The Afternoon Report, Monday, January 7, 2013

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Breaking news:

Bette Midler to Play Superagent Sue Mengers on Broadway
ArtsBeat Blog/ – by DAVE ITZKOFF

The recipe for a successful one-character play would, at minimum, seem to call for two things: a powerful woman to base it upon and a powerful woman to play her. And a newly announced theater project surely has both: Bette Midler will perform on Broadway for the first time in more than 30 years in a play about the Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers, its producers said on Monday. The play, called “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers,” is written by John Logan and will be directed by Joe Mantello, and is scheduled to open on April 24 at a Shubert theater still to be determined.

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GOLDEN AGE with Bebe Neuwirth, Lee Pace, & Will Rogers begins final week of performances tomorrow @MTC_NYC • • • @BetteMidler returns to Broadway this spring in I’LL EAT YOU LAST, a new play about superagent Sue Mengers. • • • Maura Tierney and Courtney B. Vance join Tom Hanks in @LUCKYGUYPlay! • • • @BOOKOFMORMONBWY breaks the O’Neill house record for the 44th time! • • • CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF star Benjamin Walker featured in New York Magazine via @ShareThis @CatOnBroadway • • •

Question: To tweet or not to tweet?
Star Tribune – by KATIE HUMPHREY

Perched in an upper balcony of the Guthrie Theater, his iPhone screen glowing in the dark, Brady Beckman felt like a rule breaker.

“Usually when you go to movies and plays, the phone goes away,” he said.

But Beckman wasn’t in trouble, and the people seated nearby didn’t care. Their phones were on, too. He explained, on Twitter: “Live tweeting at the Guthrie! #guthrieservant”

The Guthrie is the latest and most prominent Minnesota theater to welcome cellphones where they are least expected — in the audience during live performances.

Patrons at playhouses nationwide are increasingly splitting their attention between phones and the performance as more theaters offer “tweet seats” during select shows, encouraging instant online reaction to what’s happening on stage. The seemingly taboo Twitter activity draws rave reviews from those who try it, saying it turns a play into an interactive experience and puts them in the critic’s seat. But there are plenty of skeptics, and others who are completely appalled, calling the trend a distraction and disrespectful to the craft.
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Link to Broadway Grosses for the week ending January 6, 2013:—Jan-6

Current week:
1. Wicked$2,106,339
2. The Lion King
3. The Book of Mormon
4. Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark
5. Annie

Last week:
1. Wicked $2,947,172
2. Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark
3. The Lion King
4. The Book of Mormon
5. Annie

5 Years Ago:
1.  Wicked – $1,494,991
2.  The Lion King
3.  Jersey Boys
4.  The Little Mermaid
5.  Mary Poppins

10 Years Ago:
1.  The Lion King - $1,272,925
2.  The Producers
3.  Mamma Mia!
4.  Hairspray
5.  La Bohéme

Opening this week:


The Other Place Samuel J. Friedman Theatre – Thursday, January 10

Picnic – American Airlines Theatre – Sunday, January 13

Off Broadway

City Love Song: Home 59E59 Theaters – Tuesday, January 8

Ganesh Versus the Third Reich The Public Theater – Wednesday, January 9

Blood Play The Public Theater – Wednesday, January 9

C’est du Chinois The Public Theater – Wednesday, January 9

Opus No. 7 St. Ann’s Warehouse – Wednesday, January 9

Amandine Cherry Lane Theatre – Wednesday, January 9

In Acting Shakespeare The Pearl Theatre Company – Thursday, January 10

Hollow Roots The Public Theater – Thursday, January 10

Zero Cost House The Public Theater – Thursday, January 10

Hamlet, Prince of Grief The Public Theater – Thursday, January 10

2 Dimensional Life of Her The Public Theater – Thursday, January 10

The Wonderful Wizard of Song: The Music of Harold Arlen St. Luke’s Theatre – Thursday, January 10

Working on a Special Day 59E59 Theaters – Thursday, January 10

Bethany New York City Center – Stage II – Friday, January 11

A 20th Century Abridged Concert of the History of Popular Music The Public Theater – Friday, January 11

50 Shades! The Musical Gramercy Theatre – Friday, January 11

Arguendo (Work in Progress) Connelly Theater – Saturday, January 12

The Fig Leaves Are Falling The Public Theater – Sunday, January 13

Airswimming Irish Repertory Theatre – Sunday, January 13

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