Week in Review 4.29.16
This post has been updated to include the latest Tony eligibility rulings.
- Filming is complete on the Twin Peaks Showtime "reboot," and the cast has been revealed. Among those who'll appear in the limited series are Oscar winning-musician Trent Reznor (The Social Network); Naomi Watts; Eddie Vedder; frequent David Lynch collaborator Laura Dern (Wild); Virginia Kull (Assistance, The Affair); original Twin Peaks stars, Kyle MacLachlan and Russ Tamblyn (that would be Riff, from West Side Story); and others. Visit Facebook for the full cast list, and Rolling Stone for a brief analysis.
- Some casting for Hairspray Live, NBC's December 7 live broadcast of the musical, has been announced. Early in the week, we learned that Jennifer Hudson will play Motormouth Maybelle, and Harvey Fierstein (Casa Valentina) will, once again, play Edna Turnblad. (He originated the role on Broadway.) Later, we learned that Martin Short will play Wilbur, and Derek Hough will play Corny Collins.
- Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) will star alongside Emily Blunt (Into the Woods) in the Mary Poppins sequel. The Pulitzer Prize winner, who is also only an Oscar away from an EGOT, will play Jack, a lamplighter. Visit Broadway.com for more.
- Additional casting has been announced for When We Rise, an ABC limited series written by Dustin Lance Black. Among those joining the cast are Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire), Whoopi Goldberg. Dennis O'Hare (Dallas Buyers Club), and David Hyde Pierce (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike). Playbill has more.
- The PBS series Mercy Street is adding Brian F. O'Byrne (If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet), Patina Miller (Pippin), and Bryce Pinkham (The Heidi Chronicles) to its roster. Broadwayworld.com has more.
- Tom McGowan (Casa Valentina) will step into the role of Sipos in She Loves Me beginning May 10. Michael McGrath, who originated the role in this revival, will play his final performance May 8. The limited engagement runs through July 10. Playbill has more.
- Christopher McDonald has joined the company of the upcoming Front Page revival. Previews begin September 20, and opening night is set for October 20. The limited engagement is scheduled to conclude February 5, 2017. Deadline has more.
The Wall Street Journal spent a day with New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck as she took company class, spent some downtime with husband and fellow dancer Robbie Fairchild, and performed the Emeralds section of Balanchine's Jewels. Meanwhile, the New York Times caught up with Fairchild and Tony-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon to talk about their return to NYCB. Wheeldon's latest work, American Rhapsody, choreographed on Peck and Fairchild, is set to Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," and will premiere at NYCB's spring gala next week. In related news, tour dates have been announced for the upcoming national tour of An American in Paris. The tour will officially launch October 25 in Boston. Playbill has details.
The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the final time this season to determine Tony eligibility of slew of shows that opened this spring. Unless noted below, eligibility is consistent with opening night credits. This means that actors billed above the title are eligible in the Lead Actor categories, while actors billed below the title are eligible in the Featured Actor categories. Tony nominations will be announced May 3, and the Tonys will be handed out on Sunday, June 12. Tony winner James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors) will host the ceremony. Read the official press release for more.
- Carmen Cusack will be eligible in the Lead Actress in a Musical category for Bright Star
- Ciaran Hinds and Saoirse Ronan will be eligible in the Featured Actor/Actress in a play categories for The Crucible
- Frank Langella will be eligible in the Lead Actor in a Play category for The Father
- Es Devin and Finn Ross will be considered jointly eligible in the Scenic Design of a Musical category for American Psycho
- Jessie Mueller will be eligible in the Lead Actress in a Musical category for Waitress
- Fully Committed will be eligible in the Best Play Revival category
- Sarah Charles Lewis will be eligible in the Lead Actress in a Musical category for Tuck Everlasting
- Michael Shannon and John Gallagher, Jr. will be eligible in the Featured Actor in a Play category for Long Day's Journey Into Night
- Brandon Victor Dixon, Joshua Henry, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Billy Porter will be eligible in the Featured Actor in a Musical category for Shuffle Along, or The Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed; in addition, the show will be eligible in the Best New Musical category
- Great news: there will be a cast recording of the glorious She Loves Me revival, starring Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi. Levi shared this photo from the recording session (and Playbill and Broadwayworld.com have additional photos). A release date has not been announced. You can catch She Loves Me through July 10.
- The stars of the just-opened revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night—Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, John Gallagher, Jr., and Michael Shannon—spoke to The New York Times about tackling the classic play.
- Tony nominee Joshua Henry spoke with Women's Wear Daily and Theater Mania about Shuffle Along, or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, which just opened on Broadway. And the show's creators, George C. Wolfe and Savion Glover, spoke to Broadway.com about their collaboration.
- Awards Updates: The Off-Broadway Alliance Award nominees have been announced, and Broadwayworld.com has the full list of nominees. Drama Desk nominations were also announced this week; see my earlier post for the full list of nominees. Winners will be announced at the June 5 ceremony.
- Architectural Digest visited David Korins, Hamilton's scenic designer, to talk design.