Thursday, May 23, 2024

Broadway Shows “American Buffalo” and “The Minutes,” Set for Next Spring After COVID Postponement


Great news!

The revival of David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” and the launch of Tracy Letts’ “The Minutes” will open on Broadway next spring. Both shows were just about to open when COVID hit and shut down the Great Bright Way (thanks to Whoopi Goldberg for that).

Statement from the producers of American Buffalo and The Minutes: “It is the intent to open these plays—both powerful, funny and relevant dissections of Americana—in the spring of 2021, on the exact dates they were scheduled to open in 2020.  However, we will only do so knowing that there are safeguards in place that will encourage audiences to return to the theatre, and that our government will allow us to have gatherings of more than 500 people. We, the producing team, believe that a vaccine is essential as part of that process, and we are hopeful that progress will be made in that area to ensure that artists and theatregoers will return to support this vital element of our theatrical heritage:  the American play.”

The casts may not be the same, but it doesn’t matter. We need the plays! And take note they’re adhering to the regular Tony Awards schedule, unlike “The Music Man,” which I told you yesterday will open after Tony eligibility. “The Minutes” will open on March 15th and “Buffalo” on April 14th, exactly one year late. But better late than never!

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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