Week in Review 5.8.15

Theatre Award Season News

The Fred and Adele Astaire Award nominees were announced this week. (The awards honor excellence in Broadway dancing and choreography.) Best Female Dancer nominees include Leanne Cope (An American in Paris); Megan Fairchild (On the Town); and Annaleigh Ashford (You Can't Take It With You), Tony nominees all. Best Male Dancer nominees include Robbie Fairchild (An American in Paris); and Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), both Tony nominees. Best Choreographer nominees include Christopher Wheeldon (An American in Paris); Steven Hoggett (The Last Ship); and Warren Carlyle (On the Twentieth Century). Visit Theater Mania for the full list of nominees.

Winners of the New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards were announced this week. Hamilton was named Best Musical and Between Riverside and Crazy (which just won the Pulitzer) was named Best Play. Bob Crowley received a special citation; he is represented on the boards this season by An American in Paris, The Audience and Skylight. Broadway.com has more.

Theatre World Award recipients were announced this week. Theatre World Awards honor performers who made particularly impressive Broadway or off-Broadway debuts. This year's honorees are: Geneva Carr (Hand to God); Daveed Diggs (Hamilton); Megan Fairchild (On the Town); Robbie Fairchild (An American in Paris); Sydney Lucas (Fun Home); Karen Pittman (Disgraced); Emily Skeggs (Fun Home); Colin Kelly-Sordelet (The Last Ship); Benjamin Scheuer (The Lion); Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time); Micah Stock (It's Only a Play); and Ruth Wilson (Constellations). In addition, Leanne Cope (An American in Paris) will receive the Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence, and Chita Rivera (The Visit) will receive the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. Visit Theater Mania for more.

This year's Clarence Derwent Award winners are Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) and Josh Grisetti (It Shoulda Been You). The Clarence Derwent Award honors promising performers (not necessarily performers who made their debut this season), and is bestowed by Actors Equity. Past recipients include Nina Arianda, Michael Esper and Steven Boyer, a Tony nominee this year. Broadwayworld.com has more.

New York Times theatre critics Ben Brantley and Charles Isherwood released their picks for who will win, who should win and who should have been nominated for Tony Awards. It's an annual tradition, and, as in years past, the critics allow themselves to include off-Broadway performances/productions in the Should Have Been Nominated slot. Take a look at Brantley's picks and Isherwood's picks.

Nominees for the Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring excellence in off-Broadway, were announced. Nominees include Between Riverside and Crazy; Brooklynite; Hamilton; Into the Woods and John and Jen. Non competitive awards will be presented to, among others, Linda Lavin, Marian Seldes and Austin Pendelton. Theatre Mania has the full list of nominees and honorees.

Casting News

  • Josh Charles (The Good Wife) will appear in a recurring role in the third season of Masters of Sex. TV Line has more.

  • Complete casting has been announced for Whorl Inside a Loop, written by Sherie Rene Scott and Dick Scanlan. Scott will be joined on stage by Derrick Baskin; Nicholas Christopher; Chris Myers; Ryan Quinn; Daniel J. Watts; and Donald Webber, Jr. Performances begin August 4. Broadway.com has more.

  • Alfie Boe will take over the role of Jean Valjean in the revival of Les Miserables September 1, following current Valjean Ramin Karimloo's departure. (Karimloo's final performance in August 30.) Broadway.com has more.

John Gallagher, Jr. Talks Olive Kitteridge, The Newsroom

Tony winner John Gallagher, Jr. (American Idiot, The Newsroom) talks to Gold Derby about working on Olive Kitteridge and The Newsroom, as well as working with Green Day and winning the Tony Award for Spring Awakening. Watch below for some insight into what it's like on set and some sweet stories about Gallagher's career.

Going On Tour

  • A national tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will launch in 2016. Dates, tour stops and casting have yet to be announced, but Broadway.com has more about the show.

  • Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck will lead the 2016 national tour of On the Town. Theater Mania has details.

  • The King and I will stick around Lincoln Center a little longer and it's going on tour. Initially scheduled as a limited run, the hit, Tony nominated revival, starring Kelli O'Hara, is now an open-ended run. In addition, a national tour, beginning in November 2016 in Providence, RI, is scheduled, though casting has not been announced. As noted in the Broadway.com announcement, the tour will include a mixture of single-week and multiple-week tour stops. I'll keep you posted.

  • Tony Award winner Idina Menzel will join the national tour of If/Then for the first few months. Menzel, who originated the role of Elizabeth on Broadway, will launch the tour in Denver in October, and continue with the tour, making stops in Seattle, San Francisco, LA, San Diego, Tempe and Costa Mesa, through January 2016. Visit the tour page of the show's website for details.

  • Fiasco Theatre's acclaimed revival of Into the Woods will embark on a national tour in 2016. Casting has not been announced. Broadway.com has more about the production.
'S Wonderful: Episode Two

Head backstage at An American in Paris with Tony nominee Max von Essen in episode two of 'S Wonderful, the Broadway.com vlog.

Second Stage Announces Two New Productions

The venerable off-Broadway company (which just closed on its own Broadway home) has announced two of the shows making up its 2015-2016 season. Invisible Thread, written by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, will run in the fall and be directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin). In winter 2016, Lydia R. Diamond's Smart People will bow, directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon (Fences, Holler If Ya Hear Me). Additional productions will be announced at a later date. Broadway.com has details. (Directly below, get the scoop on Second Stage's current production, The Way We Get By.)

Dig This

  • Broadway.com goes on the scene to find out more about Neil La Bute's The Way We Get By, starring Thomas Sadoski and Amanda Seyfried. The play, directed by Leigh Silverman, is in previews at Second Stage. It opens May 19.

  • Not diggable but newsworthy: Doctor Zhivago will conclude its Broadway run this Sunday, May 10. Broadway.com has more.

  • In a new Broadwayworld.com feature, Tony-winning songwriter Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, The Bridges of Madison County) breaks down five of his songs, explaining how they came to be. Check back in future weeks for other composers' stories.

  • Reports are surfacing that Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein might make a West End bow, after some revisions. Playbill has details. 

  • Josh Groban talks to Vulture and Playbill about choosing songs for his new album, Stages, and showing off more than just his vocal prowess. 

  • It's official: The Muppets are returning to primetime television with an ABC series. See the series's Facebook page for details.

  • The first trailer for Ricki and The Flash, starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald and Mamie Gummer (Streep's daughter), is now out. The flick, which is filled with theatre folks, was written by Oscar winner Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult), and will hit theaters August 7. Watch below.