Week in Review 2.5.16

Hamilton News

So, this (→) is happening. The cast of Hamilton will perform on the Grammys. It is not unprecedented for Broadway to be featured on the Grammys. (You might recall, in fact, that the cast of American Idiot performed "21 Guns" will Green Day during the 2010 Grammys, just a month before Broadway previews began.) What's different about this appearance, though, is that the cast will be performing live, via satellite, from the Richard Rodgers Theatre. USA Today has a video of the cast announcing the appearance, as well as statements from the show's producers and its creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Tune into the Grammys on Monday, February 15, on CBS. In other Hamilton news: The national tour will make a stop in Atlanta during the 2017-2018 season. Broadwayworld.com has details.

Casting News

  • Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford (You Can't Take It With You, Sylvia) has joined the cast of the upcoming Rocky Horror remake. Ashford joins the previously announced Laverne Cox and original Rocky Horror Picture Show star, Tim Curry. She'll play the frisky Columbia. (Theater Mania has more.) Columbia's partner in crime, Magenta, will be played by pop singer Christina Milian. (Playbill has more.)

  • Grace Gummer (Arcadia, The Newsroom) is joining the Golden Globe-winning series Mr. Robot for its second season. She'll be a series regular. The Hollywood Reporter has more.

  • Casting is now complete for Long Day's Journey into Night. Joining the previously announced Jessica Lange, John Gallagher, Jr., Michael Shannon, and Gabriel Byrne is Colby Minifie. Previews for the limited engagement begin April 3, with opening night set for April 27. Playbill has more.

  • Theo Stockman (Hair, American Idiot) has joined the company of American Psycho. The full cast and creative team are now set. Previews begin March 24, with opening night scheduled for April 20. Broadwayworld.com has more.

  • Seth Rogen (Steve Jobs), Bill Hader (SNL, Trainwreck), and Zack Galifianakis (Bored to Death) will star in the sci-fi comedy, The Something. The Hollywood Reporter has more.

  • Complete casting for Second Stage's production of Dear Evan Hansen has been announced. The cast includes Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect), Rachel Bay Jones (First Daughter Suite, Pippin), and original Spring Awakening alumni and recent Brooklynite co-stars, Gerard Canonico and Remy Zaken. Previews begin March 26; opening night is scheduled for May 1. Visit Broadway.com for the full cast list.

  • Mamie Gummer (Ugly Lies the Bone) and Tom Riley (Arcadia) are among the cast of the upcoming Amazon Prime series, The Collection, which is described as a fashion-house drama. Variety has more.

  • Tony nominee Tony Shalhoub (Act One) will join Aaron Tveit in the upcoming CBS series, Brain Dead, which was created by The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King. Broadwayworld.com has more.

  • The great Annie Parisse (Clybourne Park, House of Cards) will lead the cast of Anne Washburn's Antlia Pneumatica. The Playwrights Horizons production begins previews March 11, with opening night set for April 24. Theater Mania has more.
Heisenberg Coming to Broadway

Heisenberg, which premiered off-Broadway this summer, will arrive on Broadway this fall. Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt will reprise their roles in this Simon Stephens play, and Mark Brokaw will, once again, direct. (Stephens will then have two productions on Broadway, the other being the Tony-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which is running at the Barrymore, on 47th Street. Because Heisenberg is an MTC production, the two plays will be neighbors, as MTC's Broadway house, the Friedman, is located next to the Barrymore.)  Previews for Heisenberg begin September 20, with opening night scheduled for October 13. Broadway.com has more.

Encores! Off-Center

The New York City Center Encores! Off-Center 2016 lineup has been announced. Off-Center presents under-produced off-Broadway musicals for one-weekend-only runs. This year's season will begin with Runaways, the Elizabeth Swados musical. Catch that July 6-9. Next will be a one-night-only concert featuring Sutton Foster (Violet) and Jonathan Groff (Hamilton). Off-Center artistic director Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home) will be at the piano for the July 16 concert. Bringing the brief season to a close from July 27-30 will be God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, the musical adaptation of the Kurt Vonnegut novel. Stage and screen favorites Santino Fontana (Act One) and Skylar Astin (original Spring Awakening, Pitch Perfect) will star in the Howard Ashman–Alan Menken musical. Tickets go on sale to City Center members on February 8; the general on-sale date is February 22. Playbill has more.

Justin Peck's The Most Incredible Thing

Visit the Lincoln Center blog for an interview with NYCB soloist and resident choreographer, Justin Peck, whose The Most Incredible Thing, his first narrative piece, premiered this week. Meanwhile, W magazine has an exclusive first look at the theatrical costumes, designed by Marcel Dzama, and New York Times photographer Andrea Mohin has rehearsal and production shots on her Instagram feed.

Dig This

  • Late Late Show host and Tony winner James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors, Into the Woods) will host the Tony Awards! Tony nominees will be announced on May 3, and Tonys will be handed out on Sunday, June 12. Broadway.com has more. (And head to CBS.com for 11 GIFS of Tony Winners Reacting to James Corden Hosting the Tonys.)

  • In case you missed it: Check out the full list of SAG Award winners. Winners were announced and honored on Saturday, January 30.

  • Entertainment Tonight has an exclusive look at a clip from Stereotypically You, a new rom-com starring everyone's favorite, Aaron Tveit (Next to Normal, Grease Live). The flick is debuting at the Santa Barbara Film Festival this weekend. 

  • There will be a cast recording of the current Fiddler on the Roof revival, and it'll be released March 18. The revival features a stand out performance from Tony nominee Danny Burstein. Broadway.com has more. Want more Fiddler fun? Stop by Broadway.com to watch the first episode of Motel Citizen, in which Adam Kantor takes us backstage at Fiddler.

  • An American in Paris will launch a national tour this year, first setting up shop for a two-week run in Boston. Performances will begin in October. Playbill has more.

  • The inimitable Carol Burnett (Love Letters) will bring her personal show, Evening of Laughter and Reflection, to New York's Beacon Theatre. The two-night-only special is set for September 16 and 17. Tickets go on sale February 11. Playbill has more.

  • There's a new trailer for Demolition, the Jake Gyllenhaal movie that seems like it could be a companion piece to Next to Normal (especially if you recall "I Miss the Mountains"). In addition to Gyllenhaal (Constellations), the film features Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper. Demolition hits theaters April 8. Watch below.

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