Week in Review 9.18.15

Casting News

Off-Broadway—Thank Thespis, Michael Esper is back. The captivating performer has joined the cast of the upcoming Lazarus, a new musical written by David Bowie. (Here's a reminder about the musical.) Esper (American Idiot, The Last Ship) is joining the previously announced Michael C. Hall. The two men will also be joined by Tony nominee Cristin Milioti (Once, The Wolf of Wall Street), Nicholas Christopher (Whorl Inside a Loop) and others. Previews begin November 18, with opening night of the New York Theatre Workshop production set for December 7. Broadway.com has the full cast list.

Broadway—Initial casting has been announced for the Broadway bow of Tuck Everlasting. Among the cast are Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies), Carolee Carmello (Finding Neverland), Terrence Mann (Pippin), Fred Applegate (The Last Ship) and more. (Mann, by the way, will be busy before then; see below.) Previews begin March 31, 2016, with opening night scheduled for April 26. Directed by Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten), the musical will play the Broadhurst. Broadway.com has more.

FilmTony winner Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) has joined the cast of How to Talk to Girls at Parties, directed by John Cameron Mitchell. The film is based on a Neil Gaiman short story, and will begin filming in November. Sharp co-stars alongside Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning. Deadline has details.

BroadwayFinding Neverland will welcome Terrence Mann (Pippin) as American producer Charles Frohman beginning September 29. Mann will be taking over for Anthony Warlow, who had been performing the role while Kelsey Grammer was on what began as a summer hiatus. Grammer will not be returning to the show. Broadway.com has more.

Television—As production on season six of Game of Thrones continues, the cast continues to grow. Deadline reports that James Faulkner, Samantha Spiro, Rebecca Benson and Freddie Stroma have joined as members of the Tarly family (i.e., Samwell Tarly's family). They join the recently cast Pilous Asbaek, who'll play a Greyjoy, and Ian McShane and Max von Sydow, with McShane's role being kept a secret and von Sydow playing the Three-Eyed Raven.

BroadwayTony nominee Sydney Lucas will depart Fun Home on October 4. On October 6, Gabriella Pizzolo, who is currently the understudy for Small Allison, will take over the role full time. Playbill has more.

Creative Arts Emmys

The primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on Sunday (see the full list of nominees here, and the list of presenters here), but this past Saturday night, the Creative Arts Emmys were presented. These Emmys honor excellence in the non-performance areas of specialty, as well as special class programming and a few other categories. Some winners include:

  • Sonic Highways, "Seattle"
    • Justin Lebens, Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming
    • Fred Stuben, Jeff Fuller and Eddie Kim, Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming
  • Reg E. Cathey, Outstanding Guest Actor, House of Cards
  • Sweeney Todd: Live from Lincoln Center, Outstanding Special Class Program
  • Louis C.K., Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special, Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store
  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special
  • Last Week Tonight, Outstanding Interactive Program
Visit the Emmys website to view the full list of winners.

Broadway Timeline: Extensions and a Closing

  • Despite producer Ken Davenport's assertion that the Deaf West revival of Spring Awakening would not extend, the show has extended. Originally scheduled to play through January 9, 2016, the revival will now conclude on January 24. Waitress already has dibs on the theatre beginning in March. Broadway.com has more.

  • The new play Eclipsed, written by Danai Gurira, has not begun performances at the Public but has just announced its second (and final) extension. The play, starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) will run through November 29. Previews begin September 29. Broadway.com has more.

  • Amazing Grace will conclude its Broadway run on October 25. Broadway.com has more.
Dig This

  • Aaron Tveit spoke to Buzz Feed about his Broadway credits, like Next to Normal and Catch Me If You Can; movie roles, like playing Enjolras in Les Miserables; his current TV gig, Graceland; and the upcoming Fox live broadcast of Grease, in which Tveit will play lead T-Bird Danny Zuko. That airs January 31, 2016.

  • Tony winner Alan Cumming (Cabaret) chats with Golden Globe winner and Tony nominee Ruth Wilson (The Affair, Constellations) in Cumming's new web series, "Remember That Time." Watch on CBS.com.

  • We learned a few weeks ago that Viola Davis will star in an HBO adaptation of Fences, to be directed by Denzel Washington. This week, Washington announced that he'll be directing each of August Wilson's 10 "cycle" plays, about one a year, for the premium cable channel. He also noted that he'll star alongside Davis in Fences. The two starred in that play on Broadway, and both won Tonys for their performances. Deadline has more.

  • There's a new trailer for Steve Jobs, the biopic about the Apple icon. Unlike the previous trailer, this doesn't show off the Sorkinese as much (the film is written by Aaron Sorkin), but you get to see a little more of star Michael Fassbender's performance. Check it out!