PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, Sept. 28-Oct. 4: Kinky Boots Stands Strong and Chita Rivera Hints at a Visit to Broadway

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04 Oct 2013

Stark Sands
Stark Sands
Matthew Murphy

Two Broadway hits enjoyed palpable evidence of their popularity this week.

Who says Kinky Boots is a hit? Well, the Tony voters do. They gave the new show the Best Musical prize. Theatregoers do. The attraction has been selling out ever since June. And now there's this further proof: Producers announced Oct. 3 that the musical has recouped its initial investment of $13.5 million in just 30 weeks. In Broadway time, where shows can run for years and never make their money back, that's mighty fast.

Meanwhile, the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, which opened Sept. 26, has extended its Broadway run into Feb. 2014. Tony Award winner Cherry Jones, Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger and Zachary Quinto star.

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Trouble in development when mounting a new musical is not uncommon. But to clear the decks and start completely from scratch — well, that's something else.

A revised production of Finding Neverland, directed by Diane Paulus, will receive a 2014 workshop in New York City, according to an Equity casting notice this week. The workshop will be a completely new version of the musical about J. M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, and will feature not just a new director in Paulus, but a new book and songwriting team.

The musical premiered in 2012 at the U.K.'s Curve Theatre, with a score by Grey Gardens writers Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics) and a book by Allan Knee, based on his play The Man Who Was Peter Pan. Rob Ashford staged the $10 million premiere, which received mixed notices.

Earlier this year, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein brought on board U.K. pop songwriters Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy to pen a new score for Finding Neverland, which now has a book by James Graham.



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