Welcome to GRACE NOTES – the industry standard for daily theatre news since 1999.
Published every Monday-Friday morning, GRACE NOTES is the only global theatre newsletter targeted specifically to successful, savvy theatre professionals, providing the most comprehensive, concise and up-to-date theatre information around. It’s the one-stop resource for all your theatre news.
GRACE NOTES newsletters offer something for everyone:
* New shows in development
* Casting announcements
* Openings & Closings
* Broadway, Off-Broadway, London and Regional reviews
* Awards (Broadway, London, Off-Broadway, major regional, TV & film)
* Benefits, Concerts, Readings, Galas & Cabarets
* Upcoming events
* Relevant Film & Television news
* Video & Audio clips
* Cast album releases
* Exclusive Interviews & Articles
* A weekly theatre quiz and theatre quote
* And so much more!
Below is a recent issue of GRACE NOTES. The newsletter is available only by paid email subscription, and includes exclusive access to GRACE NOTES Archives, where you can access back issues for the past three years.
To see what folks have to say about GRACE NOTES, check out the Testimonials on the menu above.
If you like what you see, please SUBSCRIBE above. AEA Members only – 15% discount!!
SAMPLE ISSUE: Friday, June 24, 2016
This Weekend’s Highlights:
Friday, June 24
* Beautiful – The Carole King Musical national tour, featuring Abby Mueller (Carole King), Liam Tobin (Gerry Goffin), Becky Gulsvig (Cynthia Weil), Ben Fankhauser (Barry Mann), Curt Bouril (Don Kirshner) and Suzanne Grodner (Genie Klein), with Mark Banik, Ashley Blanchet, Sarah Bockel, Andrew Brewer, Britney Coleman, Rebecca E. Covington, Josh A. Dawson, John Michael Dias, Ryan Farnsworth, Rosharra Francis, Jay McKenzie, Alaina Mills, Paris Nix, Noah J. Ricketts, Nasia Thomas, Salisha Thomas, Delaney Westfall, and Dashaun Young, opens at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre.
* 42nd Street, directed & choreographed by Denis Jones, featuring Shuler Hensley (Julian Marsh), Emily Skinner (Dorothy Brock), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Billy Lawlor), Jonalyn Saxer (Peggy Sawyer), Ann Harada (Maggie Jones), Jason Kravits (Bert Barry), Joey Sorge (Pat Denning), Megan Sikora (Annie), Fred Zimmerman (Abner Dillon), Bryan Thomas Hunt (Andy Lee), Rich Pisarkiewicz(Oscar), and Patrick Blindauer (Mac/Thug/Doctor), with Darien Crago, KC Fredericks, Casey Garvin, Berklea Going, Joe Grandy, Drew Humphrey, Madison Johnson, Tyler Johnson-Campion, Zachary Daniel Jones, Emily Kelly, Drew King, Dionna Thomas Littleton, Isabelle McCalla, Spencer Davis Milford, Mike Millan, Eliza Ohman, Drew Redington, Kelly Sheehan, Sarah Quinn Taylor, Bethany Ann Tesarck, Jake Vacanti, Amy Van Norstrand, Paige Williams, and John T. Wolfe, opens at St. Louis Muny.
* New York Stage and Film‘s 2016 Powerhouse Season begins at Vassar College.
* “Alexander Hamilton: Striver, Statesman, Scoundrel” exhibit opens at the New York Public Library (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue).
* Bye Bye Birdie, directed by Jenn Thompson, featuring Tristen Buettel (Kim), Janet Dacal (Rosie), Donna English (Mrs. MacAfee), Rhett Guter (Conrad Birdie), Warren Kelley (Mr. MacAfee), Dorcas Leung (Ursula), George Merrick (Albert), Ben Stone-Zelman (Randolph), Alex Walton (Hugo), Kristine Zbornik (Mae Peterson), Paul Aguirre (Mayor), Lauren Fijol (Gloria) and Branch Woodman (Maude), with Emily Applebaum, Hannah Bradley, Jeremiah Ginn, Kristen Hoagland, Michael James, Logan Scott Mitchell, Brittany Nicholas, Eddie Olmo II, Marci Reid, Jake Swain, Austen Danielle Bohmer, Michal Kolaczkowski and Tyler Manemeit, begins previews at CT’s Goodspeed.
* Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, directed by Hunter Foster, featuring John Dewey (Buddy Holly), Karak Osborn (‘The Big Bopper’ J.P. Richardson), Gilbert Sanchez (Ritchie Valens), Zach Cossman (Jerry Allison), James David Larson (Joe B. Mauldin), Natalie Haro (Maria Elena Santiago), Andrew Frace (Hipockets Duncan), Kent M. Lewis (Norman Petty), Max Sangerman (Tommy Allsupp), Elizabeth Nestlerode (Vi Petty) and Brandi Massey (Apollo Performer), previews at PA’s Bucks County Playhouse.
* “Barbara Cook: Songs of Perfect Propriety by Dorothy Parker” released on CD. Order here.
* “Leslie Odom Jr.” released on MP3. Download here.
* Kyle Riabko‘s “Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined” released on MP3.
Saturday, June 25
* Macbeth, directed by Brian Kulick, featuring Jonathan Cake (Macbeth), Marsha Stephanie Blake (Lady Macbeth), Jerome Preston Bates (Duncan), Clifton Duncan (Macduff), Brian Keane (Ross/3rd Murderer), John Lavelle (Porter/1st Murderer), James Joseph O’Neil (Lennox/2nd Murderer/Seyton), Mark Pinter (Old Man/Siward) and Timothy D. Stickney (Banquo), opens at San Diego’s Old Globe.
* Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by David Auburn, featuring Michael Raymond-James (Brick), Rebecca Brooksher (Maggie), Jim Beaver (Big Daddy) and Linda Gehringer (Big Mama), opens at MA’s Berkshire Theatre Group.
* Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, directed by Hunter Foster, featuring John Dewey (Buddy Holly), Karak Osborn (‘The Big Bopper’ J.P. Richardson), Gilbert Sanchez (Ritchie Valens), Zach Cossman (Jerry Allison), James David Larson (Joe B. Mauldin), Natalie Haro (Maria Elena Santiago), Andrew Frace (Hipockets Duncan), Kent M. Lewis (Norman Petty), Max Sangerman (Tommy Allsupp), Elizabeth Nestlerode (Vi Petty) and Brandi Massey (Apollo Performer), opens at PA’s Bucks County Playhouse.
* Evita, directed by Will Davis, featuring Rachel Zampelli (Evita), Robert Ariza (Che) and Nick Duckart (Juan Perón), with Jonathan Atkinson, Ronald Bruce, Jane Bunting, Mark Chandler, Jamie Eacker, Bradley Gibson, Ashleigh King, Nick Lehan, Megan Adrielle, Nurney, Kristin Yancy and Jane Zogbi, opens at MD’s Olney Theatre Center.
* Stuffed reading, by Lisa Lampinelli, featuring Lampinelli and Lisa Howard, at 8PM at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre.
* Vote for Me: A Musical Debate concert presentation, by Drew Fornarola & Scott Elmegreen, directed by Amy Rogers, featuring Kenita R. Miller, Jason Collins, Amy Jo Jackson, Brennan Caldwell, Hakim Rashad McMillan and Sarah Ziegler, at 8 PM at NYC’s TimesCenter.
* Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, directed by Jamie Lloyd, featuring Kit Harrington (Faustus), Jenna Russell (Mephistopheles), Jade Anouka (Wagner), Tom Edden (Good Angel), Danielle Flett (Valdes), Brian Gilligan (Cornelius), Forbes Masson (Lucifer), Craig Stein (Evil Angel) and Gabby Wong, closes at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre.
* How The Other Half Loves, by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Alan Strachan, featuring Nicholas Le Prevost (Frank Foster), Jenny Seagrove (Fiona Foster), Jason Merrells (Bob Phillips), Tamzin Outhwaite (Teresa Phillips), Matthew Cottle (William Featherstone) and Gillian Wright (Mary Featherstone), closes at the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket.
* Off the King’s Road, by Neil Koenigsberg, directed by Alan Cohen, featuring Michael Brandon, Cherie Lunghi, Luke Pitman and Diana Kimitrovici, with Jeff Bridges (making an e-appearance), closes at the West End’s Jermyn Street Theatre.
* My Family: Not the Sitcom, world premiere written by & starring David Baddiel, closes at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory.
* Paint Your Wagon, by Lerner & Loewe, with a new book by John Marans, directed by David Armstrong, featuring Robert Cuccioli, Kendra Kassebaum Justin Gregory Lopez, Eric Ankrim, Kyle Robert Carter, Kirsten deLohr Helland, Steven Eng, Allen Fitzpatrick, Rodney Hicks, Louis Hobson, Mikko Juan, and Eli Lotz, with Kyle Bernbach, Jared Michael Brown, Ethan Carpenter, Taryn Darr, Sarah Rose Davis, Van Dijk, Eric Esteb, Paul Flanagan, Ulyber Mangune, Trina Mills, Aaron Shanks, Nicholas Tarabini, Brenna Wagner, and Carolyn Willems van Dijk, closes at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre.
* Paul Dooley: Upright & Personal closes at Hollywood’s Sacred Fools Theatre.
* Australia’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival concludes.
Sunday, June 26
* Anything But Love concert presentation, by Arielle O’Keefe, Arianna Taxman & Ciara Renée, featuring Ariana DeBose, Hannah Elless, Alison Luff, Chris McCarell, Shannon O’Boyle and Nick Chris, at 9: 30 PM at 54 Below.
* The King and I, starring Marin Mazzie and Daniel Dae Kim, closes at Broadway’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre, after 39 previews and 499 regular performances.
* Roundabout‘s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, directed by Jonathan Kent, featuring Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, Michael Shannon, John Gallagher Jr. and Colby Minifie, closes at Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre.
* Bright Star, by Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, directed by Walter Bobbie, featuring Carmen Cusack, Paul Alexander Nolan, Michael Mulheren, A.J. Shively, Hannah Elless, Stephen Bogardus, Dee Hoty, Stephen Lee Anderson, Emily Padgett and Jeff Blumenkrantz, with Maddie Shea Baldwin, Allison Briner-Dardenne, Max Chernin, Patrick Cummings, Sandra DeNise, Richard Gatta, Lizzie Klemperer, Michael X. Martin, William Michals, Tony Roach, Sarah Jane Shanks and William Youmans, closes at Broadway’s Cort Theatre, after 30 previews and 109 regular performances.
* The Public Theater‘s all-female Taming of the Shrew, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, featuring Janet McTeer (Petruchio), Cush Jumbo (Katherina), Candy Buckley (Vincentio), Donna Lynne Champlin (Hortensio), Rosa Gilmore (Lucentio), Judy Gold (Gremio), LaTanya Richardson Jackson (Baptista), Teresa Avia Lim (Biondello), Adrienne C. Moore (Tranio), Anne L. Nathan (Pedant), Gayle Rankin (Bianca), and Stacey Sargeant (Grumio), with Pearl Rhein, Leenya Rideout, and Jackie Sanders, closes at Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre.
* The Total Bent, by Stew & Heidi Rodewald, directed by Joanna Settle, featuring Marty Beller, Ato Blankson-Wood, John Blevins, Kenny Brawner, David Cale, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Damian Lemar Hudson, Jahi Kearse, Brad Mulholland, Heidi Rodewald, Stew, and Curtis Wiley, closes at The Public Theater.
* Indian Summer, world premiere by Gregory S. Moss, directed by Carolyn Cantor, featuring Jonathan Hadary, Elise Kibler, Joe Tippett and Owen Campbell, closes at Off-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons.
* The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois, written & directed by Adam Rapp, featuring William Apps, Connor Barrett, Susan Heyward, and Katherine Reis, closes at Off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theatre Company.
* Clark Gesner’s You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, with additional material by Andrew Lippa & Michael Mayer, directed by Michael Unger, featuring an all-children cast — Joshua Colley (Charlie Brown) Graydon Peter Yosowitz (Charlie Brown June 1-7), Gregory Diaz (Schroeder), Aidan Gemme (Snoopy), Milly Shapiro (Sally), Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Lucy), and Jeremy T. Villas (Linus), closes at Off-Broadway’s York Theatre.
* tokyo fish story, by Kimber Lee, directed by May Adrales, featuring Tina Chilip, Tim Chiou, Raymond Lee, James Saito, and Jon Norman Schneider, closes at San Diego’s Old Globe.
* West Side Story, directed by Mark S. Hoebee, featuring Matt Doyle (Tony), Belinda Allyn (Maria), Natalie Cortez (Anita), German Alexander (Bernardo), Mikey Winslow (Riff), Maria Briggs (Anybodys), Michael Bullard (Big Deal), Spencer Clark (Gee-Tar), John Michael Fiumara (Diesel), Kevin C. Loomis (Krupke), Dean Andre de Luna (Chino), William Ragsdale (Schrank), Jay Russell (Doc), Parker Slaybaugh (Baby John), Jack Sippel, Brendan Stimson (Snowboy), Craig Waletzko (Glad Hand), and Cody Williams (Action), with Danny Bevins, Victoria Casillo, Damian Chambers, Philip Colgan, Brittany Conigatti, Lauren Csete, Tenealle Farragher, Lisa Finegold, Jordan Isadore, Ilda Mason, Kat Nejat, Kevin Michael Raponey, Alexia Sky, Summerisa Bell Stevens, Jayme Wappel, and James Allen Washington, closes at NJ’s Paper Mill Playhouse.
* The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd, by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newly, directed by Don Stephenson, featuring Tony Sheldon (Sir), Caesar Samayoa (Cocky), Michelle Aravena (The Kid), and Gregory Treco (The Stranger), closes at Goodspeed‘s Norma Terris Theatre.
* Huntington Theatre Company‘s I Was Most Alive with You, world premiere written & directed by Craig Lucas, featuring Russell Harvard, Steven Goldstein, Dee Nelson, Nancy E. Carroll, Marianna Bassham, Tad Cooley, and Gameela Wright, closes at Boston’s Calderwood Pavilion.
* Buyer and Cellar, by Jonathan Tolins, directed by Larry Raben, starring Emerson Collins, closes at Laguna Playhouse.
* The Madwoman In The Volvo, by Sandra Tsing Loh, directed by Lisa Peterson, featuring Sandra Tsing Loh, Caroline Aaron and Shannon Holt, closes at Pasadena Playhouse.
* Peter and the Starcatcher, directed by Spiro Veloudos, featuring Margaret Ann Brady, Ed Hoopman, Margarita Martinez, Will McGarrahan, Mark Pierre, Robert Saoud, Tyler Simahk, Alejandro Simoes, Damon Singletary, Matt Spano, Erica Spyres, and Dale J. Young, closes at Boston’s Lyric Stage Company.
* The Little Mermaid, directed by Glenn Casale, featuring Alison Woods (Ariel), Melvin Abston (Sebastian), Adam Garst (Flounder), Fred Inkley (King Triton), Eric Kunze (Prince Eric), Tracy Lore (Ursula), Jeff Skowron (Chef Louis), Jamie Torcellini (Scuttle), Scott T. Leiendecker (Flotsam), Jeffrey Christopher Todd (Jetsam) and Time Winters (Grimsby), with Ashley Anderson, Kim Arnett, Kristine Bennett, Marjorie Failoni, Melissa Glasgow, Devon Hadsell, Michael McGurk, Amanda Minano, Dennis O’Bannon, Marco Ramos, Aaron Ronelle, James Shackelford, Brian Steven Shaw and Tro Shaw, closes at CA’s La Mirada Theatre.
* My Girlfriend is an Alien, by Keith DeFacto, directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos, featuring Dan Cole, Brian Letscher, Sophie Pollono, Michael Prichard, Keith Stevenson, Elspeth Weingarten and Carole Weyers, closes at CA’s Pacific Resident Theatre.
* LA Theatre Works‘ God of Carnage live radio recordings, directed by Martin Jarvis, featuring Simon Helberg, Jocelyn Towne, Josh Stamberg, and Stephanie Beatriz, closes at UCLA’s James Bridges Theatre.
* Blank Theatre‘s 24th Annual Young Playwright’s Festival concludes at Hollywood’s Stella Adler Theatre.
* Fallen Angels, by Noël Coward, directed by Andrew Barnicle, featuring Paige Lindsey White, Julie Granata, Matthew Floyd Miller, Joseph Fuqua, Mary Pat Green and J. Paul Boehmer, closes at Santa Barbara’s Ensemble Theatre Company.
* A Thorn in the Family Paw, world premiere by Garry Michael Kluger, directed by Arden Teresa Lewis, featuring Katie Adler, Heather Alyse Becker, Ian Lerch, Nick McDow, Chloe Rosenthal, Julia Silverman and George Tovar, closes at LA’s Theatre West.
* Fool for Love, by Sam Shepard, directed by Will Bradley & Cecilia Fairchild, featuring Bradley Fisher, Burt Grinstead, Charlotte Gulezian and Roland Ruiz, closes at LA’s LGBT Center.
* The Hollywood Fringe Festival concludes at various LA venues.
Shuffle Along will close July 24 at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre, after 38 previews and 100 regular performances.
Scott Rudin’s statement: “Audra McDonald is the biggest star on Broadway, and audiences have been clamoring to see her in this role since the first preview of Shuffle Along in March of this year. She is absolutely extraordinary in the show, and I am filled with gratitude for both her exemplary partnership on Shuffle Along and also for her remarkable resilience and fortitude in doing everything possible to play as many shows as she can, despite the circumstance of her pregnancy. We are thrilled that she and her husband, Will Swenson, are experiencing the opportunity to expand their family — and we wish them all good things as they approach the birth of their child this fall. It has, however, become clear that the need for Audra to take a prolonged and unexpected hiatus from the show has determined the unfortunate inevitability of our running at a loss for significantly longer than the show can responsibly absorb, and we have decided to close the show when she leaves on July 24. On behalf of myself and George C. Wolfe, I want to say how deeply grateful we are to her for everything she gave and continues to give the show. There is simply nobody like her.”
An American in Paris will close Jan. 1 at Broadway’s Palace Theatre, after 29 previews and 719 regular performances.
Will Chase will replace Christian Borle in Something Rotten! on July 18 at Broadway’s St. James Theatre.
As previously announced, Borle will depart July 16.
American Psycho Sings Duncan Sheik will take place Aug. 13 & 15 at 7 PM & 9:30 PM (both nights) at 54 Below.
: Alice Ripley, Jennifer Damiano, Krystina Alabado, Dave Thomas Brown, Theo Stockman, Drew Moerlin, Anthony Sagaria, Brandon Kalm, Morgan Weed and Anna Eilinsfeld, with more TBA.
The evenings will also celebrate Spring Awakening, Whisper House, Noir, Because of Dix and Sheik’s extensive catalog of pop songs.
Casting has been announced for Gerard Alessandrini’s Spamilton, to run July 13 – Aug. 23 (opening July 19) at the Triad, directed by Alessandrini, with choreography by Gerry McIntyre and music direction by Richard Danley.
: Juwan Crawley, Chris Anthony Giles, Nicholas Alexander Rodriguez, Dan Rosales, and Nora Schell, along with special surprise guest stars, including Christine Pedi and additional divas, who will pop in weekly to add to the fun.
Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse has announced its 2016-17 season:
* A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Sept. 15 – Oct. 8) world premiere created & performed by Taylor Mac. “Told through 240 songs, charting American history from 1776 to present day, the project will be presented as a series of concerts covering three decades each, with Mac wearing different costumes by Machine Dazzle. For one-time-only, Mac will present a non-stop, 24-hour marathon performance.”
* Mouse: The Persistence of an Unlikely Thought (Nov. 8-27), by Daniel Kitson.
* Longing Lasts Longer (Dec. 1-11), by Penny Arcade.
* The Tempest (Jan. 13 – Feb. 12), directed by Phyllida Lloyd, with an all-female cast featuring Harriet Walter.
* 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (Mar. 16 – Apr. 9). “An adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s book from Kneehigh and Emma Rice.”
Debra Monk will replace Rondi Reed in David Rabe’s world premiere of Visiting Edna, to run Sept. 15 – Nov. 6 at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, directed by Anna D. Shapiro.
Reed has left the show due to personal reasons.
Michael Kooman & Christopher Dimond’s Judge Jackie: Disorder in the Court will run July 7-17 at CT’s Sharon Playhouse, directed by John Simpkins, with choreography by Johnathon Teeling and music direction by Joshua Zecher-Ross.
: Klea Blackhurt, Paul Whitty, David Fanning, Tim Shea, and Danielle Gimbal.
“Judge Jackie rules over her reality television courtroom with an iron fist, presiding over a three-ring circus of America’s most chaotic civil cases. But, when a drop in ratings brings her face to face with the liability of her own love life, the judge must learn to navigate the ludicrous laws of love in this over-the-top courtroom comedy.”
Jaclyn Backhaus’ Men on Boats, a Clubbed Thumb production, will run July 20 – Aug. 14 (opening Aug. 1) at Playwrights Horizons, directed by Will Davis.
: Hannah Cabell, Danielle Davenport, Danaya Esperanza, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Birgit Huppuch, Layla Khoshnoudi, Kelly McAndrew, Kristen Sieh, Jocelyn Bioh, and Elizabeth Kenny.
“The joyfully anachronistic retelling of the 1869 Powell expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River.”
Rumor: Will Waitress open in London in Spring 2017?
Betty Buckley: Story Songs will take place Oct. 21 & 22 at 8 PM at San Francisco’s Feinstein’s at the Nikko.
“Buckley will share a collection of songs by Radiohead, Stephen Schwartz,Jason Robert Brown, Joe Iconis and Ben Toth. Buckley will be joined by her long-time musical director and arranger, jazz pianist Christian Jacob.”
Video: Anna Kendrick & James Corden sing “Soundtrack to a Love Story”
Complete casting has been announced for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro, to run Aug. 5 – Sept. 10 (opening Aug. 11) at Southwark Playhouse, directed by Thom Sutherland, with music direction by Dean Austin and choreography by Lee Proud.
: Katie Bernstein (Emily West), Emily Bull (Jennie Brinker), David Delve (Ned Brinker), Julia J Nagle (Marjorie Taylor), Dylan Turner (Charlie Townsend), Susan Travers (Grandma Taylor), Gary Tushaw (Joseph Taylor Jr), and Steve Watts (Dr Taylor), wtih Cassandra McCowan, Matthew McDonald, Louise Olley, Benjamin Purkiss, Jacqueline Tate, Samuel Thomas, Leah West and Matthew Woodyatt.
“In 1905 in a small Midwestern town, the wife of a local doctor gives birth to a baby boy, Joseph Taylor Jr. Allegro chronicles nearly four decades in the life of this average Joe – through his childhood, from college dorm to marriage altar, and on to his own medical career; from the tranquility of his hometown to the hectic din of big city life and a mid-life discovery of who he is and what his life is truly about, ultimately learning the most important lessons of all – the value of family, that money isn’t everything and that home really is where the heart is.”
Theatre Raleigh presents The Light in the Piazza July 6-14 at the North Carolina Museum of Art, directed by Eric Woodall, with music direction by Julie Bradley.
: Judy McLan (Margaret Johnson), Hilary Mailberger (Clara Johnson), Conor Ryan (Frabizio), Ken Griggs (Signor Naccarelli), Austenne Grey (Signora Naccarelli), Maigan Kennedy (Franca), Newlin Parker (Giuseppe), and Dan Callaway (Roy), with Lisette Glodowski and Derek Robinson.
PBS (link TBA) will air the Hamilton documentary on Oct. 21 on Great Performances.
Additional details are forthcoming.
Jeff Harnar: The 1959 Broadway Songbook will take place Sat. Aug. 13 at 7 PM at NYC’s Metropolitan Room, directed by Sara Louise Lazarus, with musical direction by Alex Rybeck.
“With songs from West Side Story, Gypsy, Fiorello, The Music Man, My Fair Lady, Li’l Abner and Flower Drum Song, the show strings together iconic Broadway songs into an imaginary musical with commentaries on love, marriage and politics, complete with an overture, entr’acte, intermission, and curtain call.”
NYMF presents Sebastian Michael & Jonathan Kaldor’s ICON July 20-26 at The Duke on 42nd Street, directed & choreographed by Paul Stancato.
: Donna McKechnie and Tony Sheldon, with Patrick Connaghan, Chase Crandell, Chloe Holgate, Charlotte Maltby, Ben McHugh, Kalia Medeiros, Erika Peterson, Chris Ramirez, and Sam Simahk.
“1928. The world is enthralled as American debutante Constance Nielsen marries into one of Europe’s ancient Royal Families. But when an impassioned affair with her music teacher sparks uproar, news of her tragic death turns her from living legend into timeless icon. 40 years later, a young man in search of his grandfather’s past finds more than he’s bargained for…”
The Humans will play its final performance Sun. July 24 at Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre, and re-open Aug. 9 at the Schoenfeld Theatre.
The 2016 Kennedy Center Award recipients have been announced:
* Martha Argerich
* The Eagles
* Al Pacino
* Mavis Staples
* James Taylor
“The 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors” will be broadcast Dec. 27 at 9 PM ET on CBS.
Ektor Rivera will replace Josh Segarra as Emilio Estefan in On Your Feet! on July 12 at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre.
Segarra departs on July 10.
Rumor: Richard III, starring Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave, which continues through Aug. 6 at London’s Almeida Theatre, is likely headed to the West End, and possibly Broadway.
The production will be broadcast live on a date TBA. I’ll post a link when it’s available.
Elisabeth Vincentelli has confirmed that she is no longer chief drama critic at The New York Post.
The Post has noticeably reduced its theatre coverage in the last 12 months, ceasing to review every opening, as was the previous practice.
Complete casting has been announced for The Pirates of Penzance, to run July 15 – Aug. 13 at MA’s Barrington Stage Company, directed by John Rando, with choreography by Joshua Bergasse and music direction by Darren R. Cohen.
: Will Swenson (Pirate King), Scarlett Strallen (Mabel), Kyle Dean Massey (Frederic), David Garrison (Major General), Jane Carr (Ruth), Phillip Boykin (Samuel), Jacqueline Petroccia (Kate), Lindsay O’Neil (Edith), and Alex Gibson (Sergeant), with Darius Barnes, Tommy Bracco, Michael Hartung, Samuel Ladd, Melanie Leinbach, Jeanette Minson, Drew Nellessen, Benjamin Rivera, Morgan Rose, Alanna Saunders, Claire Saunders, Eric Stretch, and Michael Williams.