Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:
Jagged Little Pill Musical Announces Broadway Run
Producers announced last week that the acclaimed new musical Jagged Little Pill will open on Broadway this fall, at a theater soon to be announced. The announcement follows a record-breaking, sold-out world premiere at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T) last summer. Jagged Little Pill is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin) and features an original story by Academy Award-winning writer Diablo Cody (Juno, Tully), music by seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette and six-time Grammy winner Glen Ballard, and lyrics by Morissette. The new musical is inspired by the themes and raw emotions laid bare in Morissette’s seminal album of the same name. More details here.
Hamilton: The Exhibition to Open in Chicago This Spring
An exhibit celebrating the Tony, Pulitzer, and Olivier-winning juggernaut musical Hamilton will premiere in Chicago April 6, 2019. Producer Jeffrey Seller is behind the exhibit with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, set designer David Korins (who serves as creative director), Yale professor and historian Joanne Freeman, and Harvard’s Annette Gordon-Reed. The freestanding exhibit, presented with Imagine Exhibitions, Inc., will feature an audio tour narrated by Miranda and utilize immersive displays to provide a deeper context to the historical figure beyond what is discussed in the musical, including explorations of his time as a trader in St. Croix and what life was like in 18th-century Manhattan. Following the Chicago launch, the exhibition will tour the United States. More details here.
Broadway’s Oklahoma! Revival Joins New Gun Neutral Initiative
The upcoming revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! at the Circle in the Square Theatre will be Broadway’s first partner in Hollywood’s Gun Neutral Initiative. Under the initiative, for every gun that is seen on stage during the show, a donation will be made to organizations “committed to helping solve the gun violence crisis by destroying firearms that should be out of circulation.” Gun Neutral will also use the funds to make grants to organizations that provide arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programming to youth in underserved areas, and particularly those impacted by chronic gun violence. The reimagined Oklahoma! was produced at St. Ann’s Warehouse last fall. The intimate production brings audiences and artists together to make the classic musical feel as though it were written for today’s America. The production has no chorus, a seven-piece band, a theater repurposed as a community social hall, and chili shared by the audience and actors at intermission. More details here.
Harry Potter and Mean Girls Win Casting Society’s Artios Awards
The Casting Society of America’s 2019 Artios Awards, which celebrate casting directors for film, TV, and theatre, were presented in bicoastal ceremonies January 31 in New York City and Los Angeles. New York theatre winners included Jim Carnahan, who won for casting both Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, as well as last season’s acclaimed Broadway revival of Angels in America. Artios Awards also went to Bethany Knox for casting the hit musical comedy Mean Girls and Craig Burns for the recent revival of Once On This Island. This year’s honorees in New York included Mean Girls‘ Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond, who received the Marion Dougherty New York Apple Award for outstanding commitment to New York entertainment. More details here.