Week in Review 10.10.14


(Scroll down for news about Foo Fighters and Sonic Highways)

Saying Farewell to Wendy Whelan

In The New York Times, Wendy Whelan (and several of her collaborators) reflects on her time with New York City Ballet, which includes creating roles in several Christopher Wheeldon ballets, like his breakthrough Polyphonia and the stunning After the Rain. The not-to-be-missed dancer retires from the company this fall, playing her farewell performance on October 18. (The program has been announced, and it's going to be amazing, and it includes a brand new Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky ballet created just for the occasion.) Whelan will continue to dance, though. Her Restless Creatures program will tour the US in 2015.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

The nominees for the 2015 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced. Artists are eligible for nomination 25 years after the release of their first recording. On the ballot this year are Green Day (first time nominee), Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Sting (first time nominee; Sting was previously inducted with The Police), Nine Inch Nails (first time nominee), N.W.A. and the late Lou Reed (Reed was previously inducted with the Velvet Underground), among others. And, as in the past two years, fans can vote for their favorite artist. Visit Rolling Stone for the full list of nominees and details about voting.

Casting Updates

Concert—Additional casting has been announced for the two-weekend run of The Band Wagon, based on the beloved MGM movie musical. Joining the previously announced Brian Stoke Mitchell are, among others, Roger Rees (Peter and the Starcatcher, The Winslow Boy), Tracey Ullman, Michael McKean (The Best Man, All the Way), Laura Osnes (Cinderella) and Michael Berresse (Now. Here. This.). The Band Wagon runs at City Center November 6-16. Playbill has details.

TV Concert—Additional casting has been announced for the NBC broadcast of Peter Pan, which will air December 4. Bryce Ryness (Hair, Fly by Night), Jason Gotay (Bring It On) and Ryan Steele (Newsies), among others, join the previously announced Allison Williams, Christopher Walken, Christian Borle and Kelli O'Hara. Broadway.com has the full cast list.

TVThomas Sadoski (Other Desert Cities, The Newsroom) has joined the cast of the upcoming NBC miniseries, The Slap, written for American television by Jon Robin Baitz (Other Desert Cities). Sadoski joins the previously announced Mary-Louise Parker (The Snow Geese), Zachary Quinto (The Glass Menagerie) and Peter Sarasgaard (Blue Jasmine). Deadline has more.

Broadway—Full casting has been announced for Honeymoon in Vegas, the new Jason Robert Brown musical that begins previews on November 18. Open night is set for January 15, 2015. (The box office opens on Monday, October 13, by the way.) Visit Playbill to find out who is joining the previously announced Rob McClure (Chaplin), Brynn O'Malley (Annie) and Tony Danza.

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