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  • Broadway.com #LiveatFive with Jenny Jules of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
    by Broadway.com Staff on March 26, 2019 at 9:48 PM

    Jenny Jules stops by Broadway.com HQ to chat about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and more with Beth Stevens. […]

  • Take Me Out to Receive Broadway Revival as Part of Second Stage's 2019-2020 Season
    by Andy Lefkowitz on March 26, 2019 at 9:00 PM

    Batter up! Take Me Out, Richard Greenberg's Tony-winning play about a Major League Baseball player who comes out of the closet, will be revived on Broadway as part of Second Stage's 2019-2020 season. The new production will be joined by two more Broadway plays at the Hayes Theater, in addition to three off-Broadway world premieres produced by the not-for-profit. This staging of Take Me Out will mark the first Broadway revival of Greenberg's groundbreaking 2003 play, which follows Darren Lemming, star center fielder for the Empires, who reveals he is gay and faces a barrage of long-held unspoken prejudices. Facing some hostile teammates and fraught friendships, Darren is forced to contend with the challenges of being a gay person of color within the confines of a classic American institution. As the Empires struggle to rally toward a championship season, the players and their fans begin to question tradition, their loyalties and the price of victory. Scott Ellis will direct the revival, set to begin previews on March 31, 2020 and open on April 23. Ahead of that production at the Hayes will be the New York premiere of Tracy Letts' dark comedy Linda Vista, directed by Dexter Bullard. The play takes ... […]

  • Backstage at Be More Chill with George Salazar, Episode 6: Cast Recording
    by Broadway.com Staff on March 26, 2019 at 8:04 PM

    Be More Chill's George Salazar shows off what it's like to make an original Broadway cast recording! […]

  • Anastasia Star Christy Altomare on What She'll Miss About the Show and Her Advice for Future Anyas
    by Broadway.com Staff on March 26, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Christy Altomare is more than the beloved star of Broadway's Anastasia, she's the backbone of the producion. The former Broadway.com vlogger extraordinaire and Star of the Year reflects on her time leading the show, which will take its final bow at the Broadhurst Theatre on March 31. Enjoy, fanastasias! How did you feel when you first got this job? It was so incredibly thrilling. I will never forget the phone call that said I booked it. I will never forget the entire day I found out. Every little detail down to what I ate is burned into my mind forever. How do you feel now that you’re leaving? I feel nothing but honored and grateful! It’s been an incredible run! What are three words you would use to describe your experience? Home. Love. Family. What was the easiest thing about this job? Working with my incredible castmates. From day one we all clicked ... […]

  • The Band's Visit's George Abud Set for World Premiere August Rush Musical Directed by John Doyle
    by Andy Lefkowitz on March 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM

    Casting is here for August Rush, a new musical adaptation of the beloved 2007 film, making its world premiere at Aurora, Illinois' Paramount Theatre this spring. The previously announced production, directed by Tony winner John Doyle, will run from April 24 through June 2. Leading the cast will be George Abud (The Band's Visit) as Lewis Chapman, with John Hickok (Little Women) as Wizard/Thomas Novacek, Leenya Rideout (War Horse) as Hope and Sydney Shepherd (First Date) as Lyla Novacek, with Jack McCarthy (Finding Neverland) and Huxley Westemeier (School of Rock) alternating as August Rush/Evan Taylor. The musical's ensemble will include Marta Bagratuni, Alex Bender, Matt Deitchman, Ginna Doyle, Brad Giovanine, Lizzie Hagstedt, Jessie Linden, Troy Valjean Rucker, Doug Smith and Katrina Yaukey. August Rush is the story of Evan Taylor (McCarthy/Westemeier), an 11-year-old orphan who believes in music the way some believe in fairytales. In a cruel twist of fate, Evan's mother (Shepherd), an accomplished classical cellist, and his father (Abud), the lead singer of a rock band, don't even know of his existence. From one foster home to the next, Evan refuses to give up hope in finding his parents. On this relentless search, he surrenders ... […]

  • Guys and Dolls Movie Remake in the Works
    by Andy Lefkowitz on March 26, 2019 at 4:44 PM

    The classic Broadway musical Guys and Dolls is headed back to the big screen. A new movie based on the stage hit is being developed and produced by TriStar, with a creative team currently being assembled, according to Variety. Guys and Dolls centers on a desperate Nathan Detroit in Prohibition-era New York, who needs money for an illegal dice game, and needs it fast. He is struggling with a 14-year engagement to the nightclub singer Miss Adelaide, whose patience is finally running out. Meanwhile, notorious gambler Sky Masterson expresses interest in straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown, and Nathan hatches a plan to get the cash he needs. Featuring a book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling—based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon—and an original score by Frank Loesser, the tuner first took to the big screen in a Golden Globe-winning 1955 film adaptation adapted and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The cast featured Frank Sinatra as Nathan Detroit, Vivian Blaine as Miss Adelaide, Jean Simmons as Sarah Brown and Marlon Brando as Sky Masterson. The first film followed the stage musical's Tony-winning 1950 Broadway premiere. Guys and Dolls has received five Broadway revivals, the most long-running being a 1992 production starring Nathan Lane as ... […]

  • Look Back at Sutton Foster Singing 'Till There Was You' from The Music Man on Side by Side
    by Broadway.com Staff on March 26, 2019 at 4:18 PM

    We're still over the moon from yesterday's news that Sutton Foster will return to Broadway next year alongside Hugh Jackman in The Music Man. The two-time Tony-winning Broadway favorite will appear as Marian Paroo, lending her voice to beloved Meredith Willson tunes such as "Till There Was You." Perhaps unknowingly, Foster gave us a gorgeous first listen of the tune back in 2011, singing from the musical on our series Side by Side by Susan Blackwell. Watch Foster cozy up alongside Susan Blackwell below, and mark your calendar: The Music Man arrives on Broadway on September 9, 2020. […]

  • David Yazbek, Bob Martin & Rick Elice Writing Princess Bride Musical for Disney Theatrical
    by Andy Lefkowitz on March 26, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    A trio of Broadway mainstays are officially at work on a stage adaptation of The Princess Bride. A spokesperson for Disney Theatrical has confirmed the musical's development, as well as its talent-packed creative team: composer/lyricist David Yazbek (The Band's Visit, Tootsie) and book writers Bob Martin (The Prom, The Drowsy Chaperone) and Rick Elice (The Cher Show, Jersey Boys). The long-in-the-works musical is based on the late William Goldman's 1973 novel and 1987 film adaptation starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Christopher Guest, Chris Sarandon and Robin Wright. It tells the story of Buttercup, a beautiful woman who lives on a farm with her parents, her horse and their farm-boy Westley—whom she falls in love with. But when Westley leaves to seek his fortune and Buttercup hears the news that he is dead, she agrees, reluctantly, to marry Prince Humperdinck, the heir to the throne of Florin. When Buttercup is kidnapped by three outlaws, all sorts of wild adventures ensue as the two lovers try to reunite. A production timetable, additional creative team and casting information for the musical are forthcoming. Till then, look back at the film's trailer below. […]

  • Hamilton’s Carvens Lissaint Takes Aim with His New Book of Poetry and Shares His Story of Rising Up
    by Paul Wontorek on March 26, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    "Young, scrappy and hungry" are the adjectives Lin-Manuel Miranda memorably uses to describe Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton, but he could have just as well been talking about the teenage years of Carvens Lissaint, the Broadway newcomer who plays George Washington in the game-changing musical. When his Haitian parents came upon hard times and lost their apartment, young Lissaint took to the subways with his love of spoken word poetry, staying up all night riding the lines and making whatever he could showing off his newfound talents. Now, Lissaint has taken his skills to a larger stage, without losing his scrappiness or hunger—if anything, the Broadway experience has given him even more to say. On the latest episode of Front Row, Paul Wontorek sits with the ambitious newcomer to talk about his incredible journey and the release of Target Practice, the striking just-released album and book of his newest writings. Tell me about the first time you got up and performed a poem in front of people. Oh, we’re taking it all the way back. [Laughs.] I was 16. I went to an open mic at the Whitney Museum. I don’t even remember the poem—I think it was terrible—but what I ... […]

  • Front Row: Hamilton's Carvens Lissaint Tells His Story
    by Broadway.com Staff on March 26, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    Carvens Lissaint discusses his journey to Hamilton, the release of Target Practice and more. […]

  • Dear Evan Hansen's Andrew Barth Feldman Sings 'You Will Be Found' on Good Morning America
    by Broadway.com Staff on March 26, 2019 at 2:55 PM

    TV viewers were given a special treat on March 26, as Dear Evan Hansen standout Andrew Barth Feldman and his fellow stars were welcomed onto Good Morning America to show off a song from the Tony-winning musical. The breakout star and his castmates lent their voices to the soulful act-one closer "You Will Be Found" for lucky audiences across the United States. Watch Feldman and the full company sing out below and make plans now to see the musical in-person at Broadway's Music Box Theatre. […]

  • Broadway.com #LiveatFive with Thomas Sadoski of White Noise
    by Broadway.com Staff on March 25, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    Thomas Sadoski stops by Broadway.com HQ to chat about starring in Suzan-Lork Parks' White Noise and more with Caitlin Moynihan. […]

  • Lindsay Mendez & Ruthie Ann Miles Join CBS Legal Drama Pilot Courthouse
    by Andy Lefkowitz on March 25, 2019 at 8:22 PM

    Lindsay Mendez and Ruthie Ann Miles are bound for the small screen. The Tony-winning actresses have been cast in Courthouse, a new pilot from CBS, according to Deadline. The legal drama follows judges, district attorneys, bailiffs, clerks and cops as they navigate and elevate the court system. Mendez will appear as Sara, a court reporter with surprising hidden talents, while Miles will play Sherri, a judicial assistant who oversees the schedule, witness lists and paperwork of rookie judge Lola (to be played by Simone Missick). Mendez is a recent Tony winner for Carousel whose other stage credits include Wicked, Grease and Dogfight. Miles earned a Tony for The King and I, a performance for which she is currently Olivier-nominated; her other stage credits including Sunday in the Park with George and Here Lies Love. The cast of Courthouse will also include Marg Helgenberger, Jessica Camacho, Wilson Bethel and J. Alex Brinson. […]

  • Broadway Grosses: Ain't Too Proud Rides Wave to Hit Status, Surpassing Million-Dollar Mark
    by Broadway.com Staff on March 25, 2019 at 7:35 PM

    It was a celebratory week for the new Temptations musical Ain't Too Proud. The cheered Broadway tuner hosted a star-studded opening-night celebration, performed on The Tonight Show and reached a milestone at the box office. The new musical reported a gross of $1,102,217.66—a strong jump from the prior week's box office of $949,780.60—and the tuner's first week surpassing one million dollars. Other major grossers this past week include Heidi Schreck's acclaimed What the Constitution Means to Me, at $387,000.00 in its first eight-performance week, and the new musical King Kong, showing an increase for the third week in a row at $802,074.00. The immersive revival of Oklahoma! had a strong start at the Circle in the Square Theatre, taking in $487,373.00—73% of its gross potential—over seven previews, filling the house to 98.66% capacity. Overall, Broadway took in a gross of $34,204,242.15, up from last week's intake of $32,944,572.64. Here's a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending March 24. FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. Hamilton ($2,949,405.00) 2. The Lion King ($2,128,040.00) 3 ... […]

  • Frozen, Starring Caissie Levy and Patti Murin, Celebrates Its First Broadway Birthday
    by Caitlin Moynihan on March 25, 2019 at 6:04 PM

    Don't let it go because Frozen is celebrating one year on Broadway! The Disney musical opened on March 22, 2018 at the St. James Theatre and has been playing host to a gazillion of audiences members ever since. Original stars Caissie Levy and Patti Murin continue to lead the show with Ryann Redmond and Joe Carroll joining the cast as Olaf and Prince Hans. Noah J. Ricketts, who was an original ensemble member, has taken over the role of Kristoff. Go inside Arendelle's palace walls to see photos of the cast celebrate, and remember to plan your own trip to the fan-favorite musical! Frozen stars Patti Murin and Joe Carroll get together. Noah J. Ricketts and Ryann Redmond play Kristoff and Olaf, respectively. View the Gallery Her […]

  • Regina Spektor Joins Lineup for In Residence on Broadway Concert Series
    by Andy Lefkowitz on March 25, 2019 at 6:00 PM

    Regina Spektor is headed to the Great White Way. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter will lend her voice to the recently announced In Residence on Broadway series this summer at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The concert, titled Regina Spektor: Live on Broadway, will run from June 20-26. Born in the Soviet Union, Spektor first saw commercial success with the gold-certified LP Begin to Hope, which included singles "On the Radio" and "Better," as well as "Fidelity," which climbed the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Spektor's fifth album, Far (2009), and sixth album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats (2012), both debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Spektor earned a Grammy nomination for Orange Is The New Black's title theme "You've Got Time." Spektor joins previously announced In Residence on Broadway artists Morrissey (May 2-11) and Yanni (May 28-June 2). More will be announced soon. […]

  • Tina: The Tina Turner Musical & More to Perform at 2019 Olivier Awards; Presenters Announced
    by Andy Lefkowitz on March 25, 2019 at 4:45 PM

    Full details on presenters, performances and special appearances have been announced for the 2019 Olivier Awards. The previously announced event, celebrating the best of West End theater, will take place on April 7 at London's Royal Albert Hall. Jason Manford will host. This year's Oliviers will feature performances from all of the musicals nominated in the Best New Musical and Best Musical Revival categories: Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Come From Away, Company, Fun Home, The King and I, Six and Caroline, or Change. There will also be a special performance from Disney's The Lion King, celebrating the iconic production's 20th anniversary in the West End. The evening's presenters will include Jade Anouka, Zawe Ashton, Joanne Clifton, Kevin Clifton, Charlie Cox, Arthur Darvill, Danny Dyer, Paapa Essiedu, Gloria Estefan, Sally Field, Ncuti Gatwa, Kelsey Grammer, Ruthie Henshall, Tom Hiddleston, Judy Kuhn, Art Malik, Jack McBrayer, Katharine McPhee, Wunmi Mosaku, Danielle de Niese, Andy Nyman, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Wendell Pierce, Bill Pullman, Shane Richie, Harriet Scott, Thea Sharrock, Ashley Shaw and Layton Williams. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Mamma Mia! in the West End, the show's "Donna and the Dynamos" (Sara Poyzer, Ricky ... […]

  • Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane & Angels in America Cast to Preserve Performances on Audiobook
    by Andy Lefkowitz on March 25, 2019 at 4:28 PM

    The great work continues. The acclaimed cast of the 2018 Tony-winning revival of Angels in America has signed on to repeat their performances for a new audiobook of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer-winning play. This will mark the first time the two-part masterwork has been captured in this format. The audiobook will feature narration by Tony nominees Bobby Cannavale and Edie Falco. Cast members appearing on the audiobook include Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane reprising their Tony-winning turns as Prior Walter and Roy Cohn, Susan Brown and Denise Gough in Tony-nominated performances as Hannah Pitt and Harper Pitt, Tony nominee Beth Malone as The Angel, James McArdle as Louis Ironson, Lee Pace as Joe Pitt and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Belize. Two-time Tony winner Marianne Elliott directed Kushner's portrait of America at the height of the AIDS crisis, with ran from March through July of 2018. Currently available for preorder, the audiobook will be released on May 14, 2019. […]

  • The Book of Mormon Celebrates Eight Years on Broadway
    by Broadway.com Staff on March 25, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    I believe! The Book of Mormon celebrated its eighth anniversary on March 24. The Tony-winning musical, which stars Kevin Clay as Elder Price and Cody Jamison Strand as Elder Cunningham, is the longest-running show in the Eugene O'Neill Theatre's history. It has also broken the house record over 50 times. Check out the photo of the Broadway Mormon company celebrating the milestone after the show, and be sure to see this hilarious musical comedy yourself! […]

  • Bette Midler & Judith Light to Join Ben Platt in The Politician
    by Andy Lefkowitz on March 25, 2019 at 3:23 PM

    A pair of beloved Broadway vets have signed on for Ryan Murphy's highly anticipated series The Politician. Tony winner Bette Midler and two-time Tony winner Judith Light have joined the cast of the Netflix series, according to Deadline. A September 27 premiere date was recently announced. Midler's small-screen credits include three Emmy wins for Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas. She was Oscar-nominated for The Rose and For the Boys. Midler earned a Tony for her turn in the title role of Hello, Dolly! Light's television work includes Emmy-nominated turns on Ugly Betty, Transparent and Murphy's American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. She won Daytime Emmy Awards for One Life to Live and was celebrated for her turn on TV's Who's the Boss? Light won Tonys for Other Desert Cities and The Assembled Parties. Midler and Light join a cast led by Tony winners Ben Platt and Jessica Lange, with Laura Dreyfuss, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones and Benjamin Barrett. […]

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