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Broadway Fast 5: October

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1. Hamilton’s America has huge ratings
Hamilton’s America, the PBS documentary on the making of the musical, drew in more than 3.6 million people when it aired Oct. 21. Miss it? You can still catch it on the PBS website or see the top ten moments here. Speaking of ratings, Saturday Night Live had its highest ratings in 12 years when Lin-Manuel Miranda played host on Oct. 8.

2. Live musicals still making waves
Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show Live brought live musicals back to television this month. Now, NBC, which is gearing up for the Dec. 7 airing of Hairspray Live! announced it’s 2017 holiday live musical. Jennifer Lopez will join forces with NBC for Bye Bye Birdie Live!, a 2017 holiday production of the classic Broadway musical. Tony winner Harvey Fierstein will pen the teleplay adaptation for the broadcast.

3. These new shows will arrive on The Great White Way this spring
After London critics and audiences repeatedly fell for the two-time Tony nominee Andy Karl as he headlined Groundhog Day at the Old Vic, it is now confirmed that Karl will lead the production when it lands at the August Wilson Theatre. The previously reported much-buzzed about stage adaptation of the 1993 film is set to begin previews on March 16, 2017 and officially open on April 17 at the venue. Laura Osnes and Corey Cott will bring jitterbugging to Broadway! Directed and choreographed by Hamilton's Andy Blankenbuehler, the previously reported transfer of the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Bandstand (they've dropped the "The" from the title) is scheduled to officially open on April 26, 2017 at a Shubert Theatre to be announced.

4. Three musicals opened this month
The revival of Falsettos starring Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells and Stephanie J. Block opened up this month along with the revival of The Front Page, starring Nathan Lane, John Slattery and John Goodman. Based off of the Oscar-winning 1942 film that starred Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, the rainbow bright Broadway musical Holiday Inn opened officially on October 6 at Studio 54.

5. Andrew Lloyd Webber will have 4 shows on Broadway, one featuring Glenn Close
The rumors were true and Andrew Lloyd Webber will equal Rodgers and Hammerstein's record when he has four shows running concurrently on Broadway early next year. Glenn Close is set to reprise her Tony-winning performance in the composer's Tony-winning Sunset Boulevard at the Palace Theatre from February 2, 2017.


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