Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Shows Eyeing Broadway

A number of shows have set their sights on Broadway for the upcoming year. A slew of announcements have come through the pipeline about shows coming up the pike for the new year and it's easier for me to give them to you all at once.

The David Hyde Pierce-directed musical It Shoulda Been You is eyeing a Broadway run in fall 2012, Pierce announced during a visit to Live with Kelly! on December 12. Featuring music by Barbra Anselmi and a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, It Shoulda Been You made its world premiere earlier this fall at New Jersey's George Street Playhouse. No exact dates, casting or theater have been announced at this time, but Tony- and Emmy-winner Tyne Daly and Tony-winner Harriet Harris starred in the original New Jersey production.

Austin Powers, the International Man of Mystery, may also be headed to Broadway. According to, "Mike Myers is in discussion to adapt the popular Austin Powers series for the Broadway stage." The article announced that, "Myers, who played the title character and wrote the three Austin Powers films, would be heavily involved in writing the musical, but does not have plans to reprise the character on stage himself."

Lastly, I want to report on a show that had been planning to come to Broadway that is no longer planning to make the leap. Lisa D'Amour's Detroit, a play that started life in a production at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company that was highly acclaimed by both critics and audiences alike. The production was so well acclaimed that there was immediate talk of a move to Broadway, but now the show will be moving to the off-Broadway theater company Playwrights Horizons in the fall of 2012.

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