Week in Review 9.9.16

Casting News

  • Aaron Tveit (Next to Normal, Brain Dead) will star alongside Edy Ganem in the legal drama, Created Equal, now in production in New Orleans. The movie focuses on a woman (Ganem) who wants to become a Catholic priest and the lawyer (Tveit) who's fighting for her. Variety has more.

  • Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (Waitress) is joining the cast of the upcoming Netflix series, Godless. Fitzgerald joins Jeff Daniels, Merritt Wever, and others. BroadwayWorld.com has more.

  • Additional casting for Hairspray Live has been announced. Ephraim Sykes (Hamilton) will appear as Seaweed, and Shahadi Wright Joseph (School of Rock) will play Little Inez. The live telecast will air on NBC on December 7. Playbill has more.

  • Jonathan Cake has joined the cast of The Affair for its third season, and will appear in a recurring role. The season premiere is set for November 20. TV Line has more.

  • Danny DeVito is joining the cast of Arthur Miller's The Price, which begins previews February 16, 2017. The Roundabout revival stars the previously announce Tony Shalhoub, John Turturro, and Jessica Hecht, and opening night is set for March 16. This will mark DeVito's Broadway debut. Playbill has more.
Coming to the Boards

  • Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth (On the Twentieth Century) will bring her concert, "My Love Letter to Broadway," to Broadway this fall. Fans can catch Chenoweth at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre November 2-13. Broadway.com has more.

  • Dates for the Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie, starring Sally Field, have changed. As reported in the Broadway Briefing, previews will now begin February 7, 2017, and opening night is moved up to March 9.

  • A revival of Scott McPherson's Marvin's Room will play Broadway in the 2017-2018 season. The Roundabout production will begin previews June 8, 2017, with opening night set for June 29. The limited engagement will conclude August 27. Broadway.com has more.
Rock Notes

  • Green Day (American Idiot) will tour North America and Europe in support of the band's new album, Revolution Radio, which hits shelves October 7. Rolling Stone has more.

  • Want to know what it was like raising Dave Grohl, Dr. Dre, or Amy Winehouse? Next spring, you'll find out. Virginia Hanlon Grohl, Dave's mother, has written From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars. Visit Rolling Stone to learn more, and head to Amazon to pre-order.
It's an Honor

  • Tony nominee Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Rocky), as well as choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland, will receive the Jerome Robbins Award on November 7. As VP of the Jerome Robbins Foundation states, Timbers is being honored for "his fertile mind and his team approach to creating new work." BroadwayWorld.com has more.

  • Playwright Lindsey Freentino won the National Art's Club Kesselring Prize for Ugly Lies the Bone. As The New York Times reports, the award honors playwrights "on the verge of recognition, and now comes with a $25,000" prize.
Dig This

  • Playwright, screenwriter, and director Leslye Headland (The Layover) will direct a Heathers TV anthology, set to air on TV Land. The Hollywood Reporter has more.

  • Tony- and Emmy-nominated scenic designer David Korins (Hamilton, Grease Live) spoke to Broadway Box about some of his designs, including the set he created for the Broadway-bound Dear Evan Hansen.

  • On Your Feet is changing its performance schedule. The Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical will now play five shows each weekend (with two shows on Saturdays and Sundays), and only one show (a matinee) on Wednesdays. Playbill has more.

  • In what was maybe the most shocking theatre news this week, it was announced that Jersey Boys will close, playing its final performance on Broadway on January 15, 2017. The jukebox musical began previews October 4, 2005, officially opening November 6. It is the 12th longest-running show (just behind Rent), and when it closes, it will have played 4,642 performances. Broadway.com has more.

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