GUTENBERG! Recoups, Sets House Record, & Announces Cast Recording


Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells with special guest producer Audra McDonald

Alex Mecklosky
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January 29, 2024 1:00 PM

It’s a good day in Schlimmer. Today, producers of Gutenberg! The Musical! announced that the Broadway premiere starring Tony Award nominees Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells, written by Tony and Emmy Awards  nominees Scott Brown and Anthony King, and directed by Tony Award winner Alex Timbers has recouped its initial investment of $6.75 million during its 20-week run. In its final week, the musical comedy once again sets the box office record at the James Earl Jones Theatre grossing $1,463,226. Gutenberg! previously set the Jones Theatre box office record the week ending December 31st, 2023 when it grossed $1,280,597.

And immediately after taking their final bows on the stage of the Jones Theatre, Gad and Rannells step into the studio to record the upcoming Original Broadway Cast Album to be released this spring on Center Stage Records and Yellow Sound Label. The album will be produced and mixed by 12-time Emmy Award winner and three-time Grammy Award nominee Michael Croiter. Marcia Goldberg, and Andrew Paradis, serve as Executive Producers. Anthony King, Scott Brown, Van Dean and Marco Paguia serve as album co-producers. Music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations are by T.O. Sterrett, vocal supervision is by Liz Caplan, and music direction is by Paguia. 

The album is available for pre-order now here.

Since opening on Thursday, October 12th, Gutenberg! has become a breakout hit of the season and generated headlines for the never-ending parade of stars that have made surprise cameos in the show. Some of the Guest Producers who have “eaten dreams” with Gad and Rannells include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Steve Martin & Martin Short, Billy Crystal, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kerry Washington, Anne Hathaway & Anna Wintour, Will Ferrell, Patti LuPone, Ariana DeBose, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Al Roker, Senator Chuck Schumer, Cynthia Erivo, Nathan Lane, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenowith, LaChanze, Blake Lively, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jordan Fisher, Steve Guttenberg, Triumph The Insult Comic Dog (and Robert Smigel), and last night’s final Guest Producer, Tony Award winning theater legend Audra McDonald.

Broadway runs on three things: big dreams, minuscule odds, and lots and lots of unearned confidence. Oh, and star power! Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells, the most acclaimed musical comedy duo of their generation, finally reunite after more than ten years in Gutenberg! The Musical!, a full-throated celebration of the ancient, universal, and incredibly foolish urge to put on a show.

In addition to being developed at UCB, Gutenberg! The Musical! was also a part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2005 and 2006 before having an Off-Broadway run in 2006 where it received Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Lortel Award nominations. In addition to New York, productions of Gutenberg! have been seen across the North America, as well as UK, Australia, France, Spain, and Korea.

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Alex Mecklosky

As a native New Yorker, Alex has always loved everything involving theatre. With a degree in Theatre and New Media from Marymount Manhattan College, Alex realized that, since he was not talented enough to be on Broadway, the next best thing would be to write about it!