Week in Review 5.5.17

Scroll down for some exciting news about these grand dames.

Coming Up

Atlantic Theater 2017-2018 Season—The Atlantic Theater Company has announced its 2017-2018 season. In addition to two Atlantic for Kids productions, the off-Broadway company will present:
  • On the Shore of the Wide World, by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time); this runs August 23-October 1, and is a New York premiere; Neil Pepe (Marie and Rosetta) directs
  • Describe the Night, by Rajiv Joseph (Guards at the Taj); this runs November 1-December 17, and is a world premiere co-production with Alley Theatre; Giovanna Sardelli (The North Pool) directs
  • The Homecoming Queen, by Ngozi Anyanwu; this runs January 10, 2018-February 11, and is a world premiere
  • Hangmen, by Martin McDonagh (The Cripple of Inishmaan); this runs January 18-March 4, and is a US premiere; Matthew Dunster directs
  • This Ain't No Disco, a musical with a book by Rick Elice (Peter and the Starcatcher) and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Peter Yanowitz; this runs May 11-July 1, and is a world premiere; Trip Cullman (Significant Other) directs
  • The Great Leap, by Lauren Yee; this runs May 23-June 17, and is a New York premiere
Michel Moore on Broadway—Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore will make his Broadway debut this summer in his one-man play, The Terms of My Surrender, to be directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot). Running for a limited engagement at the Belasco Theatre, previews begin July 28, with opening night set for August 10. The run, which will mark Moore's Broadway debut, is scheduled to conclude on October 22. Broadway.com has more.

Vineyard Season—While the full 2017-2018 Vineyard Theatre season has yet to be announced, the off-Broadway company has revealed that the new season will include The Beast in the Jungle, a new musical written by John Kander (music) and David Thompson (book), and directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. That will run in spring 2018. The other two main stage productions, the developmental lab, and the reading series offerings will be announced soon.

It's an Honor

Tony Awards—Nominees for the 71st annual Tony Awards were announced this week. The Great Comet led the pack with 12 nominations, and Dear Evan Hansen was close behind with nine. (Many prognosticators might be quick to say that The Great Comet now has the edge but tread carefully: Both shows earned nominations in the high profile categories of Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, and Best Orchestrations, and both earned three acting nominations, including for their respective leading men, Josh Groban and Ben Platt. The volume of nominations does not indicate a certain win.) Happily, the fantastic new play A Doll's House, Part 2 earned the most nominations for a play (eight nods), including nominations for its four actors. Check out my post from Tony Nomination Day for the full list of nominees, and tune into CBS on June 11 to watch Broadway's biggest night. (Extra: Broadway World, Theater Mania, and The New York Times have reactions from nominees. Broadway.com has photos from the Meet the Nominees presser. In addition, Dallas Theater Center has been named the recipient of the 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award. Playbill has details.)

Chita Rivera Awards—Honoring excellence in dance on both stage and screen, the nominees for the Chita Rivera Awards (nee, Astaire Awards) were announced. Among the nominees are Denis Jones (choreographer) and Corbin Bleu (actor) for Holiday Inn; the Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 ensemble; NYCB soloist Georgina Pazcoguin (Cats); and David Neumann (choreographer) and Ato Blankson-Wood and Curtis Wiley (actors) for The Total Bent. Visit Broadway World for the full list of nominees.

Broadway.com Audience Choice Nominations—It's time to choose the nominees for the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards—theatre awards chosen entirely by fans. Head to Broadway.com to select a slate of nominees in 21 categories. Polls are open through Sunday, May 7, and nominees will be announced the next day.

TV Tidbits

  • Variety talks to Matt LeBlanc and Episodes showrunners, David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik. The Showtime comedy returns for a fifth and final season August 20.

  • Beau Willimon (House of Cards, Breathing Time) is creating a series about the (imagined) first human mission to Mars. The series was ordered by and will be broadcast on Hulu. Variety has more.

  • The full trailer for the upcoming fifth season of House of Cards was released this week. The Netflix drama will be back on May 30. Watch the trailer below.

Casting News

  • Legendary actresses Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, and Candice Bergen will star in Book Club, a movie that centers around a group of older women reading Fifty Shade of Grey in their book club. Variety has more.

  • Anthony Ramos (Hamilton) has been cast in both the A Star is Born remake (alongside Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper) and a Godzilla sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. A Star is Born is set for a September 28, 2018, release, and Godzilla is slated to hit theaters March 22, 2019. Deadline has details.

  • Telly Leung (Godspell, In Transit) will join the Broadway company of Aladdin as the titular leading man. He'll begin performances June 13. Broadway.com has more. 
In Other News

  • Amelie, the musical adaptation of the 2001 movie, will conclude its Broadway run May 21. The show, which, in a season with 13 new musicals, had been struggling to find an audience, did not receive any Tony nominations. Amelie is led by Phillipa Soo and Adam Chanler-Berat. Theater Mania has more.

  • Choreographer and former NYCB principal dancer Benjamin Millepied (Black Swan, Neverwhere) will make his film directorial debut with an adaptation of the Bizet opera, Carmen. The feature will begin shooting in LA in early 2018. Variety has details.

  • The Broadway bow of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will open at the Lyric Theatre on April 22, 2018. Preview dates, casting, and other details have yet to be announced. Broadway.com has more.

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