Week in Review 11.6.15

Casting News

  • Mahershala Ali (House of Cards) and Joshua Jackson (The Affair, The Mighty Ducks) will lead the cast of Smart People, the Lydia R. Diamond play that will bow off-Broadway in the winter. Previews for the Second Stage production, directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Holler If Ya Hear Me) begin January 26, 2016, with opening night of the limited engagement set for February 11. Broadway.com has more.

  • Christopher Fitzgerald (Wicked, Finian's Rainbow) and Keala Settla (Hands on a Hardbody, Les Miserables) have joined the cast of the Broadway-bound Waitress. They join the previously announce Jessie Mueller. Previews begin March 25, 2016, with opening night set for April 24. Visit Playbill for the full cast list.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The annual Thanksgiving morning tradition will feature a slew of sure-to-be-great performances. Among those scheduled to perform are the casts of Fiddler on the Roof; School of Rock; The King and I; On Your Feet; Something Rotten; and Finding Neverland, plus a sneak peek at NBC's live telecast of The Wiz. Of course, the Rockettes will also appear, as they herald in the Christmas season from Herald Square. In addition, viewers can expect to see Pat Benatar and Questlove + Sesame Street muppets, among other pop stars. Tune into NBC on Thursday, November 26, to catch all the fun. Broadway.com has the full list of performers. And head to Playbill to see Broadway's performance schedule for Thanksgiving week. (Many shows have cancelled Thursday performances and added Friday matinees.)

Dig This

  • Jon Stewart is back, in a way. The comedian has signed a four-year deal with HBO to produce short-form digital content exclusively for HBO NOW and HBO Go. NBC News has details.

  • The new musical, The Bandstand, will play Broadway in the 2016-2017 season. The musical recently had its premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse, and starred Laura Osnes (Cinderella) and Corey Cott, and they'll reprise their roles for Broadway. Broadway.com has more.

  • There is yet another Hamilton album on the way. Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda told Playbill that he's reaching out to rap, pop and hip-hop artists to cover/create singles of various Hamiltunes. He's hoping to release the album by Alexander Hamilton's birthday, January 11, 2016.

  • The musical comedy Disaster! will play Broadway this spring. The show is co-written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, and will star Adam Pascal (Rent), Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls), Kerry Butler (Catch Me If You Can, The Call) and others. Broadway.com has details.