Week in Review 4.22.16
To no one's surprise, Hamilton won the Pulitzer Prize for drama this week. Hamilton is only the ninth musical to win the Pulitzer, after Of Thee I Sing, South Pacific, Fiorello, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Chorus Line, Sunday in the Park with George, Rent, and Next to Normal. The finalists in the same category were Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's Gloria and Stephen Karam's The Humans, which is now on Broadway. Visit pulitzer.org to see the full list of Pulitzer winners and finalists in all categories.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses Returning to Broadway
The 2016-2017 Broadway season will include a revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. This production is an import from London's Donmar Warehouse (its artistic director, Jossie Rourke, directs the play), and boasts a translation by Christopher Hampton (who often translates the great Yasmina Reza's work). Janet McTeer and Tony winner Liev Schreiber (Spotlight) will star as La Marquise de Merteuil and Le Vicomte de Valmont, respectively. The limited engagement, which will play the Booth Theatre, will begin previews October 8, with opening night set for October 30. The run is scheduled to conclude on January 22, 2017. Broadway.com has more.
An American in Paris in London
A West End bow of the Tony-winning musical, An American in Paris, has been announced. The production, directed and choreographed by Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon, will begin performances at London's Dominion Theatre on March 4, 2017. Even more 's wonderful news? Tony nominees Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope, who originated the roles of Jerry and Lise in Paris and on Broadway, will lead the London company. (This will be a homecoming, of sorts, for the British Cope.) An American in Paris features a book by Craig Lucas and a score full of gorgeous Gershwin tunes. Stateside, you can still catch An American in Paris at Broadway's Palace Theatre. Visit Broadway.com for more about the London production, and visit anamericaninparisbroadway.com to purchase tickets for the Broadway production.
Casting News and Rumors
- Rumor: Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Little Shop of Horrors) might star in a Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson's Burn This. The play would be directed by Michael Mayer (American Idiot, Brooklynite). Broadway.com has more.
- Not a rumor: Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner Tracy Letts (August: Osage County, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and Debra Winger will star in The Lovers, a new movie set to begin filming next month. Deadline has more.
- Rumor: Betsy Wolfe (The Last Five Years) will play Elsa in the stage adaptation of Frozen. Reports say the show will land at Broadway's St. James Theatre in 2018. Playbill has more.
- Not a rumor: Naomi Watts (Birdman) will star in the Netflix drama, Gypsy (no connection to the beloved musical). The Hollywood Reporter has details.
- Rumor: Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle) and Sienna Miller might star in the previously postponed Roundabout revival of The Philadelphia Story. It would be part of the 2016-2017 season. Showbiz 411 has more.
- Not a rumor: Jennifer Ehle (Mr. and Mrs. Fitch, Zero Dark Thirty) and Jefferson Mays (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) will star in Oslo, written by J.T. Rogers. Bartlett Sher (The King and I) directs the Lincoln Center Theatre production; previews begin June 16, and opening night is set for July 11. Playbill has more.
Tony Awards—Lyricist Sheldon Harnick (She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof) and director Marshall W. Mason (frequent collaborator of Lanford Wilson) will receive Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. These awards will be presented during the Tony ceremony on Sunday, June 12. Tony nominations for the competitive categories will be announced Tuesday, May 3. Visit tonyawards.com for more.
Outer Critics Circle Awards—OCC nominations have been announced. American Psycho and She Loves Me lead the pack, and Eclipsed has multiple acting nominations. See my earlier post for the full list of nominees. Winners will be announced on May 9.
Drama League Awards—Nominations for plays, musicals, and distinguished performances have been announced. Winners will be announced and honored on May 20. Herein, some of the nominees. Outstanding Play: Eclipsed; Gloria; The Humans; King Charles III; and Marjorie Prime. Outstanding Play Revival: Blackbird; Long Day's Journey Into Night; Noises Off; and A View from the Bridge. Outstanding Musical: American Psycho; Dear Evan Hansen; Hamilton; Iowa; and Waitress. Outstanding Musical Revival: The Color Purple; She Loves Me; and Spring Awakening. Distinguished Performance Award: Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof; Daveed Diggs, Hamilton; Georgia Engel, John; Megan Hilty, Noises Off; Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen; Phylicia Rashad, Head of Passes; and Mark Strong, A View from the Bridge. Visit Broadway.com for the full list of nominees and honorees in all categories.
Time magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People is out. Among those on the list: newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (essay by J.J. Abrams); Julia Louis-Dreyfus (essay by Lena Dunham); Stephen Curry (essay by Misty Copeland); filmmaker Ryan Coogler (essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates); German Chancellor Angela Merkel (essay by US Ambassador Samantha Power); Mark Rylance (essay by Steven Spielberg); Senator Bernie Sanders (essay by Robert Reich); producer Kathleen Kennedy (essay by Tony Kushner); and Leonardo DiCaprio (essay by Secretary of State John Kerry).
- Broadwayworld.com catches up with Zachary Levi to talk about She Loves Me and his stage door dance parties.
- The musical stage adaptation of Anastasia, the 1997 animated flick, will bow on Broadway during the 2016-2017 season. Anastasia features a score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Rocky), a book by Terrence McNally (The Visit), and direction by Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder). No other details about the Broadway run have been announced. Playbill has more.
- You can now pre-order Songs from The Lion, the original cast recording for Benjamin Scheuer's personal one-man show, The Lion. (Bonus: when you pre-order, you'll get "Weather the Storm" and "Lovin' You Will Be Easy" right away.
- The 74th Golden Globe Awards will be held Sunday, January 8, 2017. In announcing the date, the HFPA also clarified the musical, drama, and comedy categories. Awards Daily has more.
- Benjamin Walker (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) talks to W magazine about starring in American Psycho, now open on Broadway.
- Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Fortress of Solitude) has been named the new artistic director for Encores! Off-Center. His tenure will begin with the 2017 Off-Center season. Playbill has more.
- New seasons of Game of Thrones, Veep, and Silicon Valley premiere this Sunday, April 24. Ahead of the premieres, HBO has renewed each series for another season, which means 2017 will bring a seventh season of Game of Thrones, a sixth season of Veep, and a fourth season of Silicon Valley. The Wrap has more.