BREAKING NEWS: Before he returns to Broadway next year in the long awaited revival of American Buffalo, Emmy winner and Broadway favorite Darren Criss (TV’s Glee along with Broadway’s How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and HEDWIG) is set to bring AN EXTRODINARY MERRY CHRISTMAS to you. The versatile screen and stage star most recently released his newest holiday A VERY DARREN CRISSMAS out now from Decca Records.
A VERY DARREN CRISSMAS showcases this celebrated talent’s vocal chops performing an unbelievable reimagined take on notable holiday favorites, rarely covered tunes, and more. The album features Criss performing duets alongside….
Country singing sensation Lainey Wilson,
Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Evan Rachel Wood,
Acclaimed singer, actor and fellow Glee castmate Adam Lambert.
It also officially marks as Criss’ first ever full length solo album. With his music career (outside of his work on Glee as “Blaine Anderson”), he previously released 3 EP solo recordings consisting of 2010’s HUMAN, 2017’s HOMEWORK, and his most recently created during the pandemic 2021’s MASQUERADE. All 3 EP’s went on to become successful topping the charts.
Along with the new holiday album, Criss will embark on a month long concert tour celebrating the holidays here in North America. The tour will kick off December 3rd, 2021 in Indianapolis, IN before making his way to the following cities….
Ann Arbor, MI (where Criss’ Alma Matter is),
Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
a stop in our New York City backyard at The Beacon Theatre!!!
If you love Darren Criss and want to know about about him and your favorite Glee stars that have rocked Broadway, join us for our GLEEKS ON BROADWAY Walking Tour relaunching next month.
Who is excited?!!!
New York Broadway Tours debuts new logo and promo announcing November 2021 relaunching of the Walking Tours!!!
BACK ON THE STREET WHERE WE LIVE… WHERE WE BELONG! So happy to be officially relaunching our Walking Tours November 2021!!! Book Your Tickets Now!!!!
Criss, Fishburne, and Rockwell led Broadway revival of AMERICAN BUFFALO will still be happening; Debuts Spring 2022 at Circle in the Square
BREAKING NEWS: The highly anticipated upcoming Broadway revival of David Mamet‘s American Buffalo will officially be happening after all. This new production directed by Neil Pepe is set to make its long awaited debut at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre (current home of Chicken and Biscuits) for a strictly limited 16 week engagement beginning Spring 2022.
Previews will now begin March 22nd, 2022 and will finally officially open on April 14th, 2022….exactly two years after it was originally scheduled to open while in the midst of their initial rehearsals.
That’s not all, the all-star casting is still expecting to be the same as it was prior to Broadway being shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, It will star….
Tony & Emmy winner Laurence Fishburne as “Donny”,
Oscar winner Sam Rockwell as “Teach”,
For a little fresh recap, AMERICAN BUFFALO tells the story of a pair of ne’er-do-wells and a young intern plotting the robbery of a coin in a seedy second-hand junkshop…. the coin is a valuable Buffalo nickel.
The play originally premiered in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre in 1975. Under the direction of Gregory Mosher, that world premiere cast was led by…
J.J. Johnston as “Donny”,
Bernard Erhard as “Teach”,
William H.Macy as “Bobby”.
A year later, the show moved Off Broadway playing the Theatre at St. Clements Church in 1976. Also directed by Gregory Mosher, this cast was led by….
Michael Egan as “Donny”,
Mike Kellin as “Teach”,
J.T. Walsh as “Bobby”.
The production took home the Obie Award for BEST NEW PLAY.
Another year later, AMERICAN BUFFALO made its ON Broadway debut at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre where it played only 122 performances. With direction this time by Ulu Grosbard, the Broadway premiere cast was led by….
Kenneth McMillian as “Donny”,
Robert Duvall as “Teach”,
John Savage as “Bobby”.
The show would later be revived various times on the New York stage. The first revival started out Off Broadway and the Downtown Circle in the Square Theatre in 1981. Under the direction of Arvin Brown, it was led by….
Clifton James as “Donny”,
Al Pacino as “Teach”,
Thomas Waltes as “Bobby”.
2 years later, the production transferred to Broadway playing the Booth Theatre for only 100 performances. With Arvin Brown’s direction, the cast starred….
J.J. Johnston reprising his World Premiere performance as “Donny”,
Al Pacino reprising the role of “Teach”,
James Hayden as “Bobby”.
It was nominated for a 1984 Tony Award for BEST REVIVAL but lost the category.
FUN FACT: James Hayden passed away 6 hours following a performance back in November 1983. He died from a heroin overdose while on the phone with his estranged wife in his upper westside apartment. Understudy John Shepard took on the role of “Bobby” fulltime for the remainder of the run.
In 2000 following a triumphant production in London, AMERICAN BUFFALO was revived again Off Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company. Under the direction of Neil Pepe (who is coincidentally directing the upcoming 2021 revival), this cast was led by….
Phillip Baker Hall as “Donny”,
William H. Macy this time starring as “Teach”,
Mark Webber as “Bobby”.
The most recent Broadway revival happened in 2008 playing the Belasco Theatre which was a huge flop in critics and disappointing ticket sales. It only played 28 performances total. Under the direction of Robert Falls, this cast was led by….
Today the show is a popular performed in schools, community, and regional theaters everywhere.
Along with its life on stage, AMERICAN BUFFALO was also an acclaimed film from The Samuel Goldwyn Company. It was released in 1993. Under the direction of the play’s world premiere direction Gregory Mosher, the film starred…
Dustin Hoffman as “Treat”,
Dennis Franz as “Donny,,
Sean Nelson as “Bobby”.
We are so excited for the newly start date of this acclaimed dark drama back on the Great Bright Way.
Who is excited?!!!!
BREAKING NEWS: Emmy nominee and Broadway favorite Lea Michele has officially announced the release date of her upcoming solo album FOREVER. It is set to be available both in stores and digital download starting November 5th, 2021.
FOREVER is considered as Michele’s first album since giving birth to her first child “Ever Leo” who just turned 1 year old this past August. In celebration of being a new mom (and despite this past year of extreme backlash), the Glee and Spring Awakening star decided in creating her next album to be mainly covers of popular songs but done in the style of beautiful lullabies. The name is a pun on saying it as “FOR EVER” (dedicating it to her boy). The album feature 8 tracks of songs made famous by Guns N’ Roses, The Beatles, Kacey Musgraves, Judy Garland (a promising unbelievable new rendition of OVER THE RAINBOW), and so much more.
FOREVER marks as Michele’s 4th studio album. Her debut album LOUDER was released in 2014 selling over 62,000 copies. It debut at # 4 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and number 16 on the UK Albums Chart. It was also nominated for a World Music Award for World’s Best Album. In 2017,
Her follow-up Sophomore album PLACES was released in 2017 selling over 16,000 copies in its first week, debuting at # 28 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and # 27 on the UK album charts.
Michele’s 3rd and recent album CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY was released in 2019 prior before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It topped the US Top Holiday Albums at # 3.
If you want to learn more about Lea Michele and many of your favorite Glee stars who have got their start on Broadway, join us for our GLEEKS ON BROADWAY Walking Tour in Times Square.
Who is excited?!!!
Beanie Feldstein led FUNNY GIRL revival to play Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre Spring 2022; Karimloo, Lynch, and Grimes to join!!
WHO ARE YOU NOW!!! Broadway is ready to MARCH ITS BAND OUT with the highly anticipated long awaited revival of Funny Girl. More details have been made for BOTH casting and the official Theater set for its run.
Under the direction of Tony winner Michael Mayer (based on its critically acclaimed 2015 London revival) of the classic Jule Styne, Bob Merrill, and Isobel Lennart will feature an unforgettable all-star cast.
Joining the previously announced Golden Globe nominee Beanie Feldstein (Broadway’s Hello, Dolly and the film Booksmart) in the titular role of THE GREATEST STAR herself “Fanny Brice” will include….
Jeff Award winner Jared Grimes (Broadway’s A Soldier’s Play and After Midnight) as the sarcastic and supportive song and dance man himself “Eddie Ryan”,
5 time Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch (last seen on Broadway in Annie) returning to this legendary score after previously singing and hearing it on Glee….. this time, she will appear in the musical 8 times a week in the role of the smart, clever, tough, and humorous housekeeping mother of “Fanny” herself “Mrs. Brice”.
FUNNY GIRL will be coming to Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre (current home of Pass Over and following the limited encore engagement of Slave Play).
Previews will begin March 26th, 2022 and will have its official Opening Night on April 24th, 2022.
Who is excited?!!!
Along with Broadway re-opening TONIGHT , we at New York Broadway Tours are starting to prepare in RELAUNCHING OUR WALKING TOURS THIS FALL!