Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:
London Hit Ink to Transfer to Broadway:
Manhattan Theatre Club will present the American premiere of the Almeida Theatre production of Ink, written by Olivier Award winner James Graham (Labour of Love, Privacy, Finding Neverland) and directed by two-time Olivier Award winner and Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold (King Charles III, Enron). The Broadway premiere will begin previews April 2 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre ahead of an April 24 opening. Set in 1969 London, Ink follows a brash, young Rupert Murdoch on the verge of founding the U.K.’s most influential newspaper. The show transferred to the West End last fall following an acclaimed, sold-out world premiere at the Almeida. Bertie Carvel will reprise his Olivier Award-winning performance as Rupert Murdoch. Carvel originated the role of Miss Trunchbull in Matilda on the West End and on Broadway. He will be joined by Olivier Award winner Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Frankenstein) as the rogue editor of The Sun, Larry Lamb. More details here.
Danny Burstein to Join Broadway’s My Fair Lady
Six-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein will return to Broadway in the current revival of My Fair Lady, replacing Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz as Alfred P. Doolittle beginning January 8, 2019. Butz will make his final appearance at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater January 6. Burstein is set to play a limited engagement through April 28. Burstein last appeared on Broadway in the recent revival of Fiddler on the Roof, where his performances as Tevye earned him his sixth Tony nomination following nods for Cabaret, Golden Boy, Follies, South Pacific, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Tony winner Laura Benanti will take over for Lauren Ambrose as Eliza Doolittle beginning October 23, playing a limited engagement through February 17. More details here.
Date Set for 2019 Tony Awards
The 73rd annual Tony Awards will take place June 9, 2019, at Radio City Music Hall. The ceremony, presented by the American Theatre Wing and Broadway League, will be broadcast live on CBS; the network reached an agreement with the Awards in 2017, ensuring it would be broadcast through 2026. The official eligibility cut-off date for all Broadway productions opening in the 2018-2019 season to be considered for Tonys will be Thursday, April 25 – nominations will be announced on Tuesday, April 30. The Tony Awards Administration Committee has added 18 artists and industry leaders to its 48-member Nominating Committee, including Daphne Rubin-Vega, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Priscilla Lopez, and Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok. More details here.