Want Your Favorite Broadway Stars to Sing You to Sleep? Aaron Lazar Has Got It Covered
by Caitlin Moynihan on August 7, 2020 at 4:11 PM
Aaron Lazar wants to help you to fall asleep. Lazar, who was most recently seen as Larry Murphy on the Dear Evan Hansen national tour, has announced his new project, Broadway Lullabies, an album full of your favorite Broadway stars singing the sweetest drift-off-to-sleep songs. Lazar stopped by Broadway.com's #LiveatFive: Home Edition to share what inspired the album and talked about working on the upcoming TV show Filthy Rich. With a goal of raising $15,000, Broadway Lullabies is an independent project dependant on Kickstarter fan contributions. "I thought about bringing this to a label and raising money, but I wanted to see if people wanted it," Lazar told Paul Wontorek. "I pitched the idea to enough people, and it felt like the right concept. People were super heartfelt about it. I'm just curious to see if the Broadway fans are interested in it too. If people donate, there's a lot of prizes too. You can get Broadway stars leaving you voicemails and doing Zoom calls with you. Once we finish recording it, we'll send it to folks who make a certain donation a month before anybody else gets it. We're really open to feedback and ideas because we want it to be fun …
Odds & Ends: Peter Dinklage to Reprise His Role as Cyrano in Feature Film & More
by Lindsey Sullivan on August 7, 2020 at 3:59 PM
Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently. Cyrano Musical, Starring Peter Dinklage, to Become Feature Film Emmy winner and stage veteran Peter Dinklage will reprise his titular role in a film adaptation of Cyrano. Deadline reports that Haley Bennett will return to the role of love interest Roxanne, which she played alongside him at the Goodspeed Opera House’s Norma Terris Theatre in 2018. Tony nominee Brian Tyree Henry and Ben Mendelsohn will also star in the movie, which will be directed by Joe Wright. The musical most recently played off-Broadway at the Daryl Roth Theatre in 2019 and is written by director, writer and stage actress Erica Schmidt, who is also Dinklage’s wife. Cyrano is adapted from Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac. Schmidt wrote the libretto; the music is by The National’s Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner, with lyrics by Matt Berninger (also from The National) and Carin Besser, who has contributed to many of the band’s songs. A production timeline for the film will be announced later. Stream of BD Wong’s Songs from an Unmade Bed to Benefit BC/EFA A slew of starry special guests are lined up for Tony Award winner BD …
Broadway.com #LiveatFive: Home Edition with Aaron Lazar
by Broadway.com Staff on August 7, 2020 at 2:55 PM
Aaron Lazar checks in to chat about Filthy Rich, his Broadway Lullabies album and more!
Mrs. Doubtfire's Doreen Montalvo Can't Wait for Castmate Hugs & the In the Heights Movie
by Broadway.com Staff on August 7, 2020 at 2:50 PM
Living near the theater district during the Broadway shutdown, photographer and performer Matthew Stocke has been haunted walking past the empty theater palaces sitting in repose, waiting for the lights and stars to return. In this new Broadway.com photo feature, he reunites members of the theater community with their Broadway home Away From Home. DOREEN MONTALVOMRS. DOUBTFIRE Growing up in the Bronx, Doreen Montalvo would lock herself in her bedroom and sing through cast albums at the top of her lungs, with Rita Moreno and Chita Rivera as her idols. Her family may not have had the money to send her to dance, voice or acting classes, so she focused on broadcast journalism. But her love of theater persisted, and she found herself on Broadway in the original casts of In the Heights and On Your Feet! and on the big screen in the upcoming films of West Side Story and In the Heights. At the time that Broadway was shut down due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, she was three preview performances into the run of Mrs. Doubtfire, in which she plays TV exec Janet Lundy. Here, she talks about how she's been spending her time in quarantine, …
Brent Carver, Tony Winner for Kiss of the Spider Woman, Dies at 68
by Caitlin Moynihan on August 6, 2020 at 10:03 PM
Brent Carver, who took home the Tony for his leading turn in 1993's Kiss of the Spider Woman, died on August 4 at the age of 68. The actor passed away in his hometown of Cranbrook, BC in Canada. The cause of death has not been revealed. Born on November 17, 1951, Carver began his career in 1972 when he appeared on the popular Canadian comedy-drama The Beachcombers. He went on to make his professional stage debut the same year in a Canadian production of Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Since then, he has been seen on screen in The Twilight Zone, Twice In a Lifetime, The Event and more. His last screen credit is 2014's The Whale. In 1993, Carver made his Broadway debut as Molina in the acclaimed Kiss of the Spider Woman alongside leading lady Chita Rivera. Carver would go on to receive his first Tony nomination and take home the trophy. Six years later, Carver earned his second Tony nomination for his turn as Leo Frank in Jason Robert Brown's Parade. He also appeared in 2004's King Lear and the most recent Romeo and Juliet revival …
Bobby Cannavale, Michael Shannon & More Set for Hulu's Nine Perfect Strangers
by Lindsey Sullivan on August 6, 2020 at 8:15 PM
Perhaps this is why Bobby Cannavale will no longer be able to yell "Stella" as part of Williamstown Theatre Festival's season. According to Variety, the two-time Tony nominee has joined the starry cast of Hulu's Nine Perfect Strangers, a TV series based on the book of the same name by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty. The series will also include Michael Shannon, Regina Hall, Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Manny Jacinto, Tiffany Boone, Luke Evans, Melvin Gregg, Grace Van Patten, Asher Keddie and Samara Weaving. Nine Perfect Strangers is set at a boutique health-and-wellness resort where nine stressed out city dwellers are hoping to take a path towards better living. Variety reports that Kidman will executive produce the series with David E. Kelley and John Henry Butterworth as co-writers and co-showrunners.
Aja Naomi King & More Join Williamstown Theatre Festival's Season on Audible
by Lindsey Sullivan on August 6, 2020 at 7:58 PM
These performers will be rehearsing from home! As previously reported, the 2020 Williamstown Theatre Festival season will be presented on Audible, the world’s largest producer and provider of original spoken-word entertainment and audiobooks, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Casting has been announced for three of the season's productions. A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Robert O’Hara and starring the previously announced Audra McDonald and Carla Gugino, will also feature Joel Reuben Ganz, Joe Goldammer, Carmen Herlihy, Sullivan Jones, Brian Lucas, Stacey Raymond and Cesar J. Rosado. The role of Stanley will now be played by Ariel Shafir. He replaces the previously announced Bobby Cannavale, who is unable to participate due to a scheduling conflict. Stacy Osei-Kuffou'a world premiere comedy Animals will be directed by Whitney White and feature How to Get Away with Murder's Aja Naomi King, William Jackson Harper, Madeline Brewer and Jason Butler Harner. In Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51, previously announced Emmy Award nominee Anna Chlumsky will be joined by David Corenswet, Stephen Kunken, Aasif Mandvi, Omar Metwally and Ben Rosenfield. Susan Stroman is set to direct. Exact release dates on Audible and additional information about …
Actors’ Equity President Kate Shindle: 'No One Should Lose Their Healthcare in a Pandemic'
by Lindsey Sullivan on August 6, 2020 at 7:45 PM
Actors' Equity Association President Kate Shindle participated in a press call with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and other labor union leaders on August 6 to discuss the importance of passing the HEROES Act (a.k.a. the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act) in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. The proposed bill responds to the coronavirus' impact on the economy by providing funding and other assistance for individuals and governments, requires employers to develop and implement infectious disease exposure control plans, eliminates cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatments and more. As of Friday, July 31, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act's $600-per-week federal supplement to unemployment insurance expired. Shindle emphasized the need for government funding during this time. "With Broadway closed, the $600 a week has been indispensable," she said. "Members are worried about the basics. The longer the pandemic rages out of control, the more likely everyone in the arts will face a healthcare crisis without action from Congress. No one should lose their healthcare in the middle of a pandemic." Shindle also responded to criticism that those hoping to receive unemployment stipends have no desire to continue working. "We desperately want to go back to work. We …
Watch the August Episode of Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal, Featuring Daveed Diggs & More
by Broadway.com Staff on August 6, 2020 at 7:25 PM
The newest episode of the monthly series Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal is here! Hosted by PIX11's Emmy-winning anchor Tamsen Fadal, and powered by Broadway.com, the August episode is available to view below as well as across the country throughout the month and in New York City on August 9 at 6:00PM ET on WPIX. Be on the lookout for Broadway Profiles, the only nationally syndicated theater news program, on your local TV station. Featured this month: Remembering Nick Cordero, a Broadway star who lost his fight against COVID-19 in July. He made a name for himself in Bullets Over Broadway, which earned him a Tony nomination, and also starred in Waitress and A Bronx Tale. Bobby Conte Thornton burst onto Broadway in 2016 when he starred in A Bronx Tale, a musical based on Chazz Palminteri’s one-man show and movie. Watch a chat with both stars about the legacy Cordero leaves and what made him such a special person. Hamilton is making headlines again, this time on Disney+. The film can now reach audiences who might never have otherwise seen the musical. We talk with the stars of the original cast. Back when the original cast of Hamilton was …
How Jackie Burns Filmed the New Virtual Musical A Killer Party From Her Childhood Bedroom
by Caitlin Moynihan on August 6, 2020 at 6:56 PM
For the past six months, Broadway workers have been creating new ways to experience theater due to the novel COVID-19 virus shutting down theaters for the rest of the year. A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical is a new show created entirely in quarantine and featuring several Broadway favorites like Michael James Scott, Laura Osnes, Jeremy Jordan, Jackie Burns and more. The original production features music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Nathan Tysen, a book by Kait Kerrigan and is directed by Marc Bruni. Burns, who plays Joan McArthur, joined Broadway.com's #LiveatFive: Home Edition to celebrate its release and share behind-the-scenes secrets of filming and more. Jackie Burns in "A Killer Party"A Killer Party is a 90-minute musical offered in nine episodes, with the first three now available for purchase. "A few weeks into quarantine my buddy Jason Howland, who is the composer of Little Women, called me and said, 'I have this idea for a musical.' He didn't even have to tell me about it because I just think he's a genius," Burns said to Beth Stevens. "He brought the rest of the team on board, and they wrote this hilarious, brand new …
A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical to Release Original Cast Recording
by Lindsey Sullivan on August 6, 2020 at 4:46 PM
Broadway Records will release an original cast recording for the new musical series A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical, which premiered on August 5. The nine-episode musical, which was fully produced in quarantine, is available for purchase here. The album, produced by Jason Howland and Billy Jay Stein (both Grammy Award winners for their work on Beautiful–The Carole King Musical), is scheduled to drop on August 21. The cast includes Alex Newell as Shea Crescendo, Michael James Scott as Varthur McArthur, Jackie Burns as Joan McArthur, Miguel Cervantes as Clarke Staples, Laura Osnes as Vivika Orsonwelles, Carolee Carmello as Justine Case, Jarrod Spector as George Murderer, Jessica Keenan-Wynn as Detective Case, Krystina Alabado as Lily Wright, Drew Gehling as Cameron Mitchelljohn and Jeremy Jordan as himself. "We all recorded it on our iPhones. I can't even tell you the genius of the people behind the scenes: the editors, the sound engineers," Burns said on Broadway.com's #LiveatFive. "Everybody sounds amazing because of these people behind the scenes." When Varthur McArthur (Scott), the artistic director of a failing theater in Duluth, invites his troupe of disgruntled actors and collaborators to the first read of an “immersive murder mystery …
Broadway.com #LiveatFive: Home Edition with Jackie Burns of A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical
by Broadway.com Staff on August 6, 2020 at 4:43 PM
Jackie Burns chats about A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical and more with Beth Stevens.
Tony Winner Alan Cumming Announces Club Cumming Virtual Variety Shows
by Lindsey Sullivan on August 6, 2020 at 2:27 PM
Willkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome! Club Cumming is heading online. Tony winner and former Broadway.com vlogger Alan Cumming's backstage-staple-turned-East-Village nightclub is closed to the public due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Nevertheless, he took to Instagram on August 6 to announce that Club Cumming will be starting a series of virtual variety shows. View this post on Instagram I’m so excited that we are starting a series of @clubcumming virtual variety shows so the spirit and talent of the @clubcumming family will live on even though we can’t actually open our doors in reality. Stay tuned! Next week our first show will be unveiled. Tickets deets and line up coming soon! A post shared by Alan Cumming (@alancummingsnaps) on Aug 5, 2020 at 10:00pm PDT "The spirit and talent of the Club Cumming family will live on even though we actually can't open our doors in reality," he wrote. The talent lineup, ticket details and further information will be announced later. Cumming began Club Cumming in his dressing room in the Studio 54 production of Cabaret. Club Cumming has had incarnations in New York, Los …
Watch Nicolette Robinson, Matt Doyle & the Cast of Brooklynite's Tribute to Nick Cordero
by Lindsey Sullivan on August 6, 2020 at 2:10 PM
The cast of Brooklynite, the superhero musical with a high-flying score that played off-Broadway in 2015, reunited for a special virtual performance. Nicolette Robinson, Matt Doyle, Alex Boniello, Andrew Call, Gerard Canonico, Max Chernin, Manik Choksi, Carla Duren, Ann Harada, John-Michael Lyles, Grace McLean, Tom Alan Robbins and Remy Zaken joined forces from the comfort of home to perform a touching tribute to their fellow Brooklynite cast member Nick Cordero, who passed away on July 5 from complications resulting from COVID-19. The group takes on a powerful version of "Rescue Waltz." Check it out below!
The Old Vic's Three Kings Staging Delayed Again as Andrew Scott Recovers from Surgery
by Lindsey Sullivan on August 5, 2020 at 7:48 PM
Get well soon, Andrew Scott! The Olivier winner and Fleabag favorite is still recovering from a previously reported minor surgery. As a result, the Old Vic shared on August 5 that Stephen Beresford's new play Three Kings, which Scott is supposed to headline, will be delayed once more. We're sorry to let you know that Andrew Scott is still not well enough to perform and we'll be rescheduling all performances of #OVThreeKings #OVInCamera and #OVInConversation to give him the time he needs to fully rest and recover. pic.twitter.com/XgXrbFTNh7 — The Old Vic (@oldvictheatre) August 5, 2020 New dates for the production, which is part of the new virtual, artistic initiative called Old Vic: In Camera, will be announced later. Directed by Matthew Warchus, The Three Kings will star Scott as Patrick. When he is eight-years-old, his absent father returns unexpectedly and in a brief but memorable encounter, sets him to the challenge of "The Three Kings." Years later—recalling that meeting, and the revelations that followed—Patrick traces the events of his father’s life—and takes the audience on a journey of grandiose plans, aching disappointments and audacious self delusion.
Odds & Ends: Brian Cox & Marsha Mason to Star in Reading of Dear Liar & More
by Lindsey Sullivan on August 5, 2020 at 7:04 PM
Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently. Brian Cox & Marsha Mason Set for Bucks County Playhouse Benefit Fresh from winning a 2020 Emmy nomination for his performance in HBO's Succession, Brian Cox will join four-time Oscar nominee Marsha Mason in a virtual reading of Jerome Kilty’s Dear Liar on September 1 at 7:00PM ET. Directed by Mark Brokaw, this benefit reading will support the Bucks County Playhouse Pandemic Campaign. The play explores what went on between playwright George Bernard Shaw and the celebrated English stage actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell, for whom he created Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion. Tickets and more information can be found here. Judith Light to Star in & Executive Produce Shadows in the Vineyard A TV drama that potentially includes Judith Light posing in a European vineyard? We're here for it! According to Deadline, Landmark Studio Group and District 33 have joined forces to produce Shadows in the Vineyard. The limited drama series is based on journalist Maximillian Potter’s book Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison The World’s Greatest Wine. Light and Noah Wyle will star in and executive produce …
Starry Pandemic Comedy Coastal Elites Sets Premiere Date on HBO
by Lindsey Sullivan on August 5, 2020 at 4:54 PM
The previously announced pandemic satire special Coastal Elites will premiere on HBO on September 12 at 8:00PM ET, according to TVLine. Paul Rudnick and Jay Roach's comedy centers on five characters from New York to Los Angeles played by Bette Midler, Sarah Paulson, Issa Rae, Dan Levy and Kaitlyn Dever. Coastal Elites was originally conceived as a play for the Public Theater. Midler plays Miriam Nessler, a longtime New York City public school teacher who finds herself in police custody. Paulson takes on the role of YouTube personality Clarissa Montgomery, who is taping the 28th episode of her soothing series Mindful Meditations. Rae portrays philanthropist Callie Josephson, whose prep school network leads her to the highest levels of government. Dever plays Sharynn Tarrows, a young nurse who flies from Wyoming to New York City to volunteer at a hospital at the height of the COVID-19 crisis. Levy portrays actor Mark Hesterman, who experiences the height of his personal and professional stress while videoconferencing with his therapist. Written by Rudnick and directed by Roach, the special has been produced entirely during quarantine. The pair executive produces Coastal Elites with Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, Flody Suarez, Scott Chaloff, and Michelle Graham.
Live-Action Mulan Film Will Arrive on Disney+ September 4
by Lindsey Sullivan on August 5, 2020 at 2:08 PM
After a big screen premiere date for the Mulan live-action film was continuously delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the action-packed movie will now be offered in audiences' homes. According to Vanity Fair, Mulan will be available for $29.99 on Disney+ beginning on September 4. As previously announced, this adaptation is not a musical like the original film, which featured music by Matthew Wilder and lyrics by Broadway's David Zippel. Tony winner Lea Salonga, who voiced the lead role in the original Disney movie, took to Twitter following an interview with the live-action film's director Niki Caro to assure fans that, "The new film will stand proud and tall without the songs." Mulan explores the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, played by Yifei Liu in the new film. She disguises herself as a man and takes her father’s place in the army to fight the invading Huns. In addition to Hamilton's Disney+ release, it was also previously reported that a live-action film version of Once On This Island is in the works for the streaming service. Watch the trailer for Mulan below!
Don Hahn on Why Howard Ashman's Failure Was the World's Fortune & Telling His Story in the Documentary Howard
by Caitlin Moynihan on August 4, 2020 at 7:58 PM
Howard Ashman is responsible for bringing some of the most beloved Disney movie musicals to life like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and more. Known for his frequent collaborations with Alan Menken, Ashman left a rich musical legacy after he died of AIDS in 1991. Twenty-nine years later fans are now able to learn more about Ashman's life through the documentary Howard, which arrives on Disney+ on August 7. The film's producer, director and writer Don Hahn appeared on Broadway.com's #LiveatFive: Home Edition to talk about why sharing Ashman's story is so important, the most surprising thing he learned in his research and more. Howard made its premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and was later nominated for the Best Documentary Award at the 2018 Heartland Film Festival. After working on it for years, Hahn is excited for new audiences to see the documentary. "I seriously [worked on it for] about four years, which seems incredible, but I'm used to taking that long with my background being in animation," he said to Paul Wontorek. "It started out as almost an impulse. I had lunch with Sarah [Ashman Gillespie], Howard's sister, and like halfway …
Jenn Colella & More Join The Great American Songbook Concert Series
by Lindsey Sullivan on August 4, 2020 at 7:53 PM
A slew of stars are set for The Great American Songbook Concert Series! In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, producer Scott Siegel brings this virtual series, a celebration of American songwriters from Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, into the homes of audiences via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. The concerts premiere bi-weekly on Thursdays at 7:00PM ET and are free to watch. The latest edition of series will premiere on August 13 with Tony nominee Jenn Colella. Siegel created a GoFundMe campaign dedicated to producing these concerts and paying the artists that perform. So far, over 175 audience members, each credited with the title of producer, have generously donated to series, raising over $20,000. Additionally, Siegel has received a matching grant of $25,000 and hopes to have that grant matched with an additional GoFundMe campaign. The many stars who have either performed or will appear in upcoming concerts include Christina Bianco, Kerry Butler, Robert Cuccioli, Quentin Earl Darrington, Tony DeSare, Debbie Gravitte, Aaron Lazar, Beth Malone, Karen Mason, Luba Mason, Kenita R. Miller, Christiane Noll, Kerry O'Malley, Patrick Page, Emily Skinner, Jarrod Spector, Elizabeth Stanley, Tom Wopat …