Week in Review 1.13.17

Casting News

  • Academy Award winner and stage veteran Marisa Tomei, as well as Tony nominee Omar Metwally (Guards at the Taj, The Affair), Tony winner Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), and others, will star in Sarah Ruhl's How to Transcend a Happy Marriage. The LCT production, directed by Rebecca Taichman, begins previews February 23, with opening night set for March 20. Broadway.com has more.

  • Taylor Louderman (Bring It On, Gigantic) will join the Broadway company of Kinky Boots, taking on the role of Lauren. She begins performances on January 16. Broadway.com has more.

  • Complete casting for Joan of Arc: Into the Fire, the new musical from David Byrne and Alex Timbers, has been announced. Jo Lampert stars in the title role (in costume at right), and Terence Archie (Rocky), Mike McGowan, and others will appear in featured and ensemble roles. Broadway World has the full announcement. Previews begin February 14, with opening night scheduled for March 15. The limited engagement is, at this time, scheduled to conclude on April 16.

  • Complete casting for several upcoming Broadway shows has been announced. Broadway World has the full cast list for the Glenn Close-led revival of Sunset Boulevard. Go to Broadway.com for the full cast list of the Broadway bow of Anastasia. For the full cast life for Miss Saigon, visit Playbill. And head to Theater Mania for complete Bandstand casting.

  • Wayne Brady will take on the role of Aaron Burr, sir, in the Chicago production of Hamilton. He'll begin performances January 17, taking over the role from Joshua Henry, who plays his last performance January 15. Henry is leaving the Chicago company to play Burr in the national tour, which begins with two five-month sit-down engagements, one in San Francisco and one in L.A. Playbill has more.

     
  • Rachel Dratch (Ripcord) and Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) have joined the company of the upcoming Crazy for You concert, taking place at Lincoln Center on February 19. Playbill has more.

  • Casting for the Broadway bow of Sweat, the Lynn Nottage play, has been announced. The entire off-Broadway company, with the exception of Miriam Schor, will make the transfer, so Sweat will feature Joahanna Day, Michelle Wilson, and Khris Davis, among others. Previews begin March 4, with opening night set for March 26. Playbill has more.


  • The national tour of Aladdin will be led by Adam Jacobs, who originated the title role on Broadway. Jacobs's final performance with the Broadway company will be February 12; his understudy, Joshua Dela Cruz, will temporarily assume the role, beginning February 14, until a replacement has been named. (Playbill reports that Telly Leung will take on the role, though that report is unconfirmed.) The tour begins in Chicago on April 11. Broadway.com has more.
It's an Honor

Clive Barnes AwardsKhris Davis (Sweat) and Indiana Woodword (NYCB corps de ballet member) have been awarded the Clive Barnes Awards for theatre and dance, respectively. Playbill has more.

Golden Globes—The Golden Globes were handed out on Sunday night, making winners of Viola Davis, Donald Glover, and La La Land lyricists, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. See the full list of winners here.

BAFTAs—The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the BAFTA Awards nominees. Nominated films include Arrival, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight, as well as Pedro Almodovar's Julieta. Additionally, Jake Gyllenhaal is nominated for his role in Nocturnal Animals, one of the film's nine nominations. Deadline has the full list of nominees. BAFTA winners will be announced and honored at a February 12 ceremony in London.

Producers Guild of America—Nominees for the PGA Awards (in film categories) were announced this week. (Nominees for TV categories were announced last week.) Nominees include the producers of Arrival; Fences; La La Land; Manchester by the Sea; and Moonlight. Visit Broadway World for the full list of nominees. Winners will be announced on January 28.

Directors Guild of America—Nominees for the DGA Awards were announced this week. On Wednesday, nominees in the TV, commercial, and documentary categories were announced; nominees in those categories include the directors of Game of Thrones, "Battle of the Bastards"; Silicon Valley, "Daily Active Users" and "Founder Friendly" (discrete nominations); Veep, "Inauguration" and "Mother" (discrete nominations); Grease Live; The Night Of; and the 70th Annual Tony Awards (the 2016 Tonys). On Thursday, nominees in the film categories were announced; among the nominees are Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea), and Denis Villeneuve (Arrival). Winners in all categories will be announced and honored on February 4.

In Other News

  • Aziz Ansari (Master of None) will host SNL on January 21. Entertainment Weekly has more.

  • Oscar and Grammy winner John Legend (Selma, La La Land) and Ariana Grande (13, pop star) will sing the title song for the upcoming Beauty and the Beast live-action film. Deadline has details.

     
  • The Tony Awards will return to Radio City Music Hall, a significantly larger venue than the Beacon Theatre, where theatre's biggest night was held last year. Tony nominees will be announced on May 2, and Tony night is Sunday, June 11. Broadway.com has more.

     
  • Pipeline, a new play by Dominique Morisseau (Skeleton Crew), will premiere at Lincoln Center Theatre this summer, with performances beginning June 15. Broadway.com has more.

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