Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
News and Notes:
Glenda Jackson to Return to Broadway After 30 Years
Two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson and three-time Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf will star in the Broadway premiere of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Three Tall Women next season. Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello, the production will begin performances February 27, 2018, with opening night set for March 29. Three Tall Women marks Jackson’s first Broadway appearance in 30 years, coming on the heels of her 2016 London stage return as the title role in King Lear. An Oscar winner for Women in Love and A Touch of Class, she has appeared on Broadway in Marat/Sade, Rose, Strange Interlude, and Macbeth. She spent 23 years as a Member of Parliament in England. Metcalf is a 2017 Tony nominee for Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2, and she has also been seen in November, The Other Place, Misery, and the legendary sitcom Roseanne, among other works. More details here.
Oh, Hello on Broadway Coming to Netflix
Oh, Hello on Broadway, the two-hander comedy show starring Nick Kroll and John Mulaney as a pair of crotchety and opinionated old men who comment on everything from politics to Broadway, will make its premiere on Netflix June 13, according to a tweet from co-creator Kroll. The production, which ended its Broadway run at the Lyceum Theatre January 22, was filmed for future broadcast January 19 and 20. The show played 8 previews and 120 regular performances and recouped its $2.9 million capitalization. More details here.
King Kong Musical Coming to Broadway
The long-gestating musical stage adaptation of King Kong will roar into the Broadway Theatre in fall 2018. The stage show is based on the novel of the original 1933 screenplay by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace, and is described as “a contemporary take on the classic tale of beauty and the beast.” The show’s book is written by Jack Thorne, who won the Olivier Award for Best Play for penning the West End hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, due on Broadway next spring. This adaptation of King Kong has been in the works for years, with book writers Marsha Norman and Craig Lucas, as well as songwriter Jason Robert Brown. It first debuted to mixed reviews in 2013 at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. More details here.
ABC to Stage Live TV Musical Production of The Little Mermaid
ABC announced that it will air a two-hour musical event entitled The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live! Airing on October 3, the special event will combine Disney’s animated Little Mermaid with live musical performances, in a “live action/animation hybrid presentation.” A host of yet-to-be-announced celebrity artists will perform Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s classic songs. ABC is the latest TV network to get in on the live-action musical action, following in the footsteps of NBC, which began the trend with The Sound of Music Live four years ago. More details here.
A committee of Wesleyan University alumni, chaired by Hamilton writer, creator, and former star Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15 and director Thomas Kail ’99, has selected Audrey Pratt of Needham, Massachusetts, as the recipient of the inaugural Wesleyan University Hamilton Prize for Creativity. Her submission, a short piece of fiction titled Thorns, Black and White, was selected from among more than 600 entries. Pratt, who will graduate this spring from Needham High School, will receive a four-year full-tuition scholarship to Wesleyan, worth as much as $200,000. More details here.