Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on Broadway’s Great White Way this week:
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Angels in America Parts 1 & 2 – Begins February 23rd
A revival of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that presents a complex, often metaphorical, and at times symbolic examination of AIDS and homosexuality in America in the 1980s.
Beginning Preview Performances this Week:
Escape to Margaritaville – Begins February 16th
A new musical, featuring the music of Jimmy Buffett, about the choices we make – and the people we become – once we’ve had a change in latitude.
Broadway News and Notes:
Cast Announced for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
- The trio of stars from the La Jolla Playhouse world premiere of Summer will return to the Donna Summer bio-musical when it lands on Broadway this spring. Tony Award winner LaChanze (The Color Purple, Once on This Island), Ariana DeBose (Hamilton, A Bronx Tale) and newcomer Storm Lever will share the role of the disco star, portraying her at various stages of her life and career. Performances will begin March 28 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where the musical will officially open April 23. LaChanze will play “Diva Donna,” who shares her life story with the audience. The Tony winner most recently appeared on Broadway in If/Then. DeBose, who plays Summer at the height of her Studio 54 days as “Disco Donna,” originated the roles of Jane in A Bronx Tale and the Bullet in Hamilton. Lever will portray the youngest Donna – “Duckling Donna.” Her previous stage credits include Freaky Friday at La Jolla Playhouse and Signature Theatre and Off-Broadway’s Wringer. More details here.
New Evan Hansen Begins Broadway Run
- Taylor Trensch officially began performances in the title role of Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen on February 6, replacing Noah Galvin, who departed the company on February 4. The character was originated by Tony winner Ben Platt. Original cast members Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Mike Faist, Michael Park, and Will Roland will remain with the musical through May 2018, with Kristolyn Lloyd remaining with the show through February 2018. In addition to his recent turn as Barnaby Tucker in Hello, Dolly!, Trensch has appeared on Broadway as Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Michael Wormwood in Matilda and Boq in Wicked. The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen features a Tony-winning book by Steven Levenson, a Tony-winning score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and direction by four-time Tony nominee Michael Greif. More details here.
Wicked is Now 7th Longest-Running Show in Broadway History
- On February 9, the hit musical Wicked played its 5,960th Broadway performance at the Gershwin Theatre, surpassing Oh! Calcutta! as the seventh-longest-running production in Broadway history. Since opening in 2003, Wicked has been performed in over 100 cities in 15 countries around the world (the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, the Philippines, China, Mexico, and Brazil) and has thus far been translated into six languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese. The musical has amassed over $4.5 billion in global sales and has been seen by nearly 55 million people worldwide. Based on the novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire, Wicked is set in the land of Oz and tells the story of young girls Glinda and Elphaba, who grow up to become Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West, respectively. More details here.
Pacino to Portray Tennessee Williams on Broadway
- The New York Post has reported that Academy Award-winner, Al Pacino, is making his way to Broadway in a new play about legendary playwright Tennessee Williams. According to the report, Pacino would portray the late author in a play titled, God Looked Away, which chronicles Williams’ final years, frail and in the grips of alcoholism. The report also states that Tony Award-winner Judith Light (The Assembled Parties, Other Desert Cities) has signed on to the production. The play is the first stage piece by magazine and book writer, Dotson Rader, who was a close friend of Williams in his final years. More details here.