Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Beginning Preview Performances this Week:
Miss Saigon – Begins March 1st
Direct from its smash London run, a revival of the award-winning musical love story set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon.
Sweat – Begins March 4th
A stunning new play about the collision of race, class, family and friendship, and the tragic, unintended costs of community without opportunity.
Opening this Week on Broadway:
Significant Other – Opens March 2nd
An Off Broadway hit, the hilarious and heart-wrenching coming-of-age story about a gay bachelor looking for love in the city makes its Broadway premiere.
The limited Broadway engagement of Sunday in the Park with George, starring Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (in his Broadway musical debut) and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford, opened to critics last week. The scaled down production received glowing notices from most publications, including the New York Daily News: “Wonderful…its power to stir the heart and head with its radiant score and unfading story about the art of making art – and love – is as strong as ever. ” Praise was also given to the revival’s stars, with Time Out NY saying: “you will be suitably swept away by Gyllenhaal’s passionately acted, exquisitely articulated George. Comical and tender by turns, Ashford provides the flashes of light where Gyllenhaal turns inward to shadow.” Read more review excerpts and purchase tickets.
News and Notes:
Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Musical Bound for Broadway
- Legendary music producer Russell Simmons has announced that The Scenario, a new musical tracing the history of hip-hop, will come to Broadway next season following a 30-city North American tour. Simmons, long celebrated as a pioneer in the world of hip-hop, has partnered with Universal Music Group (UMG) for the project. The show is said to track the way across the decades – “the explosion of hip-hop was fueled by a generation with an incredible hunger to discover new ways of expression” – and will weave “the groundbreaking rhythms, iconic songs, and timeless ideas with a completely original story that will take audiences on an electrifying ride that celebrates hip-hop culture.” More details here.
Film Remake of The Lion King Finding Its Cast
- Director Jon Favreau announced initial voice casting for Disney’s announced remake of its animated classic The Lion King. Golden Globe winner Donald Glover (Atlanta, Community) will voice the role of Simba, and acclaimed actor James Earl Jones, whose voice was used in the original film and two followup sequels, will reprise his role as Mufasa. This time around, director Favreau will likely use CGI animation to create a circle of life that looks much more realistic than it did in the 1994 version. The Lion King now joins the likes of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and The Jungle Book as classic Disney films that have been rebooted. More details here.
Jevon McFerrin Steps into Hamilton‘s Title Role
- Jevon McFerrin, who has portrayed the titular role in Hamilton as an alternate to headliner Javier Muñoz, stepped into the role beginning February 23rd. Muñoz is taking a medical leave to recover from a physical injury and will return to the production following his recuperation. McFerrin previously appeared on Broadway and on the national tour of Motown. He joins the growing number of accomplished actors to depict America’s Founding Father and first Treasury Secretary in Hamilton. More details here.