This Week on Broadway – “Head Over Heels” Begins / 06.18.18

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Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on Broadway’s Great White Way this week:

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To Kill a Mockingbird – Begins November 1st

Jeff Daniels stars in Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning semi-autobiographical novel about racial injustice in a small Alabama town in the mid 1930s.

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Beginning Preview Performances this Week:

Head Over Heels – Begins June 23rd

A new musical about a royal family that must prevent an oracle’s prophecy of doom, featuring the songs of the all-female rock band the Go-Go’s.

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Broadway News and Notes:

Kiss Me Kate Revival Sets Broadway Dates

  • Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2019 Broadway revival of Kiss Me Kate, starring Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara (The King and I) will play Studio 54. The limited engagement will begin previews February 14 ahead of a March 14 opening, and is scheduled to play through June 2. O’Hara will take on the leading role in the musical comedy from Cole Porter and Sam and Bella Spewack, reprising her performance from Roundabout’s 2016 benefit concert. In Kiss Me Kate, two divorced and egocentric performers find themselves starring opposite each other in a musical version of Taming of the Shrew. The revival will premiere 20 years after the last Broadway production, which starred Marin Mazzie and Brian Stokes Mitchell. More details here.

Star of The Band’s Visit Film to Join Broadway Cast

  • Sasson Gabay, who played Lieutenant-colonel Tawfiq Zacharya in the 2007 film The Band’s Visit, will replace Tony Shalhoub on Broadway in the same role. Based on Eran Kolirin’s film, The Band’s Visit tells the story of the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Band, which lands in Israel and is inadvertently sent in the wrong direction. Soon, the band finds itself in a small settlement in the heart of the Negev desert with no transportation going out until morning and no hotel in sight. The Band’s Visit‘s world premiere opened to critical acclaim at the Atlantic Theater Company on December 8, 2016, followed by a Broadway run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on November 9, 2017. It is the winner of 10 2018 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. More details here.

Hamilton Holds Auditions in Puerto Rico

  • Last week,  Tony-winning author Lin-Manuel Miranda and Producer Jeffrey Seller held auditions in Puerto Rico for singers and dancers ahead of the January 2019 opening of Hamilton in San Juan. The casting call was for consideration for all companies of the musical, including the new company in Puerto Rico, Broadway, Chicago and touring productions. Miranda’s father, Luis Miranda, Jr., flew to Puerto Rico to help with logistics and tweeted details of the auditions for actors. Lin-Manuel Miranda will head the production on the island where his parents were born. Since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in late September, the playwright has aimed his star power at helping with recovery. More details here.

Tony Winner Nathan Lane to Be Honored by Drama League

  • The Drama League will honor Nathan Lane at its 2018 gala, set to take place November 5 at the Plaza in New York City. The 35th annual event, titled A Musical Celebration of Broadway, will feature a one-night-only tribute to Lane from a host of stage and screen stars; a lineup will be announced at a later date. Lane can currently be seen on Broadway as Roy Cohn in Angels in America, for which he won a Tony Award. He previously won for performances in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Producers. In 2013, the Drama League honored him with the coveted Distinguished Performance Award for his work in The Nance. Last year’s gala honored Steve Martin, represented on Broadway this past season with his play Meteor Shower. More details here.

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