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  • Ed Harris to Replace Jeff Daniels in To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway
    by Andy Lefkowitz on June 13, 2019 at 6:11 PM

    Stage-and-screen star Ed Harris will join the cast of Broadway's To Kill a Mockingbird this fall, according to The New York Times. He will take over the role of Atticus Finch beginning on November 5, replacing Tony-nominated original cast member Jeff Daniels, who will exit the production on November 3. Harris earned a Tony nomination for his Broadway debut in Precious Sons. His other stage credits include Broadway's Taking Sides and off-Broadway's Good for Otto, Buried Child, The Jacksonian, Wrecks, Trumbo, Simpatico and Fool for Love. His screenwork has netted him three Emmy nominations and four Oscar nominations. Harris joins a cast that includes 2019 Tony winner Celia Keenan-Bolger as Scout, 2019 Tony nominee Gideon Glick as Dill, Will Pullen as Jem, LaTanya Richardson Jackson as Calpurnia, Frederick Weller as Bob Ewell, Gbenga Akinnagbe as Tom Robinson, Stark Sands as Horace Gilmer, Dakin Matthews as Judge Taylor, Erin Wilhelmi as Mayella Ewell, Neal Huff as Link Deas, Danny Wolohan as Boo Radley, Phyllis Somerville as Ms. Dubose and Liv Rooth as Miss Stephanie. The company also includes Baize Buzan, Thomas Michael Hammond, Ted Koch, David Manis, Danny McCarthy, Aubie Merrylees, Doron JéPaul Mitchell, Jeff Still, Shona Tucker and Rebecca Watson. Written ... […]

  • Reneé Rapp on Joining Mean Girls, Being 'Publicly Obsessed' with Jenn Colella & More
    by Caitlin Moynihan on June 13, 2019 at 5:56 PM

    At this time last year, Reneé Rapp was preparing to head to New York City for the 10th Annual Jimmy Awards, where she would be named a winner alongside future Dear Evan Hansen star Andrew Barth Feldman. Now, she's starring in Mean Girls as Regina George for a summer stint before officially taking over the role from Tony nominee Taylor Louderman in September. "It happened very fast," Rapp said to Ryan Lee Gilbert in a recent interview on Broadway.com's #LiveAtFive about her transition from Jimmy Award winner to Broadway-debut star. "I didn’t necessarily have expectations going in [to the Jimmy Awards], but it ended up being something that changed the trajectory of my life. And Andrew [Barth Feldman's] as well. We were just speaking the other day about how it was a year ago that we had just met and now we’re great friends doing what we love every night." Rapp made her Broadway debut on June 7 for her first shift through June 26, and it's a night she'll never forget. "It was pretty crazy," she said. "I had so much emotional buildup that I'm not sure I fully understood what was going on. I was like ... […]

  • Tony Kushner's New Version of The Visit, or The Old Lady Comes to Call Set for London's National; Lesley Manville Will Star
    by Andy Lefkowitz on June 13, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    London's National Theatre has announced a new staging of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's dark comic play The Visit, or The Old Lady Comes to Call, featuring a new adaptation by Tony and Pulitzer winner Tony Kushner (Angels in America). Oscar nominee and Olivier winner Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) will star in the central role of Claire Zachanassian for the production, set to commence at the Olivier Theatre in February of 2020, with exact dates to come. Tony and Olivier nominee Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall) will direct Kushner's post-war American context version of the play, which will also star Richard Durden, Sara Kestelman, Joseph Mydell and Nicholas Woodeson. The play centers on Claire Zachanassian (Manville), an often-widowed millionairess who pays a visit to her hardship-stricken birthplace. The locals hope she'll bring them a new lease on life, but little do they know that her offer to revitalize the town comes at a dreadful price. The National's production will feature set design by Vicki Mortimer, costume design by Moritz Junge, lighting design by Paule Constable, composition by Paul Englishby and movement direction by Polly Bennett. Dürrenmatt's play is the basis for the musical The Visit, by Terrence McNally, John Kander and Fred Ebb, which premiered ... […]

  • Kaley Ann Voorhees, Susan Blackwell & More Join Starry Into the Woods Concert at Town Hall
    by Andy Lefkowitz on June 13, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    More casting has been announced for the highly anticipated benefit concert of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony-winning musical Into the Woods. The previously announced event, presented in support of Cleveland Musical Theatre, will take place at New York City's Town Hall on July 8 at 7:30pm. New to the cast is Kaley Ann Voorhees (The Phantom of the Opera) as Rapunzel, Broadway.com contributor Susan Blackwell (Side by Side by Susan Blackwell, Gone Missing) as the voice of The Giant, Pamela Myers (Into the Woods revival) as Jack's Mother, Tony nominee Lee Wilkof (Waitress) as Mysterious Man, Timothy Warmen (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Cinderella's Father and Tee Boyich (Mean Girls) as Lucinda. They join the previously announced Tony winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal) as The Witch, Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck (Prince of Broadway) as The Baker, Betsy Wolfe (High Button Shoes) as Cinderella, Kate Shindle (Fun Home) as The Baker's Wife, Caitlin Houlahan (Waitress) as Little Red, Jordan Matthew Brown (The Book of Mormon) as Jack, John Riddle (Frozen) as Cinderella’s Prince, Zach Adkins (Anastasia) as Rapunzel's Prince, Antoinette Comer (Mamma Mia!) as Florinda, Matt Bogart (Jersey Boys) as The Wolf and Melvin Tunstall III (Beautiful) as The ... […]

  • Diana DeGarmo & Ace Young to Headline National Tour of First Date
    by Andy Lefkowitz on June 13, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    Six years after its Broadway premiere, the adorable musical comedy First Date is going on tour. Broadway alums and real-life couple Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young will star in the road production, directed by Matt DiCarlo, set to kick off in the fall of 2020. Featuring a book by Austin Winsberg and a score by Michael Weiner, First Date follows Casey (DeGarmo) and Aaron (Young) who put their fate in the hands of a blind date as their unpredictable evening unfolds in real time.  DeGarmo and Young are alums of American Idol who have since acquired Broadway credits. DeGarmo made her Broadway debut in Hairspray while Young marked his first main-stem credit with Grease. The pair met while performing together on Broadway in Hair. First Date opened on Broadway in August of 2013, in a production starring Krysta Rodriguez as Casey and Zachary Levi as Aaron. The musical played 174 performances at the Longacre Theatre. Additional casting and cities for the First Date national tour will be announced at a later date. […]

  • Vanessa Hudgens, Hailey Kilgore & More to Lead Reading of Ingrid Michaelson's The Notebook Musical with Powerhouse Theater
    by Andy Lefkowitz on June 13, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    Vanessa Hudgens and Hailey Kilgore are among a starry cast set to headline Powerhouse Theater's upcoming reading of Ingrid Michaelson's stage adaptation of The Notebook. Tony nominee Michael Greif will direct the previously announced reading, to be held in Vassar College's Martel Theater on June 23 at 3:00pm. Tony nominee Kilgore (Once on This Island) will appear as Younger Allie, with Hudgens (Rent Live) as Middle Allie and Candy Buckley (Cabaret) as Older Allie, Antonio Cipriano (Jagged Little Pill) will take on the role of Younger Noah, with Clifton Duncan (Carmen Jones) as Middle Noah and Tony winner James Naughton (Chicago) as Older Noah. The cast will also include Jelani Alladin (Frozen), Nicholas Belton (The Great Comet), Janet Dacal (In the Heights), Mili Diaz (Wicked), Jennifer Mudge (Rocky) and Ben Jackson Walker. Featuring music and lyrics by Michaelson and a book by Bekah Brunstetter, The Notebook is set in 1940s South Carolina, where a mill worker named Noah Calhoun and a rich girl named Allie are desperately in love, despite their parents' disapproval. When Noah leaves to serve in World War II, Allie meets another man; when Noah returns years later as Allie is about to get married, their romance reignites. Kevin ... […]

  • Acclaimed Magic Show Derren Brown: Secret Will Transfer to Broadway
    by Andy Lefkowitz on June 13, 2019 at 2:39 PM

    Following a sold-out off-Broadway run with Atlantic Theater Company, the acclaimed Derren Brown: Secret will move to Broadway's Cort Theatre this fall for a limited run. Andrew O'Connor and Andy Nyman co-direct the production, which will begin previews on September 6 and open on September 15. Written by Brown, Nyman and O'Connor, Derren Brown: Secret transports audiences into the startling world of mind-reading, suggestion and psychological illusion. This theatrical experience challenges audiences to take a closer look at the stories and beliefs that guide their lives. Derren Brown: Secret will feature scenic design by Takeshi Kata, lighting design by Ben Stanton, sound design by Jill BC Du Boff and projection design by Caite Hevner. Derren Brown: Secret will play a limited run through January 4, 2020. […]

  • Broadway.com #LiveatFive with Reneé Rapp of Mean Girls
    by Broadway.com Staff on June 12, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    Jimmy Award winner Reneé Rapp stops by to chat about making her Broadway debut in Mean Girls and more with Ryan Lee Gilbert. […]

  • Annie Golden, Joe Iconis and More Talk Bringing Broadway Bounty Hunter to Off-Broadway
    by Broadway.com Staff on June 12, 2019 at 8:58 PM

    Broadway star Annie Golden and Tony nominee Joe Iconis on bringing the new action musical Broadway Bounty Hunter to the New York stage. […]

  • Odds & Ends: Nikki M. James Joins 24 Hour Musicals Event & More
    by Broadway.com Staff on June 12, 2019 at 8:30 PM

    Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Nikki M. James & More Join 24 Hour Musicals Event More stars have signed on to perform in this year's 24 Hour Musicals, set for June 17 at 8:00pm at the Pershing Square Signature Center. The event will feature four new musicals written and performed in the span of just 24 hours. New to the 2019 cast are Tony winner Nikki M. James, Aya Cash, Solea Pfeiffer and Tamara Tunie. The musicals will be written by Kristoffer Diaz, Dave Harris, Lily Houghton and Christopher Oscar Peña, with Sammi Cannold rounding out the directing team and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter LOLO completing the group of composers.  Luba Mason to Play Solo Concert at Green Room 42 Luba Mason, the platinum-voiced actress-singer most recently seen off-Broadway in Girl from the North Country, will debut a new show this summer at midtown hotspot Green Room 42. Mason will be joined by pianist and music director Billy Stritch for the evening, set for July 10 at 7:00pm. The Broadway-centric concert, titled Luba Mason—5'10"—will engage the audience with personal stories and an inside peek into her 30-year career, including songs from Chicago ... […]

  • Kiss Me, Kate's Stephanie Styles on Writing Starlight Express Fanfiction and Being in a 'Hot Broadway Oreo' at the Tonys
    by Caitlin Moynihan on June 12, 2019 at 8:26 PM

    We're always true to Kiss Me, Kate standout Stephanie Styles, and she's true to us! The Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner had a busy weekend performing in the opening number at the 73rd Annual Tony Awards, and she visited Broadway.com's #LiveAtFive to tell Paul Wontorek all about the experience and how she feels making her Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated revival. "We were supposed to do a tri-lift like I do in the show but at the last minute we changed it to a T-lift," Styles said of the Tony performance. "We had to go early and rehearse. As they were doing the pre-show Creative Arts Tonys, we were behind the scrim with [host] James Corden practicing; it was so Broadway. When we did the opening number and I got on stage, my immediate decision was to wink and that’s all I remember." Stephanie Styles in Kiss Me, Kate (Photo: Joan Marcus) As a self-proclaimed Broadway nerd, Styles had a difficult time keeping her cool while rehearsing alongside her fellow actors. "There was a moment at the Tonys when I was between the hottest Broadway Oreo," she said. "I was between Patrick Page and Damon ... […]

  • Chilina Kennedy, Sasson Gabay & More Preview the Upcoming National Tour of The Band's Visit
    by Broadway.com Staff on June 12, 2019 at 7:17 PM

    Stars Chilina Kennedy and Sasson Gabay join composer David Yazbek, director David Cromer and more to preview the tour of the Tony-winning musical The Band's Visit. […]

  • Xanadu Is Heading on Tour with RuPaul's Drag Race Royals Ginger Minj & Jinkx Monsoon
    by Lindsey Sullivan on June 12, 2019 at 6:54 PM

    Strap on your roller skates! The Tony-nominated musical Xanadu will head on a brand-new national tour this fall. RuPaul's Drag Race faves Ginger Minj and Jinkx Monsoon will play sisters of leading lady Kira; the roles were originated on Broadway by Oklahoma! Tony nominee Mary Testa and current Fiddler on the Roof player Jackie Hoffman. Fans will be able to catch the production in Cincinnati, Syracuse, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Cleveland, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Charlotte, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Additional casting and cities as well as dates for the tour will be announced at a later time. Joshua Allan Eads aka Ginger Minj was runner-up on season seven of RuPaul's Drag Race and went on to season two of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars. Jerick Hoffer aka Jinkx Monsoon won the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. His previous theater roles include Moritz in Spring Awakening (Balagan Theatre), Angel in Rent (5th Avenue Theatre) and Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Balagan Theatre and Seattle Theatre Group). Based on the 1980 cult film starring Olivia Newton-John, Xanadu follows the beautiful Greek muse Kira as she journeys from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, circa 1980, on a quest ... […]

  • John Mellencamp Jukebox Musical in Development; Kathleen Marshall to Direct
    by Andy Lefkowitz on June 12, 2019 at 6:35 PM

    This show will make you hurt so good. A new jukebox musical is in development featuring songs from the catalogue of Grammy-winning rocker John Mellencamp. Republic Records, Federal Films and Universal Music Theatrical are behind the project, which is set to feature a book by Obie-winning playwright Naomi Wallace (Night Is a Room) and direction by three-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall (The Pajama Game). Set in a small town, the currently untitled musical centers on a pair of star-crossed lovers whose stubborn refusal to let go of their potential leads to tough choices. Mellencamp has earned 13 Grammy nominations, winning once as Best Male Rock Performer for the hit song "Hurts So Good." He is also known for the songs "Jack and Diane," "Wild Night," "I Need a Lover," "Pink Houses," "Pop Singer," "Walk Tall" and "Jackie Brown." Further details on the new musical will be announced in the fall. […]

  • Yiddish-Language Fiddler Will Hold Special World Refugee Day Performance; Luis A. Miranda Jr. to Lead Talkback
    by Andy Lefkowitz on June 12, 2019 at 5:04 PM

    The award-winning National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene production of Fiddler on the Roof will fill its theater with refugees in celebration and in honor of World Refugee Day on June 20 for a special 6:00pm performance. Every seat in the theater will be donated to allow refugees from all parts of the globe to see the show. The performance will be complemented by an afternoon and evening full of events, concluding with a talkback moderated by activist, educator and businessman Luis A. Miranda Jr. The production is partnering with the nonprofit Reboot, a Jewish arts and culture organization, to further enhance its World Refugee Day celebration by involving some of the artists they work with to help commemorate the event. Photographer Gillian Laub and illustrator/journalist Christopher Noxon will photograph and live-sketch a select group of refugee attendees to document an extraordinary array of stories, journeys and experiences. Many refugees attending the performance will have answered a series of questions written by Nicola Behrman about their experiences of having left their homelands. Fiddler will actively be curating these interviews for a larger initiative around this conversation. The theater will open to its guests at 5:00pm, where refreshments and concessions will be made available ... […]

  • Dave Chappelle to Play Broadway Debut Engagement This Summer
    by Andy Lefkowitz on June 12, 2019 at 5:00 PM

    Comedian and actor Dave Chappelle will make his Broadway debut this summer for a limited run of performances at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Titled Dave Chappelle Live on Broadway, the five-performance engagement will run from July 9-13. Chappelle, whose award-winning comedy is trademarked by his sharp wit and irreverent social commentary, explores race, popular culture, sex, drugs, politics and fame. In 2017, Chappelle released four highly anticipated specials on Netflix: The Art of Spin, Deep in the Heart of Texas, Equanimity and The Bird Revelations. All four specials were delivered on vinyl as double-feature albums and received Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album in 2018 and 2019. Chappelle's small-screen accolades include Emmy wins as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for Saturday Night Live and Outstanding Variety Special for Equanimity in 2018. […]

  • To the World We Dream About! Hadestown Toasts Eight Tony Wins
    by Eric King on June 12, 2019 at 5:00 PM

    We know one Broadway company who was livin' it up on top Tony Awards weekend! With 14 nominations and eight wins, including Best Musical, Hadestown was the most awarded show of last season. The cast and creatives of the new musical celebrated with a curtain call appearance by creator Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin—both Tony winners!—and a post-show toast on June 11. Check out the photos of newly-minted Tony winner André De Shields and cast mates Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Patrick Page, Amber Gray and more below. Rachel Chavkin addresses the audience with Amber Gray, Anaïs Mitchell, André De Shields and producer Mara Isaacs. (Photo: Lia Chang) Hadestown leading man Reeve Carney shows off the show's Tony Award. (Photo: Lia Chang) Korey Jackson and Tony nominee Amber Gray pose for a picture. (Photo: Lia Chang) Reeve Carney has some fun with his Hadestown costar, Tony nominee Eva Noblezada. (Photo: Lia Chang) Korey Jackson and Hadestown Tony winner André De Shields listen intently. (Photo: Lia Chang) Hadestown Tony nominee Patrick Page gets together with the three Fates, Jewelle Blackman, Kay Trinidad and Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer. (Photo: Lia Chang) […]

  • Bunnies, Babies & Trophies, Oh My! See The Ferryman Family Celebrate the Play's Triumph at the Tonys
    by Lindsey Sullivan on June 12, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Gather 'round, and raise a glass! Jez Butterworth's epic work The Ferryman, which centers on the Carney family as their harvest celebration takes a turn when they receive a surprising visit, received the 2019 Tony Award for Best Play on June 9. Director Sam Mendes also received the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for his work on the masterful production, and Rob Howell garnered awards for both his scenic and costume designs on the 1981-set show. Butterworth, the play's Tony-nominated leading lady Laura Donnelly and many members of the current cast partied into the night on the evening of the Tonys. On June 11, performances resumed at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, and current cast members Brian d'Arcy James, Holley Fain and the entire company gathered to celebrate the show's four Tony Award wins. Check out the adorable shots, and be sure to catch The Ferryman at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre through July 7. What's cuter than Tony-touting babies? The Ferryman's pint-sized cast members Alex Kekos-Presson, Jackson Arevalo and Noelle Claire White cuddle up to the show's trophies. All right, this is officially a cuteness overload. The Ferryman's bunny strikes a pose. […]

  • Welcome to Nowhere! Chilina Kennedy, Sasson Gabay & More Prep for The Band's Visit National Tour
    by Caitlin Moynihan on June 12, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Welcome to nowhere everywhere! The 10-time Tony-winning musical The Band's Visit is getting ready to hit the road for its first national tour starring Chilina Kennedy as Dina and Sasson Gabay reprising the role of Tewfiq, the role he created in the 2007 film and most recently played on Broadway. Gabay's son, Adam Gabay, will also appear in the road production as Papi. Featuring music and lyrics by Tony Award winner David Yazbek and a book by Tony Award winner Itamar Moses, The Band's Visit is based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin and is directed by Tony Award winner David Cromer. After the group performed "Welcome to Nowhere," they posed for photos before they begin their journey across America on June 25 at the Providence Performing Arts Center. Check out the pics below and be sure to catch this Tony-winning musical when it comes to a city near you. Sasson Gabay, composer David Yazbeck, Chilina Kennedy and director David Cromer with producer Orin Wolf. Stars Sasson Gabay and Chilina Kennedy get close. Sasson Gabay and his son Adam Gabay have a laugh. The company of the National Tour of The Band's Visit get together. […]

  • Dates Set for Old Vic's Lungs Starring The Crown's Claire Foy & Matt Smith
    by Andy Lefkowitz on June 12, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    London's Old Vic theater has announced dates for its upcoming mounting of Duncan Macmillan's comedic drama Lungs. The previously announced production, directed by Matthew Warchus, will star Claire Foy and Matt Smith of Netflix's The Crown. The production will run from October 14 through November 9. Macmillan's emotional rollercoaster of a play follows a couple wrestling with the planet's biggest dilemmas. Foy has been seen onstage in Macbeth, The Connections Plays: Baby Girl, DNA, The Miracle, Ding Dong the Wicked and Love, Love, Love. She is an Emmy winner for her turn as Queen Elizabeth II on The Crown. Smith's stage credits include American Psycho, Art, The Caretaker, The Master Builder, Groundhog Day, Matilda and Ghost. He was Emmy-nommed for his performance as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on The Crown. The Old Vic's staging of Lungs will feature scenic design by Rob Howell and lighting design by Tim Lutkin. […]

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