With Broadway’s long-anticipated re-emergence just around the corner, Bob Nederlander Jr. and Nederlander Worldwide Productions, LLC have announced their plan to bring Darknights and Daydreams (working title), a new play adapted by Michael Uslan from his inspiring memoir, The Boy Who Loved Batman, to Broadway during the 2022 / 2023 season. Michael Uslan, the Originator and Executive Producer of the Batman movie franchise brings his play to life on stage. By-invitation-only development readings are planned for June 29 and 30 in New York.
Fan-owned entertainment studio Legion M will make its first foray into Broadway, as Associate Producer, with Darknights and Daydreams. Legion M will draw on their unique fan-owned business model and community to invite fans and supporters to participate in behind-the-scenes, exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities via the . Perks will include copies of the trade paperback The Boy Who Loved Batman, from which the play is adapted, unique signed memorabilia, access to virtual and live table readings during the development process, and many more.
Darknights and Daydreams tells the story of a boy who fought for his dreams to come true. Michael, a self-described comic book fanboy from a blue collar New Jersey family, did not dream of being a superhero, but of saving his superhero. A lifelong Batman fan who amassed a collection of 30,000 comic books by the time he was in high school, Michael viewed the 1960s TV series as a kitschy mockery of the “dark… serious… human” version of Batman; a version that had been personally described to 14-year-old Michael by Batman’s co-creator, Bill Finger, at the 1965 ComiCon. From that moment on, Michael was determined to restore that darkness to The Batman. He held tightly onto this dream when, against all odds, he pitched and convinced Hollywood to make the first Batman film, which then took ten long years to be produced. The wild success of that film proved what Michael knew all along – the world needs super-heroes, both on screen and in real life. That first Batman movie ignited an Oscar-winning, record-shattering global pop culture phenomenon that thrives today, decades later. Michael’s passion unlocked his own super-powers and he shares his “secret origin” in this Broadway show.
Archie has met the Punisher, Sharknado, a Predator, but can he handle Broadway?
Writer/Director Adam McKay and Funny Or Die have joined forces with Archie Comics to bring Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and the Riverdale gang to Broadway in an all-new musical. McKay is slated to bring his singular brand of comedy to the musical, writing the book for the show, with a creative team and timing for a New York run to be announced at a later date.
Funny Or Die will serve as a presenting partner. CEO Jon Goldwater and CCO Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will oversee for Archie Comics. The partnership was packaged by Triptyk Studios who will reteam with their You’re Welcome America partners for the endeavor. Tara Smith, B. Swibel and Adam Westbrook will oversee development for the company and present on Broadway.
A website has already been launched and you can follow the show on Twitter to keep up with the development.
The Tony Awards was good for Fun Home. The best new musical had its best week to date. The musical earned $716,631 which is less than some of the other award winners, but the musical also is playing in a smaller theater than most, the Circle in the Square theater.
The theater was filled at capacity, filling up with 103 percent of the seats. So every seat was occupied, and there were people watching from standing-room areas.
Fun Home won for:
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical – Michael Cerveris
Best Direction of a Musical – Sam Gold
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Fun Home, the musical based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, received a boost and had its biggest week at the Broadway box office. The musical was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, receiving the most along with An American in Paris which received the same amound
The show earned $531,985, a massive increase from the previous week, by more than $95,000.
Congrats to all, and I can’t wait to see it myself.
Today the Tony Awards announced their nominees for this year, and Fun Home tied for the most nominations. The musical received 12 total. An American in Paris also received 12. The musical is based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel.
The full list of the nominations are for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Director, Best Actor in a Musical (Michael Cerveris), Best Actress in a Musical (Beth Malone), three in the Best Featured Actress category ( Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas and Emily Skeggs,), Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, and Best Orchestration.
The musical has been in development since 2009 and opened off-Broadway in 2013. It has won numerous awards since it began. It opened on Broadway with previews in March 27, 2015 and the official opening on April 19, 2015. By my count it has been nominated for numerous awards 33 times so far (not including the Tony Awards) and has won 8 times, five of which were versions of “Best Musical.”
The Tony Awards celebrate the best of Broadway, and will air June 7 on CBS.
First Lady Michelle Obama took her daughters this weekend to Broadway to catch some shows, one of which was Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Sunday afternoon.
According to ArtsBeat there was a bomb scare, believed to be unrelated to the Obamas’ visit. This led to the questioning of a theatergoer and a search of his bags by the police and Secret Service agents. A spokesman for the production said; nothing suspicious was found.
Mrs. Obama had the prime aisle seat that’s often set aside for celebrities because Spider-Man lands a few feet away during the show. Actor Christopher Tierney was Spider-Man for the show and he dropped down and saluted the First Lady who laughed and waved back.