Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:
Morrissey Announces Broadway Residency
British singer-songwriter Morrissey is coming to Broadway. The former frontman of The Smiths will play Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in residency May 2–11 in conjunction with the release of his latest album, a collection of ’60s and ’70s covers titled California Son, set to drop May 24. The retrospective show “promises an intimate yet exciting exploration of Morrissey’s expansive career from his early days to his upcoming new record,” according to a press release. “Another milestone in an already storied career, longtime fans of the musician will get a rare opportunity to see the star branch out into new territory and take the stage like never before.” Ahead of his Broadway residency, Morrissey will embark on his first Canadian tour in 15 years. More details here.
Andrea Martin Departs Broadway’s Gary After Injury
Tony-winning actress Andrea Martin, who was set to co-star with Nathan Lane in Taylor Mac’s Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, has exited the new Broadway comedy due to an accident during rehearsals that resulted in four broken ribs. Kristine Nielsen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), who had a supporting role in the play, will now take over for Martin, while Tony winner Julie White (Airline Highway, The Little Dog Laughed) has joined the cast and taken over Nielsen’s former role. In a statement, Martin said that she “tried to convince the doctor that my funny bone is stronger than my broken ribs. But regretfully I must follow the doctor’s orders.” Starring three-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane and directed by five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, Gary is set just after the blood-soaked conclusion of William Shakespeare’s first tragedy, Titus Andronicus. The civil war has ended. The country has been stolen by madmen, and there are casualties everywhere – among them a midwife on the verge of death. And two very lowly servants are charged with cleaning up the bodies. More details here.
Nashville Series to be Adapted as Broadway Musical
The country music drama series Nashville is being adapted as a Broadway musical. It will be produced by Scott Delman, whose production company is behind the musical adaptation of Mean Girls as well as The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots and Dear Evan Hansen. The show, according to Delman, will feature an “entirely original score” penned by both Broadway composers and country music stars. Nashville, about a group of country music stars navigating romance, family, and their careers, premiered on ABC in 2012 before heading to CMT and Hulu for its final two seasons. The cast included Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, and Charles Esten, with frequent appearances by such Broadway alums as Will Chase, Tony winner Laura Benanti, and Kyle Dean Massey. More details here.
Kinky Boots Inducted Into Smithsonian’s American History Museum
Smithsonian Institution representatives stopped by Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre last week to formally induct Kinky Boots into the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The museum will collect objects from the production, including a pair of the show’s iconic red boots. “We are so honored that our beautiful red boots and the message of our show will be a highlighted part of the Smithsonian’s permanent culture collection, representing our themes of love and acceptance to visitors from all over the world,” said the show’s producer Daryl Roth. The winner of six 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Kinky Boots, featuring a Tony Award-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, a book by Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and direction and choreography by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, closes Sunday April 7 and will become the 25th longest playing production in Broadway history. More details here.