Home Theater Broadway: Kinky Boots Breaks Record, Popular Press Agent Leaves, Pippin Recoups

A big Broadway day: over the weekend Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein’s “Kinky Boots” broke a house record at the Hirschfield Theater. They took in almost $2 million from Thursday- Sunday. Tony winning “Kinky Boots” is booming. They’re going to have an excellent Christmas holiday season. Everybody say yeah!

…We’re sad to say goodbye to Michael Hartman. The eternally youthful press agent has decided to wrap up 20 years of his press company, The Hartman Group, and head home to Texas. Michael and his husband are going to start a family, and Michael’s joining the famous Amy’s Ice Creams in Austin, Texas. The Hartman Group was one of the great bastions of civility on Broadway. Michael’s integrity and honesty made him a pleasure to work with. His staff is terrific. I hope to see them in new jobs quickly along the Great Black and White Way…

…The Diane Paulus revival of “Pippin” has recouped its initial investment. The show is a hit, and one of the most enjoyable uplifting experiences in Broadway history. Paulus goes on now to help “Finding Neverland” to Broadway. And “Pippin” will be a Weinstein Company movie in the next couple of years…

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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