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BroadwayGlobal theatre news is bursting at the seams this Holiday Season. For the first time Sports has taken a back seat to live theatre. With the recent ceiling collapses at Apollo Theatre located at Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 7ES, United Kingdom and Broadway star Hugh Jackman escaping from a five year planned production of Houdini, maybe the stress on theatres and stress on actors has everyone running for cover. News-cover that is!

Variety quotes Hugh Jackman “Ultimately, though, I wasn’t able to commit to the time this role will require. I have tremendous respect and admiration for the creative team and I wish everyone the best. I know they’re well on their way to making something extraordinary.” The current "Houdini" creative team list composer Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked”), book writer David Ives (“Venus in Fur”), and Jack O’Brien (“Hairspray,” “The Coast of Utopia”) for directing. But, no leads are in place at this time. Does size matter in theatres and Broadway star news covering?

The size of London's Apollo Theatre is similar to many Broadway theatres, so a Holiday Season ceiling collapse, and now a break away star Hugh Jackman from "Houdini" hitting viral news has tweeters posting - maybe size does matter. The good news to cover is this, both are not life threatning, to star or patrons. Over seventy theatre patrons were treated for injuries. The theatre ceiling collapse happened during the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. The play is now shut down until January 4, 2014.

The Apollo Theatre is owned by Nimax Theatres and they could face legal claims over the ceiling collapse. CNN reported that the collapse left patrons covered in debris, but the accident was not a criminal act. The Westminster City Council is incharge of investigating. The freak accident may bring much needed attention to old theatres throughout the globe, theatres that now house heavy lighting fixtures, sound equipment and flying rigs, have become part of everyday modern technologies in live theatre.

The play The Curious Incident of the Dod in the Night Time was said to be about 40 minutes into the show when actors screamed for patrons to watch out, but many thought it was just part of the actor's dialouge. Many reports state that most patrons were treated right on the scene. Thank God none of the injuries caused lose of life this Holiday Season. Reports of a tweet from Prime Minister David Cameron state that he was happy with London's emergency response.

Society of London Theatre (SOLT) Founded in 1908 by Sir Charles Wyndham, who represents the producers, theatre owners and managers of the major commercial and grant-aided theatres in central London, list that they advise in legal matters, but no statement is listed on their press page.

The news came quick through the use of social media like Twitter. The Apollo Theatre website has posted a statement in bold red letters "Due to the unforeseen circumstances of 19th December 2013, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time will be closed up to and including the 4th of January 2014. Ticketholders are advised to contact the point of sale for further information."

The theatre was named after the Greek God of the Arts and leader of the Muses. Apollo may be sending a message to theatres around the globe. Theatres built hundreds of years ago, or even just a decade ago were not built for the heavey lighting fixtures hanging from bars that are now standard for many live theatre productions. Theatre Patrons seem to be getting a bit heavier as well. Can these theatres around the globe, including Broadway withstand the weight of patrons, lighting fixtures and sound equipment. Please post your comments as you could be spotlighted in the next BroadwayGlobal breaking news. Love to hear from theatre architects, on current or revamping of safety structural standards.

The freak incident has a postive effect by spreading the message of The Curious Incident of the Dod in the Night Time. The play is designed by Bunny Christie with videos by Finn Ross, original music by Adrian Sutton, movement by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, lighting by Paule Constable, and sound by Ian Dickinson. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time picked up a record equaling 7 Laurence Olivier Awards at the 37th annual awards ceremony held at London’s Royal Opera House. The Awards included Best Actor for Luke Treadway’s portrayal of Christopher.

"Adapted from Mark Haddon’s 2003 best-selling book, playwright Simon Stephens transfers all the mystery of the novel to the stage. The play follows a 15 year-old maths genius who tries to unravel the mystery of his neighbour’s murdered dog, that was found speared by a garden fork. Against his father’s orders, and in spite of his own personal limitations, Christopher sets out on a quest to discover the real truth behind the murder. Unfortunately the teen unearths more than he bargained for and eventually the secrets of his own life unravel before his very eyes. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is both a murder mystery and a tale of personal discovery for somebody on the edges of society." The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

The cast includes Mike Noble as Christopher Boone, Trevor Fox and Amanda Drew portray his parents, Judy and Ed, and Rakie Ayola plays Siobhan, Christopher’s teacher. Daniel Casey portrays Roger Shears and Golda Rosheuvel plays Mrs. Shears. Other cast members listed are Gay Soper, Paul Stocker, Mark Rawlings, Katie Elizabeth Payne, Matt Tait and Cathy Walker. For more information on upcoming reschedule performances visit

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time may have patrons running for cover, and Broadway may have Hugh Jackman vanishing from Houdini, but the good news is coverage, live theatre hit more front pages then sporting events for once in our lifetime. If it takes a freak accident to get the word out for the arts, maybe Apollo the Greek God of the Arts and leader of the Muses is working some Houdini magic in News coverage this Holiday Season. Now read and share "Twas the night before Broadway".


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