Over the past 10 years the Disney organisation has become a major player in the stage musicals business. There have been massive, internationally replicated successes like THE LION KING, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and ALADDIN and critically acclaimed and much respected shows, for instance NEWSIES, a magnificent New York centric musical which is yet to transfer to the West End, and PETER AND THE STAR CATCHER which had a respectable Off Broadway and Broadway run. But there have also been some real clunkers like THE LITTLE MERMAID and TARZAN which sunk in the Big Apple and have only had a few revivals since.
What's up in Broadway? Here is some news about shows that may - or may not - transfer to the West End.
Review: FROZEN at The St James Theatre, New York
By Phil Willmott Friday, April 20 2018, 12:15
Review: MY FAIR LADY at the Lincoln Centre, New York
By Phil Willmott Friday, April 20 2018, 09:39
One of the most anticipated openings of the current Broadway Season is director Bartlett Sher's revival of MY FAIR LADY at the Lincoln Centre where he’s recently staged world class productions of SOUTH PACIFIC and the KING AND I (to be revived soon at the London Palladium)
Lauren Ambrose and Diana Rigg in a scene from "My Fair Lady." Photo Joan Marcus
Review: HELLO DOLLY at the Shubert Theatre, New York
By Phil Willmott Monday, April 24 2017, 10:31
It was a golden age for the Broadway musical. The early 1960s saw premieres of evergreen hit shows like Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady and Hello Dolly. They've been regularly revived ever since as highlights of subsequent Broadway seasons with stars of the day making them hot tickets ever since. Now Dolly is, in the words of the title song "back where she belongs" with a new production and leading lady that's got New York Theatre buzzing all over again.
Review: OSLO at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater (Lincoln Centre), Broadway
By Davor Golub Friday, September 9 2016, 13:42
When comparing London and New York theatre most critics agree that exciting new drama tends to be developed in London while New York is the town for innovation in musical theatre. It is therefore with huge excitement that I report that OSLO, at Lincoln Centre’s intimate Mitzi Newhouse space, is one of the finest new plays I have seen in years. Already a sold out smash in its limited run this summer, Lincoln Centre has announced that the show is transferring to its larger, Broadway venue, the Vivian Beaumont later in the year. No doubt this wonderfully theatrical and thought provoking production will be making its way to London soon.
HAMILTON at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, Broadway
By Davor Golub Thursday, September 1 2016, 14:11
How does one even attempt to review HAMILTON? In the United States the show has become a theatrical phenomenon unlike any I have experienced in my forty years of theatergoing. It has won 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, the Pulitzer Prize, has hundreds of teens attending its weekly Ham4Ham concert outside the theatre’s stage door and can command thousands of dollars per ticket for a prime orchestra seat.
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