Welcome back to the blog! The last week of January featured some star-studded announcements, and some big new productions coming up for the spring and summer.
Sara Bareilles extends in WAITRESS – Sara Bareilles will be staying with the diner even longer! The Tony Award-nominated songwriter of the show has extended her run through March 11. Jason Mraz, currently in the role of Dr. Pottamer, will finish his run on February 11, with original cast member Drew Gehlig returning to the roll on February 13.
Based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, the new Broadway musical, Waitress, has a book by Jessie Nelson, music and lyrics by five-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus. Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, is stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna must weigh her commitments against a rare shot at freedom and recognition. Her customers, co-workers, and the town’s handsome new doctor all offer her conflicting recipes for happiness – but Jenna must ultimately decide for herself.
Complete casting for THE ICEMAN COMETH – A full cast list has been set for the latest revival of Eugene O’Neill’s drama The Iceman Cometh. Joining Denzel Washington as Hickey and Tammy Blanchard as Cora are Tony Award winners Frank Wood as Cecil Lewis and Bill Irwin as Ed Mosher, Tony nominee Reg Rogers as James Cameron, Olivier nominee Colm Meaney as Harry Hope, David Morse as Larry Slade, Carolyn Braver as Pearl, Austin Butler in his Broadway debut as Don Parritt, Joe Forbrich as Lieb, Nina Grollman making her Broadway debut as Margie, Thomas Michael Hammond as Moran, Neal Huff as Willie Oban, Danny Mastrogiorgio as Chuck Morello, Dakin Matthews as Piet Wetjoen, Jack McGee in his Broadway debut as Pat McGloin, Clark Middleton as Hugo Kalmar, and Michael Potts as Joe Mott.
Two-time Academy Award winner and Tony Award winner Denzel Washington returns to Broadway in one of the signal roles in the American theatre in Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, for 14 weeks only. Frank Rich of The New York Times raved, “the word ‘masterwork’ is not invoked lightly. Eugene O’Neill’s tragic vision remains undiminished by time. The Iceman Cometh is a ferocious American classic that has lost none of its power to send one shaking into the middle of the night.” Beginning March 22, 2018, Denzel Washington, fresh off his extraordinary sell-out runs in both Fences and A Raisin in the Sun, comes back to the Main Stem in “the greatest American play” (New York Magazine) by “the greatest American playwright” (The Washington Post).
HEAD OVER HEELS announces a Broadway run, complete with theatre, dates, and casting – Head Over Heels, the Broadway producing debut of Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow, will be playing at the Hudson Theatre following a run at San Francisco’s Curran this spring! The musical, featuring the songs of the Go-Go’s to tell an updated take on Philip Sidney’s Arcadia, will begin previews on June 23 prior to a July 26 opening night. The cast stars Jeremy Kushnier, Rachel York, Alexandra Socha, Andrew Durand, Taylor Iman Jones, Bonnie Milligan, Tom Alan Robbins, and in her Broadway debut, the runner-up of the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Peppermint. When the production opens this summer, Peppermint will become the first performer who identifies as a trans woman to originate a principal role on Broadway. Rounding out the ensemble is Sharon Catherine Brown, Yurel Echezarreta, Lisa Finegold, Brian Flores, Ari Groover, Tanya Haglund, Arica Jackson, Gregory Liles, Gavin Lodge, Samantha Pollino, Justin Prescott, Tanner Ray Wilson, and Ricardo Zayas.
- There’s a duke, a mysterious prophecy and two daughters: one mobbed by suitors, the other…not so much. All of this is set to the beat of 1980s pop icons the Go-Go’s, including such hits as “We Got the Beat,” “Get Up and Go,” “Cool Jerk,” “Vacation,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Lust to Love,” “Head Over Heels” and Belinda Carlisle’s solo hits “Mad About You” and “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.”
THE PROM releases initial Broadway casting – The new Broadway musical The Prom, which had its world premiere in 2016 at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, has announced initial casting for its Broadway run! Starring in this new musical will be Brooks Ashmanskas, Beth Leavel, Christopher Sieber, Caitlin Kinnunen, Isabelle McCalla, Michael Potts, Angie Schworer, Courtenay Collins and Josh Lamon. The announcement also featured an official opening night of November 15, at a Shubert Theatre to be announced.
- Emma becomes an instant outcast—and a national headline—when her high school cancels the prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend. Sensing a chance to correct an injustice—and maybe get some good publicity along the way—a group of fading celebrities takes up the cause, and invades Emma’s small Indiana town. But their bumbling attempts at social activism make the situation far worse than they—or Emma—could have ever imagined. Cultures clash and the town erupts in chaos. The community’s reputation, Emma’s future, and the celebrities’ careers, all hang in the balance until a true hero emerges to save the day. Uproarious and ultimately uplifting, this new musical proves that standing up for yourself—and inspiring others to accept their differences—can make you the star you were always meant to be.