May 13, 2019 at 5:28 pm #1202892693
Washington, D.C.’s National Theatre has announced their 2019-2020 season lineup. http://www.playbill.com/article/bandstand-summer-the-donna-summer-musical-more-heading-to-washington-dcs-national-theatreMay 13, 2019 at 5:32 pm #1202892698
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/
And now, the rest of Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s lineup has been unveiled, which includes Suzan-Lori Parks’ White Noise, the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Becky Nurse Of Salem, School Girls; Or The African Mean Girls Play, and Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days starring two-time Oscar winner Dianne Wiest. http://www.playbill.com/article/suzan-lori-parks-white-noise-sarah-ruhl-world-premiere-more-set-for-berkeley-reps-20192020-seasonMay 15, 2019 at 9:32 am #1202894935
Complete casting has been announced for the St. Louis Muny’s upcoming production of Kinky Boots.
http://www.playbill.com/article/caroline-bowman-john-scherer-more-will-join-j-harrison-ghee-and-taylor-louderman-in-muny-kinky-bootsMay 15, 2019 at 9:49 am #1202894975
Complete casting has been announced for the Barrington Stage Company’s upcoming 2019 season.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Barrington-Stage-Co-Announces-Casting-For-2019-Mykal-Kilgore-Julia-Murney-Jonathan-Raviv-and-More-20190515May 16, 2019 at 3:37 pm #1202896955
After previously firing their lead star Seyi Omooba due to her homophobic social media posts, the Leicester’s Curve/Birmingham Hippodrome production of The Color Purple has found their new Celie with actress T’Shan Williams. http://www.playbill.com/article/heathers-alum-tshan-williams-to-play-celie-in-uk-the-color-purple-following-social-media-controversyMay 16, 2019 at 3:51 pm #1202896975
Alan Tudyk will star in Michael Mitnick’s play Mysterious Circumstances at the Geffen Playhouse from June 11-July 14. http://www.playbill.com/article/alan-tudyk-to-star-in-mysterious-circumstances-at-geffen-playhouse-in-los-angelesMay 20, 2019 at 1:54 pm #1202901896
Casting has been announced for the Pittsburgh CLO’s upcoming production of Grease.
http://www.playbill.com/article/clay-aiken-will-join-jackie-burns-zach-adkins-more-in-pittsburgh-clos-greaseMay 21, 2019 at 9:20 am #1202903091
Bradley Cooper & Carey Mulligan will both be serving as narrators for the June 20th–22nd performances of Candide at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
http://www.playbill.com/article/bradley-cooper-and-carey-mulligan-tapped-for-candide-in-philadelphiaMay 21, 2019 at 1:40 pm #1202903539
Complete casting and creative team has been announced for the St. Louis Muny’s upcoming production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Jason-Gotay-Ashley-Brown-and-More-Will-Lead-The-Munys-CINDERELLA-20190521May 21, 2019 at 6:29 pm #1202903849
The Pasadena Playhouse has announced its 2019-2020 season lineup, which will include Little Shop Of Horrors, The Great Leap directed by B.D. Wong, Annie Get Your Gun directed by Sarna Lapine, and Florian Zeller’s The Father starring Alfred Molina. http://www.playbill.com/article/alfred-molina-in-the-father-bd-wonghelmed-the-great-leap-more-set-for-pasadena-playhouseMay 21, 2019 at 6:36 pm #1202903856
Dave Malloy’s Octet will extend yet again to June 30. http://www.playbill.com/article/dave-malloys-new-a-cappella-musical-octet-extends-a-third-timeMay 22, 2019 at 2:09 pm #1202904860
Hamilton will be heading down under to Sydney, Australia in 2021
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/HAMILTON-To-Premiere-In-Sydney-In-2021-20190521May 22, 2019 at 2:11 pm #1202904862
Harry Potter & the Cursed Child will be making its Canadian premiere in the fall of 2020.
https://www.broadway.com/buzz/195913/harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-to-make-canadian-premiere-in-fall-of-2020/May 22, 2019 at 8:03 pm #1202905182
Casting has been announced for the musical Acquanetta, which will be part of Bard SummerScape’s program at The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York. Performances will run from July 11-21. Tony nominee Daniel Fish will direct. http://www.playbill.com/article/casting-complete-for-acquanetta-directed-by-tony-nominee-daniel-fishMay 23, 2019 at 11:30 am #1202906044
The musical version of Magic Mike has cancelled its planned fall run at the Emerson Colonial in Boston. Recent creative upheaval has led the producers to the conclusion that the production isn’t ready to be staged.
This thing has had Dumpster fire written all over it for a while.
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