Things are hotting up this summer as Broadway prepares to return and theatres all over the world are opening their doors!
Springsteen on Broadway
After a long, emotional year, Broadway opened its doors on Saturday June 26th. Or at least one theatre did. Bruce Springsteen walked back on stage at St. James Theatre to kickstart a run of Springsteen on Broadway, the first Broadway show of any kind since the pandemic began. He performed to a fully vaccinated, full capacity audience, and we bet the atmosphere was electric!
After a successful premiere in Sydney in December 2020, the gates to Arendelle opened in Melbourne on June 25th. In line with recent government announcements, the first week is playing to 50% audience capacity but hopes to return to 100% thereafter. Meanwhile, the UK premiere of Frozen is scheduled to open this August at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella
After a rocky start due to the changing restrictions in the UK, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Cinderella started previews this week in London. With lyrics by David Zippel and script by Emerald Fennell (who recently won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Promising Young Woman), it’s one of the most hotly anticipated shows of 2021.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be a little ‘reducio’ when it returns to Broadway’s Lyric Theatre this November. The two-part show has been reduced to a new version of the play, enabling audiences to enjoy the complete Cursed Child in one sitting. The decision to adapt the hit play is in response to the financial challenges faced by theatres during the global lockdown and the costs of staging this epic show. However, the original two-part production will continue to run in Melbourne, London, and Hamburg.
Tick, Tick, BOOM!
The official trailer for the movie adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical Tick, Tick…BOOM! was released this month. In case you haven’t yet watched it 20 times over, here’s a peak at the wonderful Andrew Garfield as Jon.
As we celebrate Pride this month, tune into The Progress of Pride from Playbill Pride. Featuring musical performances from a host of Broadway stars, the virtual 60 minute celebration also reflects on the history of Pride with archival footage of past marches.