Denzel Washington is having a pretty good week — and it's only Monday. His latest movie, "2 Guns," a buddy cop-esque film starring Washington and Mark Whalberg, was number 1 at the box office this weekend (preview at left). It beat out "The Wolverine" and "Smurfs 2." On top of that, the actor announced he would be returning to Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun.
Washington will have the lead in the production as Walter Younger. It'll be his second time on Broadway, following his 2010 role in Fences (a performance that earned him a Tony Award). Previews for A Raisin in the Sun will start March 8, 2014, with opening night on April 3, 2014, at the Barrymore Theatre where the original production opened 55 years ago.
What do you think? Will you go see him on stage?
In August concerts, Bob Dylan, Macklemore, and Allman Brothers Band head on tour — but not before several festivals, including the Americanarama Fest and the Peach Music Fest, take place. For sports, the NFL preseason kicks off the countdown until NFL season starts back up again, while a few new shows open on Broadway.
Bob Dylan: A notoriously prolific touring artist, Bob Dylan will wrap up at the Americanarama Fest, and then embark on a solo tour Aug 4.
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Allman Brothers Band: Like Dylan, Allman Brothers Band will also do a festival, followed by their own tour. The group will perform at the Peach Music Festival, then head to Chicago Aug. 20.
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: The rapper/producer duo tour across the world starting Aug. 2, before making their way back to the states Aug. 31 and doing a U.S. tour.
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Here's something that will probably get at least a couple of people interested in Broadway if they weren't already — "Magic Mike" is becoming a stage show.
Now, if you haven't heard of "Magic Mike," here's what you need to know: it's about a group of male strippers played by Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughey.
The film itself is actually about more than just good looking guys, but I won't spoil it. The point is that this thing is going on Broadway to become Magic Mike: The Musical. Channing Tatum will produce, and he may also be in it, but there's no confirmation just yet.
Seemingly strange plots sometimes turn out to be the best theater shows. "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" with music, on stage, shouldn't work, but you have Monty Python's Spamalot, which has been going strong since 2004. Should a musical about two naive missionaries sent to Uganda to convert its residents to Mormonism that boasts an appearance from Hitler do well? Probably not, but The Book of Mormon is the best-selling show on Broadway.
So weird shows have their place in entertainment (let's not forget The Producers, a show about two guys who set out to make the worst musical ever, only to have it be a wild success). Yet sometimes, when you break down the plot to its bare bones, it's impossible not to pause for a moment and think, "Really? Someone thought this would be a hit?" To be fair, this list is not a list of the worst musicals. It is a list of STRANGE musicals... most of which were incredibly successful. And even good. But still strange. Got it?
Hands on a Hardbody
Basic plot: In Texas, 24 people compete to win a car by seeing who can keep their hand on a pickup truck the longest.
Why it's weird: Well, aside from the fact that the contest itself is a bit weird, this is a musical, so there's a lot of singing and dancing... about a truck. Okay, fine, they aren't really singing about the truck, but also, they're kind of singing about the truck, since that's what the whole play is about! The stranger thing is probably that this is based on a real-life event.
How it fared on Broadway: The show debuted in February 23, 2013 and opened nearly a full month later, on March 21. It closed on April 13, afer just 28 previews and 28 performances, but not before receiving 3 Tony Award nominations.
We already know about staples on Broadway (Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King), but looking ahead to the late summer/fall theater season, there are a few new shows to get excited about. While I touched on a few back in April, including Romeo and Juliet (opening August 24) and Waiting for Godot/No Man's Land (opening November 24), these new ones involve Shakespeare, music, and super-awkward first dates.
Let It Be
Opens: July 24, 2013
About: The Beatles! And who doesn't love The Beatles? This musical features some of their amazing music, all while telling the story of their rise to fame. It will also include "state-of-the-art projection technology and 3D sound" (whatever that means, but it sounds fun!). The original production was created to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary, but the West End production grew so successful that it's heading to the states.
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