Thursday, April 25, 2024

Broadway: Tom Stoppard’s “Leopoldstadt” Extends Run Through July and Probably Tony Awards Win


Oh come on, you knew “Leopoldstadt” wasn’t going anywhere.

The sensationally moving and profound Tom Stoppard play has just been extended through July. They’ve got to keep it open because Stoppard is going to win the Tony Award for Best Play. and maybe the Pulitzer and a bunch of other awards.

“Leopoldstadt” received rave reviews and is doing very well at the box office. For the last six weeks it’s brought in over $1 million a week. A lot of musicals are certainly envious.

Stoppard’s play is set in Vienna between the early 1900s and 1937 among wealthy Jews who don’t realize they cannot escape the coming Nazi invasion. The antisemitism is there, but they refuse to see it and think they’ve assimilated into Austrian society. It’s Stoppard’s family story, but it’s also a warning to Jews today who think the current climate of hate is not directed at us.

I will see this play again as soon as tickets are available. Everyone should!

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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