Week in Review 8.26.16

Coming Up

The Barrow Street Theatre will be turned into a working pie shop this winter for an off-Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd, the Stephen Sondheim–Hugh Wheeler musical. Performances will begin February 14, 2017, with opening night set for March 1. The production comes via London, where the show was performed in Britain's oldest continuously operating pie shop. Broadway.com has more.

A new comedy series is coming to Netflix. Created by Nick Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Francesca Delbanco, the series, Friends from College, focuses on (you guessed it) a group of people who've been friends since college (Harvard, to be specific). The cast includes Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele), Cobie Smulder (How I Met Your Mother), Annie Parisse (The Layover, Vinyl), Nat Faxon (The Descendants), Fred Savage, and Jae Suh Park. The series will shoot in New York this fall. Variety has more.

Restless Creature, the Wendy Whelan documentary, will debut at the New York Film Festival this fall. Film makers Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger followed Whelan from pre- to post-NYCB retirement (Whelan retired from NYCB in October 2014), and focuses on how the prima ballerina relearned her body and how to use it to express herself through dance. Restless Creature will be screened on October 9 and 10. Visit the NYFF website for more.

This fall, a slew of new comedy specials will debut on Netflix. Entertainment Weekly reports that the streaming service will feature specials from Dana Carvey; Michael Che; Reggie Watts; and others. Meanwhile, over on Showtime, comedy lovers can catch Martin Lawrence's first stand up special in 14 years beginning September 9. The Wrap has details.

Casting News

  • Tony and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls) is joining the cast of The Color Purple. She'll take on the role of Shug Avery beginning October 4. Heather Headley, the current Shug, concludes her run with the company on October 2.

  • Complete casting for the off-Broadway revival of David Hare's Plenty has been announced. Among those joining the previously announced Rachel Weisz and Corey Stoll are Emily Bergl (Becky Shaw, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) and Byron Jennings (She Loves Me). Broadway.com has the full cast list.

  • The fantastic Sarah Paulson (Collected Stories, American Horror/Crime Story) is rumored to be joining the cast of Ocean's Eight, the all-female Ocean's Eleven remake. She would be joining a cast that includes Mindy Kaling and Cate Blanchett, among others. The Hollywood Reporter has more.

  • Mandy Gonzalez, who will take over the role of Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton this fall, will begin performances on September 6. Tony winner Renee Elise Goldsberry, who originated the role, will play her final performance on September 3. Playbill has more.

  • Additional casting has been announced for New York Theatre Workshop's production of Othello, starring the previously announced David Oyelowo (in the title role) and Daniel Craig (as Iago), and directed by Sam Gold. Among those joining the company are Finn Wittrock (Death of a Salesman, American Horror Story), David Wilson Barnes (Next Fall, The Big Meal), Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards, The Big Knife), and Matthew Maher (The Flick). Previews begin November 22, with opening night set for December 12. The limited engagement is scheduled to conclude on January 18, 2017. Visit Broadway.com for the full casting announcement.
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  • Variety has named its 10 Actors to Watch in 2016. (Seeing as it's August, the list comes in a timely manner.) Included on the list are Mahershala Ali (Smart People, House of Cards), Rachel Brosnhan (House of Cards, The Big Knife), Tavi Gevinson (This is Our Youth), and Oscar- and Grammy-winning musician John Legend, who'll make his acting debut in this year's La La Land.

  • Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur, Fool for Love) revealed to Playbill her favorite theatre-going experiences.

  • The Sweet Charity off-Broadway revival, led by two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster (Anything Goes), has been extended for two weeks. The limited engagement will now conclude its run December 23. Tickets are on sale. Playbill has more.

  • The Hollywood Reporter talks to writer and director Leslye Headland, whose new play, The Layover just opened at Second Stage Theatre. Headland has been on the boards with Bachelorette (which was later adapted for the big screen) and Assistance, and wrote and directed the flick, Sleeping with Other People.

  • Dear Evan Hansen fans: Learn about the story behind the song, "Waving Through a Window," in this featurette with songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.