• A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical to Launch North American Tour
    by Caitlin Hornik on March 21, 2023 at 9:30 PM

    A multi-year North American tour of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical is set to begin in 2024.  The tour will launch from Rhode Island’s Providence Performing Arts Center in the fall of 2024. A full list of cities and dates will be announced, along with casting. The bio-musical, which tells the story of Grammy-winning artist Neil Diamond, opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre on December 4, 2022. It features a book by Anthony McCarten and a score consisting of songs from Diamond’s catalog. “Some of my most thrilling nights have been while I was on tour, bringing my music to audiences across the world,” Diamond said in a statement. “Having A Beautiful Noise go on tour is an honor, and I can’t wait for audiences across North America to experience this show. I hope they enjoy it as much as I have.”

  • Paolo Montalban and Anne L. Nathan to Join Funny Girl
    by Ruthie Fierberg on March 21, 2023 at 5:14 PM

    Paolo Montalban and Anne L. Nathan will join the Broadway revival of Funny Girl on March 28. They will assume the roles of Florenz Ziegfield and Mrs. Strakosh, respectively, in the production at the August Wilson Theatre. Montalban and Nathan will replace original cast members Peter Francis James and Toni DiBuono, who will take their final bows on March 26. Montalban is best known for his turn as Prince Christopher opposite Brandy in the 1997 TV version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. He has performed on Broadway in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Pacific Overtures and The King and I. Nathan last appeared on Broadway in It Shoulda Been You. Her additional Main Stem credits include Once, Sunday in the Park with George, Assassins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Ragtime and Chicago. The pair joins a Funny Girl company led by Lea Michele as Fanny Brice, Ramin Karimloo as Nick Arnstein, Jared Grimes as Eddie Ryan and Tovah Feldshuh as Mrs. Rosie Brice. Julie Benko performs the role of Fanny Brice on Thursdays.

  • Danny DeVito and Lucy DeVito Set for Theresa Rebeck’s I Need That with Roundabout; New Season Announced
    by Caitlin Hornik on March 21, 2023 at 4:03 PM

    Tony Award-nominated and Emmy-winning actor Danny DeVito will return to Broadway as part of Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2023-2024 season. Danny DeVito will appear alongside his real-life daughter, Lucy DeVito, in I Need That, a new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright Theresa Rebeck. Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel will direct the play, which is set to open at the American Airlines Theatre in October. In addition to Danny DeVito and Lucy DeVito, the cast will include Ray Anthony Thomas.  The play follows the reclusive Sam (Danny DeVito), who prefers the safety of his house and the company of his many, many things. Soon, a notice from the government arrives alerting Sam that he must clean up his property or face eviction. I Need That will mark Danny DeVito’s second Broadway credit. He made his Main Stem debut in Roundabout’s 2017 revival of The Price (also at the American Airlines), a performance which earned him a Tony nomination. He won an Emmy for his turn on the television series Taxi and earned an Oscar nomination as a producer on Erin Brockovich. Lucy DeVito (Photo: The Riker Brothers) Lucy DeVito, who has been seen off-Broadway in Hot Mess and The …

  • Broadway Production of James Ijames' Fat Ham Begins Performances
    by Broadway.com Staff on March 21, 2023 at 2:17 PM

    Fat Ham has arrived on Broadway! James Ijames' Pulitzer-Prize winning queer adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet begins performances at the American Airlines Theatre on March 21, with opening night set for April 12. Saheem Ali directs.  Juicy is a queer, Southern college kid, already grappling with some serious questions of identity, when the ghost of his father shows up in their backyard, demanding that Juicy avenge his murder. But here’s the rub! Revenge doesn’t come easy to Juicy, a sensitive and self-aware young Black man in search of his own happiness and liberation. From an uproarious family cookout emerges a compelling examination of love and loss, pain and joy. The cast of Fat Ham features the original off-Broadway cast of the play's Public Theater production, including Marcel Spears as Juicy, Billy Eugene Jones as Rev and Pap, Nikki Crawford as Tedra, Chris Herbie Holland as Tio, Adrianna Mitchell as Opal, Calvin Leon Smith as Larry and Benja Kay Thomas as Rabby. The creative team includes scenic design by Maruti Evans, costume design by Dominique Fawn Hill, lighting design by Bradley King, sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman, choreography by Darrell Grand Moultrie, hair and wig design by Earon Chew Nealey and lllusions by Skylar Fox.

  • Parade Revival to Release Cast Album
    by Caitlin Hornik on March 21, 2023 at 1:58 PM

    A cast album of the 2023 Parade revival will be released by Interscope Records on March 23. The musical features a Tony Award-winning score by Jason Robert Brown. The revival, starring Tony winner Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond and directed by two-time Tony nominee Michael Arden, features orchestrations by two-time Tony winner Don Sebesky and musical direction by Tom Murray. This production originated at New York City Center in November 2022. The Broadway transfer of Parade began previews at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on February 21 and officially opened on March 16. The production is playing a limited run through August 6.

  • Elaine Paige on Sunday: Reviewing The Great British Bake Off Musical!
    by Broadway.com Staff on March 19, 2023 at 2:00 PM

    Olivier-winning actress Elaine Paige is giving Broadway.com listeners a chance to hear her BBC Radio 2 show Elaine Paige on Sunday. Elaine's got show tunes for spring, for Mother's Day and even for National Poultry Day! There's also a story of something going wrong in a theater in her Onstage Mishap, plus two songs by a leading lady who hails from the Isle of Wight in Diva Double. And, if that's not enough, Elaine will be talking about The Great British Bake Off Musical, having attended opening night. Catch the full episode by clicking the link below!

  • Jamie Lloyd and Arian Moayed Reveal How A Doll’s House Chips Away at the Patriarchy
    by Caitlin Hornik on March 17, 2023 at 9:32 PM

    Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is the latest classic to be revived this season. The production, directed by Jamie Lloyd with a book adapted by Amy Herzog, opened at the Hudson Theatre on March 9. Academy Award winner Jessica Chastain stars as Nora opposite Tony nominee Arian Moayed as her husband, Torvald. The latest episode of The Broadway Show with Tamsen Fadal checks in with Chastain, Moayed and Lloyd on the red carpet for their opening night on Broadway and share how audiences learn the powerful connection between the 1879-set play and present day. In this minimalist production, the power dynamic between Nora and Torvald is laid bare, as Torvald presides as the traditional head of household and condescends to his “little bird” of a wife. In 2023, Moayed said the production forces men to reevaluate their habituated actions. “So many men have seen this show and they’re like, ‘I think I behave that way,’ and didn’t realize they maybe shouldn’t,” Moayed said. “We live in a very patriarchal society from the beginning of time, and it’s hard for us to unpack that because we don’t even realize what we’re doing.”  Lloyd added that these actions come out of an impulse to …

  • Peter Pan Goes Wrong Lands on Broadway
    by Broadway.com Staff on March 17, 2023 at 2:00 PM

    Peter Pan Goes Wrong has flown to Broadway! The comedy, created by the team behind The Play That Goes Wrong, begins previews at the Barrymore Theatre on March 17. Opening night is set for April 19. Written by Henry Shields, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Lewis of the Mischief Company, Peter Pan Goes Wrong is a companion to The Play That Goes Wrong, once again following the fictitious Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they present their yearly production. This time, the comedy is set to J. M. Barrie's classic 1904 play Peter Pan as the actors ruin it through amateurism and personal rivalries. The previously announced cast features Matthew Cavendish as Max, Bianca Horn as Jill, Harry Kershaw as Francis, Henry Lewis as Robert, Chris Leask as Trevor, Ellie Morris as Lucy, Charlie Russell as Sandra, Henry Shields as Chris, Greg Tannahill as Jonathan and Nancy Zamit as Annie. Bartley Booz will take on the role of Dennis through April 9, with Jonathan Sayer taking over on April 11. Adam Meggido directs the production, which features set design by Simon Scullion, costume design by Roberto Surace, lighting design by Matt Haskins and sound design by Ella Wahlström. 

  • Broadway Production of Room is Postponed Indefinitely
    by Ruthie Fierberg on March 16, 2023 at 5:19 PM

    The stage adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s best-selling book Room will no longer bow on Broadway, after a lead producer pulled out of the project and the remaining producers were unable to raise the necessary capital to present the work. The previously announced play with music, written by Donoghue with songs by Cora Bissett and Kathryn Joseph, was in rehearsals and set to begin performances at the James Earl Jones Theatre on April 3. “In the midst of our rehearsals we were informed by one of our lead producers that due to personal reasons, they did not intend to fulfill their obligations to the production. Since being notified, the rest of the producing team has exhausted all possible avenues to keep the show on track, but the narrow timeline and economic shortfall created by this series of events has proven to be insurmountable,” said producer Hunter Arnold in a statement. “We are incredibly disappointed not to be able to open this remarkable production at this time and are especially heartbroken for our incredibly talented cast and creative team who were hard at work in the rehearsal room.”   Tony Award winner Adrienne Warren was set to star in the production, which was …

  • Merrily We Roll Along Announces Broadway Theater, Start Date and Further Casting
    by Ruthie Fierberg on March 15, 2023 at 10:38 PM

    The Maria Friedman-helmed production of Merrily We Roll Along, which recently played off-Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop, has announced a start date, theater and additional casting for its Broadway bow. The revival of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical will begin performances at the Hudson Theatre on September 19; an opening-night date is still to be announced. The production is scheduled to play an 18-week limited engagement through January 21.   Newly announced cast members include Sherz Aletaha, Leana Rae Concepcion, Morgan Kirner, Corey Mach, Talia Robinson, Amanda Rose, Jamila Sabares-Klemm, Brian Sears, Evan Alexander Smith, Christian Strange, Koray Tarhan, Vishal Vaidya, Natalie Wachen and Jacob Keith Watson — all of whom appeared in the Off-Broadway mounting. The previously announced revival will be led by off-Broadway stars Daniel Radcliffe as Charley Kringas, Jonathan Groff as Franklin Shepard and Lindsay Mendez as Mary Flynn, with Krystal Joy Brown as Gussie Carnegie, Katie Rose Clarke as Beth Shepard and Reg Rogers as Joe Josephson.  

  • Jennifer Simard and Adam Godley to Join Cast of Once Upon a One More Time
    by Caitlin Hornik on March 15, 2023 at 7:36 PM

    Two-time Tony Award nominees Jennifer Simard and Adam Godley will join the cast of the upcoming Broadway musical Once Upon a One More Time. Simard will play the role of Stepmother while Godley will appear as The Narrator.  Simard received her Tony nominations for her recent turn as Sarah in Company and for originating the role of Sister Mary Downy in 2016’s Disaster! Her other Broadway credits include Mean Girls, Hello, Dolly!, Sister Act, Shrek The Musical and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Godley was last seen on the Main Stem in The Lehman Trilogy, for which he received a Tony nomination for his performance as Mayer Lehman. His other credits include the 2011 revival of Anything Goes, for which he earned his first Tony nomination, and the 2002 revival of Private Lives. Adam Godley (Photo courtesy of Vivacity Media Group) Simard and Godley join the previously announced Justin Guarini, Briga Heelan and Aisha Jackson. Additional casting will be announced. Casting is by Hardt Casting. Also newly announced, Nikiya Mathis has joined the musical’s creative team as hair and wig designer. Mathis joins scenic designer Anna Fleischle, costume designer Loren …

  • Get To Know Bad Cinderella Leading Lady Linedy Genao on The Broadway Show
    by Broadway.com Staff on March 15, 2023 at 5:24 PM

    Linedy Genao is living a true Cinderella story! The Bad Cinderella star landed on Broadway with just high school musical theater experience and is now playing the title role in the Broadway premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical. Find out more about her journey in the interview below and head here to check your local listings for The Broadway Show. Hosted by Emmy winner Tamsen Fadal, it is the only nationally syndicated weekly theater news program.

  • Hear from Jessica Chastain, Hiran Abeysekera and More on The Broadway Show
    by Broadway.com Staff on March 15, 2023 at 3:00 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 March 19 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: Hit the red carpet with Oscar winner Jessica Chastain, Arian Moayed and more on opening night of A Doll’s House. Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek takes a stroll with Parade leading lady Micaela Diamond. Learn about James Ijames’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fat Ham as it readies for its Broadway bow. Get to know Broadway newcomer Hiran Abeysekera, the star of the stage adaptation of Life of Pi. Correspondent Charlie Cooper chats with MJ The Musical standout Ayana Jackson. Jessica Azenberg sits down with her father and nine-time Tony winner Manny Azenberg to talk about chronicling his incredible career in her book, Stories Dad Told Me. To find out where The Broadway Show with Tamsen Fadal airs nationally, head here. Watch the episode below!

  • Ben Platt, Micaela Diamond and More Talk Parade on The Broadway Show
    by Broadway.com Staff on March 14, 2023 at 5:44 PM

    Parade stars Ben Platt, Micaela Diamond and more discuss the exciting revival of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's musical ahead of its Broadway opening on March 16. See the interview below and head here to check your local listings for The Broadway Show. Hosted by Emmy winner Tamsen Fadal, it is the only nationally syndicated weekly theater news program.

  • Good Night, Oscar Rounds Out Full Cast
    by Ruthie Fierberg on March 14, 2023 at 2:16 PM

    Complete casting is set for Good Night, Oscar, a new play by Doug Wright set to arrive on Broadway this spring. The previously announced production, directed by Lisa Peterson, is scheduled to begin performances on April 7 ahead of an official opening night of April 24 at the Belasco Theatre.  Newly announced cast members are Thomas Michael Hammond as the understudy for Bob Sarnoff/Jack Paar and Stephanie Janssen as the understudy for June Levant.  They join a previously announced company that includes Sean Hayes as Oscar Levant, Emily Bergl as June Levant, Marchánt Davis as Alvin Finney, Peter Grosz as Bob Sarnoff, Ben Rappaport as Jack Paar, Alex Wyse as Max Weinbaum and John Zrdojeski as George Gershwin, along with understudies Sam Bell-Gurwitz, Postell Pringle and Max Roll. Casting is by Stephen Kopel. The comedy takes place on the set of Paar’s Tonight Show as Levant steps into the guest seat to charm and scandalize audiences. The play is slated to play a limited engagement through Aug. 27.

  • Lea Michele Will Join Cast of Entertainment Community Fund’s Ragtime Concert
    by Caitlin Hornik on March 13, 2023 at 10:15 PM

    The Entertainment Community Fund has announced that Funny Girl star Lea Michele will appear in the Fund’s one-night-only Ragtime benefit concert. Michele created the role of Little Girl in the original Broadway production of the musical. Addyson Evelyn Tabankin will play the role of Little Girl for the concert event. Also joining the production are Jack Casey as Little Boy, Kai Latorre as Little Coalhouse and Jack Emmett Baumrind as the standby for Little Boy. Original principal cast members Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Peter Friedman will reunite as Sarah, Coalhouse Walker Jr. and Tateh, respectively. Kelli O’Hara will take on the role of Mother, originated by the late Marin Mazzie.  Sherry Boone, Kimberly JaJuan and Keith Thomas are joining the ensemble, which also includes Mark Aldrich, Shaun Amyot, John D. Baker, Dara Paige Bloomfield, Sondra M. Bonitto, Mark Cassius, Jamie Chandler-Torns, Albert Christmas, Jim Corti, Pierce Cravens, Larry Daggett, Bernard Dotson, Roberta Duchak, Donna Dunmire, Adam Dyer, Duane Martin Foster, Patty Goble, Darlene Bel Grayson, Elisa Heinsohn, David Hess, Adam Hunter, Mark Jacoby, Anne Kanengeiser, Judy Kaye, Mary Sharon Komarek (Dziedzic), Joe Langworth, Joe Locarro, Dan Manning, Michael X. Martin, Mary McCandless, Allyson Tucker Mitchell, Anne L. Nathan, …

  • The Cottage Names Full Principal Cast and Creative Team
    by Ruthie Fierberg on March 13, 2023 at 3:04 PM

    The complete principal cast and creative team has been announced for the Broadway premiere of The Cottage. Alex Moffat, Nehal Joshi and Dana Steingold will join the previously announced Eric McCormack, Laura Bell Bundy and Lilli Cooper. Moffat will play Clarke, Joshi will play Richard and Steingold will play Dierdre. Moffat will make his Broadway debut with the production. The Saturday Night Live alum has appeared in films like Susie Searches and Christmas with the Campbells. Joshi’s select Main Stem credits include Flying Over Sunset, the 2019 revival of All My Sons and the original cast of the 2006 revival of Les Misérables. Steingold originated the role of Girl Scout and understudied the role of Lydia in Beetlejuice. Casting is by Laura Stanczyk.  The production will feature scenic design by Paul Tate dePoo III, costume design by Sydney Maresca, lighting design by two-time Tony Award nominee Jiyoun Chang and sound design by Tony nominee Justin Ellington.  Additional casting and creative team will be announced.  Directed by Jason Alexander, the new comedy by Sandy Rustin will begin performances on July 7 ahead of an official opening night on July 24 at the …

  • Elijah Rhea Johnson Will Be Broadway’s New Michael Jackson in MJ; Myles Frost to Depart
    by Ruthie Fierberg on March 13, 2023 at 2:06 PM

    Elijah Rhea Johnson will make his Broadway debut as Michael Jackson in MJ beginning on April 4. Johnson will replace Myles Frost, who originated the role and won a Tony Award for his performance. Frost, who also made his Broadway debut in the role, will play his final performance at the Neil Simon Theatre on April 2. With his Tony win, Frost became the youngest solo winner in the category of best leading actor in a musical.  The role of Michael is the eldest of three versions of Michael Jackson—alongside “Middle Michael” and “Little Michael”—that appear in the show. Incoming cast member Johnson helped develop the character of Middle Michael during pre-Broadway workshops for the bio-musical.  Johnson began performing professionally as a child, having played Simba in The Lion King in Las Vegas as well as on the national tour. He was also a member of the popular children’s group Kidz Bop. “Those of us who worked with Elijah during the developmental workshops knew, when his schedule didn’t allow him to join the original Broadway cast, we hadn’t seen the last of him or his remarkable talent,” said director and Tony-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon in a statement. “Though we might have …

  • A Leotard-and-Legwarmer-Loving Disco Dazzler on Elaine Paige on Sunday
    by Broadway.com Staff on March 12, 2023 at 2:00 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, show tunes, movie songs, an Onstage Mishap, and all the latest news from stage and screen. Plus a leotard-and-legwarmer-loving Disco Dazzler will be shining bright in Diva Double! Catch the full episode by clicking the link below!

  • Hear Shucked Composers Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally Perform on The Broadway Show
    by Broadway.com Staff on March 10, 2023 at 8:09 PM

    On this week's new episode of The Broadway Show, Broadway.com Managing Editor Beth Stevens sits down with Shucked songwriters Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally at New 42 Studios to learn about the farm-to-fable musical, which just began performances at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre. Get a taste of the score with their performances of "Maybe Love" and "Friends" below!      Don't miss the full interview with the composing pair below and head here to check your local listings for The Broadway Show. Hosted by Emmy winner Tamsen Fadal, it is the only nationally syndicated weekly theater news program.