Coming off one of Broadway’s biggest seasons ever, New York theaters seem to have taken this lesson: people will pay more to see stars. So even though attendance went down last season, absurd ticket prices meant that the industry made more money. The trend continues this fall, with movie stars appearing in show downtown, on Broadway and in Brooklyn.
A new production of Othello featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Iago, and a transfer of Hamlet from London starring Jude Law (pictured) both open on September 12, the former at the Public Theater, the latter at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theater. (Tickets for Othello go on sale today.) Peter Sellars, who starred in Jean-Luc Godard’s wacky riff on King Lear, is directing Othello. In November, Cate Blanchett will star in a Sydney Theatre Company production of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, directed by Liv Ullmann, which is just the kind of ridiculous cultural mash-up I’d pay $100 to see.
(photo credit: Johan Persson)