Broadway News Wrap Up – 04.23.19

Broadway News

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

Laurie Metcalf and Eddie Izzard to Star in Virginia Woolf Broadway Revival

Two-time Tony Award winner and Oscar nominee Laurie Metcalf and Tony nominee Eddie Izzard will star as Martha and George in a new production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, scheduled to open on Broadway April 9, 2020 at a theatre to be announced. Two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello will direct the staging, which will also feature Russell Tovey and recent Olivier winner Patsy Ferran as young couple Nick and Honey. Metcalf won Tonys for A Doll’s House, Part 2 and Albee’s Three Tall Women in 2017 and 2018, and currently stars opposite John Lithgow in Hillary and Clinton.  Izzard will be making his first Broadway appearance in 10 years. He received a Tony nomination  for his 2003 debut in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, and returned in 2010 in the David Mamet play RaceWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, an unflinching portrait of marital allegiance and warfare set over the course of a boozy night on a New England college campus, has previously been revived three times since its 1962 Broadway premiere, most recently in 2012 in a Tony-winning run .  More details here.

Present Day Set Oklahoma! TV Series in Development

The hit Broadway musical Oklahoma! will be made into a television show set in present-day.  Skydance Television has partnered with The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization and music firm Concord to develop the series. This will be the first small screen adaptation of the musical.  The series will be set in America’s heartland and feature music by Rodgers & Hammerstein, as well as new songs re-imagined for a contemporary audience. Oklahoma! is set in farm country outside of Claremore, Indian Territory, in 1906 and tells the story of farm girl Laurey Williams and her courtship by two rival suitors, cowboy Curly McLain and farmhand Jud Fry.  The original Broadway production opened in 1943 and ran for over 2,200 performances. The musical was adapted into a feature film in 1955 and is currently enjoying a dramatically re-imagined revival production on Broadway.  More details here.

The Boys in the Band Film to Be Adapted for Netflix

Mart Crowley’s 1968 play The Boys in the Band, which received its Broadway premiere in a starry staging last year, will be adapted for Netflix. The project hails from Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy as part of his development deal with the online streaming giant. The full cast of the Joe Mantello-helmed Broadway production, including Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, and Matt Bomer, will reprise their performances. Mantello will also direct the film. The play follows a group of gay men who convene in a New York City apartment for a friend’s birthday party. As the evening continues, the cracks beneath their friendships begin to show, bringing to light self-inflicted heartache and identity crises. The Broadway production ran at the Booth Theatre in the summer of 2018, proving itself a box-office success and becoming the first production of the 2018–2019 season to recoup its investment.  More details here.

Sea Wall/A Life to Play Broadway This Summer

Following a sold-out premiere run at the Public Theater, Sea Wall/A Life, a pair of monologues about grief, will transfer to Broadway’s Hudson Theatre this summer. Carrie Cracknell will repeat her work as director from the off-Broadway production, with stage-and-screen stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge reprising their acclaimed performances. Broadway previews will begin on July 26 ahead of an August 8 opening night. Sea Wall/A Life is billed as “a heart-filled exploration of the beauty of life and meaning of love.”  Sturridge performs Sea Wall, a monologue by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time) about love and the need to know the unknowable. Gyllenhaal tackles the other half of the play, A Life, written by Nick Payne (Constellations), which examines the relationship between fathers and sons, and the transformative power of love. The production is slated to play a limited Broadway engagement through September 29.  More details here.

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