*Television audiences nationwide (who have cable) will get a chance to see the long-running off-Broadway musical, Sistas.
A live performance of the show was adapted to film and will be broadcast on BET on October 27. Check your local listings for air times.
A celebration of African American women’s history, Sistas centers on a group of sisters who come together to pick a song for their grandmother’s memorial service. Gathered in her attic, going through her keepsakes, they become aware of her profound contributions to their family’s history and to the community. In the process, the sisters share their individual stories of heartache and triumph, using a playlist of more than 30 popular songs made famous over a 100-year period.
Sistas includes familiar songs like “Strange Fruit,” “R.E.S.P.E.C.T,” “Single Ladies,” “Stormy Weather” and “Society’s Child.”
The show is still running in New York at the St. Luke’s Theatre.
*Rocky the Musical, a stage adaptation of Sylvester Stallone’s 1976 Oscar-winning classic about a Philadelphia fighter, will open on Broadway next spring, it was announced Sunday.
Sly and his fellow producers confirmed the musical will begin previews at the historic Winter Garden Theatre in February 2014 before curtains rise officially in March.
Rocky the Musical had its world premiere in Hamburg, Germany and was an instant critical and commercial hit. It tells the story of the beloved underdog boxer who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot in the ring with the heavyweight champ Apollo Creed, played famously in the film by Carl Weathers. In the play’s German run, Creed was played by Terence Archie.
Terence Archie, second from left, as Apollo Creed and Drew Sarich, right, as Rocky Balboa in “Rocky the Musical” in Hamburg, Germany
Alex Timbers will direct from a book by Stallone and Thomas Meehan. Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens wrote the score, which will feature songs and music from the movie including Bill Conti’s “Gonna Fly Now” theme and Survivor’s “Rocky III” anthem “Eye of the Tiger.”
The original Broadway version starred Ben Vereen as the Leading Player, an emcee-like role that won him a best-actor Tony. It was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse and starred John Rubinstein in the title role.
Producers of the revival that is currently playing at the American Repertory Theater outside Boston said late Thursday that Pippin will transfer to the Music Box Theatre this spring, reports Entertainment Weekly. Performances begin March 23 with an official opening on April 25.
Patina Miller in Pippin
In Massachusetts, the Vereen role is being filled by Patina Miller, the Tony-nominated star of Sister Act, but there was no immediate word on whether she would join the production on Broadway.
A whimsical coming-of-age story about the son of the first Holy Roman Emperor, Pippin boasts pop-rock music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Schwartz’s other hits include Wicked and Godspell.
This Pippin is being directed by Diane Paulus, who leads the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., where the latest revival got its start. Her revivals of both Hair and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess also went to Broadway and each won Tony Awards for best musical revivals.
Pippin opened in 1972 and ran for five years, winning five Tonys. It became a favorite with schools, summer stocks and community theaters across the country.
The show – inspired by late radio legend Dewey Phillips, one of the first white disc jockeys to broadcast soul music in the 1950s – will have its final curtain call on Aug. 5, following 30 preview performances and 1,166 regular stagings at Manhattan’s Shubert Theatre.
Producers tell the Associated Press they have yet to recoup initial investments, but hope to do so by the end of its New York run.
Memphis, which won Best Musical at the 2010 Tony Awards, will continue touring the U.S. for a second year, and there are plans to take the production to London’s West End.