Today on Broadway: Tuesday, January 7, 2020


Golden Globe Winners, Broadway Box Office Winners, Miguel Cervantes is a Winner, Ensemblist Names Winners, SING STREET FTW!

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Welcome to Today on Broadway for Tuesday, January 7th, 2020. I’m arts and culture writer Ashley Steves…

77th Annual Golden Globe Winners
On Sunday night, the 77th Annual Golden Globes were presented, and several stage favorites took home statuettes for their work on screen in the past year.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge took home two awards, one for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy and one for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy for the brilliant FLEABAG.
Sir Elton John and his long-time songwriting partner Bernie Taupin won the award for Best Original Song – Motion Picture for ROCKETMAN’s “I’m Gonna Love Me Again.” The duo were up against other theatre favorites, including Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez for FROZEN II, Cynthia Erivo for HARRIET, and Andrew Lloyd Webber for CATS.
THE GREAT SOCIETY star Brian Cox won in his category, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, for his role as the Roy patriarch in HBO’s SUCCESSION.
Additionally, Tony-winning director Sam Mendes won the Best Director – Motion Picture award for his 1917, which opens this week, and Michelle Williams won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for her work on FOSSE/VERDON — lots of love for the CABARET family.
Also notable: Renée Zellwegger won her first Golden Globe in 17 years for her portrayal of Judy Garland in JUDY, winning Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. Awkwafina, who will star in the upcoming film adaptation of THE PROM, won Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy for THE FAREWELL, and winning Best Animated Feature was MISSING LINK, which featured the voice talents of once and future Broadway star Hugh Jackman.

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Last Week’s Grosses

Broadway shows brought in $43,095,641 during the week ending January 5th, down 23 percent from the Christmas influx and up 15 percent from this time last year.
The biggest story comes from the Winter Garden Theatre, where BEETLEJUICE has set another house record. In its first string of performance in the new decade, the show grossed $1,435,799—the highest for a seven-performance week at the house. You’ll recall this totals three house records broken throughout the month of December, initially breaking the eight-performance and nine-performance records on December 1 and December 29. All in all, the show brought in nearly 125 percent of its gross potential.
At the top of the list for earnings, HAMILTON, of course, led the pack as the only show above $3 million at $3,194,411, with 21 other shows above the $1 million mark, from THE LION KING at $2,493,061, down to COME FROM AWAY at $1,073,381. That includes the Scott Rudin-produced WEST SIDE STORY, which continues its long preview run, pulling in $1,730,917, or 100.49 percent of its gross potential.
At the bottom of the pack is, unsurprisingly MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON at the Friedman, because it played one preview performance. Also at the bottom were the two other shows starting previews: GRAND HORIZONS and A SOLDIER’S PLAY. From there, THE INHERITANCE continues to struggle, bringing in only $409,320 at just under 36 percent of its gross potential. And very expectedly, A CHRISTMAS CAROL had the biggest dip of 18.62 percent down to $418,556.

Miguel Cervantes to Play the Title Role in Hamilton on Broadway
Miguel Cervantes, who just wrapped up the title role in the as-of-Sunday-closed Chicago production of HAMILTON, will take over the role full-time in New York. Cervantes will return to the Broadway company to play Alexander Hamilton, taking the reins from Ryan Vasquez who currently assumes the role. Cervantes originally played as an alternate in the Broadway cast before heading to Chicago’s CIBC Theatre in September 2016. His start date at the Richard Rodgers Theatre has yet to be announced.

The Ensemblist Announces This Year’s Ones to Watch List

In Other News
Montego Glover, Kara Young, and More to Star in All the Natalie Portmans

SING STREET Coming to the Lyceum This Spring?
Kara Young, who just wrapped up her run in the world premiere of HALFWAY BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN—or HELL, if you’re Matt—is now set to star in the upcoming world premiere of C.A. Johnson’s ALL THE NATALIE PORTMANS. Directed by Kate Whoriskey, the new coming-of-age comedy play follows 16-year-old Keyonna, who is “too smart, too gay, and too lonely to fit in,” as she escapes into the imagined worlds of her muse, Natalie Portman. The cast will also feature Montego Glover, Joshua Boone, Elise Kibler, and Renika Williams. Performances will begin at MCC Theater’s Robert W. Wilson Theater Space on Feb. 6th ahead of a Feb. 24th opening.
And finally, James, heading to the rumor mill but also something Matt has certainly teased on the show many times before: reported by Philip Boroff at Broadway Journal, the producers of SING STREET, currently in a developmental production at New York Theatre Workshop, are in talks to transfer their musical into the Lyceum Theatre this spring just ahead of the Tony Award cutoff.
According to the report and papers that were distributed to investors in the fall, the show is capitalized at $11 million with weekly running costs of $490,000, meaning it could recoup in a year at just $757,000 per week. That, to me, seems like a big asking price at the Lyceum given its recent string of shows, but if the show is a success with great word of mouth, definitely doable.
The NYTW production is running until January 26th.


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