March 2, 2020 at 7:09 pm #1203368148
Casting has been announced for the Australian premiere of 9 To 5: The Musical, which will begin performances at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre on April 19 and then transfer to Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre on July 25. https://www.playbill.com/article/beetlejuices-eddie-perfect-will-join-caroline-oconnor-marina-prior-and-more-in-australias-9-to-5March 3, 2020 at 5:31 pm #1203369598
Casting has been announced for the production of Annie Baker’s play The Antipodes, which will play at the Mark Taper Forum from March 25-April 26. https://www.playbill.com/article/josh-hamilton-arye-gross-matthew-rauch-more-cast-in-annie-bakers-the-antipodes-at-the-mark-taper-forumMarch 3, 2020 at 5:37 pm #1203369604
A stage adaptation of the TV show Designing Women, written by the original series creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, will make its world premiere at TheaterSquared in Fayetteville, Arkansas from August 12-September 13. https://www.playbill.com/article/designing-women-new-play-based-on-hit-tv-series-will-debut-at-theatersquaredMarch 4, 2020 at 11:00 am #1203370969
A stage adaptation of George Clooney’s 2005 Oscar nominated film, Good Night, and Good Luck, will have its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company this fall. Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro will direct with her husband, Ian Barford, who’s currently having a pretty busy season on Broadway as he’s now in previews for The Minutes after having just starred in Linda Vista, leading the cast.
Michael Riedel previously reported a stage adaptation being in the works back in 2015 that Kevin Spacey was planning to star in. Though given his countless allegations of sexual misconduct, it’s now clear that Spacey won’t be allowed anywhere near this project.
https://nypost.com/2015/08/26/kevin-spacey-is-plotting-his-return-to-broadway/March 4, 2020 at 4:01 pm #1203371189
Kind of similar to how Jussie Smollett was almost cast in the upcoming Broadway revival of Take Me Out, but once it was discovered that he staged the homophobic hate crimes he claimed happened to him, the producers quickly changed their minds. https://deadline.com/2019/04/jussie-smollett-broadway-take-me-out-revival-casting-1202597374/March 5, 2020 at 3:17 pm #1203372419
Casting has been announced for the Kennedy Center’s upcoming production of Bye Bye Birdie. Which includes James Van Der Beek as Albert Peterson, Carly Hughes as Rosie Alvarez, Mallory Bechtel as Kim McAfee, Reg Rogers as Harry McAfee, Ann Harada as Doris McAfee, Harvey Fierstein as Mae Peterson, Caitlin Kinnunen as Ursula, and more. Meanwhile, the role of Conrad Birdie will be announced at a later date.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/James-Van-Der-Beek-Carly-Hughes-Mallory-Bechtel-Harvey-Fierstein-More-Will-Lead-BYE-BYE-BIRDIE-at-the-Kennedy-Center-20200305March 5, 2020 at 3:26 pm #1203372427
Hannah Elless, Ellen Harvey, Ben Michael, and Jason Danieley are all set to star in the upcoming world premiere of Ahrens & Flaherty’s new musical, Knoxville.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/sarasota/article/Asolo-Repertory-Theatre-Has-Announced-Complete-Casting-for-the-World-Premiere-of-KNOXVILLE-20200305March 5, 2020 at 5:49 pm #1203372532
Casting has been announced for the American Conservatory Theatre production of The Rocky Horror Show, which will run from April 23-May 17. Tony nominee Sam Pinkleton will direct and choreograph. https://www.playbill.com/article/alysha-umphress-sean-okuniewicz-rotimi-agbabiaka-more-cast-in-acts-the-rocky-horror-showMarch 9, 2020 at 4:57 am #1203375576
I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing Robert Hartwell, who will be directing and choreographing North Carolina Theatre’s upcoming production of Memphis, which will take place from March 24th-29th.March 9, 2020 at 11:53 am #1203375905
Woolly Mammoth Theatre is set to launch its 41st Season with a ‘pre-Broadway’ production of Michael R. Jackson’s hit musical, A Strange Loop.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/A-STRANGE-LOOP-Announces-DC-Run-And-Broadway-Ambitions-20200309March 9, 2020 at 5:26 pm #1203376291
Fra Free will star in the world premiere of the musical Breakfast On Pluto, based on the 2005 film of the same name, at the Galway International Arts Festival this summer. Afterwards, the show will play at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre before concluding with a 7-week engagement in London at the Donmar Warehouse from October 2-November 21. https://www.playbill.com/article/the-ferrymans-fra-fee-to-star-in-new-irish-musical-breakfast-on-plutoMarch 10, 2020 at 9:21 am #1203376989
Isabelle McCalla, Ruth Gottschall, Eddie Korbich, and more will be joining the previously announced Norm Lewis and Faith Prince in The Lyric Opera’s upcoming production of 42nd Street.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Isabelle-McCalla-and-More-Join-the-Cast-of-Lyrics-42ND-STREET-Starring-Norm-Lewis-and-Faith-Prince-20200310March 10, 2020 at 6:29 pm #1203377655
The Geffen Playhouse has announced their 2020-2021 season lineup, which will include the West Coast premiere of The Inheritance and a currently unnamed production that will be directed by Bryan Cranston. https://www.playbill.com/article/the-inheritance-bryan-cranston-more-set-for-geffen-playhouses-20202021-seasonMarch 11, 2020 at 8:11 am #1203378046
Casting has been announced for the upcoming Canadian premiere of Harry Potter & the Cursed Child.
https://www.broadway.com/buzz/198754/initial-casting-set-for-canadian-premiere-of-tony-winning-harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child/March 11, 2020 at 4:31 pm #1203378638
Erin Mackey is set to lead the Goodspeed Opera House’s upcoming production of South Pacific.
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