, the story is a revisionist prequel of sorts to the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The story expands and elaborates on the backstory of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and her relationship with Glinda, the Good Witch of the South (or North, depending on your preferred “source” material). The musical based on the book has been a mainstay on Broadway since it opened in 2004. The Broadway production is routinely a top grosser and has spawned multiple touring companies.

Extremely early in the process to have any release date set. Unless it’s a complete disaster, the film will only feed interest in the live productions. While it’s doubtful we’ll be selling tickets to the movie, we have a large selection of tickets to both the Broadway show and the touring productions that currently crisscross the country. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to complain about all the stuff they changed in the movie version by seeing the musical first. Get yours here: Wicked Tickets.

2010 Tony Awards

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Catherine Zeta-Jones at the
2010 Tony Awards

The 2010 Tonys were handed out June 13th at historic Radio City Music Hall. The night’s big winners were Red and Memphis, which took home six and four awards respectively. Hollywood was also a big winner, as stars more recognizable for their work on the silver screen took home many of the top honors, including Leading Actor in a Play (Denzel Washington, Fences), Leading Actress in a Musical (Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music), and Featured Actress in a Musical (Scarlett Johansson, A View from the Bridge).

Partial list of winners:

Best Musical: Memphis

Best Revival of a Musical: La Cage aux Folles

Best Play: Red

Best Revival of a Play: Fences

Best Book of a Musical: Memphis

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: Memphis