Week in Review 7.3.14

This Week in Review is coming to you a day early. Happy 4th of July!

Community is Back!

It looks like #sixseasonsandamovie could happen, after all. Though NBC canceled the hilarious comedy after its fifth season (the one that just concluded), Yahoo (yes, Yahoo) has stepped up to the plate and ordered a 13-episode sixth season of the fan favorite. Creator and mastermind Dan Harmon will reign over the show, and Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash, Yvette Nicole Brown and Ken Jeong will be back for all the fun. Since the announcement was just made, we probably won't be seeing any new episode for several months. I'll be sure to keep you posted. Visit The Hollywood Reporter for more about Community's return.

Kelli O'Hara and Ken Wantanabe Set for The King and I

After much speculation about a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic The King and I, official word of the production came this week, including casting and dates. As suspected, O'Hara (The Bridges of Madison County) will star as Anna, with screen star Wantanabe (Inception) as her king. (Wantanabe has appeared on stage in Japan; this will mark his American stage debut.) Bartlett Sher (The Bridges of Madison County), will direct the Lincoln Center production, which will begin previews March 12, 2015. Opening night is scheduled for April 16. (Bonus: the production will feature Jerome Robbins's original choreography.) Broadway.com has more.

Additional Casting Announced for An American in Paris

Max von Essen, Jill Paice, Brandon Uranowitz and Veanne Cox will join the previously announced Robbie Fairchild and Leanne Cope in Christopher Wheeldon's An American in Paris. The show is an adaptation of the beloved Gene Kelly Gershwin trunk musical, and marks a furthering of Wheeldon's exploration of the material. (Nearly a decade ago, Wheeldon (Cinderella, A Place for Us) created a 20-minute one-act ballet of An American in Paris. It was the first Wheeldon ballet I saw, and I saw it when NYCB was in DC; it also marked the first time I saw NYCB perform.) An American in Paris is debuting in Paris at the Theatre du Chatelet this fall/winter (November 11–January 4, 2015), and is set to bow on Broadway in spring 2015. Playbill has more.

Aaron Tveit on Show People

As promised, Aaron Tveit (Catch Me if You Can, Graceland) made a three-peat appearance on Broadway.com's Show People. In the thirty-minute episode, released today, Tveit talks about itching to get back to Broadway (it's been about three years since he last appeared on stage), his fervent fans and his connection to Indiana Jones. Also, he might be making a return to 54 Below in the fall. (Last year, his concerts at the venue out in seconds; I couldn't get a ticket. But the magic was captured on a live album, The Radio in My Head, which has been in constant rotation since its release!) Head to Broadway.com and give yourself a holiday weekend treat! (And, if you still have cable, tune into Graceland on USA Network every Wednesday at 10.)

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