Week in Review 11.21.14

An American in Paris Sitzprobe

The company of Christopher Wheeldon's An American in Paris are in the City of Lights rehearsing for the show's world premiere at the Theatre du Chatelet. (Check out this video of them making their way to Europe.) This week brought the all-important sitzprobe (literally: sit and sing), which is the first time the orchestra and cast (which includes Robert Fairchild (look how excited he is) and Leanne Cope) come together in the same room to play/sing through the score. (And this is a gorgeous score; An American in Paris is a Gershwin trunk musical.) The musical, directed and choreographed by Wheeldon and featuring an updated book by Craig Lucas, runs in Paris November 21-January 4, 2015. Broadway previews (at the Palace) begin March 13, with opening night set for April 12. Watch highlights from the sitzprobe below, then head to anamericaninparisonbroadway.com to purchase tickets.

Casting Updates

Off-Broadway—Full casting has been announced for the world premiere of the new musical, Brooklynite, which will run at the Vineyard Theatre January 29, 2015, through March 22. (Opening night is set for February 25.) Matt Doyle (Spring Awakening, War Horse), Tony nominee Nick Cordero (Bullets Over Broadway), Andrew Call (American Idiot), Gerard Canonico (SA, AI, The Talls), Ann Harada (Cinderella, Avenue Q), Remy Zaken (Spring Awakening) and more will star in the musical, which has a book by Peter Lerman and Michael Mayer and a score by Lerman. Mayer (SA, AI, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) directs, Steven Hoggett (The Last Ship, American Idiot) choreographs, and other regular Mayer collaborators fill out the creative team. Broadway.com has more.

Broadway—From the disco to Siam, Here Lies Love stars Ruthie Ann Miles and Conrad Ricamora have joined the cast of the upcoming revival of The King and I. They, along with other featured players of the 51-member ensemble join the previously announced Kelli O'Hara (The Bridges of Madison County) and Ken Watanabe (Inception) in the Lincoln Center Production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, directed by Bartlett Sher (The Bridges of Madison County). Previews begin March 12, 2015, with opening night set for April 16. Broadway.com has more.

Broadway—After much speculation, it was confirmed that John Cameron Mitchell will play the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Mitchell co-wrote the Tony-winning musical and originated the role, both off-Broadway and on film. Current Hedwig, Michael C. Hall, will remain with the show through January 18, 2015. Mitchell begins performances January 21. Tony winner Lena Hall continues with the production. Visit hedwigbroadway.com for more and to purchase tickets.

Concert—"Some season soon Tommy Tune will rehearse ya..." The stage legend will perform in the Encores! presentation of Lady Be Good, which features a Gershwin score and a book by Guy Bolton and Fred Thompson. Running February 4, 2015-February 8, Tune will be joined by Colin Donnell (Violet), Erin Mackey (Chaplin), Patti Murin (Fly by Night), Jeff Hiller (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and more. Mark Brokaw (Cinderella) directs and Randy Skinner choreographs. Broadway.com has more.

Foo Fighters Announce Tour

As promised, the Foo Fighters announced their North American tour dates this week. They'll return to the eight cities featured in Sonic Highways, and hit several others, as well. In an effort to "Beat the Bots," there will be a box office-only pre-sale for most shows this Saturday. An online pre-sale will follow on Monday, December 1, with tickets going on sale to the general public later that same week. Find more info on the Foo Fighters website. Also this week: Buzz Feed presented "17 Times Dave Grohl was Totally Right about Everything." Cosign. Grohl graces the cover of Rolling Stone's December 3 issue, the magazine announced. The magazine also released an interview with illustrator Stephan Martiniere, who created the beautiful album artwork. Finally, on this week's episode of Sonic Highways, the band visits New Orleans. Check out the tune inspired by that city, "In the Clear."

Disney Announces Ticket Exchange Policy

Looks like Genie's been granting some wishes: Disney Theatrics announced a ticket exchange policy for Aladdin and The Lion King. No matter the reason, tickets may be exchanged (for the same production, different dates) up to two hours before curtain. A $12 per ticket fee will be assessed, except when the exchange takes place within 24 hours of the original purchase. Ticket holders should contact the original point of purchase to make an exchange. Playbill has more. (Pro tip: For what it's worth, most shows try to accommodate ticket holders who wish to make an exchange (under certain circumstances), and often without assessing an exchange fee. Hold on to your receipts, talk to the box office staff and be nice.)

PBS Winter/Spring Line Up

PBS announced its winter/spring lineup, including Downton Abbey and Wolf Hall (the latter stars Mark Rylance), as well as the broadcast of the New York Philharmonic La Dolce Vita concert featuring Josh Groban, Joshua Bell and Renee Fleming. Groban will also be featured in the January 2, 2015, broadcast of the concert honoring Gershwin Prize for Popular Song winner Billy Joel. Others paying tribute include Tony Bennett, Boyz II Men and Kevin Spacey.

Dig This

  • SNL star (and former Weekend Update anchor) Cecily Strong will host the next White House Correspondents' Dinner, scheduled for April 25, 2015. See the White House Correspondents' Association blog for more.

  • Alysha Umphress takes us behind the scenes at On the Town in the latest episode of her Broadway.com vlog, Taxicab Confessions.

  • Stephen Colbert will host the Kennedy Center Honors, which will be held December 7. (An edited presentation will be broadcast on CBS on December 30.) This year's honorees are Sting, Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride, Al Green and Lily Tomlin. Playbill has more.

  • Great conversation starter from Tim Sanford, artistic director Playwrights Horizons, about the value of a New York Times review of an out of town production.

  • Go inside the first two episodes from this third and final season of The Newsroom, "Boston" and "Run."