Week in Review 2.17.17

Casting News

  • Okieriete Onaodowan, who originated the roles of Hercules Mulligan/James Madison in Hamilton, will take on the role of Pierre in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 beginning July 3. Josh Groban, who originated the role on Broadway, will, as previously reported, play his final performance on July 2. Onaodowan will remain with the production through September 4. Broadway.com has more.

  • Tony- and Grammy-nominated song writer Sara Bareilles will step into the lead role of Jenna in Waitress, for which she wrote the score. Jessie Mueller, who originated the role, will play her final performance March 26; Bareilles begins performances March 31, and will remain with the show through June 11. Playbill has more.

  • Complete casting for MTC's revival of The Little Foxes has been announced. Joining the previously announced headliners, Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon, will be Darren Goldstein (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Affair), Michael McKean (All the Way) and others. Previews begin March 29, and opening night is set for April 19. The limited engagement is scheduled to conclude June 18. Broadway.com has more.
It's an Honor

Grammys—The Grammy Awards were handed out on Sunday, February 12. Some winners of note: The Color Purple, Best Musical Theater Album; "Blackstar," by David Bowie, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance, the album, Blackstar, won Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package, and Best Engineered Album (non-calssical); Sing Me Home, Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, Best World Music Album; In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox, Carol Burnett, Best Spoken Work Album; Sissle and Blake Sing Shuffle Along, Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle, Best Album Notes; and Tom Petty was named the MusiCares Person of the Year. Rolling Stone has the full list of winners.

BAFTAs—Winners of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards were announced and honored on Sunday, February 12. La La Land earned multiple awards, including Best Film; Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress for Fences; and Kenneth Lonergan won Original Screenplay for Manchester by the Sea. Playbill has the full list of winners.

Coming Up

  • Second Stage will mount a revival of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy, now retitled, simple, Torch Song. Performances begin September 28. Moises Kaufman (The Laramie Project) will direct, and Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) will lead the cast. Theater Mania has more.

  • The Pubic's Mobile Unit, which brings free Shakespeare to underserved areas throughout all five boroughs on NYC, will present Twelfth Night. The production, directed by Saheem Ali, will tour March 30-April 22, and have a free sit-down run at the Public April 24-May 14. Playbill has more, including the full cast list.

  • Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning playwright Tracy Letts (August: Osage County, Man from Nebraska) will return to Broadway in 2018 with his play, The Minutes. The play will have its debut at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, and then begin previews on Broadway February 6, 2018. Opening night is set for March 8, and the limited engagement is scheduled to conclude December 31. Theater Mania has more.