Broadway News Wrap Up – 01.29.19

Broadway News

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

American Son to be Adapted for Netflix

During an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Kerry Washington announced that the Broadway play American Son will be filmed for Netflix. Following the show’s final performance on January 27, Netflix will reassemble the cast at a later date to film the production without an audience present. The screen adaptation will feature the original Broadway cast and its director, Kenny Leon.  “American Son powerfully explores themes of family, love and identity,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content for Netflix. “We are honored to work with Kerry Washington, Kenny Leon, Christopher Demos-Brown and the entire cast to bring this story from the Broadway stage to our members around the world.” American Son opened November 4, 2018, at the Booth Theatre following a world-premiere production at Barrington Stage Company in 2016.  More details here.

Mystic Pizza Stage Musical Adaptation in Development

Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge is writing the score for a stage adaptation of the 1988 film Mystic Pizza. Etheridge’s collaborators on the film are book writers Gordon Greenberg (Holiday Inn, Jacques Brel) and Sas Goldberg (Significant Other). Greenberg will also direct. Their work will be based on the original screenplay by Amy Holden Jones.  Launching the careers of Julia Roberts and Matt Damon, the cult classic film Mystic Pizza follows the coming of age of three young women working as waitresses at a local pizza parlor in Mystic, Connecticut. Struggling within a local class structure that segregates the immigrant working class from the country club set, the women strive to define themselves beyond the shadow of their families and the men who pursue them. More details here.

Frankie and Johnny Revival Planned for Broadway

Producers have announced plans for a new Broadway production of four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally‘s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Audra McDonald and two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon, directed by Obie Award winner Arin Arbus. The strictly limited 16-week Broadway engagement will begin previews in May 2019 at a Shubert theater to be announced. In this new Broadway production, Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon, two of the most acclaimed actors of their generation, will bring the bruised dreamers of Terrence McNally’s classic romance to new life. Director Arin Arbus, in her Broadway debut, directs this portrait of a lonely waitress and a short order cook whose first date turns into a one-night stand – and maybe more. A 1991 film adaptation by McNally, with the shortened title of Frankie and Johnny, starred Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer. More details here.

Magic Mike Musical to Play Boston Before Broadway Run

Magic Mike The Musical will have its world premiere in a pre-Broadway engagement at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston beginning in November. The musical is an official prequel to the hit movies Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL, featuring an original story written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and music and lyrics by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey – the team that wrote the score for the critically acclaimed musical Next to Normal. Star of the original films and producer Channing Tatum released the following statement: “When we were shooting Magic Mike, I looked at myself in a thong and thought: ‘well Chan, say goodbye to your career!’ So the idea that seven years later a Pulitzer Prize-winning creative team would be making a full-fledged musical prequel is definitive proof that God loves strippers. I couldn’t be more excited about the next chapter in the Magic Mike story. So get ready, Boston. The road to Broadway begins on November 30!” More details here.

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