Week in Review 8.19.16
- Tony nominees Tony Shalhoub (Act One, Golden Boy) and Jessica Hecht (A View from the Bridge, Fiddler on the Roof), as well as stage and screen veteran John Turturro (The Cherry Orchard, Zorba) will lead Roundabout's revival of Arthur Miller's The Price. Previews begin February 16, 2017, with opening night scheduled for March 16. The limited engagement will run through May 7. Playbill has more. (For news about Turturro and The Big Lebowski, scroll down.)
- SNL alumnus Jason Sudeikis will lead the world premiere of the Dead Poets Society stage adaptation. The Classic Stage Company production begins previews October 27. Broadway.com has more.
- Nia Long (House of Lies) will star opposite Idina Menzel in the Lifetime remake of Beaches. Long, who you might remember from her Fresh Prince of Bel-Air days, will play Hillary, who was played in the movie by Barbara Hershey. Deadline has more.
- Oscar winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club, My So-Called Life) has joined the starry cast of the Blade Runner sequel. In addition to Blade Runner's original star, Harrison Ford, Leto will appear alongside Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright, among others. The Wrap has more.
- Tony winner Billy Crudup (The Coast of Utopia, Waiting for Godot) has joined the cast of the Netflix series, Gypsy (no connection to the Sondheim musical). Crudup, who was recently seen in Spotlight, joins the previously announced Naomi Watts. The Wrap has more.
- Two-time Tony Award winner Andrea Martin (Pippin) has joined the company of NBC's Hairspray Live. Martin, who most recently appeared on Broadway in Noises Off, will play Prudy Pingleton. Theater Mania has more.
The cast album for the 2016 revival of The Robbert Bridegroom, featuring Steven Pasquale, Ahna O'Reilly, and MVP Leslie Kritzer, will be released on September 9. The celebrated off-Broadway production was directed by the visionary Alex Timbers, who wrote a special note for the album's booklet. You can visit sh-k-boom.com/robber-bridegroom to pre-order your CD, or head to iTunes to pre-order a digital copy. Watch a tease from the recording studio below.
Broadway Bound Updates
- Dates have been set for the Broadway bow of Joshua Harmon's fantastic play, Significant Other. Previews will begin at the Booth Theatre on February 14, 2017 (fitting, as it's a play about relationships), and opening night is scheduled for March 2. Theater Mania has more.
- Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon's start date as Aaron Burr in Hamilton has been set. The actor, who recently starred in Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All that Followed, will perform in the room where it happens beginning August 23. Theater Mania has more.
- The Broadway Briefing reports that dates have been set for the new musical, Come From Away. The show will begin previews on February 18, 2017, and opening night is set for March 12. A theatre has yet to be announced.
- The "Alexander Hamilton" episode of Drunk History, narrated by Hamilton scribe Lin-Manuel Miranda, will air on Comedy Central on November 29. Playbill has more. In other LMM news, Miranda will team with composer Alan Menken to write and adapt songs for the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Deadline has more.
- The itinerary and cast for the 20th anniversary tour of Rent has been announced. Playbill has full details.
- NYCB soloist Georgina Pazcoguin talks to Digital Journal about appearing on Broadway in the recently-opened revival of Cats.
- Did you know that Party of Five is available on Hulu? It is! And the sixth and final season of Community was recently added, along with the series Rescue Me and the Woody Allen film, Midnight in Paris. Variety has details.
- Mr. Robot has been renewed for a third season. The second season is airing on USA Network. Deadline has more.
- A new George Carlin album will be released on September 16. The album features material that the late comedian kept out of his specials, as well as a home recording and interviews with some of Carlin's collaborators. Rolling Stone has more, including a snippet of a routine.
- Chicago: Robert O'Hara's fantastic Bootycandy is coming your way! The funny and provocative play will be part of the Windy City Playhouse's 2016-2017 season, bowing in January 2017. Playbill has more.
- A remake of A Star is Born is on its way. After much speculation, Warner Bros. has closed a deal that will see Lady Gaga star alongside Bradley Cooper, who will also direct. (This will mark his directorial debut.) Production begins in California next year. Deadline has more.
- "Don't mess with the Jesus." John Turturro is shooting a spinoff from The Big Lebowski, the cult film in which Turturro appeared as Lebowski's bowling nemesis, Jesus. Indie Wire has more.
- Aaron Tveit is back on Show People! In his fourth appearance on the Broadway.com series, Tveit (Next to Normal, Brain Dead) talks about Grease Live, which is up for ten Emmys next month, and how he's unwinding this summer. (Hint: it's golf.)