Week in Review 7.24.15

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Casting News

BroadwayMarlee Matlin has joined the company of the Spring Awakening revival. Matlin will play Adult Woman. Matlin won an Oscar for Children of a Lesser God, and was memorable as Joey Lucas on The West Wing. This will be her Broadway debut. Spring Awakening begins previews on September 8, with opening night set for September 27. The strictly limited engagement, playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, will conclude on January 9, 2016.

Broadway—An unbelievable roster of stars is assembling for the Roundabout revival of Noises Off, one of my favorite plays. Joining the previously announced Tony winner Andrea Martin are Tracee Chimo (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Heidi Chronicles); Kate Jennings Grant (The Country House); Megan Hilty (9 to 5, Smash); Rob McClure (Chaplin, Honeymoon in Vegas); and Jeremy Shamos (Dinner with Friends, The Qualms), among others. The Michael Frayn play begins previews December 17, with opening night set for January 14, 2016. Tickets go on sale September 13. Theater Mania has the full cast list.

TelevisionJoseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper) will guest star on The Mindy Project. The actor will appear in a fantasy sequence, and portray Mindy's husband. Vanity Fair has more.

Broadway—Initial casting has been announced for the Broadway bow of Dames at Sea. The company will include Leslie Margherita (Matilda), John Bolton, Mara Davi, Danny Gardner, Eloise Kropp and Cary Tedder. Previews begin September 24, with opening night set for October 22. Dames at Sea will play the Helen Hayes Theatre. Broadway.com has more.

Broadway—It's confirmed! Benjamin Walker (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) will portray Patrick Bateman in the upcoming Broadway bow of American Psycho. Walker played the role in developmental workshops. In addition, dates have been set: previews will begin February 19, 2016, with opening night set for March 21. A theatre has not yet been confirmed. Broadway.com has more.

TelevisionBradley Whitford (The West Wing, Boeing Boeing) is the latest actor to join the cast of the HBO adaptation of All the Way. Whitford will play Hubert Humphrey opposite Bryan Cranston's LBJ. Deadline has more.

Film—Tony winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot) is directing an adaptation of The Seagull, and he's assembled an enviable cast, including: Annette Bening, Corey Stoll (House of Cards), Elisabeth Moss (The Heidi Chronicles), Brian Dennehy (Love Letters), Mare Winningham (Casa Valentina), Michael Zegen (Bad Jews) and more. Deadline has details.

TelevisionJudy Greer (The Descendants, Dead Accounts) will guest star on the third season of Masters of Sex, which premiered last week. Greer will play the wife of guest star Josh Charles's character. Variety has more about the duo's appearance on the show.

Off-BroadwayMamie Gummer (School for Lies) will lead the cast of Ugly Lies the Bone, a new play by Lindsey Ferrentino that is set to have its world premiere at Roundabout Underground this fall. The limited engagement will begin previews September 10, followed by an October 13 opening. The run is scheduled to conclude on November 22. Tickets go on sale August 2. Theater Mania has more.

Tour—The touring production of The Bridges of Madison County has found its Francesca and Robert: Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town) and Andrew Samonsky (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), respectively. The tour launches in Des Moines, IA (naturally), on November 28. Broadway.com has more.

Hamilton in the News

People can't stop talking about Hamilton. Here's a roundup:
  • President Barack Obama saw Hamilton over the weekend. Playbill has the president's reaction (he thinks it's fabulous) and reactions from the company, and the New York Times has a reaction from the show's creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda. (Miranda didn't perform that afternoon, though. His alternate, Javier Munoz, was scheduled to perform and did just that.)

  • Daveed Diggs (Lafayette/Jefferson) talks to the NY Post, delving (a little bit) into his personal bio, and a couple of months ago he spoke to the Village Voice.

  • The Hamilton company celebrated their first week of previews with a party, and Broadway.com has photos.

  • Learn about how Public Theater props master Jay Duckworth created custom candlesticks for Hamilton

  • Hamilton merchandise is now available online (as well as at the theatre). Visit hamiltonbroadwaygoods.com to show your love for the revolution.

  • The cast album will be released by Atlantic Records. You might recall that Questlove and Black Thought, from the Roots, will serve as producers. You can pre-order the album beginning August 7, the day after opening. An exact release date has not been set. Playbill has more.
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  • Mindy Kaling spoke to Ad Week about writing and other goals.

  • The Broadway bow of Tuck Everlasting will now begin previews on March 23, 2016, rather than March 19. It is set to play the Broadhurst Theatre. Broadway.com has more.

  • Comedy legend Carol Burnett will receive the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented during the SAG Awards broadcast on January 30, 2016. Broadwayworld.com has more.

  • New seasons of Homeland and The Affair will premiere on Showtime on October 4. (That is the same day the new season of The Good Wife will premiere.) Variety has more.

  • The lovely Tony winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful) spoke to The Improper Bostonian about this and that. Mueller is in New England at American Repertory Theater, starring in their production of Waitress.

  • Tony winner Alex Sharp told his Twitter followers that he will be in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time until mid-September. 

  • Annie Baker's latest play, John, which has not officially opened yet and only started previews a few days ago, has extended its off-Broadway run, now playing through September 6. Baker is the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of The Flick (which can be seen in NYC at Barrow Street Theatre). Broadway.com has more.

  • Wyatt Cenac was a guest on Marc Maron's WTF podcast this week. Listen in to learn more about the comedian's childhood, and about his (less-than-storybook) experience working on The Daily Show. (Also, head to Netflix to watch (or re-watch) Cenac's comedy special, Brooklyn.)

  • Have you seen the Muppets' pitch? Check out this extended teaser to get a taste of what the new Muppets TV show, which will air Tuesdays on ABC, will be like.

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