Week in Review 9.30.16
There was no Week in Review last week. This week's post includes items from last week and this week.
Coming to the Boards
Broadway—The great stage and screen veteran and two-time Tony Award winner Kevin Kline will return to Broadway this spring in a revival of Noel Coward's Present Laughter! The play was last seen on Broadway in 2010. Deadline reports that the revival, which will be a limited engagement, will open on April 5, and will take up residency at the St. James Theatre, one of Broadway's largest venues. Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God) will direct.
Off-Broadway—Additional productions have been added to Lincoln Center's 2016-2017 season. How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, written by Sarah Ruhl (Stage Kiss) and directed by Rebecca Taichman (Stage Kiss, Indecent), will play the Newhouse Theater beginning February 23, 2017, with opening night set for March 20. Upstairs, at the Claire Tow Theatre, Bryna Turner's Bull in a China Shop will begin performances February 11. Directed by Lee Sunday Evans, the play opens February 27 and will conclude its limited run March 26. Casting and the full creative team will be announced at a later date. Broadway.com has more.
- Tony winner Reed Birney (The Humans) will star in the Second Stage production of Man from Nebraska, a new Tracy Letts play. Performances begin in January 2017. Playbill has more.
- Complete casting for Nicky Silver's This Day Forward has been announced. The Vineyard Theatre production will feature Joe Tippett (Familiar), Francesca Faridany (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), and Michael Crane (Gloria), among others. BroadwayWorld.com has more.
- Marin Ireland (The Big Knife, Maple and Vine) will star in Martin Zimmerman's On the Exhale, to be directed by Leigh Silverman as Roundabout Underground. Broadway.com has more.
- Ramin Karimloo (Les Miserables) is joining the cast of the Broadway-bound Anastasia in a role created for the stage adaptation. Theater Mania has more.
- Seth Stewart is rising up. The Hamilton ensemble member has assumed the role of Lafayette/Jefferson full time, and will continue in the role through the end of the year, according to a tweet from the show's official Twitter account.
- Rachelle Ann Go and Devin Ilaw have joined the cast of the upcoming Miss Saigon revival. Previews at the Broadway Theatre begin March 1, 2017, with opening night set for March 23. Broadway.com has more.
- Jake Gyllenhaal (Constellations, Little Shop of Horrors) and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, Skylight) will star in the film Wildlife, co-written by Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano, and directed by Dano. Theater Mania has more.
- Tony winner, Oscar nominee, and Emmy winner Viola Davis (Fences, How to Get Away with Murder) will star in Widows, a new movie directed by Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and written by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl). Variety has details.
- Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson will star in an as-yet untitled movie that Kaling wrote. The story focuses on a late-night talk show host (Thompson), and her new, young writer (Kaling). Variety has more.
- Stage and screen veteran Michael Zegen (A View from the Bridge, Boardwalk Empire) has been cast in the pilot for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, an Amazon series from Amy Sherman-Palladino. He joins the previously announce Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub. Deadline has more.
- Billy Eichner (Billy on the Street, Difficult People), Shayna Steele, Kamilah Marshall, and Judine Somerville have joined the company of the upcoming Hairspray Live NBC telecast. The musical will air on December 7. Broadway.com has more.
- Anthony Ramos (Hamilton) has joined the cast of Spike Lee's Netflix series, She's Gotta Have It, an update of Lee's eponymous independent film. Deadline has more.
- CBS is developing a show that will star Tony winner and Emmy nominee Alan Cumming (Cabaret, The Good Wife). Dr. Death is based on the eponymous James Patterson novel. Deadline has more.
- NYCB principal dancer Tiler Peck is featured on the podcast Half Hour Call. Download it on iTunes, or visit halfhourcall.com to listen.
- Lauren Lovette, NYCB principal and one of two female choreographers to debut works at NYCB this fall, talked to Allure about the leadership responsibilities inherent in choreographing, and also shared her foot/warm-up routine.
- WWD reports that Justin Peck will team with fashion designer Humberto Leon (of Opening Ceremony) for his winter premiere. Peck previously worked with Leon on New Blood. Peck's winter work is one of four new works the resident choreographer and Company soloist is creating for NYCB's 2016-2017 season.
- Hamilton's Leslie Odom, Jr., Renee Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs, and Christopher Jackson; dancer Misty Copeland; activists Erica Garner and DeRay Mckesson; directors Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) and Ava DuVernay (Selma); rapper Killer Mike; athletes Serena Williams, Colin Kaepernick, and Stephen Curry; and Beyonce are among those on The Root's 100 List, a list of influential African-Americans.
- The MacArthur Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2016 Genius Grants. Among those honored is Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Gloria), the Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright. The New York Times has more.
- Nominees for the Artios Awards, honoring excellence in casting, have been announced. Among the nominees are the casting director(s) for Mr. Robot; Silicon Valley; House of Cards; Grease Live; Noises Off; The Humans; Hamilton; Waitress; Dear Evan Hansen; Lazarus; and The Robber Bridegroom. Visit Playbill for the full list of nominees. Winners will be announced and honored on January 19, 2017.
- Playwright Sarah Ruhl (Stage Kiss) is being honored with the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust board member, Jim Steinberg, says, "Her work sparks conversation in audiences of all ages with its emotionally vivid language..." The award comes with a $200,000 prize. American Theatre has more.
- Bill Maher will receive PEN Center USA's First Amendment Award, honoring his storied career as a comedian and political commentator. The Los Angeles Times has more.
- Variety spoke to Lin-Manuel Miranda about life post-Hamilton, and what's next. Later in the week, his next gig was revealed: Miranda will host Saturday Night Live on October 8, the series' second episode of the season. Miranda shared the news on Twitter. (By the way, TV Line reports that Emily Blunt (Into the Woods), who'll star opposite Miranda in the new Mary Poppins film, will host SNL the following week, October 15.)
- Disney has confirmed that the stage adaptation of Frozen will play the St. James Theatre beginning in spring 2018. Representatives for the Mouse House also confirmed that director Michael Grandage (The Cripple of Inishmaan) and scenic designer Christopher Oram (Red) are on the team. Playbill has more.
- Playbill talks to Josh Groban, who'll make his Broadway debut this fall in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812.
- Tony winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) talks to USA Today about his upcoming role on the TV show, Black-ish.
- The 2017 Tony Awards date has been set! Broadway's biggest night will be held June 11, 2017. Additionally, it was announced that April 27 is the eligibility cut-off date, and nominees will be announced on May 2. Playbill has more.
- There are reports that Prince of Broadway, the revue paying tribute to the work of and co-directed by Hal Prince, will finally play Broadway in fall 2017. Broadway.com has more.
- Spend a day at Lincoln Center courtesy of some of the artists that make it so great. The October 7 Facebook stream will allow viewers to spend a day in the life of Megan Fairchild; go behind the scenes at Falsettos; and get to learn from the NYPL for the Performing Arts curator. Playbill has details.