Sunday, September 18, 2016

Emmy Winners

The Emmys were handed out on Sunday, September 18, in a ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Herein, winners in select categories. Visit emmys.org for the full list of winners.
(Note: winners are noted with an asterisk and bold typeface.)



Comedy Series
Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Black-ish
  • Master of None
  • Modern Family
  • Silicon Valley
  • Transparent
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Veep*
Outstanding Lead Actor
  • Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
  • Aziz Ansari, Master of None
  • Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth
  • William H. Macy, Shameless
  • Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
  • Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent* 
Outstanding Lead Actress
  • Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep*
  • Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
  • Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
  • Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
  • Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie  
Outstanding Supporting Actor
  • Louie Anderson, Baskets*
  • Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Tony Hale, Veep 
  • Keegan-Michael Key, Key and Peele
  • Matt Walsh, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actress
  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep
  • Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
  • Allison Janney, Mom
  • Judith Light, Transparent
  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live*
  • Niecy Nash, Getting On
Outstanding Writing
  • Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe, "Episode 1"
  • Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, Master of None, "Parents"*
  • Dan O'Keefe, Silicon Valley, "Founder Friendly"
  • Alec Berg, Silicon Valley, "The Uptick"
  • David Mandel, Veep, "Morning After"
  • Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck, Veep, "Mother"
Outstanding Directing
  • Aziz Ansari, Master of None, "Parents"
  • Mike Judge, Silicon Valley, "Founder Friendly"
  • Alec Berg, Silicon Valley, "Daily Active Users"
  • Jill Soloway, Transparent, "Man on the Land"*
  • Chris Addison, Veep, "Morning After"
  • Dave Mandel, Veep, "Kissing Your Sister"
  • Dale Stern, Veep, "Mother"
Outstanding Guest Actor
  • Larry David, Saturday Night Live
  • Tracy Morgan, Saturday Night Live
  • Martin Mull, Veep
  • Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
  • Peter Scolari, Girls*
  • Bradley Whitford, Transparent
Outstanding Guest Actress
  • Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory
  • Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live*
  • Melora Hardin, Transparent
  • Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
  • Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory
  • Amy Schumer, Saturday Night Live


Drama Series
Outstanding Drama Series
  • Better Call Saul
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones*
  • Homeland
  • House of Cards
  • Mr. Robot
  • The Americans
Outstanding Lead Actor
  • Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
  • Rami Malek, Mr. Robot*
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Matthew Rhys, The Americans
  • Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
  • Kevin Spacey, House of Cards 
Outstanding Lead Actress
  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
  • Taraji P. Henson, Empire
  • Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black*
  • Keri Russell, The Americans
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards 
Outstanding Supporting Actor
  • Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
  • Michael Kelly, House of Cards
  • Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline*
  • Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Outstanding Supporting Actress
  • Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
  • Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
  • Dame Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey*
  • Maura Tierney, The Affair
  • Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
  • Constance Zimmer, Unreal
Outstanding Writing
  • Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey, "Episode 8"
  • David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones, "Battle of the Bastards"*
  • Sam Esmail, Mr. Robot, "eps1.0_hellofriend.mov"
  • Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, The Americans, "Persona Non Grata"
  • Robert King and Michelle King, The Good Wife, "End"
  • Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, Unreal, "Return"
Outstanding Directing
  • Michael Engler, Downton Abbey, "Episode 9"
  • Jake Bender, Game of Thrones, "The Door"
  • Miguel Sapochnik, Game of Thrones, "Battle of the Bastards"* 
  • Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland, "The Tradition of Hospitality"
  • David Hollander, Ray Donovan, "Exsuscito"
  • Steven Soderbergh, The Knick, "This is All We Are"
Outstanding Guest Actor
  • Mahershala Ali, House of Cards
  • Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan*
  • Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards
  • Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
  • Paul Sparks, House of Cards
  • Max von Sydow, Game of Thrones
Outstanding Guest Actress
  • Ellen Burstyn, House of Cards
  • Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
  • Margo Martindale, The Americans*
  • Laurie Metcalf, Horace and Pete
  • Molly Parker, House of Cards
  • Carrie Preston, The Good Wife


Limited Series or Movie
Outstanding Television Movie
  • All the Way
  • Confirmation
  • Luther
  • Sherlock: The Abominable Bride*
  • A Very Murray Christmas
Outstanding Limited Series
  • American Crime
  • Fargo
  • The Night Manager
  • The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story*
  • Roots
Outstanding Lead Actor
  • Bryan Cranston, All the Way
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
  • Idris Elba, Luther
  • Cuba Gooding, Jr., The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
  • Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
  • Courtney B. Vance, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story*
Outstanding Lead Actress
  • Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
  • Felicity Huffman, American Crime
  • Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
  • Sarah Paulson, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story*
  • Lili Taylor, American Crime
  • Kerry Washington, Confirmation
Outstanding Directing
  • Jay Roach, All the Way
  • Noah Hawley, Fargo, "Before the Law"
  • Susanne Bier, The Night Manager *  
  • Ryan Murphy, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, "From the Ashes of Tragedy"
  • John Singleton, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, "The Race Card"
  • Anthony Hemingway, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, "Manna from Heaven" 
Outstanding Writing
  • Noah Hawley, Fargo, "Palindrome"
  • Bob DeLaurentis, Fargo,"Loplop"
  • David Farr, The Night Manager
  • D.V. DeVincentis, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia"*
  • Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, "From the Ashes of Tragedy"
  • Joe Robert Cole, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, "The Race Card" 
Outstanding Supporting Actor
  • Sterling K. Brown, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story*
  • Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
  • Jesse Plemons, Fargo
  • David Schwimmer, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
  • John Travolta, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
  • Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo
Outstanding Supporting Actress
  • Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel
  • Olivia Colman, The Night Manager
  • Regina King, American Crime*
  • Melissa Leo, All the Way
  • Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel
  • Jean Smart, Fargo


Variety Series and Specials
(winners only)

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Outstanding Variety Talk Series
  • Patton Oswalt, Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
  • Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski, Grease Live, Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
  • Key and Peele, Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Friday, September 16, 2016

Week in Review 9.16.16

Creative Arts Emmys

The primetime Emmy Awards are this Sunday (here's the list of nominees), but this past Saturday and Sunday, the creative people who, for the most part, work behind the scenes to bring you your favorite shows were honored. Grease Live took home four awards: Outstanding Lighting for a Variety Special; Outstanding Production Design for a Variety Special (Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen's David Korins); Outstanding Technical Director for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special; and Outstanding Special Class Program (this award goes to the producers, making Tony winner Thomas Kail an Emmy winner). Other winners included the writing staff for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series; recent Tony winner Paul Tazewell (Hamilton), for Outstanding Costumes for a Variety Special for The Wiz Live; and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, for their SNL hosting appearance. Visit the Emmys website to find the full list of Saturday's and Sunday's winners.

Coming to the Boards

Dear Evan Hansen—The original musical, Dear Evan Hansen, will play the Music Box Theatre, rather than the Belasco, when it bows on Broadway this fall. Previews are still scheduled to begin November 14, and opening night is still set for December 4. Telecharge sent two tweets to reassure ticket buyers that tickets purchased for the Belasco will be honored at the Music Box (tweet one and tweet two). Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Steven Levenson and a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and the cast includes Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones. Theater Mania has more.

Groundhog Day—After a buzzy debut across the pond, Groundhog Day will bow on Broadway in spring 2017, after all. According to reports, the musical, now on the West End, will take up residency at the August Wilson Theatre next year, with previews beginning in March, and opening night set for April 17. Based on the beloved Bill Murray movie, Groundhog Day is directed by Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage, Matilda), and is written by songwriter Tim Minchin (Matilda) and book writer Danny Rubin. Tony nominee Andy Karl (On the Twentieth Century) stars in the West End production; it hasn't been confirmed he will make the transfer, though it is expected. Broadway.com has more.

Come From Away—Fresh off an extension of its Washington, DC, run, the musical Come From Away has set its Broadway dates, home, and cast. Previews at the Schoenfeld Theatre will begin February 18, 2017, with opening night set for March 12. The cast will feature Jenn Colella (If/Then), Chad Kimball (Memphis), Rodney Hicks (Rent), and others. Come From Away is written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and directed by Christopher Ashley. The show focuses on the 6,579 passengers on the 38 planes that were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001. The Broadway Briefing has the full cast and creative team. (The fate of the Schoenfeld's current tenant, The Humans, is yet to be determined. While it will conclude its run at the Schoenfeld on January 15, Deadline reports that there may be life after the Schoenfeld.)

Hello, Dolly! Cast and Creative Team Announced

As previously announced, a Bette Midler-led revival of Hello, Dolly! will hit the boards this spring. This week, the full cast and creative team were announced. In addition to Midler and David Hyde Pierce, the cast will include Tony nominees Kate Baldwin (Finian's Rainbow, Big Fish), Gavin Creel (Hair, She Loves Me), and Jennifer Simard (Disaster), as well as other featured players and a 27-person ensemble. Joining the creative team are scenic and costume designer Santo Loquasto (Shuffle Along...), Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz (An American in Paris), sound designer Scott Lehrer, music director Andy Einhorn, and orchestrator Larry Hochman, among others. Hello, Dolly! will be directed by Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Warren Carlyle. Previews at the Shubert Theatre begin March 15, 2017, with opening night set for April 20. Playbill has more.

Casting News

  • Stage and screen veteran Dominic Fumusa (Nurse Jackie, Stage Kiss) will join the cast of Homeland in a recurring role. The sixth season of the Showtime series is in production, and will premiere on January 15, 2017. Variety has more.

  • Waitress will welcome William Popp, who'll assume the role of Earl, the titular waitress's husband, on September 23. Current Earl Nick Cordero is departing the production to headline A Bronx Tale. Broadway.com has more.

  • Casting has been announced for Sweat, the Lynn Nottage play set to have its New York premiere at the Public this fall. The cast includes Miriam Shor, Johanna Day, Khris Davis, and John Earl Jelks, among others. Previews begin October 18. Opening night is November 3, and the limited engagement concludes November 27. Broadway.com has more.

  • Jack Davenport, whom you might remember from Smash, will guest star in the upcoming fifth season of The Mindy Project, which is in production and returns to Hulu on October 4. The Hollywood Reporter has more.

  • The Wrap reports that SNL will welcome three new cast members on October 1, when its 42nd season begins. Alex Moffat and Melissa Villasenor are joining the late night sketch show cold, while Mikey Day has been promoted from writer to cast member.

  • Jake Epstein will return to Beautiful beginning September 22. Epstein originated the role of Gerry Goffin in this Broadway production, and will reprise his performance this fall. Broadway.com has more.

  • The touring company of The King and I has found its Anna and her king: Laura Michelle Kelly (Finding Neverland) and Jose Llana (Here Lies Love), respectively. The tour begins this October in Rhode Island. BroadwayWorld.com has more.
It's an Honor

  • Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Lady Day..., Shuffle Along...), comedy legend and EGOT winner Mel Brooks, and playwright Moises Kaufman (The Laramie Project) are among the 2016 National Medal of Arts honorees. President Obama will present the honorees with their awards later this month. BroadwayWorld.com has more.

  • The 2016 Horton Foote Prize has been awarded to Jordan Harrison, for Marjorie Prime, and Zayd Dohrn, for the upcoming The Profane. As reported in The New York Times, the "prize comes with $20,000 for each playwright."
Dig This

  • NYCB principal dancer Lauren Lovette talks to The New York Times about making her professional choreographic debut. Lovette is one of two women who are choreographing ballets for the Company. The ballets premiere at the Fall Gala on September 20, and will be performed throughout the fall season. Visit nycballet.com for more information and for tickets.

  • The terrific new play with music, Marie and Rosetta, has been extended at the Atlantic Theater Company through October 16. The two-hander stars Kecia Lewis and Rebecca Naomi Jones as gospel singers.

  • The Lazarus cast album is officially on its way. The two-disc CD (or five-disc vinyl) will be released October 21, and includes three of the late David Bowie's final studio recordings. NME has more.

  • Something Rotten will conclude its Broadway run on January 1, 2017. A national tour will launch that same month. Playbill has more.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Marie and Rosetta


I had never heard of gospel stars Sister Rosetta Tharpe or Marie Knight, and I'm not a churchgoer, but damn it if Kecia Lewis (Rosetta) and Rebecca Naomi Jones (Marie) aren't providing a magical, religious experience in George Brant's play with (lots of) music, Marie and Rosetta.

Set in 1946 Mississippi, Marie and Rosetta, directed by Neil Pepe, lets us in the room where Marie, a 23-year-old aspiring singer, comes under the tutelage and becomes a colleague of established gospel singer, Sister Rosetta. As the two women get to know each other and groove to the soul-shaking music we get treated to two vocal powerhouses raising the roof.

Kecia Lewis (Dreamgirls, Leap of Faith) commands the stage as the swinging Sister Rosetta, a full-fledged diva in the most wonderful way. Rosetta is strong-willed, and passionate about her art (she insists that all the singing is in joy, it's all a celebration), and Lewis brings the bombast and puts her hips into the music. She's also affecting during more tender moments, like when Sister Rosetta recalls a time when she was a child, singing for white folks, and learned her true worth. And one of my favorite ladies on the boards, Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot, The Fortress of Solitude) depicts a spellbinding transformation in Marie, who begins as a meek fangirl and emerges an emboldened artist in her own right.

(It should be noted that while Lewis and Jones appear to be their own band, playing piano and guitar, they are, in fact, aided by guitarist Felicia Collins and pianist Deah Harriott, both phenomenal players.)

The ending justifies the setting (a funeral parlor—it's not macabre, I promise), and also offers a clue as to why Brant might have written this, rather than simply staging a gospel concert. Being gospel singers, much of Sister Rosetta and Marie's repertoire had been around for years before they got on the scene. They keep singing to keep the songs alive, and so playwright Brant, one could argue, wrote Marie and Rosetta to keep these women alive. (In fact, there's a petition to put Sister Rosetta in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.)

That sense is palpable, and it gives the show pathos and dramaturgical heft (so it doesn't, perhaps, end up in a sort of genre limbo, like The Total Bent), but for me, it was secondary. Witnessing Lewis and Jones give everything they have in service of these hallowed songs—and that alone—was worth every penny.

Want a taste of the musical glory? Watch below as the ladies perform "Didn't it Rain?"

Friday, September 9, 2016

Week in Review 9.9.16

Casting News

  • Aaron Tveit (Next to Normal, Brain Dead) will star alongside Edy Ganem in the legal drama, Created Equal, now in production in New Orleans. The movie focuses on a woman (Ganem) who wants to become a Catholic priest and the lawyer (Tveit) who's fighting for her. Variety has more.

  • Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (Waitress) is joining the cast of the upcoming Netflix series, Godless. Fitzgerald joins Jeff Daniels, Merritt Wever, and others. BroadwayWorld.com has more.

  • Additional casting for Hairspray Live has been announced. Ephraim Sykes (Hamilton) will appear as Seaweed, and Shahadi Wright Joseph (School of Rock) will play Little Inez. The live telecast will air on NBC on December 7. Playbill has more.

  • Jonathan Cake has joined the cast of The Affair for its third season, and will appear in a recurring role. The season premiere is set for November 20. TV Line has more.

  • Danny DeVito is joining the cast of Arthur Miller's The Price, which begins previews February 16, 2017. The Roundabout revival stars the previously announce Tony Shalhoub, John Turturro, and Jessica Hecht, and opening night is set for March 16. This will mark DeVito's Broadway debut. Playbill has more.
Coming to the Boards

  • Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth (On the Twentieth Century) will bring her concert, "My Love Letter to Broadway," to Broadway this fall. Fans can catch Chenoweth at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre November 2-13. Broadway.com has more.

  • Dates for the Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie, starring Sally Field, have changed. As reported in the Broadway Briefing, previews will now begin February 7, 2017, and opening night is moved up to March 9.

  • A revival of Scott McPherson's Marvin's Room will play Broadway in the 2017-2018 season. The Roundabout production will begin previews June 8, 2017, with opening night set for June 29. The limited engagement will conclude August 27. Broadway.com has more.
Rock Notes

  • Green Day (American Idiot) will tour North America and Europe in support of the band's new album, Revolution Radio, which hits shelves October 7. Rolling Stone has more.

  • Want to know what it was like raising Dave Grohl, Dr. Dre, or Amy Winehouse? Next spring, you'll find out. Virginia Hanlon Grohl, Dave's mother, has written From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars. Visit Rolling Stone to learn more, and head to Amazon to pre-order.
It's an Honor

  • Tony nominee Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Rocky), as well as choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland, will receive the Jerome Robbins Award on November 7. As VP of the Jerome Robbins Foundation states, Timbers is being honored for "his fertile mind and his team approach to creating new work." BroadwayWorld.com has more.

  • Playwright Lindsey Freentino won the National Art's Club Kesselring Prize for Ugly Lies the Bone. As The New York Times reports, the award honors playwrights "on the verge of recognition, and now comes with a $25,000" prize.
Dig This

  • Playwright, screenwriter, and director Leslye Headland (The Layover) will direct a Heathers TV anthology, set to air on TV Land. The Hollywood Reporter has more.

  • Tony- and Emmy-nominated scenic designer David Korins (Hamilton, Grease Live) spoke to Broadway Box about some of his designs, including the set he created for the Broadway-bound Dear Evan Hansen.

  • On Your Feet is changing its performance schedule. The Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical will now play five shows each weekend (with two shows on Saturdays and Sundays), and only one show (a matinee) on Wednesdays. Playbill has more.

  • In what was maybe the most shocking theatre news this week, it was announced that Jersey Boys will close, playing its final performance on Broadway on January 15, 2017. The jukebox musical began previews October 4, 2005, officially opening November 6. It is the 12th longest-running show (just behind Rent), and when it closes, it will have played 4,642 performances. Broadway.com has more.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Week in Review 9.3.16

Casting News

  • Phylicia Rashad (Head of Passes) will appear on Empire in a recurring role. Variety has more about the third season of the Fox show.

  • Annie Parisse is making an early departure from The Layover in order film the recently announced Netflix series, Friends from College. She'll play her final performance September 4. Tony nominee Maria Dizzia (Uncle Vanya, Horace and Pete) will take over the role of Shellie beginning September 6. The Leslye Headland play continues through September 18. Broadway.com has more.

  • Alison Brie (Community) will lead the cast of G.L.O.W., a Netflix series about the "Glorious Ladies of Wrestling." The series is created by Weeds and Orange is the New Black creator, Jenji Kohan. Variety has more. According to Deadline, Betty Gilpin (Nurse Jackie, I'm Gonna Pray for You So Hard) and comedian and WTF podcast host Marc Maron will star alongside Brie. (Gilpin announcement; Maron announcement.)

  • Full casting has been announced for the Broadway bow of A Bronx Tale. Tony nominee Nick Cordero (Bullets Over Broadway, Waitress) will lead a company that also includes Ariana DeBose (Hamilton). Visit Broadwayworld.com for the full cast list. Previews begin November 3, with opening night set for December 1.

  • Utkarsh Ambudkar (Modern Terrorism, Pitch Perfect) joins the previously announced Jay Pharoah in the Showtime series, White Famous. The Hollywood Reporter has more.

  • Character actor Jim Broadbent will join the cast of Game of Thrones for season seven. As reported in Entertainment Weekly, Broadbent will play a "significant" role.
Role Call with Jessie Mueller

The Tony Award winner stopped by Broadway.com's studios to talk about her most memorable roles. Mueller won a Tony for Beautiful, and can be seen on Broadway in Waitress.


Fall Movies

With Labor Day upon us, it's time to look to the fall, and, with it, the movie award season. The Hollywood Reporter has a list of 37 notable flicks coming our way this fall, including Arrival, starring Amy Adams (Her, Big Eyes); Snowden, about Edward Snowden (who recently "appeared" off-Broadway in Privacy), starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper) and directed by Oliver Stone; the new Disney animated movie, Moana, featuring songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton); and the original movie musical, La La Land, starring repeat co-stars Emma Stone (Crazy Stupid Love, Birdman) and Ryan Gosling (Crazy Stupid Love, Drive), and featuring songs written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen).

In Transit Cast, Creative Team Set

The full cast and creative team for the original, a cappella musical In Transit has been announced. Written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan, and Sara Wordsworth, In Transit will feature scenic design by Tony winner Donyale Werle (Peter and the Starcatcher), costume design by Tony winner Clint Ramos (Eclipsed), lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Ken Travis, and vocal arrangements by Deke Sharon. Among the cast will be Margo Seibert (Rocky), Telly Leung (Godspell, Allegiance), James Snyder (If/Then), Justin Guarini (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), and Erin Mackey (Chaplin). Performances at the Circle in the Square Theatre begin November 10, with opening night set for December 11. Theater Mania has more.

Hamilton News

Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming Hamilton Mixtape. Black Thought, along with The Roots band mate Questlove, is a producer of both the Hamilton OBCR and the Mixtape. No official release for the Mixtape, but Black Thought teases Hamilton Mixtape concerts on the horizon. In other news, dates for the first national tour have been announced. The tour will kick off in San Francisco beginning March 14, 2017. The sit down will remain through August 5, and will then head to Los Angeles, running August 11 through December 30. Broadwayworld.com has more.

Coming to the Boards

  • A stage adaptation of Moulin Rouge is on its way, and Tony nominee Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Rocky, Here Lies Love) will direct. The Broadway Briefing reports that Tony winner John Logan (Red, The Last Ship) will write the book.

  • Mama will provide! A revival of Once on This Island is coming to Broadway. No dates or theatre have been announced, but the Ahrens-Flaherty musical will be directed by Tony nominee Michael Arden (Spring Awakening). Broadway.com has more.

  • It's been announced that previews for the Broadway mounting of Anastasia will begin March 23, 2017. As previously announced, the musical will play the Broadhurst, and celebrate opening night on April 24. Broadway.com has more.
Dig This

  • Justin Peck spoke to The New York Times about his 2015 piece, Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes, and making something new out of Aaron Copland's iconic Americana score.

  • Tony winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) talks to Entertainment Weekly about his upcoming arc on season three of Black-ish.

  • Academy Awards news: Jackie Chan, documentarian Frederick Wiseman, editor Anne V. Coates, and casting director Lynn Stalmaster will receive honorary Oscars. They will be honored on November 12. The Wrap has more.