You have solely Friday night and Saturday to see the preferred play in town: “The Lehman Trilogy” on the Park Avenue Armory. Alas, you’re going to need Lehman brothers money (properly, sooner than the company’s bankruptcy) to buy a ticket. The remaining few are going for as lots as $1,300 on Stubhub.
No current is worth that kind of money, frankly, nevertheless “The Lehman Trilogy” is phenomenal. A stage biography, it follows the three Lehman brothers as they arrive from Germany inside the 19th century with no money, assemble up a enterprise inside the South and go on to create what turns into one of many extremely efficient financial institutions on the planet. It’s an infinite Wikipedia entry that manages to change into compelling theater thanks to a couple sensational actors — Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles — and Sam Mendes’ whirling course. The glass office of Lehman Brothers spins, whereas a cyclorama depicts the ocean, New York Harbor, a burning cotton space and the Manhattan skyline of the 19th century. The current runs 3 ¹/₂ hours nevertheless not at all lags.
If you miss “Lehman” now, can you catch it later? Sources say that Mendes and London’s National Theatre, the place the current originated, desperately have to ship it to Broadway. But the actors ought to do the current inside the West End for 12 weeks this summer season, and mustn’t have to determine to at least a six-month run in New York.
If they’re sport, “The Lehman Trilogy” will open on Broadway inside the fall. “It’s entirely up to them,” says a provide. “Sam is not going to rehearse three new actors. That will take too much time.”
If the play does land on Broadway, it’s the quick front-runner to win the Tony in 2020.
And what regarding the winner for Best Play in 2019? I’m snug to report that an fascinating race is shaping up.
In the lead is “To Kill a Mockingbird,” an infinite hit grossing $1.6 million each week. Adapted by Aaron Sorkin from Harper Lee’s beloved novel, the current has recouped, so it’s acquired many snug merchants, a lot of them Tony voters. And there shall be a nationwide tour, which implies there may additionally be a nice chunk of votes from avenue presenters who’ll get the current of their markets.
But “Mockingbird” has a rival: Jez Butterworth’s “The Ferryman.” Its weekly gross has fallen from a extreme of $1 million in December to over $500,000 now, nevertheless the critically acclaimed manufacturing has many champions amongst Tony voters.
There’s converse that Heidi Schreck’s “What the Constitution Means to Me” may probably be a spoiler, nevertheless I sense its prospects have dimmed after shedding the Pulitzer Prize this week to “Fairview.”
“It’s certainly engaging, but it’s predictable in the age of Trump, and it’s not epic the way ‘Mockingbird’ and ‘Ferryman’ are,” one Tony voter says.
Another current to maintain watch over is “Ink,” a deliciously satisfying take a look on the rise of media mogul (and Post proprietor) Rupert Murdoch. If Tony voters have been newspaper people, “Ink” would win, fingers down. They’re not, so it’s an prolonged shot.
If you see it Tuesday night on the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, stick spherical afterward for a chat I’m having onstage with playwright James Graham. We gained’t pull any punches regarding the world of tabloid journalism.
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