Monday, May 20, 2024

Broadway is Back! Four Musicals Re-open Tonight, and “Lackawanna Blues” Arrives


Broadway is back tonight!

Four musicals are re-opening, and one new play is going to previews. Hallelujah!

“Hamilton,” “The Lion King,” “Wicked,” and “Chicago” are all hitting their stages tonight for the first time since March 2020. Can we actually see all four in one night? We’ll try!

Plus: Ruben Santiago-Hudson starts previews for his one man “Lackawanna Blues” by August Wilson at Manhattan Theater Club’s Samuel Freedman Theater. Hudson plays 20 characters in the one man show which opens September 28th.

Ben Platt, star of “Dear Evan Hansen,” told Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest this morning he’ll be in the audience at “Wicked.”

Over at “Chicago,” the great Lillias White comes in as prison Matron Mama Thornton, and she will undoubtedly stop the show.

“Hamilton” has the great  Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, plus former Boy George (only I remember “Taboo”) and Tony nominee Euan Morton camping it up as King George III.

Meet you at Joe Allen after the shows! Welcome back! (And don’t forget the Tony Awards on September 26th.)

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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