On May 12 of this year, Norm Lewis became the first-ever African-American actor to take on the lead role of The Phantom of the Opera on (ahem) the Great White Way. (Robert Guillaume became the first-ever actor to do it regionally in 1990.)
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It’s official: Emma Stone will make her Broadway debut in the current Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Cabaret.
The 25-year-old will replace Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, who made her debut in the role of showgirl Sally Bowles when the revival opened at Studio 54 in April. Stone will take over as Sally beginning Nov. 11 (Williams exits Nov. 9) and will play the role until Feb. 1, 2015.
Alan Cumming—who won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the show’s Emcee in the 1998 Broadway production, which serves as the basis of this revival—will extend his run through March 29, 2015, thus confirming that yet another actress may get to tread the Cabaret boards before the show’s run is through.
Stone was linked to the show in 2013 during Roundabout’s initial announcement, but film scheduling conflicts forced her to back out. Last week, word broke that she had entered negotiations to join the show when Williams vacates the iconic role.
Unrelated but completely related, Stone’s beau Andrew Garfield made his Broadway debut in 2012’s Death of a Salesman. Again, unrelated… but completely related.
Be warned: The rhythm is gonna get you.
Well, not to-night but next fall, when the Gloria Estefan bio-musical On Your Feet! hits Broadway. The production colors the life and rise-up of the seven-time Grammy winner/Miami Sound Machine frontwoman, as well as the success of her longtime husband and musician/producer Emilio—who has no less than 19 (!) Grammys to his name—on their road to stardom.
Even better: If you think you got the means to let the music move your feet, the production is holding an open casting search called “Reach Gloria” in Miami and NYC this September, and submissions are now being accepted on the show’s official website. The production is to be helmed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with a book by Alexander Dinelaris (Still Life) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).
In a statement, Gloria says that “finding the right performers to tell our story on the Broadway stage is the most important step in this project. … Our own journey together started in Miami, a city that has been such an inspiration to us both, and it only felt right that the city be a cornerstone of our search for the next generation of bright talent.” Emilio adds, “On Your Feet! is a piece that speaks to people of every culture around the world. We’ve seen audiences from South America to Asia, and everywhere in between, be moved by our music and we want each and every one of them to have a chance to be a part of this story and show their talent to the world.”
On Your Feet! will have an out-of-town tryout at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre from June 2-July 5, 2015, to be followed by a Broadway run at the Marquis Theatre, with previews beginning Oct. 5, 2015.
Maybe this time, Emma Stone will be in Cabaret.
The 25-year-old actress is in negotiations to make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles—the role currently played by Michelle Williams—in Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Cabaret, EW has confirmed. Williams recently extended her run in the classic 1966 Kander and Ebb musical through November 9, 2014; the show itself is slated to play a limited engagement through January 4, 2015. READ FULL STORY
The rumors have finally panned out, as the Public Theater’s much-heralded musical Fun Home (which got terrific notices, including one in EW) will take on the spring behemoths and open on Broadway just before Tony nominations roll out next spring. The musical—based on graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel’s autobiographical tale of growing up with two brothers in a Pennsylvania funeral home managed by her closeted, rigid father—was the best musical choice for the New York Drama Critics Circle and the Lucille Lortel Awards Off Broadway. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in drama this past year, and has been a wish-list choice for Broadway status by many ever since its fall 2013 debut.
No word yet on whether the fine cast from the Public, which included Judy Kuhn (Les Miserables) and Michael Cerveris (Evita), will rejoin. Outstanding newcomer Sydney Lucas (pictured, far right), a mere 10 (!) years old upon opening, is certainly one to watch, a la the young Anna Kendrick (who scored a Tony nod at age 13 for her Broadway debut in High Society). But hopes are high that they can resume their roles, and if they do, expect a bevy of Tony nods to come their way, too. As with the Off Broadway version, Fun Home will be directed by Sam Gold (The Realistic Joneses), with a score by Jeanine Tesori (Violet) and book by playwright Lisa Kron (Well).
Fun Home will begin previews at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre on April 4, 2015, with an opening scheduled for April 22.
Here’s what you missed in the fourth hour of the Today show this morning: Kathie Lee Gifford revealed that she’s written an 18-minute musical featuring the Today anchors and crew.
Gifford made the announcement with co-host Regis Philbin, who is filling in for Hoda Kotb. The work is called Not Today and Tomorrow’s Not Looking Good Either, which sounds more like somebody trying to get out of a commitment than a celebration of all today (double meaning!) has to offer. Philbin, who hosted Live with Regis and Kathie Lee for 15 years, will guest star.
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Disney Theatrical Productions—so Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed, better known as the two stars of Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, took time off from their magic carpet jaunts to drop by EW’s video studio and talk all things Disney.
EW decided to pit Aladdin against Jasmine as we tested the princely pair’s knowledge of the Mouse House’s stage hits, from 1994’s Beauty and the Beast to 2012’s Newsies and beyond. Both Jacobs and Reed have an exceptional amount of Disney trivia stored up there.
In comes Andrew, out goes Neil, but the glitter will always remain the same.
A new poster has been released for Andrew Rannells’ stage return in the Broadway rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He replaces Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris as the German transvestite rocker intent on putting on a concert across the street from his ex-lover’s rival show.
With the announcement of Rannells’ casting in June, the Tony-winning revival of Hedwig also announced its extension beyond Harris’ originally scheduled end date of August 17. Rannells will step into the role for a limited eight-week engagement beginning August 20.
Hint: Click the photo above for full-size Rannells.
It’s hip to be square yet again, it seems. The London-premiered musical version of American Psycho—famously a Bret Easton Ellis novel, then a cult classic 2000 film with Christian Bale—will get a stateside production this spring at Off Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre.
The musical—which alternates new, electronic-fused tunes by Tony-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) along with the film’s cheeky use of 1980s tunes by Phil Collins, Human League, Tears For Fears, and the aforementioned Huey Lewis & The News, among others—received much acclaim in its 2013 premiere on the West End. The role of Patrick Bateman, the skin-care obsessed, fancy business card-carrying maniac at the center of the story, is a coveted one, and Second Stage has said casting will be forthcoming. Is it possible they could get Doctor Who star Matt Smith to reprise his role from the London production? Or if they go American, might one suggest Aaron Tveit or Benjamin Walker as Bateman? (The latter even did the 2011 workshop production, so he already has an insight into the chainsaw-wielding madman.)
As with the overseas production, American Psycho will be directed by Rupert Goold (Enron, the Patrick Stewart Macbeth), with a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark). Previews will begin February 2014 in anticipation of a March 2015 opening.
It’s the performance everyone’s been talking about: Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald set a Tony record with her latest star turn, playing troubled blues singer Billie Holiday in the final months of her life in the Broadway play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.
Set in a seedy bar in the late ’50s, McDonald plays the jazz legend in one of her final performances. It’s a fully transportative experience for the audience, whose reactions help create the illusion carried by McDonald’s performance. To reflect that experience, Lady Day’s new original Broadway cast album was recorded live during performances of the show in late May.
The two-disc set offers an immersive translation of the show, a feat not reflected in several of this season’s recent cast albums. Lady Day’s cast recording (by PS Classics) will be available digitally and in stores on July 15, but Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive first listen to four of the tracks from the show, offering recognizable Holiday songs and a sample of the stories McDonald shares during the performance.
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