Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:
Beginning Preview Performances this Week:
Time and the Conways – Begins September 14th
Oscar nominee Elizabeth McGovern stars in a time-traveling play about the transformation of a British family in the first half of the twentieth century, exploring notions of choice, chance, and destiny.
News and Notes:
Bernadette Peters to Replace Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly!
- Producer Scott Rudin annouced last week that three-time Tony Award recipient Bernadette Peters will play Dolly Gallagher Levi beginning in January, when she takes over the role in Hello, Dolly!, the smash revival that currently stars Tony winner Bette Midler. Peters will begin performances Saturday evening, January 20 and officially open February 22. Midler will play her final performance on Sunday, January 14. Four-time Tony Award nominee Victor Garber (Sweeney Todd, Damn Yankees, TV’s Alias) will join Peters as Horace Vandergelder, replacing David Hyde Pierce in the role. More details here.
Tony Winner Ben Platt Signs With Atlantic Records
- Tony Award winner Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen) has signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records. The contract marks the first for Platt and will result in the Broadway star’s debut solo album. Platt made his Broadway debut in January of 2014, joining the cast of The Book of Mormon as Elder Cunningham after playing the role in the Chicago engagement. His sophomore Broadway outing came in November of 2016 when performances of Dear Evan Hansen began at the Music Box Theatre, a role that would earn him the 2017 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. Platt’s film credits include Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. More details here.
Mean Girls Musical Sets Broadway Run
- Mean Girls, the Broadway musical co-written by Tina Fey and produced by Saturday Night Live impresario Lorne Michaels, has finalized a Broadway run that opens in April at the August Wilson Theater. Based on Mark Waters’ 2004 teen comedy, the new musical has a book by Fey based on her screenplay for the film, with music by composer Jeff Richmond, Fey’s husband and frequent musical collaborator. Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin) will direct. Mean Girls will begin Broadway previews March 12 ahead of an April 8 opening at the August Wilson, where Groundhog Day closes September 17. More details here.
London Revival of Angels in America Will Transfer to Broadway
- The National Theatre production of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America will come to New York City for a limited Broadway engagement. The two-part epic, directed by Marianne Elliott, will play the Neil Simon Theatre – currently the home of Cats. Performances will begin February 23, 2018, for an 18-week run. Opening night is set for March 21. The two parts – Millennium Approaches and Perestroika – will play in repertory. The full London company —with the exception of Russell Tovey—will reprise their performances in New York, including Andrew Garfield (Death of a Salesman, The Amazing Spiderman film series) and Tony winner Nathan Lane (The Producers, The Front Page). This marks the first Broadway production of Angels in America since its 1993 premiere. More details here.