Duran Duran set for Broadway
'80s supergroup to play Barrymore Theater
By GORDON COX
For a couple of weeks this fall, the Rialto gets a visit from Rio.
Duran Duran, the band best known for its 1980s hits including "Rio," "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Save a Prayer," will play a nine-performance stint at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theater in November.
Gotham performances will be the first concert dates behind the band's latest album, "Red Carpet Massacre." The group will play the new album in its entirety, as well as prior hit tunes and a segment billed as a "special electro set."
Show isn't likely to be eligible for Tonys, given the rules governing the awards' special theatrical event category. Requirements include a playing schedule approximating the Rialto's traditional eight-perf week; the nine Duran Duran dates are spread between Nov. 1 and Nov. 12.
Ducats will go for higher than the Brodway norm, with prices ranging between $75 and $150.
It's unusual but not unheard-of for concert or dance productions to rent a Broadway stage for a limited run. Duran Duran engagement comes before the Dec. 20 start of performances of the new David Mamet comedy "November," opening at Barrymore Jan. 17.