PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, Dec. 14-20: Drama in the West End and The Iceman Cometh to Play BAM

By Robert Simonson
20 Dec 2013

Nathan Lane
Photo by Liz Lauren
A section of the roof of London's Apollo Theatre collapsed Dec. 19, trapping and injuring theatregoers during a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. The collapse occurred just after 8:15 PM with some 85 patrons injured in the event, seven of them with serious injuries as a result. Broken legs and head wounds were reported.

The London Fire Bridgade stated that a portion of the theatre's domed ceiling collapsed, taking with it part of the lighting rigging for the production. It fell onto the audience who were watching the show. The ceiling also took parts of the balconies down with it. Other local theatres near the Apollo, which is on Shaftesbury Avenue, one of the busiest theatre streets in London, were used for triage.

No fatalities were reported and authorities are currently awaiting a full structural assessment of building.


The Iceman Cometh cometh to New York again.

The Goodman Theatre production of the four-act epic drama The Iceman Cometh, starring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, will play a six-week engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Feb. 5, 2015-March 15.

Director Robert Falls, who has done plenty of O'Neill, and most of it with Dennehy, helms the five-hour drama that sold out its Chicago run in 2012. The original Chicago cast and creative team will reunite for the BAM engagement, which is presented in association with producer Scott Rudin, who holds Broadway rights to the play. Iceman was last seen on Broadway in 1999.


The American premiere of the Donmar Warehouse production of Conor McPherson's The Night Alive, which opened Dec. 12 to good reviews, has extended its run at the Atlantic Theater Company through Feb. 2, 2014. It had originally been scheduled to continue through Jan. 26.


No one can say that Bebe Neuwirth isn't dedicated to the musical Chicago.

Neuwirth won a 1997 Tony Award for her acclaimed portrayal of jazz-age killer Velma Kelly in the hit revival of the Kander and Ebb piece, which is still playing on Broadway. She returned ten years later to play the merry murderess Roxie Hart. And now she will step into the show's other major female role, Matron "Mama" Morton for an eight-week limited engagement starting Jan. 14, 2014, at the Ambassador Theatre.

If Neuwirth gets bored of Morton, she can always start in on the musical's male roles. Why not? The show already has one major character who dresses in drag.