"I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!"
You can say that again. And he will:
Network, an adaptation of the legendary movie, is poised to become the latest hot ticket on Broadway. It stars Bryan Cranston, who famously played Walter White on Breaking Bad, and Tatiana Maslany, the chameleonlike star of Orphan Black. The play is directed by Ivo van Hove (The Crucible), the current go-to guy for avant-garde stagings.
Previews started Saturday at the Belasco Theatre. Opening night is set for Dec. 6. It plays for a limited run of 18 weeks.
Details at networkbroadway.com.
And to accompany your play, may we suggest dinner amid the action?
Network ticket buyers who purchase a "Foodwork" experience will sit at an onstage restaurant during the performance, where they will be served drinks and a small plates designed by former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses.
For more information and to view the menu, visit NetworkBroadway.com/Foodwork.
Has anybody else noticed that so many of the recent, current, and coming shows are biographies? Consider this list of notables, each with his or her own drama or musical: Cher, Tina Turner, Gloria Steinem, Lenny Bruce, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Donna Summer, Hillary Clinton, Josephine Baker, and Carole King.
And Harvey Fierstein is working on a new show about Bella Abzug, the hat-wearing feminist firebrand.
Sad news. No sooner had I told you in October's column about the beloved Drama Book Shop on West 40th Street than news came that it was closing after nearly a hundred years because rent had gone up to $20,000 a month. Relocation is likely.
Some of Broadway's leading lights, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, have visited to sign copies of their plays, which are being sold to help keep the lights on.