• Odds & Ends: Anna Deavere Smith, Matthew Broderick & More Set for New La Jolla Playhouse Season
    by Lindsey Sullivan on December 1, 2022 at 6:31 PM

    Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed. La Jolla Playhouse Reveals 2023-2024 season La Jolla Playhouse has announced offerings for its 2023-2024 season. First up will be the world premiere of Anna Deavere Smith's Love All, which is slated to begin in June 2023. Directed by Marc Bruni, the play follows the story of tennis icon Billie Jean King during the social upheaval and countercultural revolutions of the 1960s. The company will then present Is It Thursday Yet? from Jenn Freeman and Sonya Tayeh. Using dance and original home footage, the work explores Freeman's story as a woman reexamining her life after being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 33. Fall brings Joe Iconis and Gregory S. Moss' The Untitled Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson Musical, helmed by Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, as well as Lisa Sanaye Dring's exploration of the heart of sumo wrestling in SUMO, directed by Ralph B. Peña. Tony winner Joe DiPietro's Babbitt, an adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' novel, closes out the season, starring two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick and directed by Ashley. Head here for additional information. Watch Anthony Ramos in the New Transformers Movie Lights …

  • Marc Bruni to Direct New Musical Version of The Great Gatsby
    by Lindsey Sullivan on December 1, 2022 at 4:07 PM

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s landmark novel The Great Gatsby will receive another stage musical retelling. This production will feature music and lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Jason Howland and a book by Kait Kerrigan. Marc Bruni directs. A private industry reading will take place this month, and a regional bow is being planned for the 2023-2024 season. This show is not to be confused with the Broadway-bound version by Florence Welch and Thomas Bartlett. Tysen and Howland are 2022 Tony nominees for their score for Paradise Square. Kerrigan is a Jonathan Larson Grant winner. Bruni directed Beautiful The Carole King Musical on Broadway. Fitzgerald’s timeless, seminal novel The Great Gatsby was published in 1925 and became public domain in 2021, which accounts for more than one musical adaptation. It centers on eccentric millionaire, who Jay Gatsby will stop at nothing in his tragic pursuit of Daisy Buchanan, a wealthy young woman who he loved in his youth. Surrounded by characters with nuanced inner lives, passions and longings boil, and then eruptspurring the unimaginable fates that befall them. A novel destined to sing, this world premiere musical adaptation will roar into the 21st century with a jazz and pop-infused score. More information, …

  • Tony Winner Aaron Tveit Sets Return to Moulin Rouge! The Musical; David Harris & André Ward Join Cast
    by Caitlin Moynihan on December 1, 2022 at 4:05 PM

    Some familiar faces are heading to Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Aaron Tveit will reprise his Tony-winning turn as Christian at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre for a limited time beginning January 17, 2023. Current star Tony nominee Derek Klena will return to the role on April 11, 2023. Ashley Loren will continue to star as Satine. David Harris and André Ward will join the Broadway company on February 7, 2023 direct rom the musical's North American touring production. Harris will take over as The Duke from Declan Bennett, who will play his final performance on January 15, 2023. Dylan Paul will play the role in the interim. Ward takes over the role of Toulouse-Lautrec from original cast member Sahr Ngaujah, who received a Tony Award nomination for originating the character. Ngaujah's final performance is set for February 5, 2023. Current cast members Eric Anderson as Harold Zidler, Caleb Marshall-Villarreal as Santiago, Jessica Lee Goldyn as Nini and Oyoyo Joi as Satine Alternate continue with the production. A Tony winner for Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Tveit has appeared on Broadway in Catch Me If You Can, Next to Normal, Wicked and Hairspray. His screen credits include Schmigadoon!, American Horror Stories, …

  • The Wiz, Directed by Schele Williams, to Ease on Back to Broadway
    by Caitlin Moynihan on December 1, 2022 at 4:02 PM

    The Wiz is getting ready to ease on down the road again. A new production of the Tony-winning musical is setting out on a national tour before arriving on Broadway for a limited engagement in 2024 season. The revival will be directed by Schele Williams and features a book by William F. Brown and a Tony-winning score by Charlie Smalls. Jaquel Knight will choreograph and Amber Ruffin will provide additional material.  The Wiz will launch the tour in the fall of 2023 in Baltimore, home of the 1974 world premiere of the musical. Following its run at the Hippodrome Theatre, the production will tour before it begins its limited engagement on Broadway in the spring of 2024. More information for the Broadway run will be announced at a later date. "I wouldn’t be on Broadway if it wasn’t for The Wiz…the music, the costumes, the choreography and Stephanie Mills!" Williams said in a statement. "Seeing that show changed my life. It is, in every way, a celebration of Black excellence. I am honored to helm this production and I can’t think of a better time to tell this story.” Based on L. Frank Baum’s children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The …

  • KPOP to Release Broadway Cast Album in February
    by Lindsey Sullivan on December 1, 2022 at 3:20 PM

    KPOP will release an original Broadway cast recording on February 24, 2023. Produced by Harvey Mason Jr. and featuring music, lyrics, music production and arrangements by Helen Park as well as music and lyrics by Max Vernon, the album is now available for pre-order. "Having worked in the K-pop music space for over a decade, finally experiencing the music live on a Broadway stage has been so exciting," producer Mason Jr. said in a statement. "With the popularity and impact of this music, it’s the perfect time for the KPOP show and the cast album.” The production, which is playing at the Circle in the Square Theatre, stars Luna, Kevin Woo, Min, BoHyung, Julia Abueva, Major Curda, Jinwoo Jung, Jiho Kang, Amy Keum, James Kho, Eddy Lee, Jully Lee, Timothy H. Lee, Abraham Lim, Kate Mina Lin, Aubie Merrylees, Patrick Park, John Yi, Joshua Lee, Lina Rose Lee and Zachary Noah Piser.  Directed by Teddy Bergman, KPOP weaves together dance, music and intimate storytelling, taking theatergoers on a backstage tour of a Korean pop music factory. The musical features choreography by Jennifer Weber, …

  • Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize-Winning Between Riverside and Crazy Arrives on Broadway
    by Lindsey Sullivan on December 1, 2022 at 3:00 PM

    Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Between Riverside and Crazy has arrived on Broadway. The production, directed by Austin Pendleton, begins previews on December 1 at the Hayes Theatre. Opening night is set for December 19. The production reunites the acclaimed off-Broadway cast: Victor Almanzar, Elizabeth Canavan, Rosal Colón, Liza Colón-Zayas, Stephen McKinley Henderson and Michael Rispoli. The cast performed the play at off-Broadway at Second Stage in 2015, the same year the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Oscar, Emmy and Grammy winner Common will make his Broadway debut as Junior in the production in the role Ron Cephas-Jones originated off-Broadway. The play tells the story of ex-cop and recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington and his recently paroled son Junior. Their struggle to hold on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests and a final ultimatum. The production features scenic design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Alexis Forte, lighting design by Keith Parham and original music and sound design by Ryan Rumery. Between Riverside and Crazy will offer live simulcasts for the final two weeks of its run from January 31, 2023 to …

  • Sinatra The Musical, Written by Joe DiPietro & Directed by Kathleen Marshall, in Development
    by Caitlin Moynihan on November 30, 2022 at 7:30 PM

    Universal Music Group Theatrical, Tina Sinatra and Frank Sinatra Enterprises have announced the development of Sinatra The Musical, a new musical based on the life and career of the legendary Frank Sinatra. Two-time Tony winner Joe DiPietro will write the script with Tony winner Kathleen Marshall directing and choreographing. The musical was first announced in January 2018 when it was eyeing a 2020 stage debut.  “I’m excited to work with Universal Music Theatrical on this stage production that we believe will bring audiences new perspectives and insights into my father’s renowned music and his enduring legacy," Tina Sinatra said in a statement. It is New Year's Eve, 1942, and a skinny 27-year-old Italian-American singer is about to step onto the stage of New York's Paramount Theatre and give a performance that will change music history. As Frank Sinatra's career suddenly skyrockets, he struggles with balancing the love of his wife, Nancy, against the demands and temptations of being the most popular singer in America. But when he begins a torrid affair with movie goddess Ava Gardner, his records stop selling and the press turns against him, sending his career into a tailspin. Driven by his devotion to his family, Sinatra employs his peerless artistry …

  • Hear from Wendell Pierce, Sutton Foster & More on The Broadway Show
    by Lindsey Sullivan on November 30, 2022 at 4:43 PM

    Before The Broadway Show with Tamsen Fadal airs nationwide this weekend, we're offering a first look at the episode. Hosted by Emmy winner Fadal, this episode will air in New York City on December 4 at 4:30PM ET on WPIX. Be on the lookout for The Broadway Show, the only nationally syndicated weekly theater news program, on your local TV station. Featured this week: Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek speaks with Death of a Salesman star Wendell Pierce about taking on the iconic character Willy Loman. Hit the red carpet for the Broadway opening of KPOP with stars Kevin Woo, Zachary Noah Piser and more! Get the scoop on Into the Woods star Brian d’Arcy James’ Independent Spirit Award nomination. Host Tamsen Fadal chats with MJ leading man Myles Frost about making his Tony-winning Broadway debut playing the King of Pop. Sutton Foster, who plays Marian Paroo in The Music Man, sits down with Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek at the historic Morgan Library and Museum. ‘Tis the season! See Jefferson Mays ring in the holidays as A Christmas Carol opens on Broadway. Plus, learn about more theater-centric offerings during the most wonderful time of the year. To find …

  • Anthony McCarten's The Collaboration, Starring Paul Bettany & Jeremy Pope, Begins Broadway Performances
    by Caitlin Moynihan on November 30, 2022 at 3:00 PM

    Anthony McCarten's The Collaboration has arrived on Broadway. The production, which had its world premiere at London’s Young Vic Theatre earlier this year, begins performances at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on November 30. It opens on December 20. Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah directs. The production's London stars Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope reprise their performances as Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The production also features Krysta Rodriguez and Erik Jensen. The Collaboration is set in the summer of 1984 when longtime international superstar Andy Warhol and the art scene’s newest wunderkind, Jean-Michel Basquiat, agree to work together on what may be the most talked about exhibition in the history of modern art. But can these two creative giants co-exist, or even thrive? The production features set and costume design by Anna Fleischle, lighting design by Ben Stanton, sound design by Emma Laxton, projection design by Duncan McLean and original music by Ayanna Witter-Johnson.

  • Broadway Grosses: The Music Man Continues to Dazzle as Holiday Season Arrives
    by Lindsey Sullivan on November 29, 2022 at 8:18 PM

    River City is still the place to be! The Music Man, starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, has continued to wow audiences and nab the the top spot for grosses. The revival welcomed Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck and Nicole Kidman over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and brought in $2,865,543 with 89.66 percent capacity. The revival is playing at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre through January 15. Here's a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending November 27. FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Music Man ($2,865,543) 2. The Lion King ($2,674,898) 3. Hamilton ($2,613,656) 4. Wicked ($2,320,543) 5. The Phantom of the Opera ($2,241,317) UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. 1776 ($269,865) 4. Ohio State Murders ($229,159) 3. KPOP ($224,389) 2. Topdog/Underdog ($216,121) 1. Ain't No Mo' ($125,702) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Phantom of the Opera (101.46%) 2. MJ The Musical (100.42%) 3. Six (99.39%) 4. Moulin Rouge! The Musical (98.99%) 5. & Juliet (98.83%) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Into the Woods (61.27%) 4. Ain't No Mo (57.07%) 3. Topdog/Underdog (43.86%) 2. Take Me Out (43.32%) 1. Ohio State Murders (42.51%) Source: The Broadway League

  • Celebrate Giving Tuesday with the Arthur Miller Foundation, Entertainment Community Fund & Broadway Cares
    by Caitlin Moynihan on November 29, 2022 at 6:30 PM

    In honor of Giving Tuesday, we are shining a light on three theater-specific nonprofit organizations to support this season. 1. Arthur Miller Foundation The Arthur Miller Foundation celebrates the power of public school theater education and honors those who have made significant contributions to arts and culture. Founded by Rebecca Miller to honor her father's legacy and New York City public school education, it increases equity and access to quality theater education for public school students by supporting teachers with certification, mentorship and resources to build sustainable theater programs. Click here to learn more! 2. Entertainment Community Fund The Entertainment Community Fund has been the only organization with reach from coast to coast committed to helping those who work in entertainment and the performing arts in every aspect throughout the entire course of their careers and lives. The organization provides holistic support to assist members of the entertainment community with the unique hardships of working in the industry and lift them up when crises hit. Click here to learn more! 3. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the philanthropic heart of Broadway, helping people across the country and across the street receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial …

  • The Phantom of the Opera Delays Closing on Broadway
    by Caitlin Moynihan on November 29, 2022 at 4:28 PM

    There's going to be more music of the night! The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway's longest-running show, is delaying its closing. Originally announced to have its final performance at the Majestic Theatre on February 18, 2023, the musical will now close on April 16. The Phantom of the Opera will celebrate its 35th anniversary on January 26, 2023. The extension is due to the increased demand for tickets since announcing its final performance.  With a book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber, music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart, The Phantom of the Opera is based on the novel Le Fantôme de L'Opéra by Gaston Leroux. It follows a deformed composer who haunts the grand Paris Opera House. Sheltered from the outside world in an underground cavern, the lonely, romantic man tutors and composes operas for Christine, a young soprano. As Christine’s star rises, and a suitor from her past enters the picture, the Phantom grows mad, terrorizing the opera house owners and company with his murderous ways. Still, Christine finds herself drawn to the mystery man. The cast of Phantom is led by Ben Crawford as Phantom, Emilie Kouatchou as Christine, Jason Forbach as Raoul, …

  • Watch Lorna Courtney & the Cast of & Juliet Perform 'Problem/Can't Feel My Face'
    by Lindsey Sullivan on November 29, 2022 at 3:27 PM

    Broadway's & Juliet, the new musical playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, offers an alternative to William Shakespeare's love story using Max Martin's chart-topping pop songs from the last three decades to tell a tale of self-discovery, empowerment and love. Audiences got a taste of the new show when stars Lorna Courtney, Ben Jackson Walker and the rest of the cast performed "Problem/Can't Feel My Face" (a mash-up of Ariana Grande and The Weeknd's hits) on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Get a front row seat to the performance by watching below, and then go experience & Juliet live!

  • A Doll's House, Starring Jessica Chastain, Sets Broadway Theater & Dates
    by Caitlin Moynihan on November 29, 2022 at 3:04 PM

    The new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House by Amy Herzog, starring Jessica Chastain, has found its Broadway home. The Jamie Lloyd-directed drama will bow at the Hudson Theatre for a 16-week engagement beginning on February 13, 2023. It will open on March 9.  Chastain, an Oscar winner for her starring role as Tammy Faye in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, will star as Nora Helmer. Additional casting is to be announced.She starred on Broadway in a revival of The Heiress in 2012. A Doll’s House thrust drama firmly into the modern age when it premiered in 1879. Now director Lloyd and playwright Herzog make freshly relevant a story that shocked audiences and brought forth a new era of theater.  The full creative team for this new production will be announced later.

  • Audra McDonald on Bringing Adrienne Kennedy's Ohio State Murders to Broadway: 'It's About Damn Time'
    by Lindsey Sullivan on November 28, 2022 at 10:39 PM

    The bow of Ohio State Murders, starring six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, marks the Broadway debut of 91-year-old playwright Adrienne Kennedy. It ia also the first show to play the newly renamed James Earl Jones Theatre. On The Broadway Show, McDonald sat down with host Tamsen Fadal to talk about the importance of the play and more. "I'm so grateful to be a part of it," McDonald said about starring in Ohio State Murders. The play, directed by Tony winner Kenny. Leon, offers an unusual look at the destructiveness of racism in the United States. "She's been writing incredible, singular, poetic, deep, profound plays since the '60s, and it's just now that someone has being been willing to actually commercially produce it on Broadway. It's about damn time, but I wish it could've happened earlier for her. Perhaps now we're in an environment where more people will really be able to understand the play and receive it and give it the flowers that it truly deserves." Will Swenson & Audra McDonald (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) McDonald is on Broadway this season at. the same time her husband, Will Swenson, is taking the stage as Neil Diamond in A Beautiful …

  • Odds & Ends: Noah Galvin & Ben Platt Get Engaged
    by Lindsey Sullivan on November 28, 2022 at 7:43 PM

    Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed. Ben Platt & Noah Galvin Are Engaged Tony winner Ben Platt and Dear Evan Hansen alum Noah Galvin, who started dating in 2020, are engaged. The couple announced the news on social media. Platt is currently appearing in People We Hate at the Wedding and Galvin is on The Good Doctor.         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Ben Platt (@bensplatt) Marisha Wallace & More Announced for Immersive Guys & Dolls Casting has been announced for an immersive production of Guys & Dolls slated to run at the Bridge Theatre from March 3, 2023. The musical will star Daniel Mays as Nathan Detroit, Andrew Richardson as Sky Masterson, Celinde Schoenmaker as Sarah Brown, Marisha Wallace as Miss Adelaide and Cedric Neal as Nicely-Nicely Johnson. The cast also includes Cornelius Clarke as Lieutenant Brannigan, Cameron Johnson as Big Jule, Anthony O’Donnell as Arvide Abernathy, Mark Oxtoby as Benny Southstreet, Adam Pearce as Harry the Horse, Ryan Pidgen as Rusty Charlie and Katy Secombe as General Cartwright. Simon Anthony, Lydia Bannister, Kathryn Barnes, Callum Bell, Cindy Belliot, …

  • Jessica Lange Reprises Long Day's Journey Into Night Role in Film Adaptation With Ed Harris
    by Lindsey Sullivan on November 28, 2022 at 7:22 PM

    Jessica Lange, who won a Tony Award for playing Mary Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night on Broadway, is headlining the film adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. She will reprise the role opposite Ed Harris as James Tyrone. Deadline reports that filming has wrapped in Ireland for the project, which Jonathan Kent, who helmed the 2016 Broadway production, directed. Kimberly Akimbo scribe David Lindsay-Abaire adapted the play for the big screen. The movie is expected to be released in 2023. The cast also includes Ben Foster as Jamie Tyrone, Colin Morgan as Edmund Tyrone, Derek Carroll as Smythe, Ericka Roe as Cathleen and Lesa Thurman as Bridget. The tale of an ordinary summer’s day with extraordinary consequences, O'Neill's play draws so heavily from his personal history that he requested it only be produced posthumously. The story centers on the Tyrones, a dysfunctional family with a drug-addicted mother, penny-pinching father and two troubled sons. A two-time Oscar winner for both Tootsie and Blue Sky, Lange previously played the role of Mary Tyrone in the 2016 Broadway revival alongside Gabriel Byrne, Michael Shannon and John Gallagher Jr. In addition to winning a Tony Award for her performance, she received an …

  • Mariah Carey Joins Producing Team of Some Like It Hot
    by Caitlin Moynihan on November 28, 2022 at 7:00 PM

    Grammy winner Mariah Carey is now a co-producer of Broadway's Some Like It Hot. The new musical comedy, based on the 1959 film, began performances at the Shubert Theatre on November 1 and officially opens on December 11. “I first became familiar with this story through the timeless film starring Marilyn Monroe," Carey said in a statement.  “When [producer] Neil Meron shared this new take on the beloved film, knew I had to be a part of it. To see how this show continues to expand on the film’s legacy—pushing boundaries, promoting inclusion, celebrating diversity—I’m proud to help bring Some Like It Hot for today’s world to new audiences.” This marks the Broadway producing debut for Carey, who has sold more than 200 million albums and 19 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles. She is an inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, a five-time Grammy Award winner, Billboard’s Artist of the Decade Award winner and more. Some Like It Hot features a book by Tony-winning playwright Matthew López and comedian Amber Ruffin and a score by Tony-winning Hairspray songwriting team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Tony winner Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs. The musical stars Christian Borle as Joe/Josephine, Kevin Del Aguila as Osgood, J. Harrison …

  • Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap to Make Broadway Premiere Next Year
    by Caitlin Moynihan on November 28, 2022 at 3:17 PM

    Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, which has been playing in London for over 70 years making it the longest-running play in the world, will make its Broadway premiere next year. The Broadway theater, dates and casting will be announced at a later date. The Mousetrap has been running in London since 1952, where it has been performed over 28,915 times and has been seen by over 10 million people. The New York production will be co-produced by The Mousetrap’s U.K. producer Adam Spiegel and Tony winner Kevin McCollum. "There can be no better way to mark today’s milestone in The Mousetrap’s illustrious run, than to look ahead to a production in New York," Spiegel said in a statement. "I feel after the longest out of town tryout in history, The Mousetrap is finally ready to transfer to Broadway!” The play follows the story of seven strangers who find themselves snowed in at Monkswell Manor, a stately countryside guesthouse. When a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover—to their horror—a killer is in their midst. One by one, the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts. Which one is the murderer? Who will be their next victim? In addition to running at the West End's St. Martin’s …

  • Hear a Song from the New London Production of Newsies on Elaine Paige on Sunday
    by Broadway.com Staff on November 27, 2022 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. This week, Paige is giving her listener's a sneak peek at the new London production of Disney's Newsies by playing "Watch What Happens" sung by the cast. Newsies is currently having its U.K. premiere at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. Catch the episode by clicking the link below!