Week in Review 2.12.16
Tony nominee Robert Fairchild will depart An American in Paris on March 13, one year after playing his first preview on Broadway. This will free up Fairchild to return to New York City Ballet for the spring season, where he'll make his debut in Balanchine's Agon and originate a role in the new Christopher Wheeldon ballet. (Wheeldon, as you know, is the Tony-winning choreographer of An American in Paris.) Garen Scribner, who is Fairchild's alternate on Broadway, will take over the role full time before heading out on the road, leading the first national tour of An American in Paris alongside Sara Esty. The New York Times and Broadway.com have more.
Frozen Coming to Broadway
A stage adaptation of Frozen will hit Broadway in spring 2018. The show will be written by married songwriting duo Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (who won an Oscar for the film's anthem, "Let It Go"; Bobby is the Tony-winning co-writer of Avenue Q and Book of Mormon) and book writer Jennifer Lee, who wrote the screenplay for and directed the Disney movie. Tony nominee Alex Timber (Peter and the Starcatcher, Here Lies Love) will direct, with An American in Paris's Bob Crowley and Natasha Katz on board as the scenic and lighting designers, respectively. An out-of-town tryout in Denver is scheduled for 2017. Visit Playbill for more about the stage production, and Broadwayworld.com for more about the Denver bow.
- Bruce Springsteen is releasing an autobiography this September! Born to Run (naturally) will be released on September 27, just after his 67th birthday. The Boss has been working on the book, now available for pre-order, for seven years. Rolling Stone has more.
- Not so diggable: The Good Wife will conclude its seven-season run this year, with the series finale airing on May 8. The news was announced in a Super Bowl ad. Visit CBS.com for statements from showrunners Robert and Michelle King and star Julianna Margulies.
- Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Porgy and Bess, Lady Day...) and Yo-Yo Ma are among the inaugural class of the Lincoln Center Performing Arts Hall of Fame. Playbill has the full list.
- The DGA Awards were handed out last week. Alejandro G. Inarritu took home the top honor for directing The Revenant, while Alex Garland won for First-Time Feature Film Director, Ex Machina. Visit The Hollywood Reporter for the full list of winners.
- Mozart in the Jungle, which recently won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series, has been renewed for a third season. Playbill has more.
- Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs, The Social Network) is adapting Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird for the stage. The production is slated for the 2017-2018 season, and will be directed by Tony winner Barlett Sher (The King and I). Theater Mania has more.
- Voting for this year's Oscars is underway, and The Wrap has your guide to how the voting and vote-counting works. (Here's the full list of nominees.) Oscars will be handed out on Sunday, February 28.