Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on Broadway’s Great White Way this week:
Broadway News and Notes:
Gettin’ the Band Back Together Announces Cast
- Initial casting has been set for the new musical Gettin’ the Band Back Together, slated to begin previews at the Belasco Theatre on July 19 with an opening night scheduled for August 13. The musical will star Mitchell Jarvis (Rock of Ages) as Mitch Papadopolous, Jay Klaitz (Lend Me a Tenor) as Bart Vickers, Paul Whitty (Amélie) as Michael “Sully” Sullivan, Sawyer Nunes (Finding Neverland) as Ricky “Bling” Goldstein, Tamika Lawrence (Come From Away) as Roxy and Brandon Williams (Blood Brothers) as Tygen. Gettin’ the Band Back Together follows Mitch Papadopolous, who always dreamed about being the next Bon Jovi, but chose security over stardom and left those daydreams behind for a day job. He dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang, and sets out to win The Battle of the Bands…and maybe even win back the high school sweetheart he left behind…proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot. More details here.
Tony Shalhoub Takes Hiatus From The Band’s Visit
- Dariush Kashani has taken over the lead role of Tewfiq in Broadway’s The Band’s Visit as Tony Shalhoub takes an extended leave to shoot a television show. Kashani began his run on March 1, as Shalhoub has left to film the second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Shalhoub will return “to play select performances” beginning in May. Shalhoub has been with the cast of The Band’s Visit since the show premiered off Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company in December 2016. Kashani comes to the role after appearing in the Broadway play Oslo last season. More details here.
Wayne Brady Returns to Broadway’s Kinky Boots
- Emmy winner Wayne Brady returns to Broadway’s Kinky Boots as drag queen Lola from March 5 through April 26. The game show host, improviser, comedian, and musical theatre actor previously played the role from November 2015 through March 2016. In addition to his turn in Kinky Boots, Brady previously appeared on Broadway as Billy Flynn in Chicago. He also succeeded Joshua Henry in the role of Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of Hamilton. The winner of six Tonys, including Best Musical, Kinky Boots tells the uplifting and heartwarming tale of Charlie Price, a young man reluctantly taking over his family’s struggling shoe factory and looking for a fresh idea. Charlie meets and finds inspiration in Lola and together, they discover that it takes a good friend to make a great pair. More details here.
Technical Issues Postpone Broadway Debut of Three Tall Women
- The first two preview performances of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women were postponed last week due to technical issues. The cancellations pushed the first performance to Thursday, March 1st. The new Broadway production stars two-time Academy Award-winner Glenda Jackson, Tony Award winner, three-time Emmy Award winner, and 2018 Academy Award nominee Laurie Metcalf, and Tony Award nominee Alison Pill. Hailed as “essential viewing” by Ben Brantley of the New York Times when it made its New York premiere at the Vineyard Theatre in 1994, Three Tall Women is a beautifully-wrought portrait of a woman in life’s final act and Edward’s Albee’s most personal work. In addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1994, it also received the New York Drama Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Play. More details here.