Monday, April 22, 2024

Broadway: No “Hangmen” This Season, Bruce Springsteen Back Like He Never Left, “Hello, Dolly!” Falls Back to Earth


Bruce Springsteen is back on Broadway after a month away, and all is well again.

Bruce played four shows last week and made $1.9 million. A fifth show would have restored him to his $2.4 million weekly gross.

Welcome back, Bruce! Now we get into the interesting part of how the awards groups will honor Bruce. Best Musical? Special designation?

Meantime, “Hello, Dolly!” fell back below $1 million to around $854,622. The good reviews from the week before kicked their box office up a notch last week over a mil. But it’s all back to this low number. Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber are putting on a Tony Award- worthy show– a little more than the original production.

EXCLUSIVE: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is set to win the Tony Award for BestPlay. Why? Turns out Martin McDonagh’s much praised “The Hangmen” WILL NOT move to Broadway until the fall. Star Johnny Flynn wants to be in the UK with his wife for the birth of their child. Isn’t that silly? He could see the birth on Face Time! Well, seriously, that’s the situation. So no “Hangmen” this season. “Harry Potter” has a clear shot at the prize in a slow year for new plays.

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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