Broadway Lights Will Dim for Hoffman

Mike Coppola

While you were watching the Super Bowl, here’s what was happening last week In the Wings:

Broadway marquees will dim in memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman. On Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7:45 p.m., the marquees of New York City’s Broadway theaters will dim to honor the life of the celebrated actor, who was found dead in his apartment Saturday. Hoffman had a long career on the stage, starring in three Broadway productions throughout his career, most recently in 2012’s acclaimed revival of “Death of a Salesman.” He received Tony nominations for all three of his Broadway roles. He was also a longtime member of the Labyrinth Theater Company, both as an actor and a director. [More info]

Former “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” actor suing after injury. Daniel Curry, who was seriously injured in August when his foot was caught between the lift and the stage, is suing a number of people involved with the Broadway production for negligence in the design and operation of said lift. The New York Times has a summary of the 27-page complaint, which names lead producers Michael Cohl, Jeremiah J. Harris, several engineering and technology firms, the owners of the Foxwoods Theater and the musical’s general manager, Alan Wasser Associates in the lawsuit. Curry is seeking unspecified monetary damages. [More info]

“Pageant -- The Musical” returns to NYC for four-night only engagement. The “Musical Comedy Beauty Contest,” which hasn’t been seen on a New York stage in more than 20 years, will run each Monday night in February at 7:30 p.m. at the Lucky Cheng’s Red Lacquer Club. All performances will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Tony nominee Brad Oscar (“The Producers”) hosts the show, which allows the audience to select a winner of the pageant each night. The twist? All the female contestants are played by men. “Little Miss Sunshine,” this is not! [More info]

Christopher Sieber is your new Miss Trunchbull in “Matilda.” The Tony-nominated actor, last seen subbing for Terrence Mann in “Pippin,” will take over the role of Matilda’s evil headmistress on March 18. Before that, he’ll swing by 54 Below Feb. 4 and 11. [More info]

“Queen of the Night” officially opened at the Diamond Horseshoe supper club beneath the Paramount Hotel. The immersive theatrical feast, described as a loose adaptation of Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute,” comes to us from the producer behind “Sleep No More.” Combining circus, spectacle, dance, music, food, fashion and Mozart’s iconic music, the show plays a limited run, so you'll want to get tickets sooner rather than later on this one. Visit for more information, and watch an exciting preview below:

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