Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Beginning Preview Performances:
Prince of Broadway – Begins August 3rd
A new musical revue that pays tribute to legendary producer Harold Prince’s 60-year career and examines the circumstances and fortune that led to him creating some of the most beloved theater of all time.
Broadway News and Notes:
Broadway Bound The Parisian Woman Adds Cast Members
- Josh Lucas (The Glass Menagerie) and Tony Award winner Blair Brown (Orange Is The New Black, Copenhagen, Nikolai and the Others) have joined the cast of The Parisian Woman on Broadway this fall. The production will mark the Broadway debuts of both Oscar nominee Uma Thurman and playwright Beau Willimon. The new play by the House of Cards writer is inspired by Henry Becque’s late 19th century comedy La Parisienne, and will be directed by Amélie director Pam MacKinnon. Opening night for the limited engagement is set for November 30 at a theatre to be announced. Full casting, design team, and preview dates will be announced at a later date. In The Parisian Woman, a tale of drama and politics set in present day Washington D.C., Thurman and Lucas will play a power couple angling to secure an important judicial post. Brown will play the role of Jeanette Simpson, the soon-to-be Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, nominated by the President. More details here and here.
Mandy Patinkin Joins, Then Leaves Broadway’s The Great Comet
- Mandy Patinkin has decided to drop out of Broadway’s The Great Comet just days after he was announced to join the cast, leaving the show struggling to remain open without a big-name star, and its producers apologizing for inciting the social media storm that prompted Patinkin’s departure. Following an uproar on social media over the recent decision to replace New Jersey actor Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan with Mandy Patinkin in the productiuon, Patinkin has decided not to perform in the show. The move puts the future of the Tony-nominated production in doubt. Fans of Onaodowan, including other personalities of the theater world, had spoken out strongly against the decision to cut the actor’s run short in the role of Pierre Bezukhov. He had started his run on July 11, after Josh Groban left the show. More details here.
Broadway-Bound Mean Girls Musical Finds Its Cast
- The musical adaptation of iconic teen comedy Mean Girls has landed a cast of Broadway veterans. The cast is led by Erika Henningsen (Les Miserables) as Cady, who was played by Lindsay Lohan in the 2004 film. Kerry Butler, who was nominated for a Tony for her performance in Xanadu, will play Tina Fey’s character Ms. Norbury, while Kinky Boots actress Taylor Louderman will play the infamous Regina George. Barrett Wilbert Weed from Heathers: The Musical plays Janis; Ashley Park, Kate Rockwell, Grey Henson and Rick Younger also star. Directed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin, The Book of Mormon) with a book by Tina Fey (who also penned the movie), the Mean Girls musical will premiere this fall in Washington, D.C., prior to a planned run on Broadway. More details here.