Producers announced new casting for the Broadway production of Lucas Hnath’s Tony nominated A Doll’s House, Part 2. Beginning July 25, Tony winner Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed), Tony nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences), and Erin Wilhelmi (The Crucible) will take over for Tony winner Laurie Metcalf and Tony nominees Chris Cooper and Condola Rashad, respectively. Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell will remain in the production. A Doll’s House, Part 2 celebrated its opening night on April 27 at the John Golden Theatre. More details here.
Broadway-Bound The Cher Show Schedules Presentation
The Cher Show, the new Broadway bio-musical about the Grammy- and Oscar-winning entertainer, will receive an October 2–29 lab presentation ahead of a planned 2018 Broadway arrival. Featuring a score of Cher hits including “I Got You Babe,” “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” “Take Me Home,” “Believe,” and “If I Could Turn Back Time,” among others, the musical’s book is by Tony Award-winning librettist Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher). The Cher Show is directed by Avenue Q and Pitch Perfect’s Jason Moore, with choreography by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, SouthPacific). More details here.
Josh Groban to Publish Book About Broadway Experience
Josh Groban, who exited Broadway’s The Great Cometearlier this month, will chronicle his time on the rialto in the new book Stage to Stage: My Journey to Broadway. As he explained, via Twitter, “The last few years have been insane. So I made a coffee table book about it. It’s full of great memories.” The Great Comet marked the Broadway debut of Groban, who earned raves from critics and a Tony Award nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Musical. Groban’s casting secured the unconventional show’s move to Broadway last October. More details here.
Cirque du Soleil, the Canadian global entertainment company famous for its flashy, circus-like shows announced Thursday that it had acquired the New York-based Blue Man Group, a stage production company known for the blue face paint its performers wear. The move is the Montreal-based company’s first large acquisition as part of its strategy to diversify its portfolio and expand its international reach, particularly in China, where Cirque du Soleil says it will soon announce its first tour in seven cities and its first permanent show in Hangzhou in 2018. The acquisition of Blue Man marks one step on Cirque’s path toward growth and diversity. With its cheeky take on percussive performance art and its memorable aesthetic, Blue Man Group began as a small-scale show in New York more than 25 years ago and has since proliferated to play 20 countries. The company currently has six resident productions running in the U.S. and Germany, as well as North American and international tours. More details here.