• Nicole Scherzinger on 'Adding Her Own Flavor' to the Role of Grace Farrell on Annie Live!
    by Caitlin Moynihan on November 29, 2021 at 8:28 PM

    Grammy and Olivier Award nominee Nicole Scherzinger is getting ready to learn about the hard knock life as Grace Farrell in the upcoming Annie Live! on NBC. The live musical is set to air on December 2 and in honor of the upcoming broadcast, Scherzinger sat down with Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek at the new Civilian Hotel to talk about her "passion for the stage," putting her own twist on the character and more. Paul Wontorek & Nicole Scherzinger at the Civilian Hotel on "The Broadway Show with Tamsen Fadal" (Photo: Lindsey Sullivan for Broadway.com) Scherzinger, who is known for being part of the Grammy-nominated girl group The Pussycat Dolls, has always been a theater fan. She garnered an Olivier nomination for her portrayal of Grizabella in the London revival of Cats, which marked her West End debut. She also played Maureen in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl. "I think the last dancing that I did was for my music video 'React' with The Pussycat Dolls, which is a little bit different style of dance than what we're doing here in Annie," Scherzinger said. "My diehard fans who really get me know my musical theater background. They know my love and …

  • Broadway's The Lehman Trilogy to Be Adapted into Television Series
    by Caitlin Moynihan on November 29, 2021 at 4:18 PM

    Stefano Massini's The Lehman Trilogy, which has been adapted by Ben Power and is currently running at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre, will be turned into a television series, according to Variety. The series is being developed for the international market by Italy’s Fandango. Playwright Massini is on board to oversee the adaptation. "It’s very rare that a theater piece by an Italian manages to get this type of exposure outside Italy,” said Domenico Procacci, chief of Italy Fandago. He also and applauded Massini's ability “to tell so effectively a story that doesn’t have any Italian elements, since most of it takes place in the U.S.” The Lehman Trilogy celebrated its opening night at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre on October 14. Sam Mendes directs Adam Godley as Mayer Lehman, Simon Russell Beale as Henry Lehman and Adrian Lester as Emanuel Lehman in the play that weaves through nearly two centuries of Lehman lineage, following the brothers from their 1844 arrival in New York City to the 2008 collapse of the financial firm bearing their name. The Mendes-helmed production bowed in London's West End before transferring to Broadway, where it earned five Olivier Awards nominations, including Best New Play. Luca Ronconi directed the Italian premiere in …

  • Watch Patti LuPone Interview Stephen Sondheim About Company and More
    by Lindsey Sullivan on November 29, 2021 at 4:12 PM

    Company star Patti LuPone sat down with Stephen Sondheim last year for an interview for CBS Sunday Morning. With the news of the Broadway titan's death on November 26, their conversation has been released. LuPone and Sondheim discussed his craft, his college acting career, the Broadway revival of Company, which Sondheim wrote with George Furth, as well as the composer's favorite character from his long list of credits. LuPone even got teary during the interview, and seeing her get emotional is more poignant now. Watch below.

  • Geoffrey Johnson, Acclaimed Broadway Casting Director, Dead at 91
    by Caitlin Moynihan on November 29, 2021 at 3:51 PM

    Geoffrey Johnson, the acclaimed casting director of over 90 Broadway productions including Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Dreamgirls, Miss Saigon and more, died on November 26, according to Variety. The cause was respiratory failure. He was 91. Born in New York City in June 1930 and raised in Larchmont, New York, Johnson graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the Yale School of Drama. He made his Broadway debut as an actor in the 1956 production of Saint Joan, which marks his only Broadway acting credit. Johnson first got started in the production aspect of Broadway thanks to Noël Coward choosing him to be the stage manager for the 1961 Broadway musical Sail Away. Johnson continued to work with Coward until the playwright’s death in 1973. In the 1970s, Johnson and his business partner Vincent Liff created the casting agency Johnson-Liff, which is known for casting some of the biggest and most beloved Broadway shows in history. Some of their work includes casting The Producers, The Wiz, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, The Rink, Much Ado About Nothing, Chess, Guys and Dolls, Sunset Boulevard and many more. Johnson and Liff were awarded a Tony Award …

  • No Ordinary Sunday: See Broadway's Brightest Gather Together to Pay Tribute to Stephen Sondheim
    by Lindsey Sullivan on November 29, 2021 at 3:10 PM

    Following the passing of Stephen Sondheim on November 26, the theater community did what they do best: gathered together in the heart of New York City to lift their voices as one. On November 28, hundreds of members of the Broadway community and casts of Broadway shows came together to pay tribute to the Broadway giant. Gathered on the red steps in Duffy Square, participants sang “Sunday” from Sondheim’s celebrated work Sunday in the Park with George. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Sara Bareilles, Raúl Esparza, Stephen Schwartz, Laura Benanti, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Josh Groban, Erich Bergen, Lonny Price, Jim Walton, Tom Kitt, Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Marc Shaiman, Lauren Patten, Kathryn Gallagher, Abby Mueller, Judy Kuhn, Brandon Uranowitz, Adam Chanler-Berat, Tavi Gevinson, Erin Davie and many more were in attendance. Take a look at the photos below from the moving event. Diana's Roe Hartrampf poses with Ethan Slater, Eddie Cooper, Tavi Gevinson and Adam Chanler-Berat, who are currently starring in Sondheim's Assassins at Classic Stage Company. (Photo: Jenny Anderson) Lin-Manuel Miranda and more Broadway stars perform Sondheim's "Sunday" from Sunday in the Park …

  • Listen to Lin-Manuel Miranda's Encanto Songs on This Week's Elaine Paige on Sunday
    by Broadway.com Staff on November 28, 2021 at 3:00 PM

    Olivier-winning actress Elaine Paige is giving Broadway.com listeners a chance to hear her BBC Radio 2 show Elaine Paige on Sunday. On this week's episode, Paige is playing tunes from the just released animated movie musical Encanto, which features original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Plus, Paige gets excited about Hugh Jackman's Broadway return in The Music Man and the upcoming Annie Live! on NBC. Catch the episode by clicking the link below!

  • Legendary Broadway Songwriter Stephen Sondheim Dies at 91
    by Broadway.com Staff on November 26, 2021 at 10:13 PM

    Beloved composer and pioneer of American musical theater Stephen Sondheim died on November 26 at his home in Roxbury, Conecticut, according to The New York Times. He was 91. Sondheim's expansive repertoire includes the scores of Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, Company, Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music, as well as the lyrics to Gypsy and West Side Story. His work earned him eight Tony Awards (more than any other composer), eight Grammys, an Academy Award and a Pulitzer Prize. In 2014, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. President Barack Obama presents Sondheim with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Sondheim was born on March 22, 1930 and grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He was the only child to Herbert and Janet Sondheim, both in fashion manufacturing and designing. His father instilled in him a passion for music—piano performance in particular. Sondheim's parents divorced in 1941 and he relocated with his mother to Pennsylvania. By coincidence, the Sondheims' family friends Dorothy and Oscar Hammerstein II (who had a son Stephen's age) owned a farm nearby, thus beginning a mentorship …

  • N'Kenge Talks Flying High as The Moon in Caroline, or Change
    by Caitlin Moynihan on November 24, 2021 at 5:00 PM

    Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner's musical Caroline, or Change is back on Broadway for its first-ever revival and with it comes Broadway's N'Kenge as The Moon. Broadway.com correspondent Charlie Cooper sat down with N'Kenge at the Renaissance Hotel in Times Square to chat about her time high in the sky during the musical, the show's legacy and more. N'Kenge spends a majority of her time on stage lifted above the cast. "It's kind of like a out of body experience," she said. "I'm singing to them, and then there are moments where I'm still on stage and the lights are on me and I'm taking it in. Being in this space makes me feel like I can reach out and touch the people in the mezzanine. It's really magical. As The Moon I'm trying to bring guidance and warmth to Caroline and all the other characters that play an integral part of her journey. To be able to do that from afar but also still feel very connected to her—it's a role that I've never been able to do before." N'Kenge as The Moon in Caroline, or Change (Photo: Roundabout Theatre Company YouTube) N'Kenge has previously appeared on Broadway in Sondheim on Sondheim and Motown, and adding Caroline, or …

  • Dig Into Photos from the Broadway Opening of Clyde's, Starring Uzo Aduba
    by Lindsey Sullivan on November 24, 2021 at 4:23 PM

    Lynn Nottage's Clyde's, starring Uzo Aduba, officially opened on November 23 at the Helen Hayes Theater, and we're serving up a look inside the big Broadway night. Clyde's marks Emmy winner Aduba's first return to the Great Bright Way in 10 years. In addition to Aduba, Clyde's also stars Ron Cephas Jones, Kara Young, Reza Salazar and Edmund Donovan. The play centers on the formerly incarcerated kitchen staff of a truck-stop sandwich shop that are offered a shot at reclaiming their lives. As previously announced, Second Stage Theater is partnering with Assemble Stream to offer live simulcasts of the production for the final two weeks of its run from January 4, 2022 through January 16, allowing viewers the opportunity to witness a live Broadway performance from home. Enjoy the photos below! Clyde's star Uzo Aduba serves face on the red carpet. (Photo: Avery Brunkus) Clyde's star Ron Cephas Jones snaps a sweet pic with his daughter and fellow performer Jasmine Cephas Jones on opening night. (Photo: Avery Brunkus) Clyde's director Kate Whoriskey and scribe Lynn Nottage get together. (Photo: Avery Brunkus) Catch Reza Salazar, Uzo Aduba, Ron Cephas Jones, Kara Young & Edmund Donovan in …

  • Watch Aladdin's Michael James Scott, Michael Maliakel & More Turn Times Square Into Agrabah
    by Caitlin Moynihan on November 24, 2021 at 3:57 PM

    Times Square visitors got a little taste of Agrabah thanks to Aladdin stars performing the show-stopping number "Friend Like Me" on Good Morning America on November 24! Michael Maliakel, who plays the musical's title character, and Michael James Scott as Genie took to the streets of New York to sing and dance while spreading some Disney magic. Good Morning America viewers also got to see Shoba Narayan fly high as Jasmine singing "A Whole New World" with Maliakel. Aladdin resumed performances at the New Amsterdam Theatre on September 28. Watch the enchanting performance below!

  • Annie Live! Star Nicole Scherzinger & More Ring in the Holiday Season on The Broadway Show
    by Lindsey Sullivan on November 24, 2021 at 3:35 PM

    Before The Broadway Show with Tamsen Fadal airs nationwide this weekend, we're offering a first look at the episode. Hosted by Emmy-winning anchor Fadal, this episode will air in New York City on November 28 at 6:30PM ET on WPIX. Be on the lookout for The Broadway Show with Tamsen Fadal, the only nationally syndicated weekly theater news program, on your local TV station. Featured this week: Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek sits down with Nicole Scherzinger to talk about NBC’s upcoming Annie Live! at the new Civilian Hotel. Broadway.com correspondent Charlie Cooper chats with Bianca Marroquín about Chicago’s 25th anniversary on the Great Bright Way at the Renaissance Hotel. Phone rings, door chimes, in comes Company! Go inside the first preview performance of the new revival with Katrina Lenk, Patti LuPone and more. Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek interviews Company standout Matt Doyle about the hit show’s return to the stage. Host Tamsen Fadal speaks with Wicked star Ginna Claire Mason about returning to Oz. Get to know Ain’t Too Proud leading man Nik Walker. To find out where The Broadway Show with Tamsen Fadal airs nationally, head here. Enjoy the episode below!   …

  • Odds & Ends: Kristin Chenoweth Offers How She and Idina Menzel Could Appear in the Wicked Movie
    by Lindsey Sullivan on November 23, 2021 at 8:33 PM

    Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently. Kristin Chenoweth Offers Her Two Cents on a Wicked Cameo Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to talk about her engagement, new holiday album and more. The Tony winner also told the story of first meeting Ariana Grande, who, as previously reported, will play Glinda, the role Chenoweth originated on Broadway, in the Wicked movie. Cheno also revealed an idea for her and original co-star Idina Menzel to make a cameo in the forthcoming film. Get the scoop below! Daniel Reichard to Present Holiday Concert at Birdland Jersey Boys original cast member Daniel Reichard is returning to the New York stage. On December 20 at 7PM ET, he'll perform his new holiday concert Let's Christmas at Birdland Jazz Club. Since 2006, Reichard has made his holiday concert an annual event, having played engagements at venues including Lincoln Center, Feinstein’s 54 Below, the Alvin Ailey Theatre and more. This year, he will present a one-night-only evening of stories and songs, including holiday hits from various decades. Head here for more info. Becoming Broadway Event Set for December 6 Situation, in collaboration with the Mayor’s …

  • Ed Bullins, Leading Playwright of the Black Arts Movement, Dies
    by Caitlin Moynihan on November 23, 2021 at 8:01 PM

    Ed Bullins, one of the leading playwrights of the Black Arts Movement, died on November 13 at his home in Roxbury, Massachusetts due to complications of dementia, according to The New York Times. He was 86. Known as one of most significant Black playwrights of the 1960s and 1970s, Bullins was born in July 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He started his writing career by creating the magazine Citadel and writing short stories. He then joined the creative writing program at San Francisco State College, where he began writing plays. His first play, Clara's Ole Man, premiered on August 5, 1965, at San Francisco's Firehouse Repertory Theatre. Bullins became involved with the Black Arts Movement, a group of Black playwrights, novelists and poets focused on capturing the modern Black experience. He would become the chief artist in residence at Black House, a community center in San Francisco that served as a headquarters for both the Black Arts Movement and the Black Panthers, where he also served as minister of culture. In 1968, Bullins won his first Drama Desk Award for his trilogy play The Electronic N***** and Others. Bullins premiered many plays at New York's La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, …

  • Portia Wasn't Allowed to Read To Kill a Mockingbird Growing Up and Now She's Calpurnia on Broadway
    by Caitlin Moynihan on November 23, 2021 at 8:00 PM

    Portia is back on Broadway as Calpurnia in Aaron Sorkin's To Kill a Mockingbird. Last seen in the 2019 revival of The Rose Tattoo, Portia chats with Broadway.com correspondent Charlie Cooper outside the Shubert Theatre about her personal connection to Harper Lee's novel, leaning into her rebellious side and more. Portia taking her bow on To Kill a Mockingbird's reopening night. (Photo: Natalie Powers) As Calpurnia, Portia is taken into the world of 1930s Alabama nightly, and she is finding vulnerability there. "I think that you have to release into being triggered," she said. "I don't think you can tell this story and not be triggered. Otherwise, it doesn't really work for the journey that Calpurnia needs to take. As a company, we've been addressing these issues from the very beginning. It's a company that cares a lot. I feel like I couldn't do this with any other group of people. We've become a family." Growing up, Portia wasn't exposed to the classic novel in the usual school setting, which is exactly why she wanted to be part of the stage adaptation. "I was not allowed to read [To Kill a Mockingbird] because my grandfather's brother actually went …

  • Girl From the North Country, The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical, Cinderella & More Earn Grammy Nominations
    by Lindsey Sullivan on November 23, 2021 at 6:17 PM

    Nominations for the 64th annual Grammy Awards have been announced. Girl From the North Country, The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella, Les Misérables: The Staged Concert (The Sensational 2020 Live Recording), Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater's Some Lovers and Stephen Schwartz's Snapshots are in the running for Best Musical Theater Album, with credits as follows: Girl From the North Country Simon Hale, Conor McPherson & Dean Sharenow, producers, Bob Dylan, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast) The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical Emily Bear, producer; Abigail Barlow & Emily Bear, composers/lyricists (Barlow & Bear) Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella Andrew Lloyd Webber, Nick Lloyd Webber & Greg Wells, producers; Andrew Lloyd Webber & David Zippel, composers/lyricists (Original Album Cast) Les Misérables: The Staged Concert (The Sensational 2020 Live Recording) Cameron Mackintosh, Lee McCutcheon & Stephen Metcalfe, producers; Claude-Michel Schönberg, composer; Alain Boublil, John Caird, Herbert Kretzmer, Jean-Marc Natel & Trevor Nunn, lyricists (The 2020 Les Misérables Staged Concert Company) Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater's Some Lovers Burt Bacharach, Michael Croiter, Ben Hartman & Steven Sater, producers; Burt Bacharach, composer; Steven Sater, lyricist (World Premiere Cast) Stephen Schwartz's Snapshots Daniel C. Levine, Michael J Moritz Jr, Bryan Perri …

  • Adrian Lester on the 'Real Workout' of Starring in The Lehman Trilogy
    by Lindsey Sullivan on November 23, 2021 at 4:01 PM

    Stefano Massini's The Lehman Trilogy, running at the Nederlander Theatre through January 2, 2022 and directed by Tony winner Sam Mendes, stars Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Adrian Lester in formidable performances. At the outset, they play Henry, Mayer and Emanuel Lehman, three brothers arriving in America, determined for their fabric-selling business to succeed. From there, the number of characters that the trio of stars play throughout the show multiplies, spanning ages and accents. Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek met up with Lester, an Olivier Award winner, outside the theater to talk about the demands of the play on The Broadway Show.  "Sam [Mendes] was interested in paring away what was unnecessary and seeing how much we could do with very, very, very little," Lester said. "Sometimes it's just a tiny prop or a gesture or a way of holding the shoulders, that tells everyone, 'Now I'm being someone else.'" The three actors play about 53 characters throughout the course of each performance. Adrian Lester in The Lehman Trilogy (Photo: Julieta Cervantes) "I wasn't a part of the original cast. I saw the show, and I was amazed at what the three actors achieved for the whole evening," Lester explained. …

  • Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever! Sets West End Return for Holiday Run
    by Caitlin Moynihan on November 23, 2021 at 3:57 PM

    Dine-saw! Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever will return to the West End for the holiday season. Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever is set to play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket beginning on December 2 and run through January 2, 2022. The production is directed and adapted for the stage by Richard Lewis and features music from BAFTA award-winning composer Mani Svavarsson with lyrics by Matt Lewis. Peppa Pig is a British preschool animated television series by Astley Baker Davies that follows Peppa, a young female pig and her family and friends. The show has been on air since it debuted in May 2004. This is the 10th time a Peppa Pig stage production has played the West End. Previous productions include Peppa Pig’s Adventure, Peppa Pig’s Party, Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash and Peppa Pig’s Surprise, all directed by Lewis. In Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever, Peppa is excited to spend the day with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Get ready for a road-trip full of fun adventures. From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice-creams to muddy puddles—there is something for the whole family and their friends to enjoy, including Miss Rabbit, Mr Bull, Suzy …

  • Jeremy O. Harris' Slave Play Returns to Broadway
    by Caitlin Moynihan on November 23, 2021 at 3:00 PM

    Jeremy O. Harris' Slave Play is back on Broadway. The return engagement of the Tony-nominated play begins performances athe August Wilson Theatre on November 23 before opening on December 2. Robert O'Hara returns to direct. As previously reported, the cast features Tony nominee Ato Blankson-Wood, Tony nominee Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Tony nominee Annie McNamara and Paul Alexander Nolan, all of whom starred in both of the play’s previous New York runs on Broadway and off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop. Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Devin Kawaoka and Jonathan Chad Higginbotham are new to the company. In Slave Play the Old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation—in the breeze, in the cotton fields...and in the crack of the whip. It’s an antebellum fever-dream, where fear and desire entwine in the looming shadow of the Master’s House. Jim trembles as Kaneisha handles melons in the cottage, Alana perspires in time with the plucking of Phillip’s fiddle in the boudoir, while Dustin cowers at the heel of Gary’s big, black boot in the barn. Nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems. The 2019 production of Slave Play began previews at Broadway’s …

  • Clyde's, Starring Uzo Aduba, to Offer Live Simulcast Viewings During Its Final Two Weeks
    by Lindsey Sullivan on November 22, 2021 at 8:26 PM

    Can't make it to New York, but want to catch Lynn Nottage's Clyde's, starring Uzo Aduba? Second Stage Theater is partnering with Assemble Stream to offer simulcasts of the production for the final two weeks of its run from January 4, 2022 through January 16, allowing viewers the opportunity to witness a live Broadway performance from home. The simulcast will be captured by five to seven cameras and edited live as the performance happens. All cameras will be operated remotely and situated discreetly throughout the Helen Hayes Theater to avoid disrupting the audience in attendance. “The events of the last 18 months have shown us that there is an appetite for theater in all of its forms, and we are excited to bring a simulcast of our Broadway production of Lynn Nottage’s Clyde's—in real time—to theater fans,” said Second Stage Executive Director Khady Kamara and Assemble Stream’s Katie McKenna in a joint statement. “Nothing will ever replace the experience of attending a Broadway show, but these simulcasts hope to capture the one-of-a-kind thrill of a live Broadway performance for audience members who are unable to attend the play in person.” Clyde's, which officially opens on November 23, …

  • Andrew Garfield & Lin-Manuel Miranda on tick, tick...BOOM!: 'I Feel Like Jonathan Larson Is Smiling'
    by Lindsey Sullivan on November 22, 2021 at 7:36 PM

    For years, Rent mastermind Jonathan Larson's tick, tick...BOOM! has been a cult favorite. Now, it's been adapted as a star-studded film, playing in movie theaters and on Netflix. On the latest episode of The Broadway Show, Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek spoke with the film's director Lin-Manuel Miranda and star Andrew Garfrield about honoring Larson's legacy with the movie adaptation. "In the Heights and Hamilton don't exist without Rent being the trailblazing force that it is," Miranda, who makes his directorial debut with the film, said. "I think he needed to write this show to clear space for Rent." Both Larson and his body of work were new to Garfield, whom Miranda approached about the starring role after witnessing his Tony-winning performance in Angels in America. "I feel so connected to this piece—so connected to Jonathan and to Lin and to this whole company. I'm so proud of Lin. I'm so grateful to him—that he had the courage to take this on and the kind of insanity to bring us a little along for the ride. I feel like Jonathan is smiling," Garfield said. Jonathan Larson (Photo: Victoria Leacock Hoffman) "It's deeply overwhelming to think that I get to have …