Tony Winner Renée Elise Goldsberry Joins Tina Fey Comedy Series Girls5eva
by Lindsey Sullivan on October 1, 2020 at 7:29 PM
Werk! As previously reported, singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles and Tina Fey are teaming up for the comedy series Girls5eva. Bareilles stars in the show, which is about a former girl group that takes another shot at fame when their one hit gets sampled by a young rapper. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hamilton Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry has joined the cast as Wickie, the glamorous star of the group. The series was created by Meredith Scardino (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) who is executive producing Girls5eva with Fey, Mean Girls composer (and Fey's husband) Jeff Richmond, Robert Carlock, David Miner and Eric Gurian. In addition to Hamilton, Goldsberry's other Broadway credits include Good People, The Color Purple, Rent and The Lion King. Off-Broadway, she has appeared in As You Like It, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Her screen credits include One Life to Live, The Good Wife, Masters of Sex, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and Younger. Additional casting and a production timeline for Girls5eva will be announced later.
What To Do (Without Broadway!): A Day-to-Day Schedule
by Broadway.com Staff on October 1, 2020 at 7:26 PM
Even with Broadway on hold, there's plenty to do. Trust the Broadway.com editors to get you in on the best online events, theater-centric films, TV shows and more! THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1Sweeney Todd Cast Reunion on Stars in the House @ 8PM ET Len Cariou, Victor Garber, Sarah Rice and Ken Jennings reunite remotely to discuss their time in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's bloody good musical.Watch Online FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2Tonight at the London Coliseum: Cassidy Janson @ TBD A musical theater powerhouse, most recently seen in an Olivier Award-nominated as Anne Hathaway in the pop musical & Juliet, livestreamed in concert from the iconic U.K. stage.Tickets are £15. More Info FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2Freestyle Love Supreme Academy Showcase @ 8PM ETFreestyle Love Supreme, the critically acclaimed troupe founded by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anthony Veneziale, is offering virtual fall classes and events, kicking off with a lively showcase. An educational hip-hop weekend for kids and intro courses for adults are available.Registration Info FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2Emily in Paris Premieres Lily Collins and Tony nominee Ashley Park play besties in France in Sex and the City and Younger creator Darren Star's latest bingeworthy TV series. …
Tina's Daniel J. Watts on Learning to Slow Down and How Broadway Is Like the NBA
by Broadway.com Staff on October 1, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Living near the theater district during the Broadway shutdown, photographer and performer Matthew Stocke has been haunted walking past the empty 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 #AwayFromHome. DANIEL J. WATTSTINA: THE TINA TUNER MUSICAL With an impressive roster of Broadway credits to his name (In the Heights, Memphis, Hamilton, to name a few), Daniel J. Watts stepped into the spotlight as Tina Turner's ex-husband Ike Turner in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical just months ahead of the Broadway shutdown. After finishing a lauded run of his own show The Jam: Only Child at the Public Theater in January, Watts was readying himself for the end of the season. Though it seems much of the world (like Broadway) is on pause as a result of the coronavirus crisis, something has started within Watts. He has presented additional installments of The Jam, a transformative display of music, dance, spoken word and storytelling, via Instagram and has contributed to important conversations about Broadway's past and future. Here, he likens his time at Tina to the …
Here's a First Look at Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman & More in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
by Lindsey Sullivan on October 1, 2020 at 4:32 PM
Fresh off of releasing a premiere date for the film adaptation of August Wilson's play Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Netflix has released stunning shots from the movie. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is set in a Chicago recording studio in 1927. The story centers on blues singer Ma Rainey, her backup musicians and the struggles they faced in pre-Civil-Rights-era America. Directed by Tony winner George C. Wolfe and adapted by Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the movie stars Tony winner Viola Davis in the title role, alongside Tony nominee Colman Domingo, Michael Potts, Emmy winner Glynn Turman and Chadwick Boseman, who died on August 28. Get a glimpse at the star power in this vibrant first look of the film, which premiereson December 18. Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts and Colman Doningo star in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. (Photo: David Lee/Netflix)Viola Davis dazzles in Ma Rainey'sBlack Bottom. (Photo: David Lee/Netflix)Chadwick Boseman poses with Michael Potts and Colman Domingo. (Photo: David Lee/Netflix)Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman work on-set with director George C. Wolfe. (Photo: David Lee/Netflix)
Hear from The Boys in the Band Creator Mart Crowley & the Film's Starry Cast in New Featurette
by Lindsey Sullivan on October 1, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Netflix's The Boys in the Band premiered on September 30. And there's a bonus featurette you won't want to miss! As previously announced, The Boys in the Band: Something Personal features interviews with late playwright Mart Crowley, director Joe Mantello and the star-studded cast: Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons, Andrew Rannells, Robin De Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington, Tuc Watkins and Charlie Carver. The short celebrates Crowley's groundbreaking work. Check it out below!
See The Music Man Star Hugh Jackman In Nothing But Boots and a Smile
by Broadway.com Staff on October 1, 2020 at 3:38 PM
Broadway audiences are eagerly waiting to catch Tony winner Hugh Jackman as Harold Hill in the upcoming revival of The Music Man, but in the meantime, they can see—well, a whole lot of him. The star appears in a new commercial for R.M. Williams boots, and let's just say Jackman is taking the clause to "only wear the boots" very seriously. The ad also includes stage star David Harris as an executive getting an eyeful. Watch below!
Stage Adaptation of Like Water for Chocolate, Featuring Music by La Santa Cecilia, in the Works
by Caitlin Moynihan on October 1, 2020 at 2:58 PM
Laura Esquivel's 1989 best-selling novel Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate) is being adapted for the stage. Featuring original music by the Grammy Award-winning Latin group La Santa Cecilia (which is composed of vocalist Marisol "La Marisoul" Hernandez, accordionist and requinto player Jose "Pepe" Carlos, bassist Alex Bendaña and percussionist Miguel "Oso" Ramirez), Like Water for Chocolate will have lyrics by the group and Pulitzer Prize-winning scribe Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights, Water by the Spoonful) and a book by Lisa Loomer. Tony winner Michael Mayer is set to direct. Like Water For Chocolate centers on a battle between familial obligation and romantic desire in turn of-the-century Mexico. This fable of tradition, rebellion, and uncontrollable passions has sold millions of copies around the world and has been published in 45 different languages. In 1993, it was adapted into an Award-winning film, which became the highest-grossing foreign-language film released in the United States and Canada at the time. “The musical Like Water for Chocolate waited until a group of extraordinary dreamers came together," Esquivel said in a statement. "La Santa Cecilia and Quiara Alegría Hudes, Lisa Loomer and Michael Mayer, and [producers] Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman, the ideal …
See Daphne Rubin-Vega, Danielle Brooks & More in the Trailer for Social Distance
by Lindsey Sullivan on October 1, 2020 at 2:54 PM
The trailer for Netflix's corona-centric Social Distance, an eight-episode anthology series, has arrived. Produced remotely and set during the first few months of the COVID-19 crisis, the cast of Social Distance includes two-time Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega (and her real-life son Luca and husband Tommy Costanza), Tony nominee Danielle Brooks (and her mother LaRita Brooks), acting couple Becky Ann Baker and Dylan Baker as well as Broadway alums Okieriete Onaodowan, Michael Mulheren, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Steven Weber, Rana Roy, Ali Ahn and Ava Demary. Get a sneak peek at the show below, and get ready for it to premiere on Netflix on October 15.
Film Adaptation of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Starring Viola Davis, Sets Netflix Premiere Date
by Lindsey Sullivan on October 1, 2020 at 2:06 PM
Netflix has announced the premiere date for its starry screen adaptation of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. The film will be available beginning on December 18. As previously announced, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is directed by Tony winner George C. Wolfe and adapted by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, who won a Tony for his performance in Wilson's Seven Guitars. The cast includes Tony winner Viola Davis in the title role, alongside Tony nominee Colman Domingo, Michael Potts, Emmy winner Glynn Turman and Chadwick Boseman, who died on August 28. Davis' performances in Wilson's Fences on both the stage and screen won her a Tony Award and an Academy Award. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom was Wilson's first Broadway play and effectively launched his career. Set in a Chicago recording studio in 1927, the story centers on blues singer Ma Rainey (Davis), her backup musicians and the struggles they faced in pre-Civil-Rights-era America. The 1984 original Broadway production starred Theresa Merritt. A 2003 revival was headlined by Whoopi Goldberg.
Catch Up with the Cast of The Boys in the Band on The Broadway Fix
by Broadway.com Staff on September 29, 2020 at 6:59 PM
Broadway.com is giving viewers a taste of Broadway with the new show The Broadway Fix. Featuring Broadway.com’s Paul Wontorek, Beth Stevens and Caitlin Moynihan, The Broadway Fix tells viewers about upcoming virtual events, offers Broadway history lessons, shares the latest news, interviews Broadway stars and more. It airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1PM ET on Broadway.com and its Facebook and YouTube channels. In the inaugural episode, the boys are back! In anticipation of Ryan Murphy’s upcoming movie adaptation of The Boys in the Band, which features the entire Broadway company, Wontorek chatted with the all-star cast about memorializing late playwright Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking work on Netflix. Watch the full episode below to hear what to do online this week, learn all about Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and more.
Odds & Ends: Kristin Chenoweth Joins The Witches with Anne Hathaway & More
by Broadway.com Staff on September 29, 2020 at 6:39 PM
Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently. Kristin Chenoweth to Bring Roald Dahl’s Children’s Book to Life Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth has been tapped to appear in The Witches, the big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book, alongside Oscar winner Anne Hathaway. She Tweeted her excitement about starring in the movie, which will be directed by Robert Zemeckis. The cast also includes Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Chris Rock, Jahzir Kadeem Bruno and Codie-Lei Eastick. This is the second film incarnation of the book—Anjelica Huston led the first one in 1990. Watch this space for a production timeline—something wickedly entertaining this way comes! The Play That Goes Wrong Gets London Return Date As previously reported, The Play That Goes Wrong will resume performances at the West End’s Duchess Theatre, its home of six years, with COVID-19 safety procedures in place. The farce will resume performances beginning on November 19. The hilarious show spotlights an amateur drama society that puts on a murder mystery. As the title suggests, nothing in the performance goes according to plan. Cynthia Erivo & Ben Platt Team Up with The Trevor Project Tony winners Cynthia Erivo and Ben Platt have united …
Sneak Peek! Watch the October Episode of Broadway Profiles, Featuring Mandy Gonzalez, Josh Groban & More
by Broadway.com Staff on September 29, 2020 at 6:31 PM
Before it airs nationwide next month, we're offering a sneak peek at the newest episode of Broadway Profiles! Hosted by PIX11's Emmy-winning anchor Tamsen Fadal and powered by Broadway.com, the October episode will air in New York City on October 4 at 6:00PM ET on WPIX and throughout the month across the country. Be on the lookout for Broadway Profiles, the only nationally syndicated theater news program, on your local TV station. Featured this month: Mandy Gonzalez discusses coping with her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment during her time as Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton. She details continuing to perform even while in the midst of her battle. Also, hear from Gonzalez about the healing power of sharing your struggles. American Utopia is coming to TV on HBOMax on October 17. Broadway.com correspondent Charlie Cooper sits down with three of the performers: Jacquelene Acevedo, Chris Giarmo and Angie Swan. They discuss adjusting to shutdowns and working with powerhouses David Byrne and Spike Lee. Heidi Schreck discusses What the Constitution Means to Me, her play that touches on topics including immigration and women’s rights. The play will be premiering on Amazon Prime Video on October 16. She discusses the inspiration behind …
2020 Olivier Awards to Take Place on October 25; Next Awards Show Will Be in 2022
by Caitlin Moynihan on September 28, 2020 at 9:21 PM
Save the date! The rescheduled 2020 Olivier Awards are officially taking place on Sunday, October 25 at 3:00PM ET. Hosted by the previously announced Jason Manford, the ceremony will be broadcast on ITV and Magic Radio. Showing off the London Palladium, the mostly pre-tapped program will feature acceptance speeches, unique performances, interviews and more. Additional awards will be given out during the pre-show broadcast on Official London Theatre’s YouTube channel. Performers and guests set to participate will be announced at a later date. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic shuttering theater doors for the majority of the year, it’s been announced that the next Olivier Awards ceremony will take place in April 2022. A plan to celebrate theatre in 2021 is to be announced. The 2020 Olivier Award nominations were announced on March 3. The show with the most nominations is & Juliet with nine. Director Trevor Nunn's revival of Fiddler on the Roof received eight nominations. Dear Evan Hansen, which won the Best Musical Tony in 2017 and transferred from Broadway, was nominated for seven awards. The most-nominated play, with five each, are Death Of A Salesman and Rosmersholm. Click here to find a full list of the …
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Director/Choreographer Tony Tanner Dies at 88
by Lindsey Sullivan on September 28, 2020 at 8:34 PM
Tony Tanner, who received a pair of Tony Award nominations in 1982 for directing and choreographing the original Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, has died at the age of 88. According to The New York Times, the multi-hyphenate creator’s death was confirmed by his husband Henry Selvitelle; Tanner passed away at his home in Los Angeles on September 8. Born on July 27, 1932 in Hillingdon England, Tanner attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He worked in various British repertory theater companies during the 1950s. By the early 1960s, he stepped in for Anthony Newley as Littlechap in Stop the World, I Want to Get Off at the Queen’s Theater, a role he reprised in the 1966 film adaptation. Tanner made his Broadway debut replacing Tommy Steele in the original production of Half a Sixpence. He went on to showcase his talents onstage in No Sex Please, We’re British and Sherlock Holmes. In addition to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, he directed and choreographed Something’s Afoot and Prince of Central Park. He also directed A Taste of Honey and …
Listen to Your Favorite Covers on This Week's Elaine Paige on Sunday
by Broadway.com Staff on September 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Broadway curtains may still be down, but Elaine Paige on Sunday isn't! Olivier-winning actress Elaine Paige is giving Broadway.com listeners a chance to hear her popular BBC Radio 2 show. This week's episode is all about celebrating fan-favorite covers of popular songs by Broadway stars and performances by those who replaced a show's original star. Want to hear from those who originated a new role? Listen to last week's episode to celebrate actors who originated well-known characters. Be sure to catch the full episode of quirky covers and more by clicking the link below!
Broadway.com #LiveatFive with Ryan Shaw
by Broadway.com Staff on September 25, 2020 at 4:02 PM
Motown alum and three-time Grammy nominee Ryan Shaw stops by to talk about his new album Imagining Marvin and more.
The Great Work Begins! All-Star Cast Set for Benefit Performance of Tony Kushner's Angels in America
by Lindsey Sullivan on September 25, 2020 at 2:45 PM
The great work continues! A benefit reading of scenes from Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic Angels in America will take place on October 8 at 8:30PM ET to benefit amfAR's Fund to Fight COVID-19. The 60-minute livestream The Great Work Begins: Scenes from Angels in America will be exclusively available on Broadway.com's YouTube channel. Playwright Kushner and director Ellie Heyman have assembled an all-star cast for the event, including Glenn Close, Paul Dano, Linda Emond, Jeremy O. Harris, Brian Tyree Henry, Nikki M. James, Laura Linney, Vella Lovell, Patti LuPone, S. Epatha Merkerson, Larry Owens, Andrew Rannells, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Lois Smith and Brandon Uranowitz. There will also be interstitial appearances from Alan Cumming, Whoopi Goldberg and Jake Gyllenhaal. Visit TheGreatWorkBegins.org for more info on the cast and creative team. “I’m touched and honored that amfAR and the remarkable Ellie Heyman decided to build this evening around Angels," said Kushner in a statement. “For over 30 years, amfAR has been steadfastly determined to find a cure for AIDS. Like everyone else on the planet (except maybe some people), I’m praying that the novel coronavirus will prove easier to …
Odds & Ends: Lauren Yee's Cambodian Rock Band to Tour & More
by Broadway.com Staff on September 24, 2020 at 8:41 PM
Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently. Lauren Yee's Cambodian Rock Band to TourCambodian Rock Band, Lauren Yee's musical that extended twice at off-Broadway's Signature Theatre, has announced a national touring production. The North American tour will be presented by Broadway & Beyond Theatricals during the 2021-2022 season, and will play Berkeley Repertory Theatre and other stops to be announced. Featuring songs by L.A. band Dengue Fever with direction by Chay Yew, Cambodian Rock Band will announce casting at a later date. John J. Caswell Jr. Receives Paula Vogel Playwriting Award John J. Caswell Jr. has been named the recipient of the 2020–2021 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, which is given annually to an emerging writer of exceptional promise and comes with a cash prize and artistic development support. He will be presented at The Vineyard's re-imagined Emerging Artists Virtual Salon October 21 at 5 PM ET via Zoom. Caswell Jr. is the 13th recipient of Vineyard Theatre's award, named in honor of playwright and teacher Vogel, whose plays Indecent, the Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive and The Long Christmas Ride Home premiered at the off-Broadway company. Following the award presentation, 2019 …
Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mandy Gonzalez & More Hamilton Stars Sing to Get Out the Vote
by Caitlin Moynihan on September 24, 2020 at 6:38 PM
This cast is non-stop! Although the company of Hamilton may not be able to perform the Tony-winning musical at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, they're still finding ways to sing together. In honor of National Voter Registration Day, creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mandy Gonzalez, Miguel Cervantes and more reworked lyrics from the show to try and get out the vote, Instead of telling the story of how Hamilton made his way to the levers of power, the lyrics were reworked to make them all about voting. Learn more about the project by checking out WhenWeAllVote.org/Hamilton and be sure to watch the video below!
Broadway.com #LiveatFive: Home Edition with Taylor Iman Jones
by Broadway.com Staff on September 24, 2020 at 4:58 PM
Taylor Iman Jones stops by to chat about her new single and upcoming Broadway Buskers concert.