April 2, 2019 at 7:23 pm #1202837956
Former American Idol finalist LaToya London will star in the White Plains Performing Arts Center production of The Bodyguard. http://www.playbill.com/article/american-idols-latoya-london-will-star-in-the-bodyguard-at-white-plains-performing-arts-centerApril 4, 2019 at 8:07 pm #1202840506
Berkeley Repertory Theatre will stage the world premiere of the musical Swept Away in June 2020. Despite the title, it is NOT a musical adaptation of the 1974 Italian film which was then infamously remade in 2002 with Madonna, although it does deal with a shipwreck, as the plot is described as this:
“Set in 1888, off the coast of New Bedford, MA. When a violent storm sinks their whaling ship, the four surviving souls—a young man in search of adventure, his older brother who has sworn to protect him, a captain at the end of a long career at sea and a worldly first mate who has fallen from grace—each face a reckoning.”
This will be a jukebox musical of sorts, as it will incorporate songs by the Avett Brothers. John Logan wrote the book, while Michael Mayer will direct. https://www.broadway.com/buzz/195363/avett-brothers-musical-swept-away-sets-world-premiere-at-berkeley-rep/April 8, 2019 at 9:16 am #1202844271
Additional casting has been announced for the Kennedy Center’s upcoming staging of The Who’s Tommy.
http://www.playbill.com/article/mykal-kilgore-taylor-iman-jones-more-join-casey-cott-led-tommy-in-washington-dcApril 8, 2019 at 11:06 am #1202844421
People nowadays apparently have a case of West Side Story fever. Not only is there a Broadway revival set to debut next season along with Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film reboot, but there’s also a production that’s set to be staged in a rotating auditorium in Japan this summer.
http://www.playbill.com/article/new-west-side-story-with-a-rotating-auditorium-to-play-japanApril 9, 2019 at 4:45 pm #1202846167
Tovah Feldshuh and Wade Dooley will star in Dooley’s play The Prompter at the Bay Street Theater from May 28-June 16. http://www.playbill.com/article/tovah-feldshuh-and-wade-dooley-will-star-in-bay-street-theaters-the-prompterApril 9, 2019 at 4:57 pm #1202846190
Chicago Shakespeare Theater has announced their 2019-2020 season lineup, which will include the North American premiere of the stage version of 2010 Best Picture Oscar winner The King’s Speech. http://www.playbill.com/article/the-kings-speech-will-make-north-american-premiere-as-part-of-chicago-shakespeare-theaters-20192020-seasonApril 10, 2019 at 5:03 pm #1202847540
Critics had mixed thoughts about Marie, Dancing Still. https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Review-Roundup-MARIE-DANCING-STILL-in-Seattle-What-Do-the-Critics-Think-20190406April 10, 2019 at 5:09 pm #1202847553
Washington, D.C.’s Studio Theatre has announced their 2019-2020 season lineup. http://www.playbill.com/article/dcs-studio-theatre-lines-up-fun-home-pipeline-and-us-premiere-of-white-pearlApril 10, 2019 at 5:11 pm #1202847555
Casting has been announced for Serenbe Playhouse’s production of Ragtime, which will run from May 8-June 9. http://www.playbill.com/article/cast-set-for-serenbe-playhouses-vaudeville-inspired-ragtimeApril 11, 2019 at 9:30 am #1202848233
Pittsburgh CLO has announced their lineup of talent for their upcoming 2019 summer season.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Jenn-Colella-and-Charles-Shaughnessy-to-Lead-PETER-PAN-at-Pittsburgh-CLO-20190411April 12, 2019 at 11:33 am #1202849566
The Williamstown Theatre Festival has just announced additional casting for their upcoming 2019 summer season.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Williamstown-Theatre-Festival-Announces-Additional-Casting-Ellen-Barkin-Thomas-Sadoski-and-More-20190412April 13, 2019 at 8:25 am #1202851308
Several regional theaters have announced their 2019-2020 season lineups:
New Brunswick, New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse. http://www.playbill.com/article/george-street-playhouse-season-includes-new-musicals-last-days-of-summer-and-a-walk-on-the-moon-plus-premiere-of-joe-dipietros-conscience
Atlanta’s True Colors Theatre. http://www.playbill.com/article/school-girls-heading-to-atlantas-true-colors-theatre
Arlington, Virginia’s Signature Theatre. http://www.playbill.com/article/dcs-signature-theatre-plans-assassins-a-chorus-line-and-frank-wildhorns-camille-claudel-musicalApril 15, 2019 at 12:34 pm #1202854354
Mary And Max will make its European premiere this November at Austria’s Theatre Lintz. http://www.playbill.com/article/mary-and-max-musical-will-make-european-premiere-in-novemberApril 17, 2019 at 8:03 am #1202856519
Casting has been announced for the St. Louis Muny’s upcoming 2019 summer season.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Taylor-Louderman-Will-Swenson-Mamie-Parris-Ann-Harada-Jason-Gotay-Laura-Michelle-Kelly-and-More-Announced-For-THE-MUNYs-101st-Season-20190417April 18, 2019 at 8:36 am #1202857890
Frances Barber, who starred as Billie Trix in the Pet Shop Boys musical Closer To Heaven, will be reprising the role in a new solo musical by the duo called Musik, which will play at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 5-24. http://www.playbill.com/article/frances-barber-will-star-in-new-pet-shop-boys-musical-musik
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