Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:
Hamilton Creators Receive Kennedy Center Honors
The Kennedy Center Honors celebrated a quartet of Hamilton creators on December 2. The co-creators of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning megahit musical, writer and original star Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, and music director Alex Lacamoire, received a unique Kennedy Center Honors as “trailblazing creators of a transformative work that defies category.” The Honors recipients are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts. In a star-studded celebration at the Kennedy Center Opera House, the 2018 Honorees were saluted by performers from New York, Hollywood, and the arts capitals of the world. Other honorees this year include actor-singer Cher (the current subject of Broadway’s The Cher Show), composer and pianist Philip Glass, country music star Reba McEntire, and jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter. The 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors will be broadcast on CBS December 26 beginning at 8 PM ET, with host Gloria Estefan. More details here.
Broadway Cast Albums Receive 2019 Grammy Award Nominations
The Recording Academy recognized five cast recordings in the Best Musical Theater Album category for the 2019 Grammy Awards last week. The album for NBC’s Emmy-winning Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert was among the nominees, along with the Broadway cast recordings for the Tony-winning The Band’s Visit and this year’s three Best Revival of a Musical Tony nominees: Carousel, My Fair Lady, and the Tony-Award-winning Once On This Island. This marks a return to five recordings earning nominations, following last year’s three-way race between Dear Evan Hansen, Hello, Dolly!, and Come From Away. For the full list of nominees, visit Grammy.com. The 61st annual ceremony will take place February 10, 2019. More details here.
Broadway’s Torch Song Announces Early Closing
Harvey Fierstein‘s Torch Song will end its run at the Helen Hayes Theatre on January 6, 2019 instead of its originally announced closing date of February 24. Michael Urie will reprise his performance as Arnold Beckoff for a national tour, which will launch in the fall of 2019 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Torch Song follows the odyssey of Arnold Beckoff (Urie) to find happiness in New York. All he wants is a husband, a child and a pair of bunny slippers that fit, but a visit from his overbearing mother (Oscar and Tony winner Mercedes Ruehl) reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect. More details here.
Faye Dunaway to Return to Broadway in Tea at Five
After an absence of more than thirty-five years, Oscar winner and film legend Faye Dunaway will return to Broadway to play Katharine Hepburn, in the Broadway premiere of Tea at Five. Playwright Matthew Lombardo has created a new version of his acclaimed play for this production, which will be directed by Tony nominee John Tillinger. Tea at Five will play a strictly limited engagement in the summer of 2019. Additional information, including the complete creative team, dates, and theater will be announced early next year. Tea at Five is an intimate look at Katharine Hepburn, at home, in her Fenwick estate in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. The play takes place in 1983 after Hepburn was injured in a car crash. The accident affords the now legendary star an opportunity to reflect on her turbulent childhood, the triumphs and failures of her career and her heart-breaking romance with Spencer Tracy. More details here.