November 26, 2018 at 8:54 pm #1202682843
Following its sold-out run in Los Angeles, the national tour of Dear Evan Hansen will return for an encore production at the Ahmanson Theatre during their 2020-2021 season. http://www.playbill.com/article/dear-evan-hansen-will-play-return-engagement-in-los-angeles
November 29, 2018 at 1:26 pm #1202685475
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Hugh Jackman is going back on tour with another one-man show that will incorporate songs from Oklahoma, The Boy From Oz, Les Miserables and The Greatest Showman. https://variety.com/2018/legit/news/hugh-jackman-stage-show-1203038997/December 4, 2018 at 7:28 am #1202688944
Casting has been announced for the upcoming national tour of Falsettos, which includes Max von Essen, Nick Adams, Eden Espinosa, Nick Balemire, Audrey Cardwell, and Bryonha Marie Parham.
http://www.playbill.com/article/meet-the-newest-tight-knit-falsettos-family-for-the-national-tourDecember 4, 2018 at 3:58 pm #1202689346
As Torch Song will play its final Broadway performance on January 6th, 2019, it is set to go on tour next fall with Michael Urie reprising his role.
December 11, 2018 at 9:56 am #1202697806
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Three’s Company star Richard Kline will be joining the Waitress national tour as Old Joe on December 14th.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Richard-Kline-Takes-Over-the-Diner-as-Joe-in-WAITRESS-on-Tour-20181211December 15, 2018 at 7:33 am #1202701985
Tovah Feldshuh and Ed Asner will star in a tour of Jeff Cohen’s The Soap Myth on the East Coast, which will commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27) and Yom HaShoah (May 1). http://www.playbill.com/article/tovah-feldshuh-and-ed-asner-will-star-in-the-soap-myth-east-coast-tourDecember 17, 2018 at 8:39 am #1202703493
Annalene Beechey and Jose Llana are both set to lead the upcoming U.K. national tour of The King & I.
Beechey had recently stood by for Kelli O’Hara as Anna Leonowens during the production’s London run this past summer while Llana had previously played The King of Siam in the most recent Broadway revival as well as the U.S. national tour.December 18, 2018 at 9:10 am #1202705131
Casting has been announced for the adult roles in the upcoming 10th anniversary Australian tour of Billy Elliot.
http://www.playbill.com/article/initial-casting-announced-for-australian-return-of-billy-elliot-the-musicalDecember 28, 2018 at 8:36 am #1202712347
Casting has been announced for a new nonunion tour of Legally Blonde: The Musical.
http://www.playbill.com/article/cast-set-for-2019-national-tour-of-legally-blondethe-musicalJanuary 6, 2019 at 12:10 pm #1202721008
I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing David Ferguson, who is currently one of the dance captains for the national tour of Fiddler on the Roof.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/raleigh/article/BWW-TV-David-Ferguson-of-FIDDLER-ON-THE-ROOF-National-Tour-20190106January 9, 2019 at 8:49 am #1202727500
I got to see the national tour of Fiddler on the Roof in my area last night, and here are my thoughts:
In fact, if you’re familiar with how Fiddler on the Roof usually begins, this production begins a little differently. First, we the audience hear the sounds of a train arriving at a station. Second, a blackout happens. Third, the lights come up on a man reading from a book. Turns out that man is tracing back to the days of when his ancestors lived in the now departed village of Anatevka. It is that opening sequence which sets the stage for a memory play approach to this timeless classic as the villagers quickly appear with Tevye narrating about their ‘traditions’.
Under the bold direction of Bartlett Sher, he brings so much attention to detail that can be seen throughout the staging. From the inventive set designed by Michael Yeargan (with some modifications made for the tour by Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams) to the beautiful lighting designed by Donald Holder to the authentic costumes designed by Catherine Zuber. Hofesh Shechter’s choreography (which was recreated for this tour by Christopher Evans) is amazing. It is mostly brand new while still paying homage to Jerome Robbins’ work on the original production (especially in the iconic bottle dance near the end of Act I). The new orchestrations by Ted Sperling are also able to breathe such fresh, new life into the beloved score by Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick.
As for the cast, everyone gives such superb performances. Israeli actor Yehezkel Lazarov gives an incredible performance in the starring role of Tevye, the poor milkman who also is a firm supporter of the traditions of his faith. He is well-matched by Maite Uzal, who gives a terrific performance as his sharp-tongued wife, Golde. Their three daughters in this production also all share great chemistry with one another (as well their suitors). Mel Weyn is very good as the eldest, Tzeitel, who wishes to marry for love to her childhood friend, Motel Kamzoil, instead of wealth. Jesse Weil as the poor tailor, Motel, perfectly nails his character arc as he goes from shy to a more confident gentleman in asking Tevye for Tzeitel’s hand in marriage. Ruthy Froch as the second oldest, Hodel, perfectly captures that character’s spirit and intelligence. In Act I, she shares some growing chemistry with Pechik (Ryne Nardecchia), a young scholar and revolutionary who comes to Anatevka from Kiev. She also shares such a heartfelt moment with Tevye in Act II, especially with her rendition of ‘Far From the Home I Love’. Natalie Powers gives a strong performance as the middle daughter, Chava, a shy bookworm who ends up falling in love in Fyedka (Joshua Logan Alexander) despite him not being a Jew. This dilemma leads to a very heartbreaking moment in Act II. Though Carol Beaugard proves to be quite a comedic highlight as the local matchmaker, Yente.
Overall, this musical has aged very well. Joseph Stein’s book successfully goes from a joyful first act to a more moving second act. It feels very relevant to what is going on in the world right now and is indeed the perfect reminder of all the joy we need in this crazy world we’re living in. No matter where you come from, you should be able to identify and relate to any of the themes represented in Fiddler on the Roof. Life, love, happiness, and more.January 15, 2019 at 7:48 pm #1202735810
The casting of the national tour of Falsettos is complete with two boys, Thatcher Jacobs and Jim Kaplan, sharing the role of Jason. https://www.broadway.com/buzz/194605/falsettos-national-tour-casts-newcomers-thatcher-jacobs-jim-kaplan-as-jason/January 22, 2019 at 11:38 am #1202744528
The upcoming U.K. and Ireland tour of Christopher Sergel’s adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird has been canceled due to the producers of Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway version claiming exclusive stage rights. http://www.playbill.com/article/uk-tour-of-to-kill-a-mockingbird-canceled-broadway-producers-claim-exclusive-rights
January 29, 2019 at 8:48 am #1202754151
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After only three months on the road, the national tour of Dear Evan Hansen has recouped its investment.
https://www.theatermania.com/seattle-theater/news/dear-evan-hansen-tour-recoups-after-12-weeks_87654.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=29jan2019&fbclid=IwAR1Kzpi_6UJbuiZfvFJckTDBa2n_UTU0iIiqsYMKAA_igFzt5zwp20r1XV8February 5, 2019 at 7:19 pm #1202762701
The Pantages and Dolby Theatres have announced their 2019-2020 season lineups. http://www.playbill.com/article/hamilton-to-return-to-la-season-also-includes-mean-girls-and-the-bands-visit-at-the-dolby
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