Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:
Hugh Jackman to Lead Music Man Revival on Broadway
Tony Award winner and Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway in a revival of The Music Man. The production will begin previews at a to-be-announced Shubert theatre September 9, 2020. Opening night is set for October 22. Tony winner Jerry Zaks (Hello, Dolly!, A Bronx Tale: The Musical) will helm the revival. Jackman earned a Tony Award for his Broadway debut as Peter Allen in 2003’s The Boy From Oz; he went on to appear in the plays A Steady Rain and The River and also headlined his own Broadway concert in 2011. Meredith Willson’s The Music Man premiered in 1957 with a cast including Robert Preston and Barbara Cook. A 1962 film adaptation followed, also starring Preston. The musical was last seen on Broadway in a 2000 revival starring Craig Bierko and Rebecca Luker. More details here.
Britney Spears Musical Sets Pre-Broadway Chicago Premiere
Producers have announced a pre-Broadway world premiere engagement of Once Upon a One More Time, featuring the songs of multi-platinum selling recording artist Britney Spears. The original musical comedy will begin previews at the James M. Nederlander Theatre in Chicago on October 29, 2019. A Broadway run is expected to follow. Featuring a cast of such familiar characters as Cinderella and Snow White, the musical will use Spears’ hits to tell the story of a royal book club that has its fairy tale notions challenged by way of a The Feminine Mystique-wielding fairy godmother. Britney Spears is an icon of the music industry and has sold almost 150 million records worldwide to date. She burst onto the music scene in 1998 with “…Baby One More Time” and has since released a total of nine studio albums (six of them debuting at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Charts) and garnered a host of accolades, including a Grammy Award and seven additional Grammy nominations. More details here.
Elton John-Scored The Devil Wears Prada Musical Finds Director
Anna D. Shapiro, a 2008 Tony winner for her direction of August: Osage County, has been named the director of the musical version of The Devil Wears Prada. Based on Lauren Weisberger’s best-selling 2003 novel and the 2006 film, the new musical features music by Sir Elton John, lyrics by Shaina Taub, and book by Paul Rudnick. Shapiro was last represented on Broadway with Straight White Men. She was also Tony-nominated for her direction of The Motherfu**er with the Hat. The Devil Wears Prada film, which was nominated for two Academy Awards – including one for Meryl Streep’s performance – went on to gross $326 million worldwide. Weisberger’s novel spent six months on The New York Times’ bestseller list. The Devil Wears Prada is the story of Andy Sachs, a college graduate looking to break into journalism, who lands a second-assistant position to imperious editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly at top fashion magazine Runway. But as Andy’s enterprise and resourcefulness help her gain advancement, she comes to question the compromise to her personal values. More details here.
The Humans Film Adaptation In-the-Works
Stephen Karam’s Tony Award-winning play The Humans will be adapted for the big screen. The film version will star Beanie Feldstein (Hello, Dolly!, Lady Bird), Emmy winner and Broadway alum Amy Schumer (Meteor Shower), and Jayne Houdyshell, reprising her Tony-winning role from The Humans on Broadway. The screenplay will be adapted by the playwright. Set inside a pre-war duplex in downtown Manhattan, The Humans follows the course of an evening in which the Blake family gathers to celebrate Thanksgiving. As darkness falls outside the crumbling building, mysterious things start to go bump in the night and family tensions reach a boiling point. The play debuted at Roundabout Theatre Company Off-Broadway in 2015 before transferring to Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre, followed by a transfer to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. More details here.