Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tidbits From the Back Office

So, there are a few pieces of news that are not quite enough on their own to merit an entire article, but are definitely newsworthy for this site. I have decided to put them together here in one place to get you guys the news.

First up is an update on The Book of Mormon, 2011's Tony-winning Best Musical and a smash hit that you couldn't get tickets to even if you tried. It is such a smash that it has recouped its capital expenditures in a VERY short 9 months on Broadway. The show has broken house box office records at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre 22 times and has consistently sold over $1,000,000 (yes, over one million dollars) in tickets each week since it opened on March 24th. For comparison's sake, the megahit musical Wicked took 14 months to reach the same benchmark of recovering its capital expenses.

In other news, it has been confirmed that two-time Emmy-winner Jim Parsons, of The Big Bang Theory fame, will be returning to Braodway after his debut performance in The Normal Heart. His return will be in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Harvey, Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize winning 1944 play that became a film in 1950 starring Jimmy Stewart (who got an Oscar nomination for the leading role) and Josephine Hull, who won an Oscar for her supporting performance in the film. Joining Parsons will be Tony-nominee Jessica Hecht and Charles Kimbrough in a production directed by Scott Ellis. The show will begin previews on May 18th, 2012, and will open officially on June 14th, making it ineligible for the current Tony Awards cycle, but eligible in the next Tony Awards cycle.

Last on the docket today is a ghost story. Or, rather, a Ghost story. It has been reported that the two leads of the West End production of Ghost: the Musical, Caissie Levy and Richard Fleeshman, will be coming with the show when it jumps the pond to Broadway. They will be playing the roles made famous in the movie by Demi Moore and Patrick Swayzie. Da'Vina Joy Randolph will be taking on the iconic role of Oda Mae Brown, Whoopi Goldberg's Oscar Winning role from the film.

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