Week in Review 5.15.15
(Scroll down for your first look at the new Muppets show.)
Winners of the Outer Critics Circle Awards were announced this week, with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time leading the pack. The OCC is made up of critics who cover the New York Theatre scene for out of town outlets, and the awards honor excellence in Broadway and off-Broadway. An American in Paris also won multiple awards: Best Musical; Best Director and Best Choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon; and Best Actor in a Musical, Robbie Fairchild. Unsurprisingly, Hamilton took home the honor for Best Off-Broadway Musical, as well as Best Score and others. Visit Theater Mania for the full list of winners.
The Lucille Lortel Awards were handed out on Sunday, and Hamilton led the pack. The Lortels honor excellence in off-Broadway. In addition to winning Outstanding Musical, Hamilton team members also won in the following categories, among others: Outstanding Director, Thomas Kail; Outstanding Choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler; Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Phillipa Soo, respectively; Outstanding Featured Actor and Actress in a Musical, Daveed Diggs and Renee Elise Goldsberry, respectively; Outstanding Costume Design, Paul Tazewell; Outstanding Lighting Design, Howell Binkley; and Outstanding Sound Design, Nevin Steinberg. Visit Theater Mania for the full list of winners.
Drama League Awards winner were just announced. You Can't Take It With You, Outstanding Production of a Play Revival; The King and I, Outstanding Production of a Musical Revival; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Outstanding Production of a Play; An American in Paris, Outstanding Production of a Musical; and Chita Rivera, Distinguished Performance Award, are all winners. Congratulations to all.
The Public Theater, which brought us recent hits like Hamilton and Here Lies Love, announced its 2015-2016 season, which will include two world premiere musicals and five new plays. Included in the lineup: First Daughter Suite, a new musical by Michael John LaChiusa, to be directed by Kristen Sanderson and starring Rachel Bay Jones (Pippin), slated for October-November. The Total Bent, written by Stew and Heidi Rodewald (the team behind Passing Strange) will follow, slated for May-June 2016. (The musical was originally scheduled to be part of the 2014-2015 season, but had to be postponed due to a family emergency.) Among the plays set to bow are Barbecue, written by Robert O'Hara (Bootycandy), slated for September-November; Head of Passess, written by Terell Alvin McCraney (Choir Boy), slated for March-April 2016; and Dry Powder, written by Sarah Burgess and directed by Thomas Kail (Hamilton), slated for March-April 2016. Visit Broadwayworld.com for full season details.
- Mike Evariste (Hair, South Pacific), Tom Hewitt (Doctor Zhivago) and more have joined the company of Amazing Grace, the new musical set to begin Broadway previews on June 25. Opening night is set for July 16, and the show will play the Nederlander. Broadway.com has more.
- Stephanie Mills will play Aunt Em in the December 3 NBC live broadcast of The Wiz. Mills originated the role of Dorothy in the show when it bowed on Broadway in 1975. Broadway.com has more.
- Tony nominee and Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (The Affair, Constellations) is joining the cast of How to Talk to Girls at Parties, directed and co-written by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Broadway.com has details.
- Shoshana Bean (Wicked) and Whitney Bashor (The Bridges of Madison County) are set for the Chicago production of Beaches, the musical adaptation of the film. The production is aiming for Broadway. Broadway.com has more.
- Tony nominees Steven Pasquale (The Bridges of Madison County) and Billy Magnussen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Into the Woods) have joined the cast of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, a Ryan Murphy limited series about the O.J. Simpson trial. They join the previously announced Sarah Paulson (12 Years a Slave, the American Horror Story anthology), Cuba Gooding, Jr. (who'll play Simpson), David Schwimmer (Detroit, Sex with Strangers), Tony winner Courtney B. Vance and John Travolta, among others. Playbill has more.
Head backstage at the Tony-nominated, beautiful, new musical, An American in Paris, with your host, Tony nominee Max von Essen.
Encores! 2016 Season Announced
With the 2015 Encores! season just behind us (Zorba! ran last weekend), New York City Center announced the shows making up the 2016 Encores! season. First up, Cabin in the Sky, running February 10-14, 2016. George Balanchine choreographed the original Broadway production. Next will be 1776, running March 30-April 3. It's a timely choice, given the popularity of Hamilton. And closing out the season will be Do I Hear a Waltz?, which features a score by Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim. That show will run May 11-15. Casting and ticketing information will be announced later. Visit Theater Mania for more about the shows.
Muppets TV Show Trailer
The series, simply titled The Muppets, will air Tuesdays at 8 on ABC.
Tuck Everlasting Added to the 2015-2016 Broadway Season
After a run at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre earlier this year, Tuck Everlasting, the musical adaptation of Natalie Babbitt's eponymous novel, is set for Broadway. Previews (at a theatre to be announced) will begin March 19, 2016, with opening night scheduled for April 17. Tuck Everlasting features a book by Claudia Shear and a score by Chris Miller (music) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics), and will be directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (Something Rotten, The Book of Mormon). No casting has been announced, though Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies) starred in the Atlanta production. Broadway.com has more.
- Beau Willimon (Farragut North, Breathing Time) talks to The Hollywood Reporter about House of Cards, and how it feels to have President Obama as a fan.
- The fans have spoken: winners of the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards were announced this week. Winners will be feted at a private reception on May 19. Visit Broadway.com for the full list of winners.
- The original cast recording of Fly by Night, the original musical featuring Adam Chanler-Berat, Allison Case and Peter Friedman, will be released June 9. You can pre-order now.
- The Tony-nominated new play Airline Highway will conclude its Broadway run one week early, on June 7. Broadway.com has more.
- Hit Fix lists the "19 Movies You Need to Pay Attention to at Cannes 2015 and Why," including the Michael Fassbender-led Macbeth.
- Broadway Box talks to Leanne Cope and Entertainment Weekly talks to Robbie Fairchild—both Tony nominees—about An American in Paris, and the differences between ballet and theatre.
- Tony nominee Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom, Wild) talks to Gotham about his latest stage turn, Neil La Bute's The Way We Get By.
- Tony Award winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig) will direct a film adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull, starring Annette Bening and Corey Stoll (House of Cards). Variety has more.
- Good news: The Mindy Project will be back for a fourth season. Though Fox cancelled the hilarious show created by Mindy Kaling, Hulu picked up the series, ordering a 26-epsiode fourth season. E! Online has the details.
- And now, a weekend treat: Patti LuPone recreating some of her famous line readings, and performing the best rendition of "Ya Got Trouble."