Broadway News Wrap Up – 12.18.18

Broadway News

Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:

Sara Bareilles to return to Broadway’s Waitress

Grammy and Tony-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles will return to the role of Jenna for a limited engagement in her hit Broadway musical Waitress beginning January 7 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. She will appear in the role through February 3. In a statement, Bareilles said, “It’s Waitress’ third anniversary on Broadway! To celebrate, I’m putting on the apron once again alongside one of my besties!! I can’t think of anything I would rather do to kick off this incredible milestone year than return to my favorite place on earth.” Bareilles first stepped into the leading role in 2017. Waitress is based upon the 2007 film written by the late Adrienne Shelly. The musical is the first Broadway production in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro, and direction by Tony winner Diane Paulus. More details here.

Off Broadway Avenue Q Announces Closing Date

Avenue Q, winner of three 2004 Tony Awards including Best Musical, will conclude its Off Broadway transfer at New World Stages on April 28, 2019.  Originally produced in 2003 at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre in a co-production with The New Group, the musical transferred a few months later to Broadway’s Golden Theatre, where it ran for six years before transferring to New World Stages in October 2009. Winning a Tony for Best Musical and additional Tonys for Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q‘s victory at the 2004 Tony Awards was considered a historic upset – beating the megahit musical Wicked – and reshaped what can be considered a path to commercial and critical Broadway success. The producers stated, “We are incredibly proud of the fact that Avenue Q transformed the careers of so many people in our company throughout its run. The show gave audiences the opportunity to laugh, escape from the outside world for two hours and have tons of fun. Avenue Q proved to be timeless and we learned that sometimes it takes a puppet to make us realize how remarkable, complicated and messy it is to be human.” More details here.

Reimagined Oklahoma! Will Transfer to Broadway

After a surprisingly successful run at St. Ann’s Warehouse Off Broadway, the Bard SummerScape production of Oklahoma!, which brings a darker tone to the classic musical, will open at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre, currently the home of Best Revival winner Once on This Island. The limited engagement will begin preview performances March 19, with an opening night scheduled for April 7. The revival is currently scheduled to run through September 1. The interior of the Circle in the Square will be repurposed as a community hall for the production, which coincides with the iconic musical’s 75th anniversary.  This production will mark the fifth revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic 1943 musical. last seen on Broadway in a 2002 production. The intimate staging features a seven-piece band and chili served to the audience at intermission. The production was originally developed and presented at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in 2015. More details here.

Pretty Woman: the Musical to Play Germany

Pretty Woman: The Musical will play its first international production in Hamburg, Germany in fall 2019. The musical, which continues performances at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway, will open at Hamburg’s Stage Theater an der Elbe September 29, 2019.  “Garry Marshall dreamed of bringing his beloved film Pretty Woman to Broadway as a musical. His dream has come true…and then some…as we move forward launching the second production of this romantic, new musical in Germany,” says producer Paula Wagner. “Widely embraced in Germany, Pretty Woman has had an extremely strong connection resonating with audiences from Hamburg to Berlin to Munich.” Based on the Julia Roberts-Richard Gere movie about a star-crossed meeting between a sex worker and a disillusioned businessman, Pretty Woman: The Musical features a book co-written by the film’s director, the late Garry Marshall, and screenwriter J.F. Lawton, and music by Grammy winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. More details here.

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