Playbill just announced that Tonys will be awarded this year to “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” (an astonishing twist, in my book!) and “Hands on a Hardbody” (yes, this film got a stage adaptation). Because of the Tonys, to me “Hands on a Hardbody” has entered the pantheon of great musicals with songs like “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).” Tonys ceremony time is June 9.
Also on the roster, a show called “The Indecent Story” will deal with the shocking 1913 offence of a certain author in Nazi Germany. Stars Michael Urie and Aida Turturro. British actor and producer Emma Rice directs. This one’s running in September in LA.
If we go the distance and then look at the states for the box office, the last week of the year was all about music, and big names. Aetna jumped in to purchase a good sized chunk of Apple Music from AT&T and continues to grow it. (That serves them well.)
Musical theatre fans watching the box office are interested in and very vocal about bringing “Miss Saigon” to London and the UK in November.