Week in Review 6.26.15

NYCB Fall Gala Fashion

Summer might have just started, but the designers for New York City Ballet's fall gala, which, for the last few years, has been a fashion extravaganza, have been announced. The program includes four premieres, as well as Peter Martins's Rodgers and Hart love letter, Thou Swell. That ballet will see its costumes updated by Peter Copping (an Oscar de la Renta designer). Also collaborating: choreographer Robert Binet and designer Hanako Maeda (of Adeam); choreographer and San Francisco Ballet dancer Myles Thatcher and designer Zuhair Murad; choreographer and NYCB corps member Troy Schumacher and design house Marques Almeida; and NYCB choreographer-in-residence and Company soloist Justin Peck and designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (of Opening Ceremony). Women's Wear Daily has details about the fashion, and head to nycballet.com to purchase tickets for the gala and the rest of the 2015-2016 season.

Graceland Returns

Graceland is back for a third season (it premiered on Thursday), and its stars have been doing press.
Season three continues Thursday nights at 10pm on USA Network, and you can watch seasons one and two on Netflix.

Casting News

BroadwayTony nominee Laurie Metcalf (The Other Place) will star opposite Bruce Willis in the stage adaptation of Stephen King's Misery. Metcalf replaces Elizabeth Marvel, who had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts. The play, set for the Broadhurst Theatre, will begin previews October 22 and officially open on November 15. It was also announced that this will be a limited 16-week engagement. Broadway.com has more.

Television—Emmy winner Sarah Silverman will return to Masters of Sex for the series's third season. Silverman is reprising her role of Helen, the secret lesbian lover of Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford's Betty. Variety has details about Silverman's multi-episode arc. 

Off-BroadwayMichael C Hall will headline Lazarus at the New York Theatre Workshop. The new musical, you might recall, comes from rock star David Bowie and Tony winner Enda Walsh (Once, Hunger). Previews begin November 18, and opening night is set for December 7. Broadway.com has more.

On Your Feet!

If you went to a wedding, bar mitzvah or some other awesome party in the 80s or 90s, you danced to a Gloria Estefan song. Now, her songs are getting a theatrical treatment as a musical about her and her husband, Emilio. Starring Ana Villafane and Josh Segarra (Lysistrata Jones) as the power couple, the show is getting on its feet (I couldn't resist) in Chicago in anticipation of a Broadway bow (at the Marquis) this fall. Broadway previews will begin October 5, with opening night scheduled for November 5. Watch below as director Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Catch Me If You Can) describes the process of bringing the Estefans' story and music to the stage. Learn more about the show by visiting onyourfeetmusical.com.


Dig This

  • The first promotional shot of Taye Diggs as Hedwig has been released and s/he looks fierce. Diggs will assume the role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch July 22, and is scheduled to continue in a 12-week run. (The photo was released by People.)

  • The upcoming revival of The Gin Game, which stars Tony winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, will now begin September 18, rather than the previously announced September 21. Opening night is still set for October 13. Broadway.com has more, including news about the creative team.

  • Hamilton will begin Broadway previews in a couple of weeks (July 13, to be exact). In the lead up, the show and its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, are highlighted in the latest issue of Vogue.

  • The line up for Broadway in Bryant Park, a summer tradition in NYC, has been announced. Park goers can expect to see performances from the casts of Chicago; Beautiful; the upcoming Allegiance; and The King and I, among others. Visit Broadway.com for the full schedule.

  • Let Rebecca Naomi Jones take you backstage at Hedwig and the Angry Inch in the sixth episode of her Broadway.com vlog, Total Package

  • Fish in the Dark, which was written by Larry David and now stars Jason Alexander, has extended through August 1. Broadway.com has more.

  • Best Time Ever, the live variety show hosted by Tony and Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) will premiere on NBC on Tuesday, September 15, at 10pm. Broadwayworld.com has more.

  • Jason Katims, the man responsible for the sorely missed Parenthood, has struck a deal with HBO. The premium cable station ordered a pilot of Katims's latest effort, a drama titled, Us, which focuses on unexpected interconnectedness. Variety has more.

  • The Academy Board of Governors, like the Tony Administration Committee but for the Oscars, met and announced a few rule changes. Visit Indie Wire for the details. 

  • The Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, a "prequel" to the cult favorite flick, will be released July 31. Check out the trailer, and then mark your calendar!

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