After the recent announcement of this year’s Tony Award nominees, it seems to be a popular time for shows to get out on the road. A number of 2012’s most prevalent shows are heading out for national tours come 2013. Among them are Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “ Evita,” “ Peter and the Starcatcher,” Gershwin’s “ Nice Work if you can Get It,” and “ Once.”
“Evita,” which recently opened in April 2012 at the Marquis Theatre, starring Grammy-winner Ricky Martin, will kick off its national tour at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island in the fall of 2013. The show, which is currently receiving $1.5 million in weekly sales, has been receiving mixed reviews from a variety of critics.
The Huffington Post launched a new segment in a recent story called “E-Chatting With the Critics,” in which they pick apart a few reviews to get the main focus of the show. On “Evita,” “the reviews are in for the Broadway revival…and it feels like everyone went to a different show,” describes writer Mallika Roe. After reviewing the comments, The Huffington Post established that the Associated Press loved Ricky Martin, The Wall Street Journal felt that Michael Cerveris, as Juan Peron, stole the show, and The New York Times did not like the show at all. Will “Evita” see more success on tour?
Another show set for a 2013 national tour is Rick Elice’s “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a straight play recently nominated for 9 Tony Awards. “Starcatcher” will start its national tour in August 2013 according to BroadwayWorld.com and will be represented by The Road Company, a theatrical booking agency. The tour, which will be directed by the show’s current Tony-nominated directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, will begin its run in Denver, Colorado. “Starcatcher” opened originally in August 2012 at the Brooks Atkinson theatre, and its Tony nominations include Best New Play, Best Original Score, and Best Director of a Play. The play is based on a New York Times best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.
“‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ has been enthusiastically embraced by the New York theatergoers and now we are thrilled to be able to take this play with multi-generational appeal to the rest of the country,” said producer Nancy Nagel Gibbs in a statement, according to BroadwayWorld.com.
Gershwin’s musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” is another popular musical headed for a national tour. The show opened on Broadway in March 2012, and features Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Broderick. “Nice Work” followed suit of fellow Best Musical nominee, “Once,” a popular movie-made-musical which was the first show this year to announce a national tour. The movie, with music by leading actors Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, was adapted into a musical, which first opened at the New York Theatre Workshop in November 2011, prior to its opening on Broadway, according to the Global Post. The Broadway version currently stars Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti. “Once” has received the most Tony Award nominations this year (11), one in every major category.
Tour dates and destinations for both shows have yet to be announced. For more information on if one of these shows is coming to your area, check out your local venue’s event schedule.