February 28, 2018 at 11:07 am #1202502829
The revival of Once on this Island currently playing Circle in the Square on Broadway will be going on tour in the fall of 2019. It will play Los Angeles, among other cities to be announced.
This marvelous environmental, immersive staging won’t be able to tour, but director Michael Arden will surely come up with something suitable to larger tour houses.March 6, 2018 at 8:21 am #1202508273
The Band’s Visit is set to launch its first national tour in Providence, Rhode Island next spring…
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Welcome-to-Everywhere-THE-BANDS-VISIT-to-Launch-National-Tour-from-Providence-in-Spring-2019-20180306March 8, 2018 at 2:50 pm #1202510052
Elena Shaddow will be taking over for Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna Leonowens in the current national touring production of The King & I on March 20th…
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Something-Wonderful-Elena-Shaddow-to-Lead-the-National-Tour-of-THE-KING-AND-I-20180308March 13, 2018 at 9:40 am #1202512575
North Carolina Theatre is the venue where I go review regional productions they present in Raleigh, North Carolina. Though they do present two touring productions per season. They’ve just announced their 2018-19 season, and the two national tours that they’ll be presenting are…
Jersey Boys: November 13th-18th
The King & I: March 19th-24th
I’m very excited about both of these. Hopefully, Elena Shaddow will still be in The King & I then. I’d be happy to see her in it.March 15, 2018 at 1:37 pm #1202513899
The Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, New York is where I attend touring productions of Broadway shows. Yesterday, they released their lineup for the 2018-2019 season, which includes:
A Bronx Tale—October 16-21
Fiddler On The Roof—December 11-16
Miss Saigon—March 5-10
Hamilton—April 23-May 12
Of these shows, I will absolutely be seeing Hamilton, as I still have not seen any production of that show yet. I’ll probably also check out Fiddler On The Roof and/or Waitress.March 20, 2018 at 9:19 am #1202516272
Betty better come to Boston!
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It was just announced that she will be coming to Boston…
http://www.playbill.com/article/dear-evan-hansen-betty-buckley-led-hello-dolly-and-more-tapped-for-broadway-in-boston-seasonMarch 20, 2018 at 3:37 pm #1202516457
Sadly it looks like she won’t be coming to Rochester. 🙁 🙁 🙁March 21, 2018 at 10:43 am #1202516952
From the national tour of Waitress, I was recently able to interview the star of that production, Desi Oakley…
March 23, 2018 at 7:14 am #1202518096
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While not surprising at this point, it was officially announced that Anastasia will be launching a 30-city national tour this fall…
http://www.theatermania.com/broadway/news/anastasia-announces-north-american-tour_84561.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=23mar2018March 23, 2018 at 7:19 am #1202518101
^^Haha, it’s like that press release got lost in a spam folder somewhere, since most of the tour venues have already announced the show as part of their season packages. The season announcement I attended even had a performance of “Journey to the Past” from the woman who will be playing the role in the tour company.March 26, 2018 at 1:59 pm #1202519456
Adam Jacobs will be playing his final performance as Aladdin in the show’s national tour on March 31. Clinton Greenspan will take over the role on April 7. http://www.playbill.com/article/clinton-greenspan-will-take-on-the-title-role-of-aladdin-national-tourMarch 26, 2018 at 2:06 pm #1202519459
Considering that Adam Jacobs has now been playing Aladdin for over four and a half years, I’m sure he’ll be taking a break after his run in the tour.April 5, 2018 at 8:49 am #1202524543
The Olivier-winning revival of Jesus Christ Superstar will launch a North American tour in the fall of 2019. http://www.playbill.com/article/jesus-christ-superstar-will-embark-on-a-us-national-tour-in-2019April 9, 2018 at 5:43 am #1202526334
Saw the touring production of The Color Purple on Saturday night. Boy, this cast is on fire. Broadway quality all the way down the line. Adrianna Hicks is everything you could want in a Celie not played by Cynthia Erivo. She brought the house down when she told off Mister and moved out, and her “I’m Here” rattled the rafters and stopped the show. Carla R. Stewart is affecting and appropriately dangerous and voluptuous as Shug, which is a plum part. Carrie Compere’s (Sofia) big number (“Hell No!”) doesn’t quite land, but all her line readings and reactions do.
The show itself is a different matter. It doesn’t do a very good job of musicalizing this rich material. Quite a lot of compelling plot and character development is glossed over (especially in Act II) and too much time is devoted to peripheral points. Celie and Nettie’s reunion at the final curtain doesn’t give us all the feels it needs to. I also didn’t really care for John Doyle’s stripped-down staging (does he do any other kind?) It missed some opportunities for theatricality and also serves to point up some of the weak spots in the book. By the middle of Act II, I had really had my fill of watching the actors walk over squeaky boards and move chairs around.
If this comes to your area, though, I would recommend seeing it for this cast.
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