tl;dr for September 4th
- Real Estate: "Gettin' the Band Back Together", a new Broadway musical that apparently nearly every critic other than me hated (read my review) announced it will close on September 16th, opening up the Belasco Theatre, one of Broadway's most distinctive and beautiful auditoriums, for a new tenant
- Development: Fox Stage Productions and producer Kevin McCollum announced that "Mrs. Doubtfire", the beloved 1994 comedy film, is being adapted into a stage musical by the writing team behind "Something Rotten!" under the helm of veteran comedy director Jerry Zaks; drag is surely "in" on Broadway these days!
- Film: the much buzzed about film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Cats" will premiere on December 20, 2019, delaying production for the film version of "Wicked"; also keep an eye out for Bradley Cooper's remake of the remake of the remake of "A Star is Born", featuring Lady Gaga (in theatres October 5th)
- Tease: check out this music video of "Queen of New York" from the forthcoming "King Kong" musical; performances begin October 5th at the Broadway Theatre
- Read: if you follow musical theatre, you surely have an opinion about "jukebox musicals", those musicals that use the existing catalogue of singer or group as a score; read this conversation among New York Times critics about a phenomenon that doesn't appear to be a passing fad (see: "Head Over Heels", "The Cher Show", and "Ain't Too Proud" in this season alone)
- RIP: modern dance giant Paul Taylor passed away at age 88, and Broadway stalwart Carole Shelley passed away at 79