Friday, May 24, 2024

Harvey Gets the Last Laugh: “Finding Neverland” Only New Broadway Show Making Money


The Tony nominators snubbed “Finding Neverland” with no nominations, not even for the curtain. But Harvey Weinstein’s getting the last laugh. “FN” just posted another week with over $1 million at the box office. It does seem that his adaptation of his hit Miramax movie is critic proof. One good reason: “Glee” star Matthew Morrison is bringing in the fans. So is Kelsey Grammer.

Meantime, I’m surprised to see that “Wolf Hall” is struggling. If you love theater, this is must see. The Royal Shakespeare Company, the real thing, high drama. But the two plays are only drawing 61% of capacity. The same goes for “The Visit” with Chita Rivera. “Something Rotten,” my choice for Best New Musical, has plenty of discounted seats. So does “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.”Also available: “It’s Only a Play,” the comedy that was completely sold out during Nathan Lane’s first run in it is now easy to get into. I don’t know why. It’s still hilarious.

On the plus side, “Fun Home” and “An American in Paris” are each at 97%. Helen Mirren is pretty much the big hit in “The Audience,” which is sold out. But “Skylight” is not quite full (you don’t a great seat–there are just three actors), and “Fish in the Dark” is at capacity until Larry David leaves at the end of May.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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