Following the buzz of Disney’s Live-Action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin steps into the spotlight. Disney announced the leading players via Twitter on Saturday, July 15th. The role of The Genie will be played by Two-time Oscar nominee, Will Smith. The title role of Aladdin will be played by Mena Massoud (Jack Ryan, Open Heart) with Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) as Princess Jasmine. Tony-Award-winning composer, Alan Menken, revealed that filming will begin this summer.
In addition to the classic score by Alan Menken, the live-action movie will feature a new song written by Tony and Oscar-Awarding winning dream team, Justin Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The writing duo won an Oscar earlier this year for their song “City of Stars” in La La Land, and a Tony for Best Original Score in Dear Evan Hansen.
The film will be directed by Guy Ritchie.
If one of your three wishes is to see Aladdin The Musical click here for groups 20 or more!
Based on the dystopian novel by Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange is set to run at New World Stages for a limited engagement run from September 25th through January 6th, 2018. Previews begin September 2nd. This production, directed by Alexandra Spencer Jones, will make its New York Off-Broadway debut after its sold-out, award-winning, London run. Jonno Davies, who led the London Cast, will make his New York Stage debut in the role of Alex.
A Clockwork Orange the novel, published in 1962, and the film released in 1971 are woven into the cultural fabric of both Britain and the United States. You don’t want to miss what The Stage, London is calling “Stylish, stylized, and drenched in sweat, the show has a breathless, exhilarating energy!”
The story of little Alex and his gang of droods is set to an indie-pop soundtrack with a contemporary performance style.
Check back here for more updates on A Clockwork Orange!
Hamilton‘s Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan succeeded Josh Groban in the role of Pierre, in The Great Comet of 1812 on July 11th at The Imperial Theatre. Onaodowan is best known for originating the role of ‘Hercules Mulligan’ in Manuel-Miranda’s Pullitzer-Prize winning musical, Hamilton. See the Pierre Twitter Casting announcement from February, 2017!
Joining Oak at the “opera” is recording artist Ingrid Michaelson in the role of Natasha’s “good” cousin, Sonya. Michaelson will star in the production through August 15th, 2017.
See Michaelson and the production’s original Sonya, Brittain Ashford, sing ‘Sonya Alone’- a standout moment in the show.
Click here for tickets to see The Great Comet of 1812 for Groups 15+
Three-time Tony nominee Tony Shalhoub, and Indecent’s Katrina Lenk, will lead the cast of The Band’s Visit in the critically acclaimed transfer to Broadway this fall.
Shalhoub (The Price) will play Tewfiq—the leader of an Egyptian police band stranded in a small desert town in Israel, while Lenk (Once) takes on the role of Dina, one of the locals who take in the traveling musicians as the two groups form an unexpected bond. Both are reprising their original Off-Broadway roles.
Also returning to the show are George Abud (The Visit) as Camal, Bill Army (Act One) as Zelger, Tony nominee John Cariani (Something Rotten!) as Itzik, Andrew Polk (Burning) as Avrum, Rachel Prather (Once) as Julia, Jonathan Raviv (Martyrs Street) as Sammy, Sharone Sayegh (Mamma Mia!) as Anna, Kristen Sieh (The Fortress of Solitude) as Iris, Ari’el Stachel (We Live in Cairo) as Haled, and Alok Tewari (Awake and Sing!) as Simon.
The company will also include music director and pianist Andrea Grody, as well as band members Alexandra Eckhardt, Philip Mayer, Sam Sadigursky, Jeff Theiss, Harvey Valdes, and Garo Yellin. Complete casting will be announced at a later date.
Performances will begin October 7 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where the musical is set to officially open November 9. To purchase tickets, click here.
“A visionary director. A Groundbreaking play. A story of love, espionage, and betrayal.”
What more could you want in a Broadway show? M. Butterfly, directed by Julie Taymor, is set to open in October 2017 at The Cort Theatre. Clive Owens will star in the revival of this intoxicating play.
For the Tony-Award-winning play’s first Broadway return, David Henry Hwang-playwright- will introduce new material inspired by the real-life love affair between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Chinese opera singer Shi Pei Pu that has come to light since the play’s 1988 premiere.
Check back with Your Broadway Genius for more updates on M. Butterfly!
The diner is in good company with Betsy Wolfe as ‘Jenna’, in Sarah Bareilles’ acclaimed musical, Waitress. Wolfe is best known for her work on Broadway as Ellen in Bullets Over Broadway, as well as for her Off-Broadway appearance as Cathy Hiatt in The Last Five Years.
Each ‘Jenna’ brings a different flavor to the role (Pun Intended.) With the addition of the Front of House diner set-up, Wolfe transports the audience with her layered performance. You don’t want to miss Wolfe’s delicious new take on a role previously performed by Broadway vet Jessie Mueller, and Composer/Lyricist herself, Sara Bareilles.
See Wolfe in the rehearsal process prior to taking center stage:
"Sara Bareilles has been so gracious and helpful and encouraging and I think that is the attitude that everybody takes. I’m coming into an already existing family."
Posted by Waitress the Musical on Friday, June 16, 2017
For groups 12+ click here for tickets to this heart-warming musical!
The world premiere of Jagged Little Pill, an original musical featuring songs from Alanis Morisette’s Grammy award-winning album, and book by Oscar-winning Diablo Cody, will take place at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts– May 2018. Diane Paulus (Waitress, Finding Neverland, Pippin) will direct.
Rumor has it, the spotlight is on Idina Menzel in the Actors’ Equity 29-hour reading of the musical adaptation of Jagged Little Pill. Though, A.R.T. has confirmed Menzel’s involvement, Idina will be starring in Joshua Harmon’s, (Significant Other) Skintight at The Public, June 2018.
The reading also features Menzel’s fellow former Elphaba Carrie Manolakos, Adam Kaplan, Lauren Patten, Nora Schell, Vishal Vaidya, and Libby Winters.
Jagged Little Pill will follow a modern, multi-generational family and explore gender identity and race relations.
Perhaps, if the A.R.T. production moves to Broadway, we will see the Wicked and Frozen star take the lead? For those who aren’t ready to “Let it Go,” check back here with more updates regarding Jagged Little Pill.
If you are attending a Broadway show with a friend, or two, or three, odds are you will need a quality picture to post on Instagram later. Where to take said picture, you ask? Well, luckily we know a little thing or two about the theatre district (They call us geniuses or something.) We have scoped out the best locations to get a group picture/selfie prior to or after your Broadway Show.
First things first, you have to stop by Shubert Alley to admire the latest Broadway show posters located between West 44th Street and West 45th next to the Shubert Theatre. Select the poster of the show you are seeing, gather your friends, and take a picture under the lights of the Alley. Take one in front of the Bandstand poster and pretend Laura Osnes is in your squad for the day.We also recommend indulging in Junior’s legendary cheesecake before or after your selfie located across the street from Shubert Alley. After you’re done taking your pic, head to One Shubert Alley to collect all of your Broadway memorabilia- heck, get it before and include your Cats t-shirt in your photo!
If you are going for a more artsy approach to your photo, stand at Broadway and West 45th, turn to your left and pose capturing the Marquee of several Broadway theatres behind you including: The Booth, Schoenfeld, Jacobs, and Golden. This selfie spot is picturesque right before the sun goes down.
If you are a classic musical fan, stop by 42nd street to get a picture where 42nd street meets Broadway and dream of your name in lights. Have someone take your picture with Times Square in the background. It doesn’t get more “New York” than Broadway and 42nd.
Be sure to subscribe for more insider theatrical info, and don’t forget to stop and take a selfie at these three fabulous locations!
Wondering what show will move in to the Marquis Theatre after On Your Feet! takes its final bow on August 20th, 2017? Look no further. Escape to Margaritaville, a new musical comedy based on both original and beloved Jimmy Buffet classic songs including “Come Monday,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and many more is set to open on March 15, 2018.
With a book by Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl,” “Raising Hope”) and Emmy nominee Mike O’Malley (“Survivor’s Remorse,” “Shameless”), this rousing and refreshing new production is choreographed by Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine (Come From Away, Rock of Ages) and directed by Tony Award nominee and La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley (Come From Away, Memphis).
Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the water’s warm and the drinks are as cold as they are plentiful. Welcome to Margaritaville, the island paradise where city folk get away from it all, and the locals get into the kind of trouble you can almost always sweet talk your way out of. Take a break from your troubles, make some new friends at the bar and kick back to the soothing sounds of the kettledrum. It doesn’t get much better than this. All you need now is a ticket.
For groups of 12 or more, click HERE for tickets to this new and exciting musical!
If you tuned in to the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11th, then you would have seen the star-studded cast of Falsettos, perform on the Radio City Musical Hall stage. The revival opened in October 2016 and ran for a limited engagement at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre.
In case you missed the Tony performance, or wanted to see the show past its run at The Beaumont, have no fear! The original Live from Lincoln Center taping of Falsettos will hit the big screen for a limited run at select movie theaters across the country. For a full list click HERE.
The cast includes: Two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle (Something Rotten!, Peter and the Starcatcher) as Marvin, Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block (Wicked, Drood) as Trina, and Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon) as Whizzer, with Tracie Thoms (Rent) as Dr. Charlotte, Betsy Wolfe (The Last Five Years) as Cordelia, Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz (An American in Paris) as Mendel, and Anthony Rosenthal (A Christmas Story) as Jason.
Watch the cast perform “A Day in Falsettoland” from the Tony Awards on June 11th below.