Week in Review 10.10.14
(Scroll down for news about Foo Fighters and Sonic Highways)
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.
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.
TV—Thomas 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.
- Leading up to the premiere of the docu-series Sonic Highways (October 17), Foo Fighters will play a residency on the Letterman show next week, with Dave Grohl sitting for an interview on October 13. Rolling Stone has more.
- Would you like to curl up with The West Wing for the weekend? Check out Empire's in-depth history of the show, which premiered 15 years ago.
- Theater Mania has a first look at rehearsals for Little Dancer, the new musical about Edgar Degas that stars Tiler Peck in the title role. Visit Playbill for video from the presser.
- Online outlet 429 checks in with Alexander Sharp, the recent Juilliard grad who is making an impressive Broadway debut in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
- Tune in alert: The cast of The Last Ship will perform on Jimmy Fallon on October 16, and the show's composer, Sting, will be a special guest.
- Surprise! Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart is back with another episode of I Dream of Genie, his Broadway.com vlog that takes you behind the scenes at Aladdin.
- Laura Benanti (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) returns to Broadway.com's Show People to talk about her latest gig, a guest-starring role on the TV series, Nashville.
- The Broadway-bound production of An American in Paris is now on Twitter, and the show's artwork has been revealed. What do you think?
- In a special episode of Side by Side by Susan Blackwell, the funny lady (Now. Here. This.) talks to your favorite stars at the Broadway Flea Market.
- Roundabout has confirmed the dates of its upcoming Into the Woods revival. Previews will begin December 18, with opening night set for January 22, 2015. The limited engagement will conclude on March 22. Broadway.com has more.