So it’s not technically musical chairs – no theatre is being “taken away” after the music ends, and no show is being forced to close after it doesn’t get to a theatre fast enough.
Rock of Ages is closing on January 9th… but it’s re-opening at the Helen Hayes Theatre in March. No one is quite sure why this is happening, especially with Second Stage’s impending acquisition of the Helen Hayes.
It was also announced that Rain, the Beatles tribute musical, is closing at the Neil Simon Theatre on January 15th and then transferring to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, re-opening on February 8th for a minimum of 16 more weeks. The producers of Catch Me if You Can have the Neil Simon booked the Simon earlier last year.
Lastly, it was announced that extraordinary writers behind Next to Normal, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, are teaming up again to pitch an idea for a musical vehicle for Robert Downey Jr. I am just as confused by this as you are, don’t worry. But I’m sure the TONY winning team won’t disappoint. Playbill updated readers with more news on the story that can be found here.
Some unbelievable occurences, as well as some exciting occurences are going on on the Great White Way in the next couple of months. What will happen next? I’m betting a revival of Les Miserables….. but deep down I’m crossing my fingers for a revival of Sunset Boulevard! We shall see.