With Broadway shows opening nightly ahead of the April 25 deadline for Tony Award eligibility, the musicals “Matilda” and “Kinky Boots” and plays starring Tom Hanks and Bette Midler had their best weeks yet.
I’ve been thinking about the problematic Vivian Beaumont Theatre ever since June 30, when a commercial booking called “Ann” -- about the straight-shooting Texas governor Ann Richards -- finally gave up the ghost after nearly four months of sparsely attended performances.
When I heard that Hollywood was interested in remaking “The Intouchables,” the popular recent French film about a wealthy, eccentric quadriplegic and his boisterous Senegalese immigrant caregiver, I emitted my usual cri du coeur.
“The Addams Family” opened on Broadway in April to horrible reviews and looked like a $16.5 million bomb. The musical’s prospects seemed to grow even dimmer when it was shut out at the Tony Awards in June.