Friday, November 09, 2007

Stealing Away A Second Opening Night

Stealing Away A Second Opening Night

There's more than just a little irony in the fact that a Broadway strike could begin this evening, given that one of the Jujamcyn's many theatres is the St. James.

You know the one -- the place where The Producers famously closed earlier this year supposedly so that Mel Brooks' new musical could open there. Well, Brooks & Co. opened last night at the Hilton Theatre instead, since the Hilton's tenant from one year ago "stole" the St. James as the venue for its holiday revival.

Tonight, the return of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas is scheduled to open at the St. James, but is it possible that the opening night might actually be stolen from The Grinch if a strike breaks out?

The musical version of the beloved children's classic book and animated television treat by Theodor S. Giesel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) features a book by Timothy Mason, along with the score he co-wrote with Mel Marvin. Although Patrick Page reprises his role as the Grinch, the cast has changed considerably, including Ed Dixon taking over the role created last year by John Cullum.

With as many as four performances each day, expect How The Grinch Stole Christmas to do bang-up box office business (strike notwithstanding) right right through its closing on January 6.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets.
Related Stories:
A Broadway Stagehands Strike Appears Imminent (November 9, 2007)
End Of Plank For Pirate Queen? (May 18, 2007)
Grinches Are Few Among Critics (November 9, 2006)
Grinch Brings Early Christmas To Broadway (November 8, 2006)

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