Week in Review 11.11.16

As difficult as the week was, it wasn't all bad news. Here are some pieces of good news that you might have missed.

Casting News

  • Tony winner Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) and Tony winner Viola Davis (Fences) will star in the heist flick, Windows, written by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and directed by Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave). Variety has more.

  • Casting for the BBC adaptation of Mike Bartlett's future history play King Charles III has been announced. Reprising their roles from the stage version are Tim Pigott-Smith, Oliver Chris, Richard Goulding, and Margot Leicester. Deadline has details.

  • Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (Shuffle Along or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed) will appear in a recurring role in the Starz series, Power. Deadline has details. You can catch Dixon on stage as Aaron Burr in Hamilton.

  • Tony nominee Alex Brightman (School of Rock) and Rosie O'Donnell have joined the cast of the Showtime pilot SMILF, an autobiographical series from Frankie Shaw. Shaw will star as Bridgette, a single 20-something "whose desires for relationships, sex, and a career collide with the realities" of motherhood. The pilot is filming in Boston. Variety has more.
In Other News

  • Via two tweets, Lin-Manuel Miranda confirmed that there will be a Hamilton Mixtape, Volume 2 (tweet one, tweet two). (And, two additional tracks from Volume 1 were released this week.)
  • Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) filled out Playbill's Put It In Writing questionnaire. Block can be seen on Broadway in Falsettos.

  • The Sutton Foster-led off-Broadway revival of Sweet Charity has been extended. Performances will continue through January 8, 2017. Visit thenewgroup.org/sweetcharity to learn more and purchase tickets.

  • The CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature performances from Sting, as well as the casts of The Color Purple, School of Rock, and On Your Feet. Broadway.com has more.

  • Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are featured in The New York Times. The songwriting duo are about to begin previews of Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, and in December, La La Land, for which they wrote some original tunes, will hit movie theaters.

  • Sweat, the Lynn Nottage play now at the Public, has been extended. The play about working class people in Reading, PA, will now run through December 18. It's a good play, and one that can help you understand those of your fellow citizens who voted for Trump.

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