Week in Review 8.5.16

Hamilton Casting News

Two-time Tony nominee Joshua Henry (The Scottsboro Boys, Shuffle Along...) will originate the role of Aaron Burr in the Chicago company of Hamilton. He'll be joined by Jonathan Kirkland, who'll take on the role of George Washington. The Chicago company began rehearsals this week, and their first performance is scheduled for September 27. Meanwhile, on Broadway, Mandy Gonzales (In the Heights) will take over as Angelica this October. A date for her first performance, as well as the date for departing Tony winner Renee Elise Goldsberry's final performance, will be announced later. Broadway.com has more.

Casting News

  • Tony winner Kelli O'Hara (The King and I) will appear in a recurring role on the fourth season of Masters of Sex. Season four premieres Sunday, September 11. TV Line has more.

  • Casting change at The Cherry Orchard: the memorable Kyle Beltran (Fortress of Solitude, Head of Passes) will take on the role of Trofimov. It was previously announced that Aaron Clifton Moten (The Flick, Mozart in the Jungle) would play the role. Diane Lane leads the company. Previews begin September 15, with opening night set for October 16. Playbill has more.

  • Complete casting for Roundabout Underground's production of Jenny Rachel Weiner's Kingdom Come has been announced. Brooke Bloom, Carmen M. Herlihy, Alex Hernandez, Socorro Santiago, and Stephanie Styles will tackle the play about online dating. Playbill has more.

  • Tony nominee Tony Shalhoub (Act One, Brain Dead) will lead the company of The Band's Visit, a new musical written by songwriter David Yazbek and playwright Itamar Moses. The musical will debut at the Atlantic this fall. Theater Mania has more.

  • Rosie O'Donnell and Sean Hayes have joined the cast of Hairspray Live. O'Donnell will play the gym teacher, and Hayes will appear as dress shop owner Mr. Pinky. Hairspray Live airs on NBC December 7. Playbill has more.
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  • The Hollywood Reporter has a round up of all things HBO (from the recent Television Critics Association meeting), including news about Game of Thrones and Jon Stewart's return to television. (In a separate THR article, it was announced that Real Time with Bill Maher has been renewed through 2018.)

  • Jimmy Fallon will host the Golden Globes, which are set to air on NBC January 8, 2017. Playbill has more.

  • Playbill checked in with Emmy and Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network) as he adapts Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird for the stage. Sorkin busted onto the scene with the Broadway debut of A Few Good Men, and the Steve Jobs scribe was most recently on the boards in 2007 with The Farnsworth Invention.

  • The Bette Midler-led revival of Hello Dolly will begin previews March 15, 2017, rather than March 13, as originally scheduled. Playbill has more.

  • Tony winner Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton) will join the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for a piece about Martin Luther King, Jr. Playbill has details.

  • The first-ever Broadway revival of Miss Saigon will play at its original Broadway home, the Broadway Theatre. Previews will begin March 1, 2017, with opening night scheduled for March 23. Theater Mania has details.

  • Lily Tomlin will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the SAG Awards, which will be presented January 29, 2017. BroadwayWorld.com has more.

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