Theatre News — Sunday, 19 June 2011

  • Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark finally opened on Broadaway on 14 June, after one heck of a preview period.  Reviews were … not overly enthusiastic.  (Reports Playbill Online.)
  • Love Never Dies, the Phantom of the Opera sequel, closes early in the West End — on 27 August of this year.  This comes shortly after the show opened (a somewhat different version) in Melbourne.  (Courtesy What’s On Stage.)
  • A musical based on the life of Susan Boyle (to be called, naturally, I Dreamed a Dream) is planned for next Spring in Newcastle, to be followed by a UK tour.  Boyle will not play herself, but a cameo isn’t out of the question.  (From What’s On Stage.)
  • Broadway’s Driving Miss Daisy stars, Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones, will reprise their roles in the West End this fall.  (Thanks again, What’s On Stage.)
  • Tony-winner (and Wicked witch) Idina Menzel will perform her concert in London’s Royal Albert Hall for one night in October.  (See IdinainLondon.com.)
  • Thanks to Tony wins (and a really good sale on Amazon), the cast recording for The Book of Mormon landed at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 — the first time a cast recording broke the top 10 since Hair in 1969.  (Courtesy Playbill Online.)  In related news, The Book of Mormon also raised ticket prices.  (Also Playbill Online.)