This Week On Broadway – 05.31.16

Broadway, New York City

Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:

Now on Sale on Broadway:

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 – Performances begin October 18th

Grammy nominee Josh Groban stars in an inspired and critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.”

Buy tickets for Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Broadway News and Notes:

American Psycho to Close June 5th

American Psycho, the stylish British musical about a serial killer, will itself meet an untimely end 6/5, when it gives its final Broadway performance.   It will close a week before the Tony Awards ceremony. Its star, Benjamin Walker, was nominated for Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle and Drama League awards.   For more on the closing announcement, click here.

New Talent to Join Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera will welcome new actors to principal roles beginning 6/13.  Ali Ewoldt (“Les Miserables,” “The King and I”) will join the Broadway company as its new leading lady, assuming the role of Christine Daaé.  Ewoldt, whose mother is from the Philippines, is the first Asian-American actress—and the first actress of color—to play Christine on Broadway.  Jordan Donica will make his Broadway debut in the role of Raoul.   Jordan will also make history, as the first African-American to play the role of Raoul on Broadway.  For more on the casting announcement, click here.

Leona Lewis to Play Grizabella in the Revival of Cats

Chart-topping British pop star Leona Lewis will play the role of Grizabella the Glamour Cat  in the upcoming Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats.  Lewis has sold over 20 million records worldwide, reached #1 in over 35 countries, and is a three-time Grammy nominee, seven-time BRIT Award nominee and has also been nominated for MTV VMAs, EMAs, Billboard and, most recently, in 2016, a CMT award for her performance of “Girl Crush” with Adam Lambert. Click here for more on the casting announcement.