PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, June 29-July 5: The Jungle Book Premieres, The Explorers Club and Choir Boy Extend

By Robert Simonson
05 Jul 2013

Chuck Cooper in The Choir Boy.
Photo by Joan Marcus
Midler also quashed rumors that she might perform the title role in Mame. "I always have Mame in the back of my mind, and people do mention it, but I don't think I have eight shows in me," she said. "I'm too old. I think people don't understand how hard this is."


Manhattan Theatre Club has a couple of popular hits on its hands.

The nonprofit announced extensions of The Explorers Club and Choir Boy, both of which currently play its Off-Broadway space at City Center.

The Explorers Club, set in 1879 London is a prestigious explorers club, has been extended by two weeks. Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy, a play with gospel music set in a prep school for African-American boys, which only opened on July 2, has been extended by two weeks. Performances for both show will run through Aug. 4.


Atlanta's Theater of the Stars, the non-profit Georgia company that has been in business for 60 seasons, revealed that it is in danger of closing its doors due to financial hardships.

A message from TOTS producer Christopher B. Manos on the company's official website stated that the organization was facing a critical juncture and would need to raise an immediate $500,000 by July 12 or the organization would cease operations and shut its doors.

Immediate funding will allow TOTS to stage the upcoming productions of Anything Goes and Dreamgirls (with Jennifer Holliday), as well as address the company's operating expenses.

An additional $500,000 must be raised by Aug. 30 in order to continue with the company's previously announced season, which is scheduled to continue later this year with Disney's The Little Mermaid, Stomp and Cats. TOTS has already canceled its July production of The Buddy Holly Story.