• Odds & Ends: Christy Altomare Drops New Album Wandering Bird & More
    by Lindsey Sullivan on April 9, 2021 at 6:32 PM

    Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently. Christy Altomare Releases Fourth Studio Album Broadway favorite and former vlogger Christy Altomare has released her fourth solo album Wandering Bird. She created the record with the help of her father, Reice, who served as the producer, while quarantining in her hometown of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The album has been in the works for nearly a decade. "I put all of me into this album: my thoughts on life, acting, heartbreak and feelings on the undeniable truth that everything love prevails," she said. "I want to thank my father for helping me make this dream possible and every single one of my supporters who held in there while I worked on this album." Give it a listen here! Phoebe Waller-Bridge Tapped to Star in Next Indiana Jones FilmFleabag's Emmy and Lucille Lortel Award-winning creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge has has been tapped to star alongside Harrison Ford in the next installment of the Indiana Jones franchise, according to Deadline. The intention is for production, directed by James Mangold, to begin this summer. No word yet on Waller-Bridge's role, but with executive producing Killing Eve season four, writing the …

  • Dreaming of a Third Mamma Mia! Movie? So is Cher!
    by Caitlin Moynihan on April 9, 2021 at 5:20 PM

    Cher is ready to become a dancing queen again! According to The Daily Mail, the legendary star spoke to Judy Craymer, the Mamma Mia! film and stage producer, about the prospect of a third installment of the popular films. Cher appeared in 2018's Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again as Ruby Sheridan, the mother of Meryl Streep's Donna Sheridan, and she is ready to return to the role. When Craymer said she wanted to see Cher and Streep sing ABBA's iconic hit "Slipping Through My Fingers" together, Cher quickly replied saying, "I'm there! When do we start shooting?" Although nothing is officially in the works for a third movie, Craymer is hopeful because she "always said it would be a trilogy." The first Mamma Mia! film premiered in 2008 and is based on the fan-favorite stage musical of the same name. In addition to Streep, the cast featured Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgård and Julie Walters. The 2018 sequel deviated from the stage adaptation but continued to feature the songs of ABBA with the addition of Cher, Jeremy Irvine, Josh Dylan, Hugh Skinner, Lily James, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alexa Davies and Andy García.

  • Alexandra Burke to Play the Narrator in the West End's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    by Caitlin Moynihan on April 9, 2021 at 3:08 PM

    Any dream will do for Alexandra Burke who has joined the cast of the West End revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Burke will star as the Narrator in the production, which is set to begin performances at the London Palladium beginning on July 1 ahead of an opening night on July 15. Laurence Connor will direct. Burke is known for winning the 2008 season of The X-Factor and has appeared on the West End stage in The Bodyguard, Sister Act, Chess and Chicago. She joins  previously announced stars Jason Donovan as Pharaoh and Jac Yarrow as Joseph. Both Donovan and Yarrow are reprising their turns from the musical's 2019 production at the Palladium. Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat the songs "Any Dream Will Do," "Close Every Door to Me," "Jacob and Sons," "There's One More Angel in Heaven," "Go Go Go Joseph" and more.

  • West End Revival of Constellations to Feature Four Pairs of Stars
    by Caitlin Moynihan on April 9, 2021 at 2:37 PM

    Nick Payne's Constellations is returning to the West End stage, but this time with a twist. Four different casts will take turns starring in the two-person drama for its run at the Vaudeville Theatre. Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Michael Longhurst is set to direct the production which will run from June 18 through September 12. The show will star Sheila Atim and Ivanno Jeremiah, Peter Capaldi and Zoë Wanamaker, Omari Douglas and Russell Tovey, and Anna Maxwell Martin and Chris O’Dowd. The four casts will operate on an alternating schedule. "Reviving Constellations with four brilliant casts in rep—varying the age, ethnicity, sexuality and nationality of the lovers—feels like a thrilling way to help reanimate the West End, offering audiences multiple new interpretations of this life-affirming play about choice," said Longhurst in a statement. "I am so grateful to this astonishing company of actors who have united to celebrate the possibilities of the multiverse and the joy of live performance." In Constellations, audiences will see a quantum physicist and a beekeeper meet at a barbeque and how they wander through multiverse, with every possible future ahead of them. Constellations first bowed in the West End in 2012 prior to a …

  • The Boys in the Band Film Wins at the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards
    by Caitlin Moynihan on April 9, 2021 at 2:18 PM

    Let's hear it for the boys! Netflix's movie adaptation of Mart Crowley's groundbreaking 1968 drama The Boys in the Band received the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Limited Release at the annual ceremony that took place virtually on April 8. The film features the complete cast of the Tony-winning Broadway production: Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons, Andrew Rannells, Robin De Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington, Tuc Watkins and Charlie Carver . Ryan Murphy and David Stone, who produced both Broadway mounting, did the same with the film version, along with Ned Martel. Joe Mantello, who directed the Broadway mounting, also helmed the movie. The Boys in the Band is about a group of gay men gathering in a New York City apartment for a friend’s birthday party. After the drinks are poured and the music turned up, the evening slowly exposes the fault lines beneath their friendships and the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity. As previously reported, there was not an Outstanding Broadway Production category announced this year. Matthew López's Tony-nominated two-parter The Inheritance took the prize in 2020.

  • Tony Winner Renée Elise Goldsberry Tapped for Marvel Series She-Hulk
    by Lindsey Sullivan on April 9, 2021 at 2:06 PM

    Hamilton Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry has been tapped to star as Amelia opposite Tatiana Maslany in the upcoming Marvel series She-Hulk for Disney+, according to Deadline. Tatiana Maslany (Photo by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com)The new series centers on Jennifer Walters (Maslany), an attorney who has similar powers to her cousin, Bruce Banner, a.k.a. The Hulk. She-Hulk is directed by Kat Coiro and Anu Valia, with Jessica Gao serving as head writer. Details regarding Goldsberry's character are being kept under wraps. Ginger Gonzaga has also been cast as Walters’ best friend. Avengers star and Tony nominee Mark Ruffalo will reprise his role as The Hulk, and Tim Roth is reprising his Hulk character of The Abomination for the new show. Goldsberry can currently be seen on Disney+ in her Tony-winning role as Angelica Schuyler in the Hamilton movie. Girls5eva, the new comedy series in which she stars alongside Sara Bareilles, Ashley Park, Paula Pell and Busy Philipps as a former girl group taking another shot at fame, begins streaming on May 6. In addition to Hamilton, Goldsberry's Broadway credits include Good People, The Color Purple, Rent and The Lion King. Her screen credits include One …

  • Odds & Ends: Watch Kate Reinders & Derek Hough Face Off in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Trailer
    by Broadway.com Staff on April 8, 2021 at 6:04 PM

    Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently. Watch the New Trailer for High School Musical Series There's a face-off happening at East High in season two of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series—and it has nothing to do with Olivia Rodrigo's buzzy hit "Drivers License." The trailer for the second season of the Disney+ series, which will arrive on May 14, shows Broadway's Kate Reinders and Derek Hough getting competitive as dueling high school drama teachers. As previously reported, former Dear Evan Hansen star and former Broadway.com vlogger Andrew Barth Feldman will appear in the upcoming second season as a French exchange student. Check out the new trailer for a look at the upcoming East High production of Beauty and the Beast, some catchy numbers and more below!  Paul Dano Set for Steven Spielberg Film Inspired by His Childhood Stage and screen star Paul Dano, last seen on Broadway in the 2019 revival of True West opposite Ethan Hawke, has joined the cast of the previously announced film about Oscar winner Steven Spielberg's childhood in Arizona. Deadline reports that Dano will play a character inspired by Spielberg’s father. He …

  • Dominique Fishback Teams Up with Jamie Foxx to Adapt Her Solo Show Subverted for the Screen
    by Lindsey Sullivan on April 8, 2021 at 4:31 PM

    Dominique Fishback, known for acting roles in The Deuce, Project Power and the Oscar-nominated film Judas and the Black Messiah, is joining forces with Jamie Foxx. Variety reports that the Power Player co-stars will adapt her one-woman show Subverted into a new special. Though the play centers on Eden, an 18-year-old girl living in the inner city, Fishback plays more than 20 characters in the piece. Originally written and performed as Fishback’s honors thesis at Pace University, Subverted has been performed with the MCC Theater Youth Company, Lucille Lortel with Abingdon Theatre’s Ghostlight Reading Series, Wild Project Theater Poetic License Festival and at Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival at the Lynn Redgrave Theater. Fishback has received BAFTA, Critics' Choice and NAACP Image Award nominations for her performance as Deborah Johnson, the fiancée of the late Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton, in Judas and the Black Messiah. Her play Rome and Ja’Net was previously announced as part of MCC Theater's LiveLabs, the series of virtual one-act play readings. She has also joined the cast of Modern Love season two and is set to star alongside Samuel L. Jackson in The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey series. …

  • New Williamstown Theatre Festival Season to Feature Live Shows Outdoors
    by Lindsey Sullivan on April 8, 2021 at 2:43 PM

    After last year's Williamstown Theatre Festival season was put on Audible due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 season will welcome back live audiences. Shows will play outdoors with social distancing and safety prioritized. The season will kick off on July 6 with the world premiere of Outside on Main: Nine Solo Plays by Black Playwrights, which will run through July 25. Guest curated by Slave Play's Tony-nominated director Robert O’Hara, this series of three shows celebrates Black artists and their voices through theatrical storytelling. Each performance consists of three of the nine 30-minute world premieres, created by Ngozi Anyanwu, France-Luce Benson, J. Nicole Brooks, Guadalís Del Carmen, Terry Guest, Ike Holter, Zora Howard, NSangou Njikam and Charly Evon Simpson. Written for actors of color, these productions will be helmed by directors Wardell Julius Clark, Candis C. Jones and Awoye Timpo on the front lawn of the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance. Grace McLean (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com)The season will continue with the world premiere musical Row from July 13 through August 8. The show features  a book by Daniel Goldstein, music and lyrics by Dawn Landes and direction by Tyne Rafaeli. It is …

  • New Beatles Musical She Loves You Plans 2022 World Premiere
    by Lindsey Sullivan on April 8, 2021 at 2:34 PM

    The songs of the Beatles will be featured in the new musical She Loves You, directed by Thom Southerland. Presented by Danish producer Mikkel Rønnow and Nordic Musical Partners, the show is planning its world premiere in March 2022 at the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, starring Danish performer Maria Lucia. The production, which will include Danish dialogue and English-language songs, will then transfer to the Musikhuset in Aarhus before launching a Scandinavian tour of Sweden, Norway and Iceland. She Loves You will feature more than 40 Beatles hits and have an original book by director Southerland and Shaun McKenna with adaptations by Jokum Rohde. The story revolves around a modern family and their complex and contemporary journey with love. Steve Sidwell, a 2014 Tony nominee for his orchestrations of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, will music supervise a 16-piece orchestra. The creative team also includes set designer Morgan Large, choreographer Nick Winston, lighting designer Tim Mitchell and sound designer Tim Høyer. The Beatles and their hit songs have been featured in musicals before. Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles on Broadway received a 2011 Drama Desk Award. Backbeat, the David Leveaux-helmed stage adaptation of the 1994 film about the formation of …

  • What To Do (Without Broadway!): A Day-to-Day Schedule
    by Broadway.com Staff on April 8, 2021 at 1:53 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! FRIDAY, APRIL 9Spring Break Broadway Student Summit Begins Broadway favorites Patti Murin (above), Christy Altomare and more lead an immersive weekend of workshops, mentorship and more for theater students with the Broadway Teaching Group. The three-day summit runs through April 11.Register Now FRIDAY, APRIL 9Mother's Day Airs Debra Jo Rupp (above), Andy Lucien, Virginia Kull and Edward Astor Chin star in a reading of a new play by Bekah Brunstetter for Barrington Stage Company. Mother's Day follows Mara as she approaches her forties and clings to the hope of becoming a mother. Audiences can watch the production through April 11.Get Tickets FRIDAY, APRIL 9Wandering Bird Releases Broadway favorite Chrisy Altomare (above) releases her fourth solo album. This one expresses heartbreak, grief and healing.Listen Now SUNDAY, APRIL 11The Seth Concert Series: Ali Stroker @ 3PM ET Oklahoma Tony Winner Ali Stroker (above) joins popular personality Seth Rudetsky for a night of song and conversation.Get Tickets SUNDAY, APRIL 11The Sound Inside Releases Maggie Bofill and …

  • Hear from Katharine McPhee, Celia Keenan-Bolger & More on Broadway Profiles
    by Lindsey Sullivan on April 7, 2021 at 4:32 PM

    Before it airs nationwide, we're offering a look at the newest episode of Broadway Profiles. Hosted by Emmy-winning anchor Tamsen Fadal and powered by Broadway.com, this installment will air in New York City on April 11 at 6PM ET on WPIX. Be on the lookout for Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal, the only nationally syndicated weekly theater news program, on your local TV station. Featured this week: A look at New York City’s initial plans for bringing theater back safely. Fadal speaks with Vanessa Williams about Black Theatre United’s new "Stand for Change" anthem and the making of its powerful music video. Stage and screen star Katharine McPhee catches up with Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek about her new Netflix show Country Comfort and becoming a mom. Fadal sits down with Tony winner Celia Keenan-Bolger to discuss the inspiration behind her new podcast Sunday Pancakes. Wicked star Ginna Claire Mason reflects on her road to Broadway in this week's Fresh Face. Wontorek shares the latest Broadway Buzz, including when audiences can see the new musical Diana on Netflix and at the Longacre Theatre. Broadway performer Beth Nicely chronicles her pandemic pivot to creating and teaching her online fitness platform, …

  • Watch Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez & More in the Emotional Trailer for Pose's Final Season
    by Lindsey Sullivan on April 7, 2021 at 2:49 PM

    The trailer for Pose's third season is here! As previously announced, this season of FX's Pose, Ryan Murphy's series about New York City's underground ball culture, starring Tony and Emmy winner Billy Porter and Mj Rodriguez, will be the final one. The seven-episode season is scheduled to debut on May 2 at 10PM ET, with two episodes airing that night. The series finale will be broadcast on June 6. The final season is set in 1994 and finds its characters facing the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Take a look at the trailer below!

  • Odds & Ends: Kelli O’Hara, Brian Stokes Mitchell & More Set for New Musical Breathe
    by Lindsey Sullivan on April 7, 2021 at 2:24 PM

    Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently. Kelli O'Hara & More Set for COVID-Centric New MusicalKelli O’Hara, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Patti Murin, Colin Donnell, Denée Benton, Rubén J. Carbajal, Matt Doyle, Max Clayton, Daniel Yearwood, T. Oliver Reid and Josh Davis star in Breathe. This new musical, written by bestselling novelist Jodi Picoult and playwright Timothy Allen McDonald, chronicles COVID-19's impact on five very different relationships. The story is told in five interlocking suites, each with a different songwriting team and director. Broadway Records will release an original cast recording of the show on May 14, the same day Breathe will have its world premiere on Overture+ at 8PM ET. Under the supervising direction of Jeff Calhoun, Breathe was filmed last month at the 92 Street Y’s Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York City without an audience, in compliance with state safety regulations. For most of the cast and crew, this marked their first return to the stage since Broadway shut down on March 12, 2020. Get a sneak peek at the new show below! Tony-Nominated Moulin Rouge Musical to Open in JapanMoulin Rouge! The Musical, the Tony-nominated …

  • Sutton Foster Joined by Kelli O’Hara, Raúl Esparza & Joaquina Kalukango for City Center Concert Bring Me to Light
    by Lindsey Sullivan on April 7, 2021 at 2:00 PM

    Some Broadway favorites recently reunited on the City Center stage for a concert that can be seen later this month. Sutton Foster | Bring Me to Light, filmed live at City Center, premieres on April 28 at 7PM ET with on demand viewing through May 31. Kelli O'Hara (Photo by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com)Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, who is set to star alongside Hugh Jackman in The Music Man beginning in December is joined by Kelli O'Hara, Raúl Esparza, Joaquina Kalukango as well as Wren Rivera, Foster’s student at Ball State University. Foster reunites with former cast members Esparza and Kalukango to reminisce and perform songs from their shared productions at City Center, including Anyone Can Whistle and The Wild Party. Directed by Leigh Silverman with Jeanine Tesori serving as creative producer, the concert also features selections from Camelot, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Violet and more. The cast is accompanied by music director Michael Rafter on piano and Matt Hinkley on guitar. “With so many theaters dark for the last year, City Center’s commitment to turning the lights on and supporting artists by providing opportunities to get back on stage has been such a beacon of hope,” Foster said …

  • Watch Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sara Bareilles & More in Trailer for Girls5eva
    by Lindsey Sullivan on April 6, 2021 at 7:14 PM

    As previously announced, the new comedy series Girls5eva stars Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sara Bareilles, Ashley Park, Paula Pell and Busy Philipps as a former girl group taking another shot at fame. The trailer has arrived, and it's full of fun. The series was created by Meredith Scardino (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) who is executive producing Girls5eva with Mean Girls creators Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond as well as Robert Carlock, David Miner and Eric Gurian. The series is set to begin streaming on Peacock as of May 6. Enjoy the trailer below!

  • Neil Diamond Musical A Beautiful Noise Sets Pre-Broadway World Premiere
    by Lindsey Sullivan on April 6, 2021 at 3:14 PM

    The previously announced Neil Diamond bio-musical now has a title as well as premiere dates. A Beautiful Noise will have its world premiere at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre next summer with performances for a limited four-week engagement starting on June 21, 2022 and playing through July 17. A Beautiful Noise, which is aiming for Broadway, is the first new show to announce an engagement at the Boston venue since the pandemic forced theaters to shut down last year. Olivier Award winner and four-time Tony nominee Steven Hoggett (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Once) will choreograph the new show. Hogget joins four-time Oscar-nominee Anthony McCarten (Bohemian Rhapsody, Darkest Hour), who is writing the book, as well as Tony-winning director Michael Mayer on the creative team. Diamond's “Sweet Caroline” has become an anthem to Boston Red Sox fans. At every home game, an eighth-inning singalong takes place at Fenway Park. “I’ve had the joy of coming to Boston on countless occasions, but one of the most special was my 2013 trip to Fenway where I had the honor of being part of a moment of relief, unity, strength and love," Diamond said in a statement. "Next …

  • Find Out About Off-Broadway's Blindness on Broadway Profiles
    by Lindsey Sullivan on April 6, 2021 at 3:00 PM

    Blindness, the sound and light experience that played London’s Donmar Warehouse last year, is officially opening at New York's Daryl Roth Theatre on April 6. The newest episode of Broadway Profiles includes a behind-the-scenes look at the production and an interview with producer Daryl Roth. "While we're so lucky to be able to open our doors because of this presentation and the unique space that we have that can make it possible, I also feel a true responsibility to make sure that everyone is safe and healthy," she said. "I just want people to have a sense of coming back to the theater for what is the foundation of theater, and that's storytelling." Learn more in the video below, and head here to check your local listings for Broadway Profiles. Hosted by Emmy-winning anchor Tamsen Fadal and powered by Broadway.com, it is the only nationally syndicated weekly theater news program.

  • Tony and Olivier Nominee Paul Ritter Dead at 54
    by Caitlin Moynihan on April 6, 2021 at 2:51 PM

    Tony and Olivier-nominated actor Paul Ritter died away on April 5, according to Variety. Ritter passed away in his home with family by his side after suffering from a brain tumor. He was 54. “Paul was an exceptionally talented actor playing an enormous variety of roles on stage and screen with extraordinary skill," said Ritter's agent in a statement. "He was fiercely intelligent, kind and very funny. We will miss him greatly.” Born on March 5, 1966 in Kent, England, Ritter appeared in several London and West End productions including All My Sons, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, The Audience, Troilus and Cressida and more. In 2006, he was nominated for an Olivier Award for his featured role in Coram Boy. Ritter made his Broadway debut in 2009 in the Tony-winning revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s three-part The Norman Conquests, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. The entire cast of the show won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. They were also honored with Theatre World Awards. For nine years, Ritter starred in the British TV series Friday Night Dinner. His other screen credits include Chernobyl, Electric Dreams, Midsomer Murders, On a …

  • L.A. Stage Alliance Ends Operations After Theater Companies Depart
    by Lindsey Sullivan on April 5, 2021 at 11:00 PM

    Following a mass resignation of members due to the organization misidentifying Jully Lee at the Ovation Awards on March 30, the L.A. Stage Alliance is ceasing operations. The news was shared on the 46-year-old nonprofit's Twitter account on April 5. "We have come to this conclusion with a heavy heart—our intention was to represent and promote the entire Los Angeles theater community," reads a statement from the organization. "We believe in equity, diversity and inclusion at all levels. We've had many challenges like many other organizations, and at this time, we are unable to continue." As previously reported, Lee's first name was mispronounced when the nominees for Best Featured Actress were read, and a photo of another Asian actress was shown onscreen. The organization offered an apology on April 1 as the Geffen Playhouse, Deaf West Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse and Center Theatre Group became among over 25 Los Angeles theater companies that revoked their memberships. Lee was nominated for her performance in Jiehae Park’s Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, a co-presentation of East West Players and the Fountain Theatre. She tweeted in response to the misidentification and mispronunciation on April 1: "I was not the only person misidentified with …