TOP 10 THEATRE STORIES YOU NEED TO KNOW
What 2016 political candidate is arriving Off-Broadway? Which Broadway star just landed a TV deal with Ellen? And what free Shakespeare shows are playing in Central Park this summer? Find out all this and more in Stagelight’s Top 10 Theater Stories of the Week!
10. Hillary Clinton arrives Off-Broadway
Tony nominee Kerry Butler will delve into the political world as she tackles the role of Hillary Clinton in the upcoming Off-Broadway run of Clinton – The Musical. So break out the pantsuits! Butler will begin performances at New World Stages in late March.
9. More casting announced for Rivera’s Visit
The upcoming Broadway musical The Visit starring Chita Rivera and Roger Rees announced additional casting this week. Jason Danieley, Matthew Deming, Diana Dimarzio, David Garrison, Rick Holmes, Tom Nelis, Chris Newcomer, Aaron Ramey, Timothy Shew, and Michelle Veintimilla will join Rivera and Rees when The Visit opens on April 23.
8. Danza’s Honeymoon in Vegas tries a new strategy
Amidst struggling ticket sales at a notoriously slow time of the year, Broadway’s Honeymoon in Vegas has switched PR firms. The Tony Danza musical received rave reviews and is hoping that the PR switch will boost ticket sales as they sprint to make it to the Tony Awards.
7. Musical game show returns Off-Broadway
Back “by popular demand”, Tune in Time – a musical game show – is returning to the York Theatre Company. Three teams of composers and lyricists to write a new song from a “new Broadway musical” with a title selected by the audience. Let the competition and the comedy begin!
6. Mean Girls star makes Off-Broadway debut
Amanda Seyfried, star of the hit film Mean Girls, will make her official Off-Broadway debut in Neil LaBute’s The Way We Get By. Seyfried will star opposite Newsroom’s Thomas Sadoski. The play will run at Second Stage beginning in late April.
5. It’s Only a Play extends – again!
With ticket sales continuing to boom, producers announced this week that It’s Only a Play will extend through summer. The comedy currently stars Matthew Broderick and Martin Short, and is now scheduled to run through June 7.
4. Public Theatre announces Shakespeare in the Park season
Theater vet Sam Waterston will return to Central Park as “Prospero” in the Public Theatre’s upcoming production of The Tempest. Following The Tempest, audiences will be able to the catch the Public’s other free summer Shakespeare offering – Cymbeline. Further casting has yet to be announced.
3. Larry David arrives on Broadway
Comedian and Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David’s new play Fish in the Dark begins previews on Broadway this week. The dark comedy – also starring Rita Wilson – is slated for a March 5 opening.
2. Idina Menzel sings the National Anthem
Broadway star Idina Menzel took a week off from If/Then this past week to travel to Arizona to sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIX. Idina is a busy gal, returning right to work at If/Then, which is set to close March 22.
1. AND Idina gets a TV deal from Ellen!
As if Idina Menzel wasn’t already having a great week, Ellen DeGeneres announced this week that she will producing a new TV comedy called Happy Time starring Idina Menzel. With the Super Bowl, the TV deal, “Let It Go” still on the Billboards, and If/Then still running on Broadway, it’s probably safe to say that Menzel is having a very good week.