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Meet the stars of Broadway's new 'Rocky' musical -- EXCLUSIVE


Yo, Adrian! We got an exclusive! Meet the leading actors taking center stage (or should it be ring?) in the upcoming Broadway premiere of the new Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty/Thomas Meehan musicalization of the feel-good Oscar winner Rocky, which made Sylvester Stallone a megastar. Andy Karl, fresh off a choice supporting role in The Mystery of Edwin Drood last season, takes on moviedom’s favorite meat-punchin’, Philadelphia Museum of Art step-runnin’ turtle lover, and newcomer Margo Seibert will play Mr. Balboa’s painfully shy love interest, Adrian. The production is directed by wunderkind Alex Timbers (fresh off EW’s New Hollywood list), so expect some flights of fancy near your ringside seats, on a regulation-size boxing arena, no less. And given that the combined past credits for the creators of this musical include The Producers, Hairspray, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Ragtime, and Here Lies Love, it looks to be one of the knockouts of the 2013-14 theater season to be sure.

Rocky will begin previews at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway on Feb. 11. For information on tickets, visit the show’s official website.

'Big Fish' on Broadway: A musical sneak peek -- EXCLUSIVE

The splashy new musical version of Big Fish — the beloved 2003 Tim Burton film, as well as a heralded Daniel Wallace novel before that — is fully under way in previews at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre for an opening on Oct. 6. But you now have a cushy pre-opening seat (after the jump) to witness key moments from the new Susan Stroman-Andrew Lippa-John August tuner, which teases chorines, giants, acrobats, and elephants (oh my!), as well as the always-endearing glimpse of the inimitable Norbert Leo Butz tenderly essaying a catchy new song. And best of all, unlike the film, you don’t have to witness the irreversible sight of Danny DeVito’s bare bottom. Enjoy, stage fans!

Sting's musical 'The Last Ship' will sail to Broadway

Singer-songwriter Sting’s new musical The Last Ship will sail onto a Broadway stage after a stop in Chicago.

Producers said Thursday that the show — inspired by Sting’s memories of growing up in a shipbuilding community in northeast England — will appear on Broadway in the fall of 2014 once it makes its world premiere next summer at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre.

The musical has a story by Red playwright John Logan and Next to Normal writer Brian Yorkey. It will be directed by Joe Mantello, who helmed Wicked and have choreography by Steven Hoggett, who did the same for Once.

Dates, venue and cast have not been released.

Disney's Broadway-bound 'Aladdin' cast revealed

When he was a kid, James Monroe Iglehart wished to be a Disney character. When he was 17, he wanted to be the Genie in Aladdin. Now at 39, he’s getting all his wishes.

Disney Theatrical Productions on Monday announced the full Broadway-bound cast of the new musical, with Iglehart in the role made famous by Robin Williams, who lent his manic voice to the big blue Genie in the 1992 animated version of Aladdin.

“It took three wishes from the time I was 4 to 39,” said Iglehart. “I can’t wait. I am looking forward to this challenge but truthfully I want to have as much fun as I can and ride this bad boy out as far as I can.”

Iglehart previously played singer Bobby in the Tony Award-winning Memphis, a role he originated, and made his Broadway debut as a replacement in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He also played opposite Ashanti in a production of The Wiz in 2009.

k.d. lang joins Broadway's 'After Midnight'

Grammy-winning singer k.d. lang has sung everything from country songs to folk and torch songs. Now she’s about to unleash her jazz side — on Broadway.

The Canadian singer-songwriter will take over from Fantasia Barrino as the second star vocalist in After Midnight, a musical celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the famous Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem. Lang starts performances Feb. 11 and will end her run March 9.

Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle with musical direction by Wynton Marsalis, the show appeared off-Broadway last year at New York City Center under the name Cotton Club Parade. Songs include “Stormy Weather,” “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” and “I’ve Got the World on a String.” The show stars Dulé Hill, who will play the host of the show.

Performances start Oct. 18 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, with an official opening night set for Nov. 3.

'A Time to Kill': John Grisham novel comes to Broadway -- EXCLUSIVE


The new Broadway show A Time to Kill asks a provocative question about a very hot button issue: “Is there ever a time to kill?”

The torn-from-the-headlines feel of this timeless question makes it a perfect fit for a new play about to hit the Broadway stage. A Time to Kill is a courtroom drama that grapples with race, innocence, and the media. It’s also the first of John Grisham’s popular novels to ever be adapted for Broadway. In the exclusive EW video preview below, the cast and producers discuss the challenges of taking on controversial topics, as well as their excitement for the work.

Adapted by Rupert Holmes, A Time to Kill tells the story of a Southern community torn in half by an unspeakable crime. As the horrific news hits the public, small town America becomes the center of a media storm that has lives hanging in the balance.

Starring Sebastian Arcelus (House of Cards), Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) and Tom Skerritt, A Time to Kill will premiere on Broadway Sept. 28. Check out an exclusive video preview below: READ FULL STORY

Broadway revival of 'Annie' to close in January

It’s a hard-knock life on Broadway — the revival of Annie is set to close in January.

Producers said Thursday that the show will have its final performance on Jan. 5 at the Palace Theater. It will have played 487 performances and 38 previews. But a national tour is planned for the 2014-15 season.

Based on the beloved comic strip that debuted in 1924, Annie first opened on Broadway in 1977 and ran for almost six years, fueled by songs including “Hard-Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.”

The revival’s box office numbers were usually decent, without being fantastic. Last week, the show only pulled in half of its potential revenue — $720,823 from a possible $1,398,648. The show got only one Tony Award nomination, for Best Musical Revival. Jane Lynch played Miss Hannigan in the production for eight weeks, from May to July.

Michelle Williams to make Broadway debut in 'Cabaret'

Three-time Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams will make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of Cabaret.

Cabaret will play a 24-week limited engagement, beginning previews March 21 and officially opening April 24 at the Kit Kat Klub: Studio 54. Williams will appear alongside Alan Cumming as the Emcee, who starred in the last revival of the musical in 1998. The production will be directed by Sam Mendes and co-directed/choreographed by Rob Marshall.

“Michelle Williams is an actress of rare gifts and she will make an astonishing Sally Bowles,” says Rob Marshall. And I am especially excited that Alan Cumming is reprising his extraordinary performance as the Emcee for a whole new audience to experience.”

Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez cut it up recording 'First Date' album -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Eight times a week, former Chuck star Zachary Levi and Smash alum Krysta Rodriguez meet-cute in the new Broadway musical First Date. You can guess what happens next for the pair of seemingly mismatched urbanites.

The show, which opened on Aug. 8 to mostly mixed reviews despite high praise for the two leads, has been doing middling box office numbers. (For the week ending Aug. 25, it took in $411,514—just under half of the potential gross for the Longacre Theatre.) Levi, Rodriguez, and the rest of the seven-person cast recently recorded the original cast album of the musical, which will be released digitally on Sept. 24. In an exclusive video (after the jump), Levi and Rodriguez cut it up in the studio before breaking into a few bars of their first duet in the show, the appropriately titled “First Impressions.” READ FULL STORY

Tyne Daly returning to Broadway this spring in new Terrence McNally play

It’s about Tyne (groaning may commence now) for a new Terrence McNally play on Broadway, and after her triumph in playing Maria Callas two seasons ago in a revival of McNally’s Tony-winning bioplay Master Class, Ms. Tyne Daly will return to the Great White Way in the author’s newest play, Mothers and Sons.

The play, which recently premiered at Bucks County Playhouse to much acclaim in June, is an extension of McNally’s 1990 AIDS-themed TV mini-drama Andre’s Mother, in which a gay man’s funeral brings together a grieving lover and the deceased’s disapproving mother, and Ms. Daly will play the mother character checking up on her son’s former partner — now a father of a 6-year-old — two decades later. Manoel Felciano (Sweeney Todd) and Bobby Steggert (Ragtime) co-starred with Daly in the Bucks County production; no word yet on whether they will reprise their roles, but given the latter’s commitment to the large-scale musical of Big Fish beginning next month, it seems likely they will need to recast at least one principal role.

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