Star Files The River Hugh Jackman Jackman confirmed the story on his Instagram account, saying: “What you read in the NY Post is true. Not sure exactly when, but I’m really excited. A great team for The River… Can’t wait to tread the boards again!!!” View Comments Tony winner Hugh Jackman is coming back to Broadway in 2015! Although he recently dropped out of the new musical Houdini, he is now set to start in a play, Jez Butterworth’s The River, according to The New York Post. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 8, 2015 Related Shows Butterworth’s follow-up to the Tony-nominated Jerusalem, The River had a critically acclaimed run back in 2012 at London’s Royal Court Theatre. Running at only 80 minutes long, The River is the story of a man and a woman in a remote cabin on the cliffs on a moonless night. The three-hander originally starred Dominic West, Miranda Raison and Laura Donnelly. In addition to The Boy From Oz, Jackman has appeared on Broadway in A Steady Rain and a hit solo show, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway. The star’s many film and TV credits include Australia, Swordfish, Kate & Leopold, Real Steel, The Prestige, Les Miserables and the X-Men series, including The Wolverine. The Oscar-nominated star is also planning to channel P.T. Barnum in a long-in-the-works movie musical The Greatest Showman on Earth, featuring a new screenplay by Oscar winner Bill Condon.
View Comments The Tony nominations will be announced by Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu on April 29 at the Paramount Hotel’s Diamond Horseshoe and the winners announced in a live telecast on June 8 on CBS, hosted by Hugh Jackman. “Signature Theatre is an integral part of the theater landscape. By dedicating each season to a single playwright, Signature Theatre offers audiences an unmatched explorative experience with the writer’s message across multiple bodies of work,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing. Signature Theatre was founded in 1991 by James Houghton and champions in-depth explorations of a playwright’s body of work. It has a permanent home at The Pershing Square Signature Center, a three-theater facility on New York City’s West 42nd Street. Signature has presented entire seasons of the work of writers including Edward Albee, David Henry Hwang, Bill Irwin, Adrienne Kennedy, Tony Kushner, Romulus Linney, Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard and August Wilson. Signature, its productions and its resident writers have been recognized with the Pulitzer Prize, Lucille Lortel Awards, Obie Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and AUDELCO Awards, among many other distinctions. The 2014 Regional Theater Tony Award is to go to New York’s Signature Theatre. Every year a Tony is awarded to a regional theater on the recommendation of the American Theatre Critics Association. This is the first year that theaters based in the Big Apple were considered eligible.
The project would follow in the footsteps of the 2013’s mega-successful The Sound of Music Live! and last year’s less (but still respectably) successful Peter Pan Live!. Also in the works, reportedly, is a live presentation of Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men. Meanwhile, Fox has announced that they intend to bring a live version of Grease to the small screen later this year. Are you ready to live-tweet your way down the Yellow Brick Road? It looks like The Wiz—not The Music Man—might be NBC’s next live musical event, according to Deadline. NBC honcho Robert Greenblatt said at the Television Critics Association Press Tour on January 16 that the network has optioned rights to the Tony-winning musical. Still in the running is The Music Man, which was previously reported as the network’s pick for this year. Which musical would you like to see live on NBC? Let us know below! The Wiz features a score by Charles Smalls and a book by William F. Brown. The musical follows the beloved L. Frank Baum story of Dorothy and her adventures in Oz, but with a rock and soul revamp. The show premiered on Broadway in 1975 and went on to win seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The 1978 film adaptation starred Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Lena Horne. Check out Ross and Jackson ease on down the road here. The last major New York production took place in 2009 as part of New York City Center’s Encores! program and starred Grammy winner Ashanti, Aladdin Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart, If/Then’s LaChanze, Joshua Henry and more. View Comments
View Comments Laura Benanti It’s the first day of spring, so naturally we’ve spent the day bundled up in our winter coats, rocking back and forth and crying. Because there’s a blizzard in the Big Apple. Of course there is. To cheer you (and ourselves) up, we’re recapping the 10 craziest things that happened this week, from Sierra Boggess’ mandatory salt lamp to Jonathan Groff’s highly visible butt cheeks. Here come the Lessons of the Week!Duncan Sheik Misses Jonathan Groff’s ButtThis week, Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik reminded us of the old days, when we had to walk uphill in the snow alllll the way to the Eugene O’Neill Theatre to get a glimpse of Jonathan Groff’s butt cheeks. Now, all we have to do is turn on HBO’s Looking and there they are, in high-def. Kids today don’t know how easy they have it.Julie White’s the Martha Stewart of WhoresThe Tony winner has played a lot of kooky characters in her day, but her new role in Airline Highway takes the 15-layer cake with hand-churned buttercream frosting. In the new dark comedy she’s playing Tanya, a hooker with a flair for party planning. Hey, we know this great gal Fantine who could use some cheering up…We Can’t Make ‘Fetch’ HappenSo, we have good news and bad news. The good news? The Mean Girls musical is 60% complete, according to co-writer Jeff Richmond. The bad news? There’s no “fetch” song and there probably isn’t going to be. We don’t think our father, the inventor of Toaster Strudel, would be too pleased with this.Laura Benanti Has Sweaty Wrist SyndromeTony winner Laura Benanti is bravely going where no Singer Who Moves Well has gone before: the Rockettes kickline. And there’s a reason her new gig in the New York Spring Spectacular is even tougher—she’s living with Sweaty Wrist Syndrome, a mysterious illness doctors know almost nothing about. You’re so brave, Laura. So, so brave.Dolphins Love Aaron Tveit & NLBWe know Aaron Tveit and Norbert Leo Butz have lots of human admirers, but apparently even aquatic creatures can’t resist them. While jet skiing in the Florida Keys together (let’s just take a second to get that visual. Got it? OK), Aaron and Norbs were approached by a school of dolphins. Fins off, Flipper. Those guys are ours.Sierra Boggess Needs Her Salt LampWhen It Shoulda Been You star Sierra Boggess moved into her new dressing room at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, she brought along just a few essential items: a Himalayan salt lamp, a love lamp, a piece of rose quartz, a buddha from Norm Lewis and a Zen garden. That is enough stuff, Sierra. That is so enough. You will never know how enough that stuff is.Telly Leung Has a Kinky B’way GodmotherThe World of Extreme Happiness and Allegiance star Telly Leung owes his career to a Tony-winning force of nature: Kinky Boots favorite Billy Porter. The star convinced Leung to audition for Flower Drum Song, and he must have sprinkled magic glitter on the casting directors, because he got the part! Oh, and Telly is insanely talented, so that must have helped. But the glitter!Arielle Jacobs Had an 8-Year AuditionIt turns out Wicked’s new Nessarose isn’t so new after all. The In the Heights alum (and sis of Aladdin star Adam Jacobs) has been auditioning to play Elphie’s younger sister for almost eight years. First of all, eight years?! Arielle, were you 10 when you first started auditioning? But to quote our favorite witches, it’s clear you and this role deserve each other.JCM Was the Justin Bieber of B’wayBefore John Cameron Mitchell became internationally adored for his performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, he was making a few 13-year-old girls swoon as apparent “teen idol” Dickon in The Secret Garden. Oh come on, don’t lie. Your room was plastered with Dickon photos and you listened to “Wick” every night before you went to sleep. Admit it, Snowdrop. Admit it.Jerry O’Connell Is Jealous of a DogLiving on Love’s Jerry O’Connell is a big stage and screen star, so you’d think he’d have the confidence to back it up. But he can’t stop comparing his performance to the stellar skills of his glamorous co-star Trixie. Jerry, we don’t blame you—we saw Trixie in Bullets Over Broadway, and to be honest, you should be worried. That diva’s got pizzazz. Star Files
View Comments Related Shows Fiddler on the Roof Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016 Fiddler has added some perfect matches to their roster. Alexandra Silber, Samantha Massell and more have joined the cast of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway. The two take on the roles of Tzeitel and Hodel, respectively, in the upcoming revival. Joining them are newly announced Alix Korey as Yente, Ben Rappaport as Perchik, Jessica Vosk as Fruma Sarah and Aaron Young as Sasha. The production, directed by Bartlett Sher, will begin performances at the Broadway Theatre on November 12.Silber graduates to the role of Tzeitel, having previously played Hodel in the 2007 West End production. She made her Broadway debut in Master Class and recently starred as Maria in the Grammy-nominated West Side Story concert with the San Francisco Symphony. Massell appeared on the Great White Way in La Bohème. Korey returns to Broadway after appearing in numerous musicals including All Shook Up, Chicago, Triumph of Love and Show Boat. Rappaport’s credits include Picnic on the Main Stem and Outsourced on the small screen. Vosk can currently be seen in Finding Neverland having previously appeared in The Bridges of Madison County on the Great White Way. Young makes his Broadway debut with Fiddler.The group joins the previously reported lineup of stars, including five-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein as Tevye, Jessica Hecht as Golde, Adam Kantor as Motel and Melanie Moore as Chava. Julie Benko, Jesse Kovarsky and Silvia Vrskova will also join the ensemble, with additional casting to be announced later.The classic musical by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein premiered on Broadway in 1964; this marks the show’s fourth Broadway revival.
View Comments The Drama League will salute Broadway Baby Bernadette Peters this fall at their centennial gala in New York City. The black-tie event, set for November 2 at The Plaza, will feature a song-and-dance tribute to the Tony winner and “doganizer,” including performances by soon-to-be-announced Broadway and Hollywood favorites.Peters won Tony Awards for her performances in Song and Dance and Annie Get Your Gun. She was also honored with the Tonys’ Isabelle Stevenson Award in 2012. Her illustrious stage career includes originating roles in Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Mack & Mabel and George M!. She last appeared on Broadway in a trifecta of Stephen Sondheim revivals: Follies, A Little Night Music and Gypsy. Her screen credits include Mozart in the Jungle, Annie, The Jerk and this Playtex bra commercial.“The Drama League has been honored to celebrate the career achievements of the great women of Broadway, including Helen Hayes, Katherine Cornell, Jessica Tandy, Ethel Merman, Barbara Cook, Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera and many others,” said Drama League Executive Director Gabriel Shanks in a statement. “To kick off our second century in this tradition, we could think of no one more perfect than Bernadette, who exemplifies the absolute best of what American musical theater can be.”
Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 14, 2016 George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and more will pledge their Allegiance as they begin performances on Broadway on October 6. The new musical is set to officially open on November 8 at the Longacre Theatre.Directed by Stafford Arima and based on Takei’s childhood experience in a Japanese-American interment camp, Allegiance features music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and a book by Marc Acito. A story of family, love and patriotism set during World War II and beyond, the show follows veteran Sam Otsuka and his sister Kei as they find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country.The cast will also include Katie Rose Clarke, Michael K. Lee, Christopheren Nomura and Greg Watanabe. Allegiance
View Comments The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Related Shows Age: 27Hometown: Pinehurst, NCCurrent Role: A powerhouse Broadway debut in the Tony-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old on the autism spectrum, who confronts harsh family realities.Stage Cred: After graduating from University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Lea appeared off-Broadway in The Family Room at the ArcLight Theater and in Shakespeare’s R+J at San Diego’s Cygnet Theatre.”I went to vacation bible school. We had to do a play there. I chickened out and ran off the stage and sat with my mom. I was crying, and I hated it. Once we got home, I felt so guilty that they didn’t get to see me in the play that I did my part for them.””Alex [Sharp] is a great guy. He gave me The Alchemist; he liked to read it during his run. He also wrote me a letter about Christopher. There’s definitely pressure from following a Tony winner, but the more important thing is that the character is beloved by whoever sees the show.””Christopher is an everyman. People are inspired by him because everyone has something that makes them feel different. Christopher’s way more confident than I am. He believes in himself way more than I do. Finding that is the heart of the role.””I really like terrariums. I feel so nerdy, but it’s relaxing to have my plants. My dad was always into that kind of stuff. Our backyard was always landscaped with awesome plants. My green thumb comes from that. So my yard up here is my terrarium.””My mom was basically hyperventilating when she came to my dressing room after seeing it. But she might have been more excited for Henry Winkler when he came. She used the whole ‘My son’s in the show, can I have a picture with you?'””I worked in in-room dining services. I had the breakfast shift. I actually worked at the Steak ‘n Shake outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre for a hot second. That was a scary time. But I’m living a dream right now.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016
Judith Ivey Estelle Parsons(Photo by Bruce Glikas) View Comments Star Files Oscar winner and five-time Tony nominee Estelle Parsons, two-time Tony winner Judith Ivey and more will star in the world premiere of Out of the Mouths of Babes. Directed by Barnet Kellman, Israel Horovitz’s new comedy will begin previews on June 7 and officially open on June 19 at Cherry Lane Theatre off-Broadway.Joining Parsons (Bonnie and Clyde) and Ivey (Hurlyburly, Steaming) in the cast will be Angelina Fiordellisi (Zorba) and Francesca Choy-Kee (Disgraced).Out of the Mouths of Babes depicts what happens when four women arrive in Paris for the funeral of a 100-year-old man who loved each of them—at times variously, at time simultaneously. For 24 hours, they share his apartment, delicious secrets, and a dead cat.
Gabriel Ebert(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Related Shows View Comments Tony winner Gabriel Ebert, Becky Ann Baker and her husband Dylan Baker are among the performers tapped for Peer Gynt off-Broadway. The previously reported Classic Stage Company production, helmed by incoming artistic director John Doyle, will run from May 11 through June 19. Opening night is set for May 25.In addition to Ebert and the Bakers, the ensemble cast will feature George Abud, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Adam Heller and Jane Pfitsch.Ebert won a Tony for his performance as Mr. Wormwood in Matilda; he appeared on Broadway earlier this season in Therese Raquin. Becky Ann Baker can currently be seen on the HBO series Girls; her Great White Way credits include Good People, All My Sons, Assassins and Titanic. Dylan Baker returns to the New York stage after appearing in The Audience, God of Carnage and November; he also received a Tony nomination for La Bete. Abud can be seen in CSC’s current production of Nathan the Wise; he was on Broadway last year in The Visit. Bernstine’s New York credits include Grand Concourse, Neva and Ruined. Heller last appeared on the Main Stem in It Shoulda Been You. Pfitsch’s credits include Cabaret, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Company.The show presents Ibsen’s tale, adapted by Doyle, of a young Norwegian outcast searching for a life that lives up to his impossible expectations. The production will feature set design by David L. Arsenault, costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Jane Cox and original music and sound design by Dan Moses Schreier. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Peer Gynt