Thursday, May 8, 2014

Exciting Performance Transfer News

Two stories came across my desk today about productions that will now be available to wider audiences, one through a Broadway transfer and another through broadcast on PBS.

Plans have been announced for a Broadway transfer of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize nominated musical Fun Home.  The musical, with a score by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, is adapted from the graphic memoir by Alison Bedchel.  The production had its premier at the Public Theatre and is aiming to arrive on Broadway next spring.  According to this article on, the show will have a budget between $5 million and $6 million.

In other exciting news, the New York Philharmonic production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd will air nationally on Live From Lincoln Center on PBS stations on September 26th at 9pm.  This production of the Tony-winning 1979 musical starred 5 time Tony winner Audra McDonald as the Beggar Woman, Oscar-winner Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett, and famed opera singer Bryn Terfel as the titular character.  Audra McDonald will host the event.

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