Week in Review 7.18.14
The musical stage adaptation of the cult favorite American Psycho will debut in the US as part of Second Stage's 2014-2015 season. The musical features a score by Duncan Sheik, who won acclaim and Tonys for Spring Awakening, and a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who served as show doctor for Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark. Rupert Goold directed the London premiere and will reprise his work for the off-Broadway bow, which will begin in February 2015. The American Psycho film (which starred Christian Bale (American Hustle)) and musical are based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel. Broadway.com has more.
Broadway Dates and Theatre Announced for An American in Paris
Great news: Dates and a theatre for the stage adaptation of the beloved Gene Kelly movie have been confirmed. After a world premiere in Paris (November 11, 2014-January 4, 2015), the Gershwin musical will bow on Broadway at the Palace Theatre. Previews are scheduled to begin March 13, 2015, with opening night set for April 12. Paris stars Robbie Fairchild (NYCB principal dancer, A Place for Us) and Leanne Cope will reprise their roles on Broadway. An American in Paris is directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon (Cinderella, A Place for Us), with a book by Craig Lucas. This will be the must-see of the spring, so make room on your calendar now! Visit Broadway.com for more.
Film—Aaron Tveit's (Graceland, Catch Me if You Can) latest film role will find him impersonating someone who impersonated a Kennedy. Visit Broadway.com to learn more about They Might Be Kennedys, a film Tveit talked about when he sat down with Paul Wontorek a few weeks ago for Show People.
Broadway—Josh Hamilton (Dead Accounts) has joined the already starry cast of Roundabout's revival of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing. Hamilton joins the previously announced Ewan McGregor, Cynthia Nixon and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Previews for The Real Thing, directed by Sam Gold (The Flick), begin October 2, with opening night scheduled for October 30. Broadway.com has more.
Television—Changes are ahead at Saturday Night Live. It seems Brooks Wheelan, Noel Wells, John Milhiser and Nasim Pedrad (Pedrad being the only veteran in the group) will not return for the next season. Wheelan announced his departure on Twitter, while news about Wells, Milhiser and Pedrad was reported in Deadline. The good news about Pedrad is that the funny lady is leaving to be on Mulaney, the new sitcom created by and starring SNL alumnus John Mulaney. That series will premiere on Fox this fall.
TV Concert—Christopher Walken (A Behanding in Spokane) will play Captain Hook in NBC's live December 4 broadcast of Peter Pan. Theater Mania has more.
Broadway–Bound—Full casting has been announced for the Chicago premiere of Amazing Grace, a musical that looks at the genesis of the titular song. Tony nominee Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar) leads a cast that also include Erin Mackey (Chaplin), Chuck Cooper (Romeo and Juliet, Act One) and my high school pal and Broadway and touring veteran, Mike Evariste. The production is aiming for Broadway. Broadway.com has more.
The Bridges of Madison County, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide...) will appear in two episodes during the upcoming sixth season of The Good Wife. Pasquale will play a campaign manager whom Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) is wooing to run Alicia's (Julianna Margulies) campaign. (She has to decide to run first, of course.) The season premiere is set for September 21. Deadline has more.
Broadway—Additional casting has been announced for the Broadway revival of You Can't Take it With You, set to play the Longacre Theatre. Joining the previously announced James Earl Jones, Kristine Nielsen and Annaleigh Ashford are Johanna Day, Will Brill and Fran Kranz. Previews for the Moss Hart–George S. Kaufman play begin August 26 in advance of a September 28 opening. Broadway.com has more.
"Here I Go" Music Video
Watch as Idina Menzel and James Snyder record one of my favorite songs from If/Then. (The video premiered on Buzz Feed.)
- Holler If Ya Hear Me will conclude its Broadway run this Sunday, July 20. At that time, Holler will have played 38 regular performances. Broadway.com has more.
- The Alex Timbers–directed Rocky will see its final bout on Broadway on August 17. At the time of its closing, Rocky will have played 188 regular performances. Theater Mania has more. (There are reports that Finding Neverland could take up residency at the Winter Garden after Rocky's departure.)
- To no one's surprise, the Tony-winning production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch has recouped its initial investment. Star Neil Patrick Harris continues his celebrated run through August 17. Andrew Rannells steps into Hedwig's heels on August 20. Broadway.com has more about the show's financial success, and check out this tweet for your first look at Rannells as Hedwig.
- Check out photos (part one and part two) of your favorite theatre stars holding puppies at Broadway Barks!
- Additional concerts and casting have been announced for the New York Philharmonic's 2014-2015 season. Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess), Laura Osnes (Cinderella) and Santino Fontana (Act One) are scheduled to appear. Visit Theater Mania for more.
- Bryan Cranston will reprise his Tony-winning performance in an HBO adaptation of All the Way. Theater Mania has details.
- Tune in: John Lithgow and Kristen Chenoweth will appear in the concert special, Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem, on September 13. The concert will take place in Baltimore, MD, and be broadcast on PBS as part of its Great Performances series. Playbill has details.
- The latest episode of Hey Kid, If/Then star James Snyder's backstage vlog, is here. Visit Broadway.com to watch.
- Here's your weekend treat: Sutton Foster (Violet, Anything Goes) sits down with Susan Blackwell (Now. Here. This., [title of show]) for a hilarious, cake-filled episode of Side by Side by Susan Blackwell. Enjoy!