Though we haven’t yet reached Christmas, already Broadway is about as filled as it can be for the spring season. With the autumn having spawned a few solid hits (Proof, The Full Monty, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife), as well as strugglers that will likely stay put for the longish haul (Seussical, Jane Eyre), the news is not good for a half-dozen shows that hope to be occupying Broadway real estate before Tony time. Already a revival of A Thousand Clowns, starring Tom Selleck, has postponed its Broadway plans till the summer.
Other shows that have intentions of coming to Broadway — but have yet to announce a theatre — include If You Ever Leave Me, I’m Coming With You, a two hander for acting twosome Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna; the small scale Gershwin Alone (which has openly coveted the Helen Hayes - assuming Dirty Blonde leaves at some point); the Kathleen Turner solo, Tallulah; and, if a house presents itself, Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Only two theatres appear to have clear openings within the next several weeks. The Booth comes available Feb. 25 - unless Lily Tomlin keeps selling well and decides to keep searching for signs of intelligent life on Broadway a bit longer. At the Royale, Copenhagen just announced its mid-January closing date, but word has it the theatre may have already booked a spring tenant.
Here’s a look at all the Broadway theatres and their occupants over the next six months. Venues marked with an asterisk still have an apparent opening in the spring.
Belasco Theatre: Follies starts March 8, 2001.
Biltmore Theatre: vacant; to be refurbished by Manhattan Theatre Club in 2001-02.
* Booth Theatre: The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe closes Feb. 25, 2001.
Broadhurst Theatre: Fosse in an open run.
Broadway Theatre: Miss Saigon closes Jan. 28, 2001. Blast starts in April 2001.
Brooks Atkinson Theatre: Jane Eyre in an open run.
Circle in the Square: The Rocky Horror Show in an open run.
Cort Theatre: The Gathering starts April 10, 2001.
Ethel Barrymore Theatre: The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife in an open run.
Eugene O’Neill Theatre: The Full Monty in an open run.
Ford Center: 42nd Street opens May 2001.
Gershwin Theatre: Riverdance closes March 25, 2001.
Helen Hayes Theatre: Dirty Blonde in an open run.
Imperial Theatre: Les Miserables in an open run.
John Golden Theatre: Stones In His Pockets opens April 1, 2001.
Longacre Theatre: Judgment at Nuremberg opens February 2001.
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre: Beauty and the Beast in an open run.
Lyceum Theatre: The Invention of Love starts March 1, 2001 and opens March 29, 2001.
Majestic Theatre: The Phantom of the Opera in an open run.
Marquis Theatre: Annie Get Your Gun in an open run.
Martin Beck Theatre: Kiss Me, Kate in an open run.
Minskoff Theatre: Saturday Night Fever closes Dec. 30, 2000. Tom Sawyer opens April 26, 2001.
Music Box Theatre: The Dinner Party in an open run.
Nederlander Theatre: Rent in an open run.
Neil Simon Theatre: The Music Man in an open run.
New Amsterdam: The Lion King in an open run.
Palace Theatre: Aida in an open run.
Richard Rodgers Theatre: Seussical in an open run.
Royale Theatre: Copenhagen closes Jan. 21, 2001. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest arrives in spring 2001.
Shubert Theatre: Chicago in an open run.
Studio 54: Cabaret in an open run.
Vivian Beamount Theatre: see “Lincoln Center - Vivian Beaumont Theatre.”
Walter Kerr Theatre: Proof in an open run.
Winter Garden Theatre: under renovation. Mamma Mia! opens Oct. 18, 2001.