Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Now Playing on Broadway:
Cats – Now in Previews, Officially Opens July 31st
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s worldwide musical phenomenon, based on T. S. Eliot’s book, makes its triumphant return to Broadway.
The popular bio-musical about Motown Records founder Berry Gordy returns to Broadway for another helping of Motown hits.
Broadway News and Notes:
Christian Borle Exits Something Rotten!
- Christian Borle, who won the 2015 Tony Award for his performance as William Shakespeare in Broadway’s Something Rotten!, took his final bow at the 7/16 performance. Borle will return to Broadway next season in both “Falsettos” in the fall and as Willy Wonka in the spring’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” He’ll be succeeded by Will Chase ( “Smash,” “Aida,” “The Full Monty”), who begins performances 7/18. Chase originally played the part of Shakespeare in one of the first readings of the musical, prior to his casting in the television series “Nashville.” For more on this story, click here.
Daveed Diggs Departs Broadway’s Hamilton
- Daveed Diggs, who won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance as Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the hit musical Hamilton, played his final performance 7/15. His replacement has not yet been named. Diggs will next appear opposite Julie Roberts as an English teacher in “Wonder,” the film adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same title. For more on Diggs departure, as well as his other new projects, click here.
Two Productions of Chicago Will Play in NYC at the Same Time
- In addition to the long-running Broadway revival of Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre that will celebrate its 20th anniversary this fall, a production by the Takarazuka Theatre of Japan will play 7/20 – 7/24 at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, 17 blocks north. Presented as part of the annual Lincoln Center Festival, the production will feature Takarazuka’s signature all-female cast in the Kander & Ebb show about corruption of the courts and media in the Windy City of the 1920s. Click here for more about the new production.