- Leap of Faith
Join Raul Esparza and company as they record two songs from Leap of Faith for a radio commercial. Then, head over to leapoffaithbroadway.com to purchase tickets to the show, which begins previews next week!!!
- Now. Here. This.
The latest collaboration from the [title of show] team is back at the Vineyard Theatre. (Readers may remember that it had a week-long lab run at the Vineyard this summer. I LOVED it.) This full production opened on Thursday (see photos here and here), but earlier in the week, the Vineyard announced that the poignant and wonderfully expressive show would play an extra week! Visit Playbill for more details about the extension; head over to Broadway.com for interviews with the creators; and then run to the Vineyard box office to purchase tickets. (I'm seeing it this weekend - I'll bring you a full report on this iteration next week!)
- Sutton is Sassy!
You remember that Sutton Foster departed Anything Goes to go film the series Bunheads, right? Well this week, we got our first look at the series. Watch the preview below, in which the unparalleled Ms. Foster schools the girls, "Attitude, my friends!"
- Shakespeare in the Park Update
Great news: the wonderfully talented Jessie Mueller, who wowed audiences in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, will star in Into the Woods this summer! (The second production of the Shakespeare in the Park season, this will play July 23-August 25.) According to the announcement on Playbill. Mueller will portray Cinderella, and will be joined by Spring Awakening's Gideon Glick, Hair's Josh Lamon and others. In addition, the versatile Stephen Spinella (The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures) will join Lily Rabe (Seminar) in As You Like It, which runs June 5-30. Stay tuned for additional updates!
- Hello! The Book of Mormon on Tour
Can't snag a ticket to The Book of Mormon on Broadway? No problem - the tour (beginning this fall in Denver) will be coming your way (sooner or later) and Tony nominee Gavin Creel will be starring! That's right, the Hair alumnus and Broadway Impact co-founder will headline The Book of Mormon's first national tour, taking on the role of Elder Price, currently played on Broadway by Tony nominee Andrew Rannells. Playbill has details, and you can visit the show's website for tour information.
- Theatre Award Update
- The Tony Awards administration committee met again to discuss the eligibility of various productions.The most interesting rulings are: both Porgy and Bess and Wit will be considered in their respective revival categories, and the heavily revised book for Porgy and Bess will not be eligible for a Best Book of a Musical nomination. Visit Playbill for a full report of the meeting.
- The nominations for the Lucille Lortel Awards were announced this week. Nominees include The Big Meal, Milk Like Sugar, The School for Lies and The Cherry Orchard, as well as actors, directors and designers from those and other shows. Visit Playbill for the full list of nominees. (The Lortel Awards honor off-Broadway excellence; winners will be announced at a May 6 presentation.)
- Dig This
- The City Center Encores! company of Merrily We Roll Along will record a cast album! PS Classics is now taking pre-orders for the recording, which will be released June 19. Read more on Broadwayworld.com.
- Check out this awesome rendering of Venus in Fur on BroadwayWorld's Stage Art. —AND— Paper Mag chooses Venus in Fur's Nina Arianda as one of its 2012 Beautiful People. Excellent choice, Paper Mag! (Bonus: the hilarious John Mulaney is also on the list!)
- Emmy news: Jimmy Kimmel will host the Emmy Awards this year.
- Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews's concerts at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center will be released on CD and DVD in April. Visit Playbill for details.
- Bully, the documentary about bullying that the self-righteous MPAA absurdly slapped with an R rating, will be released without a rating. Go see it!
- Readers in Philadelphia: Seminar will receive a regional production at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. Visit Playbill for details.
- The Peter and the Starcatcher company gets their sea legs!