NEW YORK (WPIX)—This week on Broadway, one revival opened, another one closed and a new musical is in the wings.
Ken Ludwig's comedy "Lend me a Tenor," which opened Sunday at the Music Box theater, is back on Broadway for the first time in two decades, packing lots of star power with performances by actors familiar to TV audiences.
Tony Shalhoub (Monk) plays the desperate opera impressario and Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace) is the troublesome tenor. The play also stars Justin Bartha -- the missing bridegroom from the hit movie "The Hangover".
Meanwhile, William Gibson's Tony Award winning play "The Miracle Worker" ended a three month run at the Circle in the Square theater. It was the play's first Broadway revival in 50 years and the first time it was staged in the round.
Despite brilliant performances by Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Tony Award Nominee Alison Pill (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) as Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, the show was among several which earned less than 30 percent of their maximum potential last week.
There is no doubt both Pill and Breslin are recovering from bumps, bruises and more following their physically demanding teacher-student smack-downs.
By the way, there's good news for fans of Alison Pill. (And if you aren't now, you will be soon). Pill will star with Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actress Edie Falco in the American premiere of "This Wide Night" as part of the Naked Angels 25th Anniversary Season this spring.
Keep your eye on the new Broadway musical "The Addams Family" which grossed more than $1 million last week for the third week in a row. That's good news according to The New York Times arts beat columnist Patrick Healy. It's a "strong showing for a production that is still in preview performances -- spurring stage whispers .... that the Nathan Lane- Bebe Neuwirth musical might be critic proof (at least as long as the two stars are in it)," he says.