Thursday, May 22, 2014

You Heard it Here First!

There are two news items that I just came across that I wanted to  bring to your attention.  The first of them comes with a prediction about a show that I think will come to Broadway, even if the producers don't know it yet.  The second is about a production whose producers have stated that they are eyeing Broadway. has reported that the London revival of Miss Saigon, which opened last night, has already recouped its £4.5 million ($7.6 million) initial investment.  Producer Cameron Macintosh said in a press release, "The show's budget was £4.5 million -- which is not a huge amount.  I didn't need to spend more than that and I think it looks every penny.  We have recouped already."  This production set a record for single-day ticket sales, making Broadway and West End history, when tickets went on sale in September.  This makes it all the more likely that the production will transfer to Broadway at some point in 2015.

In other news, has published an article saying that James Corden, who won a Leading Actor in a Play Tony in 2012 for One Man, Two Guvnors, is in talks to return to Broadway.  Corden could return to Broadway in a revival of the Bert Shevelove / Larry Gelbart / Stephen Sondheim musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum under the direction of Tony-nominee Alex Timbers.  The production is hoping to open on the Main Stem in the spring of 2015.

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