PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, Sept. 3-9: Clybourne Park to Broadway, Nick Jonas Will Succeed

News   PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, Sept. 3-9: Clybourne Park to Broadway, Nick Jonas Will Succeed Bruce NorrisClybourne Park was praised by all in its 2010 Off-Broadway premiere. It had a good run. It won a few prizes, notably the Pulitzer. And now it will finally get a Broadway berth.

Crystal A. Dickinson and Annie Parisse in the 2010 Off-Broadway production of Clybourne Park.
Crystal A. Dickinson and Annie Parisse in the 2010 Off-Broadway production of Clybourne Park. Photo by Joan Marcus

The Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum's January 2012 production of the play will move to Broadway to open in spring 2012, CTG announced. Playbill.com had the news first, but it took the Gray Lady to get press agents to return calls. The New York Times reported that Lincoln Center Theater and Scott Rudin are attached to the Broadway future.

Pam MacKinnon, who staged the 2010 world premiere of Norris' postmodern riff on A Raisin in the Sun (at Playwrights Horizons Off-Broadway), will again direct. The Broadway move is a leap of faith, in a way, since the new production will not open at the Taper until January.

Casting and full creative team will be announced. The Off-Broadway premiere had some fine folk it in, including Frank Wood, Annie Parisse, Jeremy Shamos, Crystal A. Dickinson, Brendan Griffin, Damon Gupton and Christina Kirk. Cast some of them and it's hard to imagine the play not succeeding again.

The news came weeks after the announcement that Manhattan Theatre Club would bring Wit — another Pulitzer Prize-winning that played Off-Broadway — a Broadway revival this coming season.

So, can someone now do something about Ruined? ***

Nick Jonas

The hit Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying will go from teen heartthrob to teen heartthrob.

Harry Potter phenom Daniel Radcliffe couldn't play J. Pierrepont Finch forever, as much as producers wanted him to. He's sorta busy. So the show is bringing in pop star Nick Jonas — one third of the Tiger Beat cover boys, the Jonas Brothers. Like Radcliffe, he's not without experience. Nick started his Broadway career in the revival of Annie Get Your Gun and made his West End stage debut as Marius in Les Miserables in 2010

Jonas will take on the role of charming corporate chameleon Finch beginning Jan. 24, 2012, and continuing through July 1.

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Now hear this. Now. Here. This., the new work from the creators and cast of the cult-hit musical [title of show], will get its world premiere by Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre in 2012.

The Vineyard was encouraged by its in-house developmental lab production earlier this year. The full staging will play March and April 2012 at Vineyard's home on East 15th Street. The Vineyard is where the surprise hit [title of show] began. It later transferred to Broadway. Like that show, Now. Here. This. is written by Hunter Bell — this time in collaboration with Susan Blackwell — with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen. It is based on a collaboration by Hunter Bell, Michael Berresse, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Jeff Bowen and Larry Pressgrove.

The work is billed as "an original 'theatri-concert' that investigates and celebrates living in the present." So, I guess it would be wrong to look forward to it, then, right?

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Broadway said so long to two long-timers this week.

Over Labor Day weekend, The Phantom of the Opera company members George Lee Andrews, who played producer Andre, and David Cryer, who played his partner Firmin, played their final performances at the Majestic Theatre.

Andrews is an original cast member who is recognized by Guinness World Record as the longest-running actor in the same Broadway show. Cryer joined the Broadway production in January 2006 after 13 years with the national tour.

Over the past 23 years (with a few breaks for vacations and appearances in limited engagements elsewhere), Andrews has appeared in the ensemble (where he started in 1988) and later played both Firmin and Andre.

George Lee Andrews and David Cryer
George Lee Andrews and David Cryer
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