Week in Review 9.4.15

Stephen Colbert to Welcome An American in Paris, Senator Sanders, Carol Burnett and More

Tony nominees Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope, as well as their Tony-winning choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon, will be on Late Show with Stephen Colbert on September 18. The An American in Paris stars will perform, and all three will be interviewed. Theater Mania has more about their appearance. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reports that Lupita Nyong'o and Senator Bernie Sanders will appear on the same episode. Leading up to the Friday night show, for his second week on the Late Show, Colbert will welcome Justice Stephen Breyer (September 14); Jake Gyllenhaal (September 15); Carol Burnett (September 16); and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (September 17).

Casting News

  • Zachary Levi (First Date, Chuck) is joining the company of Roundabout's She Loves Me revival. Levi replaces the previously announced Josh Radnor, who pulled out due to "scheduling conflicts." Levi joins Laura Benanti, Gavin Creel and more. Directed by Scott Ellis, previews of the Bock and Harnick musical begin February 5, 2016, with opening night set for March 3. The limited engagement is scheduled to conclude May 22. Broadway.com has more.

  • Daoud Heidami (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) and Nate Miller (Peter and the Starcatcher) have joined the cast of Ripcord, the new David Lindsey-Abaire play set for off-Broadway. They join the previously announce Marylouise Burke, Holland Taylor and others. Previews begin September 29, with opening night scheduled for October 20. Broadway.com has more.

  • Casting for Invisible Thread, which will have its New York premiere at Second Stage this fall, has been announced. Co-creator Griffin Matthews will star alongside Nicolette Robinson (pictured at right; Brooklynite, The Affair), Kristlyn Lloyd, Jeremy Pope (Choir Boy) and more. Previews begin October 31, with opening set for December 2. Tony winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin) directs. Broadway.com has more.

  • Steven Pasquale (The Bridges of Madison County) has been cast in the CBS pilot Doubt. He'll play a pediatric surgeon accused of murder. Pasquale joins series lead Katherine Heigl, as well as Dule Hill, Elliott Gould and Laverne Cox. Playbill has more.
Trailers: The Danish Girl, Macbeth and Concussion

This week brought the release of trailers for some highly-anticipated (read: Oscar bait) movies, including The Danish Girl, about the first person to undergo gender reassignment surgery, in theaters November 27; Macbeth, the latest film adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy, in theaters December 4 (unconfirmed); and Concussion, about discovering the true damage concussions and other on-field injuries have on NFL players, in theaters December 25. (Note about Concussion: leaked emails from Sony say the film was "softened" to avoid the NFL's wrath, which seems antithetical to the point of film. The filmmakers say, though, that the edits were made for the veracity of the film. You decide. Rolling Stone has more.)

The Danish Girl, starring Oscar and Tony winner Eddie Redmayne (Red, The Theory of Everything)


Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) and Marion Cotillard (Inception)


Concussion, starring Will Smith


Hamilton News

Herein, some press about the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton.
  • Interview magazine and Du Jour spoke to Phillipa Soo about bringing Eliza Hamilton to life in Hamilton, and what's it's like to be part of the hit show.

  • In The Hollywood Reporter, theatre critic David Rooney theorizes about what makes Hamilton truly game-changing.

  • Jasmine Cephas Jones, who is making her Broadway debut with Hamilton, is featured on Broadway.com in its Fresh Face series.

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda provided a playlist of the songs that helped inspire Hamilton. View the  full track list or head to Spotify to listen.

  • Soo, Jones and Renee Elise Goldsberry spoke to Playbill about their characters and helping to shape the way the Schuyler Sisters (and Maria Reynolds) are portrayed in the show.

  • Daveed Diggs is featured on Broadway Style Guide, and talks about his personal style, typified by "impulsiveness and convenience."

  • Goldsberry spoke to The New Potato about her favorite foods and restaurants, as well as advice for aspiring performers. 
Dig This

  • SNL will welcome Jon Rudnitsky as a featured player this season. The 25-year-old was the winner of the 2012 Laugh Factory College Comedy Competition. The 41st season of the late night sketch comedy show premieres October 3. Vulture has more.

  • The original Broadway cast recording of If/Then will be released on vinyl. The Tom Kitt-Brian Yorkey musical debuted on Broadway in 2014, and starred Idina Menzel. The record is slated for an October 9 release. Playbill has more.

  • Samantha Bee (former Daily Show contributor) will return to TV in January 2016. She'll host the TBS show Full Frontal, a topical news program. Visit Bee's Twitter feed to watch the announcement.

  • The Academy announced that David Hill and Reginald Hudlin will serve as Oscars producers for the 88th Academy Awards. Read the press release to learn more.

  • Three more correspondents have joined The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. When the show premieres on September 28, look for Ronny Chieng, Desi Lydic and Ron Wood, Jr. Check out the press release to learn more about them, and find out which of your favorite correspondents will be returning.

  • Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) is set to play Lucille Ball in an Aaron Sorkin-penned biopic of the trailblazing comedienne and her husband, Desi Arnez. Playbill has more.

  • Visit the Lincoln Center blog to hear from New York City Ballet principal dancer, Sara Mearns, who talks about the upcoming season and what the ballets mean to her.

  • The timeline for the upcoming revival of Fiddler on the Roof has been pushed a few days, with previews now set to begin November 20, and opening night now scheduled for December 20. Broadway.com has more about that, as well as additional casting.

  • Aaron Tveit (Next to Normal, Catch Me If You Can) was on the Today show this week to talk about Graceland, which is now airing on USA Network, and the upcoming live Fox telecast of Grease, which will air on January 31, 2016. Tveit will star as Danny Zuko. Visit Hulu to watch the clip.

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