September 26, 2017 at 3:49 am #1202223737
Samantha Barks and Steve Kazee were just announced to star in a musical version of 1990 hit film Pretty Woman. The score is by “Summer of ‘69” rocker Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. Jerry Mitchell will direct and choreograph.
The show will try out at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago starting in March, then open on Broadway in fall 2018 in a Nederlander theater TBA.September 26, 2017 at 5:48 am #1202223775
Interesting enough, Samantha Barks was my choice to play Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, and here she is set to do the American version of that.September 26, 2017 at 7:05 am #1202223801
When she tweeted last week that she had big news, I thought maybe she was going to announce she was Eliza, but this must have been it.
I think Annaleigh Ashford did a workshop of Pretty Woman a while back; she would have been great in the part. Barks can certainly sing just about anything; we’ll see if she can bring the requisite combination of warmth and edge for this role.September 28, 2017 at 5:05 am #1202225554
Jason Mraz will be taking over for Drew Gehling in Waitress for 10 weeks beginning November 3rd…
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-Its-Official-Jason-Mraz-Will-Make-Broadway-Debut-in-WAITRESS-This-Fall-20170928October 3, 2017 at 9:07 am #1202229006
Orfeh will be joining Samantha Barks & Steve Kazee in the Broadway-Bound Pretty Woman musical…
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-News-Orfeh-Will-Return-to-Broadway-in-PRETTY-WOMAN-20171003October 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm #1202234988
Bobby Comte Thornton will play his final performance in A Bronx Tale on November 5. http://www.broadway.com/buzz/189973/a-bronx-tale-star-bobby-conte-thornton-announces-final-performance-date/October 11, 2017 at 12:47 pm #1202234990
Donna Mills will star in the titular role in the production of Driving Miss Daisy at The Colony Theatre in Burbank, California from November 2-December 10. http://www.playbill.com/article/knots-landings-donna-mills-will-star-in-driving-miss-daisyOctober 13, 2017 at 1:47 pm #1202236566
Eric Anderson has joined the cast of Pretty Woman. http://www.playbill.com/article/waitress-eric-anderson-joins-broadway-bound-pretty-woman-musicalOctober 17, 2017 at 8:48 am #1202239790
Tony nominee Adrienne Warren (Shuffle Along…) is set to play Tina Turner in a new bio-musical about her titled Tina in London’s West End…
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Adrienne-Warren-to-Star-as-the-Glam-Queen-in-TINA-THE-TINA-TURNER-MUSICAL-20171017October 18, 2017 at 12:12 pm #1202241766
OK, so Annie is kind of a dull choice for Paper Mill to do for the holiday season, but they’ve cast their production exceptionally well with some Broadway favorites: Beth Leavel as Miss Hannigan, Erin Mackey as Grace Farrell, and Christopher Sieber as Daddy Warbucks.
The production runs November 22 to December 31.October 18, 2017 at 12:33 pm #1202241778
I must admit, Annie was the first theatrical show I ever saw (it was the 2005-07 national touring production), so it’s always had a special place in my heart. I certainly wish I could see Paper Mill’s production, because that’s quite a cast they’ve lined up.October 18, 2017 at 2:56 pm #1202241880
Amber Riley will play her final performance as Effie White in the West End production of Dreamgirls on November 18. Succeeding her in the role will be a trio of actresses who will alternate: Moya Angela, Marisha Wallace and Karen Mav. http://www.playbill.com/article/amber-riley-will-depart-london-dreamgirls-three-actors-will-share-role-of-effie-whiteOctober 19, 2017 at 6:05 am #1202242285
Producers announced today that Lee Pace will complete the cast of Broadway’s Angels in America revival, playing the role of Joe Pitt. He replaces Russell Tovey, who played the role in London but is not making the transfer to New York.October 27, 2017 at 1:50 pm #1202294812
Lorna Luft will play Louise in a production of Holiday Inn at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle from November 24-December 31. https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Lorna-Luft-to-Play-Louise-in-Irving-Berlins-HOLIDAY-INN-at-The-5th-Avenue-Theatre-20171026
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