Julie Taymor to direct 'Midsummer Night's Dream'
January 24th, 2013
10:48 AM ET

Julie Taymor to direct 'Midsummer Night's Dream'

We haven't heard a lot about Julie Taymor since the off-stage drama that was "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," but the director is back to lead a new production.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Taymor will direct "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn. It's her first directing job since she departed her "Spider-Man" post in the spring of 2011. The rehabbed musical went on to become a top-seller on Broadway.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" will begin preview performances on October 19 ahead of its scheduled opening of November 2. As the Times notes, Taymor has helmed her fair share of Shakespeare, including the films "The Tempest" (2010) and "Titus" (1999).

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'Wicked' sets Broadway record
January 2nd, 2013
06:49 PM ET

'Wicked' sets Broadway record

"Wicked" has long been a Broadway favorite, but the musical re-imagining of 'The Wizard of Oz" is breaking records as it enters its 10th year anniversary.

According to a press release, the musical just set a new Broadway record for the highest one-week gross, pulling in $2,947,172 at the box office last week. In the same week, the smash hit earned a national touring record by drawing $2,755,070 in ticket sales in St. Louis. The Broadway production and two additional shows in St. Louis and Honolulu garnered a total of $7,297,645 in North America in one week.

Globally the show has garnered nearly $2.9 billion in ticket sales (there are currently seven productions around the world) over it's nine-year run and been seen by 36 million people worldwide.  It's remained the number one show on Broadway for its entire run and been honored with 35 major awards, including a Grammy Award and three Tony Awards.

Based on a novel by Gregory Maguire, "Wicked" is the musical adaptation of the untold story of the witches of Oz. The play follows the young Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda in the Land of Oz...long before Dorothy drops in.

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