Bruce Springsteen Reprising ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ for Encore Run

LINK: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/bruce-springsteen-reprising-springsteen-on-broadway-1179646/

Bruce Springsteen is bringing his acclaimed Springsteen on Broadway show back to the St. James Theatre for an encore run. The residency will begin June 26th and run through September 4th. Tickets go on sale Thursday via SeatGeek.

“I loved doing Springsteen on Broadway,” Springsteen says in a statement, “and I’m thrilled to have been asked to reprise the show as part of the reopening of Broadway.”

Audience members will be required to show proof that they’ve been vaccinated for Covid-19 before they can enter the theater. Proceeds from the first show will go to a group of local New York and New Jersey charities including the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Food Bank for New York City, Fulfill (Monmouth & Ocean Counties Foodbank), Long Island Cares, NJ Pandemic Relief Fund and the Actor’s Fund.

Springsteen on Broadway was born out of a special show that Springsteen played for Barack Obama and his staff in the final days of his administration. Previews began on October 3rd, 2017 and it wrapped up December 15th, 2018 after grossing over $100 million from 236 shows. The set mixed hits like “Born to Run,” “Dancing in the Dark,” and “Thunder Road” with lesser-known tunes like “The Wish” and “My Father’s House.” Patti Scialfa joined him most nights for duets “Tougher Than the Rest” and “Brilliant Disguise.”

Springsteen’s most recent LP, A Letter To You, was released in October 2020. He promoted it by playing Saturday Night Live with the E Street Band, but he has not played in public since the start of the pandemic.

Broadway Theater Owner Cited In Stagehands Death

LINK: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/02/theater/death-winter-garden-theater-shubert-organization.html

Broadway Theater Owner Cited by OSHA in Stagehand’s Fatal Fall

Federal regulators cited the Shubert Organization for four workplace safety violations in the death of an employee in the Winter Garden Theater.

Federal regulators have cited the Shubert Organization for four serious workplace safety violations and proposed a fine of $45,642 in connection with the death of an employee who fell from a ladder while working at the Winter Garden Theater last fall.

The citations, from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, were issued on May 11, six months after Peter Wright, a 54-year-old stagehand, fell nearly 50 feet from a narrow, raised platform while performing routine maintenance in the theater.

OSHA issues these serious citations when, according to its review, lapses have led to hazards carrying a “substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result.” In the Shubert Organization’s case, OSHA did not find that the violations were willful ones, in which an employer “intentionally and knowingly” violates the law.

The Shubert Organization has set up a meeting to discuss the citations and penalties, James C. Lally, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor, said. If the two parties do not reach a settlement, the company can still contest the citations, Mr. Lally said. Otherwise, they will be obligated to pay the full amount.

A spokesman for the Shubert Organization declined a request for comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

The violations issued to the group, which is the largest landlord on Broadway, included having a wooden ladder coated with a material that could obscure structural defects and two instances of a ladder used for a purpose for which it was not designed.

Mr. Wright, who was from Milford, Conn., was a stagehand for Local 1 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the labor union that represents professional stage employees in New York, for 34 years. He and his wife of 23 years, Marcie Lowy Wright, met when they were both working as stagehands for a 1990s “Grease” revival at the Eugene O’Neill Theater.

James J. Claffey Jr., the president of Local 1, wrote in a tribute in November that Mr. Wright “had a work ethic that was nothing short of exemplary, was extremely talented and skilled in his craft, and he was one of the finest riggers/flyman in our industry.”

The last show to play at the Winter Garden Theater had been “Beetlejuice,” which had been set to end its run on June 6, 2020, before the theater, like all on Broadway, shut on March 12 because of the pandemic; “Beetlejuice” was not slated to return.

A revival of “The Music Man” that will star Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster is set to begin performances in December and open next February.

Bill Evans, a spokesman for the Shubert Organization, said at the time of Mr. Wright’s death that most stagehands had not been working at the organization’s other theaters during the pandemic shutdown.

“We mourn the loss of our valued colleague,” he said in a statement. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family during this difficult time.”

Dylan Foley, who was a friend and co-worker of Mr. Wright’s, wrote in a Facebook tribute in November that Mr. Wright was “completely fearless in how he lived his life as a stagehand” and often did the work of three men.

“He had a dry wit, an unstoppable work ethic, and a trademarked grin,” Mr. Foley wrote. “If you asked for something from Pete, his line was, ‘For you, the grid’s the limit.’”

Broadway Set To Reopen August 4

According to The Washington Post Broadway will reopen August 4 with “Pass Over”, that must be coming from Britney Spears production in Washington D.C.

It looks like this Summer they’ll be one month of plays in New York before back to school.

LINK: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/broadway-reopening-nwandu-play-pass-over/2021/06/01/c7c8ac86-c2e1-11eb-8c18-fd53a628b992_story.html

Review – Four Tops On Broadway

That’s a lot better to be playing with down here, that’s an artist with good long sold reputation that you can see in smaller clubs, not like those big productions.

Something like that is something we can help promote on Broadway from ours across town, to help get the Four Tops play up and running.

That will help make our page bigger for our stuff, by helping get the word out for them.

Four Tops member Duke Fakir working on Broadway musical about the band

LINK: https://pagesix.com/2021/05/31/four-tops-member-duke-fakir-working-on-musical-about-the-band/

Broadway producer Paul Lambert and original “Four Tops” member Abdul “Duke” Fakir are working on a musical about the legendary Motown group, Page Six is told.

They’re hoping the show, named after their legendary hit “I’ll Be There!,” will be onstage early in 2022, making it one of the first new productions to appear on the Great White Way after theaters reopen.

“They just did casting calls in LA and are now doing rehearsals,” said an insider.

They planning to start with a short run in Detroit, making it the first Motown-themed musicals ever to debut in Motor City.

We’re told they then plan to take it to the West End in the UK where, according to a source, the band has a huge following.

The Four Tops “sold out everywhere when they toured there and have a huge European fan base to this day.”

Duke and Lambert have also been working on a new single, an “environmental anthem” named “Freedom” due out on May 5, and they’re performing a Memorial Day concert on PBS.

The band, originally made up of Levi Stubbs, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Payton and Fakir, had number-one hits with “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar pie honey bunch),” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” and many other successes including “Ain’t No Woman” and “It’s the Same Old Song,” among many others.

The show would follow “Ain’t Too Proud,” the hit 2018 musical based on the songs of labelmates The Temptations.

LINK: New York Broadway Tickets

LINK: http://www.broadway.com

We’ll just jump right in there Broadway in New York City and see what’s going on, it’s been a while since I was around any of that.

Before I even look New York is way bigger than it used to be when I was younger, like with the population increase.

They’d need like ten thousand times the size of it is today to compare to what it looked like when I was a kid, today it’s not very big looking because the city got so large.

They have a webpage anyway www.broadway.com with the shows listed on it playing on Broadway.

What is Broadway anyway? Good question…it’s a street in New York City with all the venues on it for large plays, off Broadway must be the street next to it.

Yeah, getting a good spot down there would be hard these days.

Issues like the city being too large with the reduced area for having plays, I dunno I might run mine for this page from across town.

Just for the cheaper box venue, later we’ll check the rates and see what the area looks like on the blog to see the cost of starting your own Broadway production or Off Broadway Production or Crosstown like ours.

We’ll start with a quick review of Broadway.com , they have all the plays listed for Broadway and Off Broadway with ticket sales.

Let’s see what’s playing:

They have about fifteen productions running and several off Broadway productions including surprise Phantom Of The Opera and The Lion King, I was right even before I looked…I must be still current on that play, Aladdin and Mrs. Doubtfire…that would be the trip to New York I guess if I was going.

That’s my opinion of the page – didn’t have time to do anything on it yet.

Here’s a walking video tour from some guy down in times square this week on Youtube.

Step Up To The Mike

Yeah Britney being down here is great and all that but they can’t do Step Up To The Mike over there at those proportions, like their not that good like the Kids From Fame.

Those Lion King productions and all them I mean, that’s why Fame is so awesome.

They’ll be watching these clips I picked and trying to copy it for their shows on the big one at Broadway but they can’t play it.

We’ve Been Up One Day

Since we’re new to Broadway I thought I’d get up early and check the newspapers to see if anyone noticed us, like to start copying our page for their Broadway page.

Like on the show Fame, their could be some crooked promotor watching our Fame promotion for their crooked one across town on the real Broadway, they could be stealing from us and then when we go down they won’t take our work.

So I checked to see if anyone put anything in the paper…what did it say?

Britney Spears just launched on Broadway at the same time as us, maybe she’s following this blog and then running down there to steal all my fans because I don’t have a box office yet like theirs.

LINK: https://thehill.com/changing-america/enrichment/arts-culture/556018-britney-spears-musical-will-make-pre-broadway-debut

STORY:

“””Musical theater and pop fans can rejoice because Broadway and Washington D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company are coming together to bring dreams to life with “Britney Spears: Once Upon a One More Time,” The Washington Post reported on Thursday. 

“This is something so magical — it’s Shakespeare and Spears!” Shakespeare Theatre Company’s artistic director, Simon Godwin, said. 

The musical, to the stylings of Spears’ song catalogue, will surround a book club of fairytale characters — such as Snow White and Cinderella — who find themselves changed after reading “a feminist manifesto.”

Godwin said Nederlander producer Susan Bristow came to him with the idea months ago. “She came to us and said, ‘Can I share this idea with you?’” Godwin said. “I was delighted that people were identifying us as a space that they want to work with. I said, ‘Yes, I am all in.”

“Some folks might think it is a jukebox musical, but it is not,” he added of the musical. “This is taking classical stories and refashioning them. I felt there was a promise of excellence.”

While not directly involved, Godwin told The Washington Post that Spears gave her blessing for the show and he’s looking forward to see her reaction once it comes together.

“Once Upon a One More Time” will debut on Nov. 30 at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall and end Jan. 2, 2022. The hope is to bring the musical to the Nederlander-Organization Theater on Broadway once it has concluded its run in D.C.”””

Take it easy their Desdemona, I mean Washington D.C. come off it to get ready for Broadway.

I doubt they’d be able to help her much when she gets here anyway, like to our Broadway promotion.

They’ll probably be watching our Fame clips we post and trying to copy it for their show ahead of us, like on the show Fame itself…sitting in the office in Washington D.C. in their suit like their visiting the dance school or something on Fame, then stealing our dance moves for the big huge production across town.

I’d thought it just be some guy I would know, like downtown or something…then the same day I opened here Britney Spears got here.

It don’t matter, all her moves are probably from Kids From Fame anyway from her dance class tap books.