Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Broadway Fans: Watch the PBS Special Tuesday Night “Reopening” Featuring Adrienne Warren, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Aaron Tveit, More


Tomorrow night– Tuesday January 18th PBS 9pm– the best revelation in Frank Di Lella’s “Reopening: The Broadway Revival” comes around 18 minutes in.

Adrienne Warren, the Tony winning star of “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” tells New York 1’s Frank Di Lella that last summer, preparing to return to Broadway after the pandemic break wasn’t so easy.

Warren says, “When I went into the rehearsal room I realized I’d completely forgotten the show!”

Warren is just one of a bunch of Broadway stars who appear in the special including Aaron Tveit, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, James Michael Scott of “Aladdin,” and Jeanna de Wal of the late, lamented “Diana.”

It’s a terrific special and a great commercial for Broadway. Alas some of the shows featured have closed, like “Diana” and “Ain’t Too Proud.” But “Tina” is running just fine, so is “Moulin Rouge,” there are 19 shows running on Broadway now. They need all our support. 

Me? I bought a ticket for the Michael Jackson musical, “MJ,” last week, and really enjoyed it. This is a great time to get tickets to shows usually sold out. In a couple of months, things will go back to normal, trust me.

Back to Warren, who is adorable: between her and all the other performers including the great Rachel Tucker — I didn’t know she was in “Come from Away,” now I will get a ticket– DiLella really shows what happened to Broadway, how the lockdown affected all the people who work there, and why it’s so important that the shows come back full force.

Also featured, all articulate and so endearing:  Sara Bareilles (“Waitress”), Tony nominee Elizabeth Stanley (“Jagged Little Pill”), Alexandra Billings (“Wicked”), Jawan M. Jackson (“Ain’t Too Proud”), Tony nominee Andrew Rannells, Tony nominee Norm  Lewis (“Chicken and Biscuits”), Olivier Award winner Sharon D. Clarke (“Caroline, or Change”), Tony winner Lea Salonga, Tony winner and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth, Tony winner Chita Rivera, Tony winner Laura Benanti, Tony winner David Rockwell.

Broadway fans, this is must see TV!

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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