Week in Review 4.1.16
You might recall that a couple of years ago, musician Benjamin Scheuer debuted his musical memoir, The Lion, at Manhattan Theatre Club. His personal tale of love, loss, and resilience surely touched all who saw it. Subsequent to the debut run, Scheuer, now on tour with the show, headed into the recording studio to lay down Songs from The Lion, which, it was just announced, will be released on June 3. The first single from the album, "Weather the Storm," was just released, along with an animated video (see below). Visit Glide magazine to learn more, and head to your favorite music retailer to purchase "Weather the Storm," and pre-order Songs from The Lion.
- Initial casting for the hotly-anticipated Falsettos revival has been announced. Two-time Tony winner Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher, Something Rotten), Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Little Miss Sunshine), and Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon) will lead the company. Previews of the Lincoln Center Theatre production begin at the Walter Kerr Theatre on September 29; opening night is set for October 27. Playbill has more.
- Announcing King George III the Fourth. Beginning April 11, Tony nominee Rory O'Malley (The Book of Mormon, Nobody Loves You) will don the crown. Jonathan Groff, King George III the Second, is leaving Hamilton to shoot the Netflix series, Mindhunter. His final performance will be April 9. Broadway.com has more.
- Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) will re-team with his Ex Machina writer and director, Alex Garland, for Annihilation, which also stars Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The Film Stage has more.
- Full casting has been announced for The Great Comet (nee, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812). Among those joining Josh Groban and Denee Benton are Brooklynite co-stars Nick Choksi and Grace McLean, Brittain Ashford, and Amber Gray. Previews begin the first week of October, and opening night is set for November 14. Broadway.com has more. (Also, a tweet from the production said that tickets will go on sale in May.)
Tony winner John Gallagher, Jr. (Spring Awakening, Jerusalem) spoke to American Songwriter about his like and dislikes, and writing "Sarasota Someone," one of the tracks from his debut album, Six Day Hurricane. (The album's great!) Gallagher, who also starred in American Idiot and was part of the Aaron Sorkin HBO show, The Newsroom, returns to Broadway this month in Roundabout's revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night. Previews begin April 3; opening night is set for April 19.
The Front Page Returns to Broadway
The 1928 Ben Hecht and Charles Macarthur comedy, The Front Page, will be revived on Broadway this fall. Exact dates and a theatre have yet to be announced; previews are expected to begin in September, with opening night being celebrated in October. It will be limited, five-month engagement. Directed by Jack O'Brien (Catch Me If You Can), the revival will feature Nathan Lane (Guys and Dolls), John Slattery (Mad Men), John Goodman, Rosemary Harris (The Road to Mecca), Jefferson Mays (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), and Sherie Rene Scott (Whorl Inside a Loop). Visit Theater Mania for more.
Bring a Taste of A Chef's Life Home
Chef Vivian Howard, who, with her husband, Ben Knight, owns and operates the North Carolina restaurant Chef and the Farmer, has launched a brand with Williams–Sonoma. Fans of the A Chef's Life subject can purchase sauces and spice rubs from the home goods purveyor. (Howard also has a cookbook coming out in October, Deep Run Roots; you can pre-order now.) Read the Forbes feature to learn more about Howard, and visit williams-sonoma.com for Howard's products.
- The terrific new Tarell Alvin McCraney play, Head of Passes, will play an additional week. Starring Phylicia Rashad, the show runs through April 24. Broadwayworld.com has more.
- Oscar and Emmy winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Steve Jobs) spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about developing his new movie, Molly's Game. In other Sorkin news, a live telecast of A Few Good Men will air on NBC in early 2017. Broadway.com has more.
- Tony winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful) spoke to the Daily News about how she was discovered, and the road that led to Waitress, which is now in previews on Broadway.
- Playwright Kenneth Lonergan talks to Broadway.com about his writing process and inspirations. Lonergan's latest work, Hold On To Me Darling, is playing at the Atlantic through April 17.
- The Lucille Lortel Award nominations were announced this week. The Lortels honor excellence in off-Broadway work. Find the full list of nominees here.
- Tony nominee Joshua Henry (Violet, The Scottsboro Boys) and Brandon Victor Dixon (The Wild Party) talk to Playbill about their similar career paths, and finally working together (on Shuffle Along...).
- The first national tour of Hamilton will make a stop in Seattle during the 2017-2018 season. Broadwayworld.com has details.