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Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:
Adam Pascal to Join Broadway’s Pretty Woman
Tony Award nominee Adam Pascal (Rent, Something Rotten!) will join the Broadway production of Pretty Woman: The Musical in the role of Edward Lewis. Pascal will join the cast January 15–20, 2019, while current leading man Andy Karl takes a brief hiatus from the production. “I always love a reason to come back to Broadway, so singing this score opposite Samantha Barks, in this sexy, romantic musical for eight performances was a no-brainer,” stated Pascal. Based on the Julia Roberts–Richard Gere movie about a star-crossed meeting between a sex worker and a disillusioned businessman, 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. Following a world premiere in Chicago in March, Pretty Woman: The Musical opened on Broadway in August. More details here.
Broadway’s Be More Chill Will Feature Entire Off Broadway Cast
The full cast of the acclaimed off-Broadway staging of fan-favorite musical Be More Chill will reprise their turns on Broadway. Previews for the Broadway transfer will begin on February 13 followed by a March 10 opening night at the Lyceum Theatre. “We are absolutely thrilled that the entire New York premiere company will be making the journey with us to Broadway,” says Gerald Goehring, lead producer of Be More Chill. “This company has collaborated to bring Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz‘s beautiful and universal musical to life off-Broadway this summer and we could not have been more thrilled with the outpouring of love we received from our fans around the world. The entire company cannot wait to bring the production to an even greater audience at The Lyceum in the new year.” Based on the novel by Ned Vizzini, Be More Chill is the story of Jeremy Heere, your average, nothing-special teenager at Middleborough High in nothing-special New Jersey. That is, until the day he finds out about “The Squip.” Thus begins a journey that pits Jeremy’s desire to be popular against his struggle to remain true to his authentic self. More details here.
The Play That Goes Wrong Will Move Off Broadway
British import The Play That Goes Wrong will move to Off-Broadway’s New World Stages after completing its Broadway run in January. The production will begin its Off Broadway run February 11. Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong introduces The Cornley University Drama Society, which is attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery. But as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong does as the accident-prone thespians struggle to get to their final curtain call. The Broadway comedy opened at the Lyceum Theatre in April 2017, going on to win a Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play. Though the play initially announced an August 26 closing notice, it later pushed its final date to January 2019. A national tour launched in September. More details here.
Upcoming Broadway Revival of All My Sons Announces New Director
Jack O’Brien has replaced Gregory Mosher as the director of the upcoming Broadway revival of All My Sons, after a dispute Mosher had with the Arthur Miller estate over casting, the producers confirmed last week. According to the Washington Post, Mosher had planned to cast two black actors as siblings, in roles that have typically been played by white actors, but that idea was objected to by the Arthur Miller Estate. Those actors would have joined Annette Bening and Tracy Letts in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival at the American Airlines Theater. The Post reported that the Miller Estate objected to the diverse casting of the siblings specifically, but would be open to diverse casting in other areas of the play. The revival will still play as scheduled, with previews beginning April 4, 2019 and an opening set for April 22. O’Brien last Broadway venture was the recent revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. More details here.