This Week On Broadway – 08.01.16

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

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Broadway Reviews:

The new Broadway revival of Cats officially opened Sunday night. Critic reviews were generally mixed – Variety called it “fabulous,” noting “the dancers are in perfectly splendid form,” while Time Out NY described the production as a “high-concept revue that grows tedious by its second act.”  To read more reviews and to purchase tickets, click here.

Broadway News and Notes:

Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz Joins Leading Trio of Waitress

  • Jenna Ushkowitz, known for her roles on “Glee” and the original Broadway cast of “Spring Awakening,” began performances in the role of diner server Dawn in the Broadway musical Waitress on 7/29 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.  She steps in for original cast member Kimiko Glenn (“Orange Is the New Black”), who is taking a leave of absence from the production.  For more on the cast change, click here.

Idina Menzel To Star in TV Remake of Beaches

  • Tony-winning singer-actress Idina Menzel (Wicked, “If/Then”) will star in a film remake of the 1988 Garry Marshall movie “Beaches,” in the role originated by Bette Midler. The project will include performances of two Midler classic songs, “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love.” The remake reportedly will include additional new songs as well.  Shooting is scheduled to begin August 15, with a premiere targeted for 2017 on Lifetime TV.  Click here, for more on the remake.

Singin’ in the Rain Delays Broadway Arrival

  • A Broadway revival of the song-and-dance musical “Singin’ in the Rain” will not arrive on Broadway this fall, as originally reported.  The revival is announced to star “Dancing with the Stars’” Derek Hough as Don Lockwood, the role made famous on screen by Gene Kelly.  A news release  stated that the musical would arrive on Broadway sometime in 2017. The planned revival will be an import of the Théâtre du Châtelet production, which returned to Paris last fall. The Paris theatre is also where Broadway’s An American in Paris originated before arriving in New York. To read about more about the planned production, click here.