Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:
Springsteen on Broadway Album to be released
Springsteen on Broadway, which plays its final performance on December 15 at the Walter Kerr Theatre, will release an album on December 14, Featuring the songs and stories from Tony Award winner Bruce Springsteen’s historic 236-show run, the soundtrack album will be available on 4 LPs or 2 CDs as well as a digital download and on streaming services. Based on his worldwide best-selling autobiography Born to Run, Springsteen on Broadway is a unique evening with Springsteen, his guitar, a piano, and his very personal stories. On the soundtrack album, each of these stories appears as its own track, labeled as an “introduction” to the song it precedes. Springsteen’s historic sold-out series of performances of his one man show has been extended three times after its initial eight-week run. More details here.
The Color Purple Musical Film Adaptation in the Works
A film version of the Broadway musical The Color Purple, based on Alice Walker‘s novel, is preparing a film adaptation. Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, and Scott Sanders – the producing trio behind both the original 2005 Broadway production and the recent revival – will team up once again for the Warner Bros. project. Joining them is Steven Spielberg, who helmed the 1985 movie. which earned Winfrey an Oscar nod. A production schedule, cast, and creatives are yet to be announced. The musical opened at the Broadway Theatre in December 2005. The following year, LaChanze earned a Tony Award for her performance as Celie, a black southern woman who embarks on a decades-long journey of self-acceptance and love despite a series of hardships. The role also led to a Tony for Cynthia Erivo in 2016 for the scaled back, John Doyle-helmed staging, which also took home the Award for Best Revival of a Musical. More details here.
Oscar Nominee June Squibb to Join Broadway’s Waitress
Oscar nominee June Squibb will return to the Broadway stage this fall in Waitress. She’ll take on the role of Josie – the role previously presented as Joe – becoming the first woman to play the diner owner. Squibb is set to play a limited engagement November 19 – January 6, succeeding Today Show anchor Al Roker. Squibb, an Oscar nominee for Nebraska, made her Broadway debut in the original production of Gypsy, stepping into the musical as Electra. Her additional stage credits include The Happy Time and two short-lived productions: Gorey Stories and Sacrilege. She is additionally known for her numerous appearance on the small screen, including Modern Family, Shameless, Getting On, and Glee. More details here.
Broadway’s Ain’t Too Proud Musical Announces Cast
Full casting has been announced for the Broadway run of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations at the Imperial Theatre. Heading the company as the Temptations are Derrick Baskin as Otis Williams, James Harkness as Paul Williams, Jawan M. Jackson as Melvin Franklin, Jeremy Pope as Eddie Kendricks, and Ephraim Sykes as David Ruffin. Directed by Tony winner Des McAnuff, the musical features a book by Dominique Morisseau, choreography by Sergio Trujillo, and a score culled from Motown hits like “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” and more. Ain’t Too Proud had its world premiere at Berkeley Rep, where it broke box office records. It has also played the Kennedy Center, the Ahmanson Theatre, and the Princess of Wales Theatre on a pre-Broadway tour. The Broadway production of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations will begin performances at the Imperial Theatre on Thursday, February 28, with opening night set for Thursday, March 21. More details here.