The ex-The Smiths frontman, Steven Patrick Morrissey—more commonly referred to simply as Morrissey—has announced his upcoming Broadway residency, to take place at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre; ‘Longtime fans of Moz will get a rare opportunity to see the star branch out into new territory,’ a press release proclaims. This appearance follows several years of Morrissey canceling shows, and the residency will allow fans to watch the seminal indie icon perform a retrospective of both familiar hits and lesser-known songs alike. With his upcoming release: California Sun, a new album which will feature covers of other artists’ songs and is scheduled for release on 24th May 2019, it’s probable that his Broadway performances will also include songs that have inspired the artist throughout his near forty-year long career.
After the 1987 release of Strangeways Here We Come, a rift that had been forming for a while between members of The Smiths widened greatly, ultimately forcing a split. Morrissey had already been working on a solo album, Viva Hate which included the single Everyday is Like Sunday, and this release would fortify the now former indie band frontman as a bonafide pop-star in his own right. The first few years of Morrissey’s solo career saw the release of another single, widely considered one of his best, The Last of the Famous International Playboys, along with Ouija Board, Ouija Board, followed by his second, highly praised, album, Bona Drag. Perhaps we could expect to hear these songs and albums featuring heavily in the Broadway residency, having been the basis for the regeneration of Morrissey’s image after turning away from long-time collaborator Johnny Marr.
Since the disbandment of The Smiths, Morrissey has remained well within the public spotlight through both his solo album releases and his often controversial stance on political issues, the latter of which have regularly caused controversy in the media. And, while much of the public’s perception of Morrissey has been plummeting in recent years, his fan following remains strong and a Broadway residency may help to boost this once again. His recent tours have had to be cut short frequently due to a cancer diagnosis; however, the shows that go ahead are still filled with adoring fans who sing along to every word. And so, while there is an aura of discontent surrounding the residency announcement, the ‘Pope of Mope’ is making it clear that he continues to be a powerful force in the music industry today.
Tickets go on sale on March 8th via Ticketmaster, seven dates have so far been announced.