Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:
Yanni to Play Limited Broadway Engagement This Summer
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Yanni will play Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre May 28 through June 2. as part of the In Residence on Broadway series. Pure Yanni will feature the Grammy-nominated composer’s orchestrations performed exclusively on a piano, giving audiences an intimate look inside his creative process. He will share stories from his experiences traveling the globe and will include a Q&A with the audience. Yanni has performed legendary concerts around the world in unique and breathtaking settings, including the Acropolis in Greece, the Taj Mahal in India, the Kremlin in Russia, the Great Pyramids of Egypt, and Radio City Music Hall in New York City to name just a few. He has sold over 25 million albums worldwide, receiving over 40 gold and platinum certifications as well as multiple Grammy Award nominations over the course of his career. The In Residence series will also feature English singer and songwriter Morrissey, who will take the Lunt-Fontanne stage May 2 – 11. More details here.
James Corden Announced as 2019 Tony Awards Host
Tony winner James Corden will host the 73rd annual Tony Awards, set for June 9 at Radio City Music Hall. Corden returns to the ceremony having previously taken center stage at the 2016 ceremony at the Beacon Theatre, and subsequently earning an Emmy Award. A Tony winner for One Man, Two Guvnors, he starred as the Baker in the film adaptation of Into the Woods, and is the host of CBS’ The Late Late Show. Nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards will be announced April 30 ahead of the June 9 ceremony, which will once again be broadcast on CBS. More details here.
The Band’s Visit Receives Daytime Emmy Nomination
The original cast of the Tony-winning hit The Band’s Visit has received a Daytime Emmy nomination for their live musical presentation on NBC’s Today. The performance, which aired on the morning of Tony nominations day, featured Adam Kantor with the company singing David Yazbek‘s number “Answer Me” on the broadcast. The musical has won 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in addition to a Grammy Award win for Best Musical Theater Album. The Band’s Visit will conclude its Broadway run on April 7 in advance of a national tour. The 46th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be held May 3 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, with the Daytime Emmy Awards set for May 5. More details here.
Jeremy Jordan to Return to Broadway in Waitress
Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan will join the Broadway cast of Waitress as Dr. Pomatter beginning April 8, for a run scheduled through May 12. Jordan will be replacing New Kids of the Block member Joey McIntyre whose last performance takes place at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 7. Jordan’s additional stage credits include a Tony-nominated turn in Newsies, as well as American Son, Bonnie & Clyde, West Side Story, and Rock of Ages. To television audiences, he is best known for starring in Supergirl along with The Flash and Law and Order: SVU. Based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus. More details here.