In the old days, Broadway shows were publicized by a whole bunch of companies, though eventually it boiled down to the two p.r. biggies–Boneau Bryan Brown and Barlow/Hartman. Well, the latter recently broke up and has been reformed into just The Hartman Group, and in the meantime Boneau has emerged as the overwhelming top dog, handling a large majority of the stuff coming down the turnpike for you and me. Thank GOD I’ve kissed their esteemed asses for years because it means I will get orchestra tickets for the following avalanche of hot shows they are handling:
BURN THE FLOOR , a ballroom dancing extravaganza, sans Cloris Leachman.
WISHFUL DRINKING with Carrie Fisher toasting her own survival.
HAMLET, with handsome Jude Law wondering “To wear or not to wear?”
THE ROYAL FAMILY. A bunch of queens?
BYE BYE BIRDIE. The original Hairspray.
AFTER MISS JULIE starring Sienna Miller. Oh, no! She and Jude will be on Broadway at the same time! Hopefully the nanny won’t be in town too.
BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS. Hmm, I smell a lot of revivals this year.
RAGTIME. What did I tell you?
BROADWAY BOUND. Now will you listen to me?
PRESENT LAUGHTER. Another one! But it’s Noel Coward, people.
TIME STANDS STILL. You’re telling me! But it’s a new play, and we love you, Laura Linney!
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK. The big one. Buy tickets now to help them defray the cost.
COLLECTED STORIES. Linda Lavin is always welcome. After all, she was in the original Broadway Bound. (See above.)
And Off-Broadway they’re handling:
TIN PAN ALLEY RAG; OOHRAH!; KEEP YOUR PANTHEON and SCHOOL; ORDINARY DAYS; NIGHTINGALE; THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE Part I, II & III; AGES OF THE MOON; THE GLASS MENAGERIE; THAT FACE, and more.
They even have a Special Event! Note to young theater hopefuls: Don’t start a p.r. firm! The job’s already been taken!