‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Sets Broadway Opening Date

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will open on Broadway in April 2018, according to Playbill.com.

The play, which is currently playing in London’s West End, is based off J.K. Rowling’s book series, “Harry Potter.” The show takes place years after Rowling’s final book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

The play’s venue will be at the Lyric Theatre, owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group. The Group announced that they will be making the theatre a smaller, more intimate setting for the play, decreasing its size from 1,900 to 1,500 seats.

Casting and preview dates are yet to be announced. Ticket sales begin this fall at HarryPotterThePlay.com

 

Tony Award 2017 Nominations Announced

The American Theatre Wing’s 2017 Tony Award nominations were announced Tuesday, according to the Tony Awards’ official website.

This season’s fan-favorite musicals racked up the nominations, with “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” and “Hello, Dolly!” garnering 10 nominations, “Dear Evan Hansen” with nine nominations and “Groundhog Day the Musical” with seven.

In the category, “Best Play,” the nominees include “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” “Indecent,” “Oslo” and “Sweat.”

The Tony Awards, hosted by Kevin Spacey, will premiere live Sunday, June 11 at 8/7c on CBS.

For a full list of the nominees, click here.

Trial Begins for Failed Musical ‘Rebecca’

On Monday a civil trial began for the failed Broadway musical, “Rebecca,” based on the 1938 novel by Daphne du Maurier, according to The New York Times.

Producers of “Rebecca” are in a civil suit with the show’s former publicist, Marc Thibodeau. Their claim is that Thibodeau sent anonymous emails to an investor back in 2012, insisting that he didn’t invest in the show because Thibodeau said he knew it would flop.

The show was announced back in 2008 and originally was to open in London with a budget of $16 million. That plan failed, which eventually led to a plan for “Rebecca” to open on Broadway with a lesser cost, at $12 million. Producers failed to raise enough money in early 2012.

Read more about the troubled musical’s trial here.

‘Anastasia’ Finds Huge Success Before April 24 Opening

“Anastasia,” inspired by the 1997 animated film, has grossed millions of dollars in its first few weeks previewing on Broadway, prior to its April 24 opening day at the Broadhurst Theater. Last week, the show grossed $1.2 million, according to Variety Magazine.

The producers of the show expected that much of the show’s fan base would come from adults who loved the movie as children, but producer Tom Kirdahy said, “It’s more than the twenty something young women who loved the movie as kids.”

Producers first noticed that “Anastasia” had a strong following when they released a teaser trailer for the musical on Facebook in September. The video received more than 8.5 million views in its first week.

Read more about “Anastasia” here. Find tickets to the show here.

 

‘Saturday Night Live’ spoofs ‘Legally Blonde the Musical’

This past weekend, the women of “Saturday Night Live” starred in a short called “Before the Show,” spoofing “Legally Blonde the Musical.”

Led by SNL vets Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Vanessa Bayer, the women played middle school students putting on a production of “Legally Blonde,” which goes terribly wrong.

According to Playbill.com, some believe that the short was based off this amateur production of “Legally Blonde” in Vancouver.

See the hilarious SNL clip here.

Kevin Spacey to host the 2017 Tony Awards

Kevin Spacey, Tony Award and Oscar winning actor, will host the 2017 Tony Awards on June 11, according to USA Today.

Spacey won a Tony Award in 1991 for his performance in “Lost in Yonkers.” He currently stars in the Emmy nominated Netflix series “House of Cards.”

Spacey joked that he was the “15th choice to host this year’s Tony Awards” and that his career is now “definitely going in the right direction.”

Jack Sussman, head of CBS’s coverage of specials and live events, said Spacey is the perfect host because of his “extensive repertoire, charisma and unparalleled dedication to live theater.”

The Tony Awards will air at 8 pm on CBS June 11.