Broadway News Wrap Up – 04.02.19

Broadway News

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

Sutton Foster Joins Music Man Broadway Revival

Sutton Foster will star alongside fellow Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman in the upcoming Broadway revival of The Music Man.  The Jerry Zaks-directed production will begin September 9, 2020, before officially opening October 22 at a Shubert theatre to be announced. Two-time Tony winner Foster (Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Drowsy Chaperone) most recently appeared on the Broadway stage in Violet. She is best known to TV audiences as 40-something millennial Liza Miller on the TV Land/Paramount series Younger. In The Music Man, Foster will play Marian, a small town librarian who isn’t fooled by the exploits of conman Harold Hill (Jackman) who pretends to be the organizer of a boys’ marching band in a ploy to run off with the money he collects for instruments and uniforms. More details here.

Regina Spektor to Play Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne in June

Regina Spektor is the latest addition to the roster of the new In Residence On Broadway series. The singer-songwriter will play a limited concert engagement at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre with five performances June 20–26. “I’m revisiting all the songs I’ve ever written, to see how some of them might group together and connect into a show,” said Spektor, who also teased some special guests during the run.  Soviet Union-born Spektor gained popularity in the U.S. with her 2006 album Begin to Hope. She subsequently released Far, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, and Remember Us to Life, with the first two reaching Number 3 on the Billboard 200. She is also a Grammy nominee for the Orange Is the New Black theme “You’ve Got Time” and performed “Dear Theodosia” alongside Ben Folds on The Hamilton Mixtape. The In Residence series will also feature English singer and songwriter Morrissey, who will take the Lunt-Fontanne stage May 2 – 11, and Composer and multi-instrumentalist Yanni who will appear May 28 – June 2. More details here.

New Film Adaptation of Guys and Dolls in Development

According to Variety, TriStar Pictures has simultaneously acquired the remake rights to the Damon Runyon source material, the rights to the stage adaptation, and the remake rights to the 1955 film of the much-loved Guys and Dolls. The musical, about a pair of gamblers, a nightclub performer, and a Save-a-Soul missionary in 1920s New York, features a tuneful score by Frank Loesser and a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. It has been revived on Broadway three times since its 1950 premiere, including a 1992 revival with Nathan Lane and Faith Prince and, most recently, a 2009 production featuring Craig Bierko and Lauren Graham. Casting and timeline have not yet been announced.  More details here.

Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill a Mockingbird to Launch National Tour

Aaron Sorkin‘s acclaimed adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, currently playing Broadway’s Shubert Theatre, will launch a coast-to-coast national tour in August 2020. The traveling production will kick off at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as part of the Center’s 2019–2020 season. Additional cities, as well as casting, for the Mockingbird tour will be announced in the coming months. Starring Emmy winner and Tony nominee Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch, the world premiere production of To Kill a Mockingbird continues to break record after record at the box office, including its recent single-week record for the highest grossing American play in Broadway history. Since performances began on November 1, 2018, the critically-acclaimed production has not played to an empty seat, with 100% capacity (or greater) for every performance. More details here.

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