Week in Review 8.15.14
The rock band's eighth album has a release date and album artwork. Sonic Highways will be released worldwide on November 10. The release coincides with the band's 20th anniversary. You'll recall that this album was written and recorded differently from the other studio albums. The band traveled the US, talking with local musicians and discussing the local music scene in each city. The artwork, above, reflects the journey and the way music connects us all and stays with us forever. Visit foofighters.com for a preview, to view the track list and to pre-order your copy. And don't forget to tune into HBO beginning October 17 for the accompanying docu-series, also titled Sonic Highways.
The upcoming Broadway productions of Love Letters and Honeymoon in Vegas are switching theatres. Love Letters, the A.R. Gurney play that boasts a rotating roster of stars (including Carol Burnett and Martin Sheen), will now play the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, and Honeymoon, the Jason Robert Brown musical, will now play the Nederlander Theatre. The venue swap will not affect either shows' start dates. Love Letters begins performances September 13. Honeymoon begins previews November 18, with opening night set for January 15, 2015. Broadway.com has more about the switch.
Babs and Her Men
Barbra Streisand has released details of her upcoming duets album. Streisand has assembled an exciting array of male musicians/vocalists to accompany her on her Partners album, and detail have been revealed throughout the week. When Partners is released on September 16, fans can hear the legendary star duet with Josh Groban ("Somewhere"), John Legend ("What Kind of Fool"), Billy Joel ("New York State of Mind"), album producer Babyface ("Evergreen"), Babs' son, Jason Gould ("How Deep is the Ocean") and more. Broadwayworld.com has the full track list.
Casting Updates: Replacements Edition
- Emma Stone (Crazy Stupid Love, The Amazing Spider-Man) might make her Broadway debut in Cabaret, taking over the role of Sally Bowles when current star Michelle Williams departs on November 9. Broadway.com has more.
- Tony winner Judy Kaye will join the company of the Cinderella beginning September 12. She'll take over the role of the Fairy Godmother, currently played by Victoria Clark. Broadway.com has more.
- Pippin will welcome John Dossett on August 26. The Newsies actor will portray King Charles, Pippin's father. Pippin continues its Tony-winning run at the Music Box Theatre. Visit Broadway.com for more.
- One non-replacement bit of casting news: Kate Baldwin (Big Fish) leads the cast of Paper Mill Playhouse's Broadway-bound production of Cole Porter's Can-Can. She's joined by Jason Danieley (Next to Normal), Greg Hildreth (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Cinderella) and Michael Berresse (now. here. this.). Playbill has more.
- 13 is coming to the big screen. The Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, The Bridges of Madison County) musical about Evan Goldman, who's starting a new school and on the verge of turning 13, will be adapted for film, with a script by Bert V. Royal (Easy A). Broadway.com has more.
- The Leftovers, the HBO show based on Tom Perrotta's novel, has been renewed for a second season. The show stars Justin Theroux and Tony nominee Carrie Coon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). The Hollywood Reporter has more.
- Two videos for your viewing pleasure: the latest episode of Show People, wherein Tony nominee Billy Magnussen (Vanya..., Sex with Strangers) sits down with Broadway.com's Paul Wontorek; and Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart takes you backstage at Aladdin in the second episode of I Dream of Genie.
- To hardly anyone's surprise, it was announced this week that Finding Neverland, now playing at Boston's A.R.T. under the direction of Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin), will bow on Broadway in March 2015. No other details are available at this time, but Broadway.com has more about the show.