Week in Review 2.6.15
Hamilton is a few weeks into previews (it opens February 17; look for my review), and just as the musical delves into the life of Alexander Hamilton, The New Yorker's Rebecca Mead dove into the life of the show's composer and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights, tick, tick...BOOM!). In addition, Miranda and some of his co-stars, Daveed Diggs, Christopher Jackson and Leslie Odom, Jr. chatted with The New York Times about "rapping the revolution." What's more: The musical's run has once again been extended. The show will now run through May 3, although Brian d'Arcy James, who is hilarious as King George, will play his final performance with Hamilton on March 1. He will head straight into rehearsals for Something Rotten, which begins previews on Broadway March 23. Broadway.com has more, and you can visit publictheater.org to order tickets for Hamilton.
New Productions Coming to Broadway
The 2015-2016 Broadway season continues to take shape. This week, we learned that the new musical Allegiance (with a score by Jay Kuo and a book by Marc Acito) will bow on Broadway this fall. Previews begin October 6, with opening night set for November 8. The show, directed by Stafford Arima, does not have a theatre, but it does have a star: George Takei. (Broadway.com has more.) Later in the season, we'll see a revival of the Willian Finn–James Lapine musical, Falsettos. Lapine will direct the spring 2016 production. No other details (like a theatre, specific dates or actors) have been confirmed, but Jujamcyn president Jordan Roth is producing. (Broadway.com has more.)
- Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening, Looking) sat down with Broadway.com's Paul Wontorek for last week's episode of Show People, and theatre legend Tommy Tune took a seat for this week's episode.
- Complete casting has been announced for Finding Neverland, which begins previews March 15. Teal Wicks (The Blue Flower), Josh Lamon (Hair) and more join the previously announced Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly. The company began rehearsals this week. Broadway.com has more.
- Tony nominee Anika Larsen will celebrate the release of her solo album, Sing You to Sleep, by making her solo concert debut at Birdland on March 23. Larsen will be joined by her Beautiful co-stars, Tony winner Jessie Mueller and Tony nominee Jarrod Spector. Tickets are $25, with a $10 minimum. Visit birdlandjazz.com for more about the concert, and visit yellowsoundlabel.com to order the album.
- On the Town stars Jay Armstong Johnson and Alysha Umphress answered fans' questions in the latest installment of Broadway.com's Ask a Star.
- Ballet 422, documenting the creation of Justin Peck's Paz de La Jolla (the 422nd ballet choreographed for NYCB) is now in theaters. And Peck spoke with Out magazine about his work. (Peck's latest monument, Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes, premiered this week.)
- The primetime Emmy Awards, held on a Monday in 2014, will be held on Sunday, September 20 at 8pm this year. Fox will broadcast the celebration. Variety has more.
- John Cameron Mitchell will continue with the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch through April 26. The show's co-creator and original Hedwig was initially scheduled to play through March 14. Playbill has more.