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Tupac musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' cast revealed


The upcoming Broadway musical inspired by Tupac Shakur songs will star Saul Williams, the poet and singer best known for the film Slam.

Producers said this week the rest of the cast of Holler If Ya Hear Me will include Tonya Pinkins, Christopher Jackson, Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Thompson, and John Earl Jelks. READ FULL STORY

'Phantom of the Opera' welcomes Norm Lewis as first African-American lead in Broadway production

Norm Lewis has been tapped to be the next Phantom in the megahit The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, a move that makes him the first African-American to slip behind the famous mask on the Great White Way.

Producers said Thursday the Tony Award nominee, who brought his deep and rich voice to Porgy in the recent Porgy and Bess revival, will make his debut opposite Sierra Boggess, who returns as Christine, beginning May 12.

Lewis played John in Broadway’s Miss Saigon, Javert in Les Miserables on Broadway in 2006, and was in the shows Side Show, The Little Mermaid, Chicago, and Sondheim on Sondheim. READ FULL STORY

Leighton Meester to make Broadway debut in 'Of Mice and Men' with James Franco and Chris O'Dowd

Leighton Meester is going from the Upper East Side to the California country.

The former Gossip Girl starlet has joined the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck’s literary classic about migrant field workers who seek new prospects of success and the American dream during the Great Depression. Previously announced stars James Franco and Chris O’Dowd will also make their debuts as George and Lennie.

Meester will play Curley’s wife, the beauty-obsessed youth who tempts the duo while also incurring the jealous wrath of her hard-headed husband Curley. Additional casting for the roles of Curley and ranch hands Slim, Candy, and the Boss (among others) have not yet been announced.

Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County) will take the reins and direct the production, the first on Broadway in 40 years. The play will bow on March 19 at the Longacre Theatre, with official opening night set for April 16. Move quickly though: This limited engagement is strictly ending on July 27.

Yogi Berra on Broadway?! Peter Scolari to star in 'The Bronx Bombers'

You can observe a lot by watching, Yogi Berra once said. Now New York Yankees fans can watch the malaprop-spouting legend on a Broadway stage. The Bronx Bombers, which opened this month at Off Broadway’s Primary Stages, will transfer to the Circle in the Square, with previews starting Jan. 10, 2014 before an official opening on Feb. 6.

Peter Scolari, who played opposite his Bosom Buddies costar Tom Hanks in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy last spring, will play the now 88-year-old player-turned manager. He’ll be joined by his real-life wife, Tracy Shayne (Chicago), as Berra’s wife, Carmen. They replace Richard Topol and Wendy Makkena, who are leading the Primary Stages production. (Topol himself is a last-minute sub for Sopranos star Joe Pantoliano.)

The Bronx Bombers is the latest sports-themed stage play conceived by producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo, this time joined by the New York Yankees and Major League Baseball as “special producing partners.” Kirmser and Ponturo’s previous ESPN-friendly ventures haven’t exactly been grand slams at the box office: 2010’s Lombardi ran for eight months and earned a Tony nomination for Judith Light as the wife of the famed football coach, while 2011’s Magic/Bird closed a month after its premiere. (Seems they took to heart Berra’s advice, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”) Playwright Eric Simonson, who scripted all three shows, will make his Broadway directing debut on The Bronx Bombers.

Aside from Scolari and Shayne, the rest of the cast are holdovers from the current Off Broadway production, including Francois Battiste (Reggie Jackson), Chris Henry Coffey (Joe DiMaggio), Bill Dawes (Mickey Mantle), Christopher Jackson (Derek Jeter), Keith Nobbs (Billy Martin), John Wernke (Lou Gehrig), and C.J. Wilson (Babe Ruth).

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.

'Pretty Little Liars' star Keegan Allen to make NYC stage debut in 'Small Engine Repair' -- EXCLUSIVE

Pretty Little Liars star Keegan Allen will make his professional stage debut this fall in MCC Theater‘s Off Broadway production of  Small Engine Repair. And it sounds like he hasn’t left the intrigue of Rosewood behind. Allen will play a privileged college jock who turns up at an out-of-the-way repair shop and sets off an explosion of resentment among the three former high school buddies who regularly meet there under shady circumstances. The buddies will be played by James Badge Dale (World War Z, The Lone Ranger, Iron Man 3), James Ransone (The Wire, Treme), and actor-playwright John Pollono, who wrote the script. (Dale replaces The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal, who had previously been announced for the play but had to bow out due to scheduling issues.) READ FULL STORY

Frank Langella to play King Lear in New York this winter

Let it be so! After tackling such diverse famous men as Dracula, Sir Thomas More and Richard Nixon (the role with which he won his third Tony and an Oscar nomination for in both the stage and film versions of Frost/Nixon), Frank Langella returns to the New York stage after a two-year hiatus to tackle Shakespeare’s most behemoth male role, King Lear, at Brooklyn Academy of Music this winter after a run at the U.K.’s Chichester Theatre Festival this autumn. READ FULL STORY

Ed Harris returning to New York stage

Ed Harris will return to the stage this fall alongside Bill Pullman with the play The Jacksonian, directed by Tony-winner Robert Falls, The New Group company announced Wednesday.

The show takes places in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1964. “When his wife kicks him out, respectable dentist Bill Perch (Ed Harris) moves into the seedy Jacksonian Motel. There, his downward spiral is punctuated by encounters with his teenage daughter, a gold-digging motel employee (Glenne Headly), a treacherous bartender (Bill Pullman), and his now estranged wife (Amy Madigan). Set against the investigation of a recent lynching and climaxing in a crime of passion, The Jacksonian, brimming with suspense and dark humor, unearths the eerie tensions and madness in a town poisoned by racism.”

Maggie Gyllenhaal returning to New York stage

Maggie Gyllenhaal will return to the New York stage next year, in Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike, MCC Theater announced Tuesday.

The show, directed by Sam Gold, originally premiered at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2011. This production will star Gyllenhaal as Becky, who is  “pregnant—and friskier than ever. But she can’t seem to get the attention of her husband, who is preoccupied with preparing for the baby’s months-away arrival. So Becky takes matters into her own hands and sets out on an adventure that starts with the purchase of a used bike from a man in town and takes her further than she ever expected she’d go.”

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