Introducing Births and Deaths, or You Tip Us Off On Theatre Openings and Closings


Think of it as the RENT rule: even the shows you have memorized will eventually close and be replaced by something new.

As we prefer having time to brace ourselves for change, we’re proud to introduce our new feature, BIRTHS and DEATHS.

Send your whispers on which shows have one foot in the grave to, and we’ll share the best scoops as they come in. And don’t be shy about telling us about new shows that are opening. We like happy news too.

You’ll find the kind of juicy industry gossip that we’re looking for after the jump.

A revival of KETTI FRINGS’s Pulitzer Prize-winning adaptation of THOMAS WOLFE’s 1929 book LOOK HOMEWARD, ANGEL is set to open next fall. PROOF scribe DAVID AUBURN will revise the script and DANIEL SULLIVAN (who we just realized is MARTHA PLIMPTON’s stepfather) will direct.

It looks like we underestimated LIZA MINNELLI. Her upcoming show LIZA’S AT THE PALACE… has extended its run an extra two weeks indicating that either old people still buy tickets in tough times or her recurring role as Lucille Austero on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT won over a new generation of fans.

It is a far, far better thing to close A TALE OF TWO CITIES on November 16th than it was to open this musical in the first place. Whispers are that HAIR might take over the space . [Variety]

Former X-MEN costars IAN MCKELLEN and PATRICK STEWART will wait for Godot together in London’s West End come next April. An American version starring NATHAN LANE and BILL IRWIN bows the same day. We know which one we’d actually pay to see. [Vulture]