tl;dr for July 17th
- Something's coming, all right; a new production of "West Side Story" will open on Broadway in 2020, directed by Belgian visionary Ivo van Hove (a Tony-winner for "A View from the Bridge") and featuring *new* choreography by fellow Belgian Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker; on the announcement, lyricist Stephen Sondheim said: "what keeps theater alive over time is reinterpreation." He's right. This will mark the first major production to break the mold of the iconic original by Jerome Robbins and Arthur Laurents. And that is very exciting.
- Something's going right for "The Play that Goes Wrong", which has extended its run to January 6th; meanwhile, "The Prom" will now open at the Longacre Theatre (home of "A Bronx Tale", closing August 6th), instead of the previously announced Cort Theatre
- The Gypsy Robe has been renamed The Legacy Robe following a vote by Actors' Equity after an earlier, unanimous decision to change the name over concerns of insensitivity toward Roma people (derogatorily referred to as "gypsies"); the time-honored tradition of the robe will continue
- "Smash" fans should have renewed hope; producer Craig Zadan tweeted that "Bombshell", the musical at the center of the short-lived now-cult TV series, is in development for Broadway
- 2018 Pulitzer Prize winning play "Cost of Living" by Martyna Majok is being adapted into a musical by composer/lyricist Michael John LaChiusa ("Hello, Again", "The Wild Party", "Marie Christine")
- Check out the free Rodgers and Hammerstein exhibit at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (at Lincoln Center) now through September 25th