Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Broadway Shutdown Will Continue Until June 7th, “Diana” Musical Producer Vows “We Shall Return,” Famed Eatery Tweets “Oy”


The Broadway shutdown will continue past April 12th until June 7th. That’s the same day the Tony Awards would have been presented.

Frank Marshall, producer of the musical “Diana,” about Princess Diana, tweeted: “We shall return!”

Famed Great White Way eatery Joe Allen tweeted: “Oy.” Joe Allen– he’s a real person– also has Orso and Bar Centrale, the three most popular places to break bread when the curtain comes down. They already suffered last winter from a boiler issue that curtailed their kitchen. That’s fixed, and now this. Oy! is right.

“Beetlejuice” was supposed to close anyway on June 6th. So they are closed now, but not forever. Everyone hopes they’ll find a new theater next season and return.

Many shows that were supposed to open this spring have been moved to the fall, with a lot of finger crossing. Those include the much anticipated revival of “Company.”

Some new shows are up in the air. They include the mega production of “The Music Man” with Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. Also, “MJ: The Michael Jackson Musical,” which already wasn’t selling well in advance of its August opening. Maybe sales will pick up because audiences will be hungry for shows.

The long closure of shows impacts every business for blocks and blocks in every direction, not to mention our friends who run PR and marketing firms. But Broadway will come back bigger and brighter than ever! Please God!

Roger Friedman
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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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