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His and Hers Newsflash – “Free Man” Cast and Musicals Are In The Money

HIS FIND: Jeffrey Wright and Full Cast Announced for Broadway’s Free Man of Color

Wright, the Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor, has been cast in the lead role of John Guare’s latest play. The play is set in New Orleans in 1801 and revolves around Jacques Cornet (Wright), “a new world Don Juan and the wealthiest inhabitant of this sexually charged and racially progressive city. Jacques thinks all is well in his paradise until history intervenes, setting off a chain of events which no one, much less this free man of color, realizes is about to splinter the world.” Along side Wright will be Paul Dano of There Will Be Blood and Mos (aka Mos Def) of Topdog/Underdog.

Click the image for the full cast list and more info on the show!

HER FIND: Musicals Top Plays in Box Office Success

How to succeed on Broadway? According to a recent analysis of Broadway League data, a hit musical will top a hit play any day — unless you can bring in a big name (read: movie star). Shows like Wicked, The Lion King and Mary Poppins can usually sell more tickets at higher prices than even the most successful plays. This news is cause for for hope for producers of upcoming musicals such as Spider-Man, which has become the most expensive musical in Broadway history. However, it’s a bit of a bummer for folks who prefer the separation of film and Broadway stars — it’s becoming increasingly popular to bring hot Hollywood names in to boost sales of the lower-grossing plays.

Click the image for the full analysis by USA Today!



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