Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014 Sutton Foster Related Shows View Comments They’re on their way! The forthcoming Broadway production of Violet has found its leading men. Colin Donnell and Tony nominee Joshua Henry have joined the Roundabout Theatre Company production as Monty and Flick respectively. The duo will star alongside headliner Tony winner Sutton Foster in the production, which will begin performances at the American Airlines Theatre on March 28. Directed by Leigh Silverman, the musical will play a limited engagement through August 10, with opening night set for April 20. The Roundabout production of Violet will be based on the New York City Center Encores! Off-Center concert in 2013, which also starred Foster and Henry and was directed by Silverman. Donnell has appeared on Broadway in Anything Goes and Jersey Boys. His other stage credits include Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Merrily We Roll Along and Follies. Donnell’s film and TV credits include Every Secret Thing and Pan Am. Henry was nominated for a Tony for his performance in The Scottsboro Boys. Other Broadway credits include Porgy and Bess, American Idiot, In the Heights and Bring It On. His screen credits include Army Wives, Kings and Sex and the City. Full casting for Violet’s Broadway incarnation will be announced shortly. Violet Star Files Colin Donnell Violet tells the story of a young woman’s quest for beauty amidst the image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s. Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet (Foster) dreams of a miraculous transformation through the power of faith. Convinced that a televangelist in Oklahoma can heal her, she hops a Greyhound bus and starts the journey of a lifetime. Along the way, Violet forms unlikely friendships with her fellow riders, who teach her about beauty, love, courage and what it means to be an outsider. Joshua Henry
Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 View Comments Bening earned a Tony nod for her performance in Coastal Disturbances. She has also appeared on stage in Medea and The Female of the Species. She received Oscar nominations for her roles in the films The Kids Are All Right, Being Julia, American Beauty and The Grifters. As previously reported, Oscar nominee and Tony winner John Lithgow will play the titular father figure in King Lear, which will run from July 22 through August 17 at the Delacorte Theater under the direction of Daniel Sullivan. The free Shakespeare in the Park season will also include a production of Much Ado About Nothing starring Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe (which caused Rabe to drop out of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2). Related Shows King Lear Annette Bening could soon be appearing on stage as a “thankless child.” According to uncomfirmed reports from Showbiz 411, the Tony and Oscar nominee has agreed to appear in the Public Theater’s 2014 Shakespeare in the Park production of King Lear as Goneril, the monarch’s eldest daughter.
View Comments It’s Michael Keaton on Broadway! Sort of. The film star’s newest project, Birdman, puts him center stage on the Great White Way. In the flick, Keaton plays Riggan Thomson, a past-his-prime actor, known for his portrayal of iconic superhero Birdman. Overcoming family issues, including dealing with a fresh out of rehab daughter (played by Emma Stone), Riggan prepares for a big comeback…on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. Birdman, in addition to Keaton and Stone, stars Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan and Zach Galifianakis. Take a look at the trailer below (warning: there’s a bit of bad language) and see how many Broadway landmarks you can spot! The film is set to premiere on October 17.
The limited engagement will open officially on October 19 and run through January 25, 2015. In William Luce’s The Belle of Amherst, Emily Dickinson’s poems, diaries and letters are woven into an illuminating portrait of the prolific wordsmith. Dickinson’s encounters with close friends and family and her often-amusing observations come to life in the one-woman-play. Emily Dickinson is back in the spotlight, as The Belle of Amherst starts preview performances off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre on October 7. Stage and screen star Joely Richardson stars in the Steve Cosson-helmed revival. View Comments
Rounding out the cast are Sophie von Haselberg as Wilder’s long-suffering secretary and Drew Gehling as a beleaguered studio chief. Billy & Ray charts the birth of the film noir genre. The comedy follows literary odd couple writer-director Billy Wilder (Kartheiser) and novelist Raymond Chandler (Pine) as they contentiously collaborate to adapt the novel Double Indemnity for the silver screen. Set in 1940s Hollywood, Billy & Ray is the true story of how two brilliant and thorny artists battled the Hollywood censors and each other to create a groundbreaking movie classic. Billy & Ray Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser and Broadway vet Larry Pine officially open in the New York premiere of Billy & Ray on October 20. Mike Bencivenga’s new show, directed by the legendary Garry Marshall, will play a limited engagement through November 23 at off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre. Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014
What happened in Neverland after the curtain came down on NBC’s Peter Pan Live! telecast on December 4? Girls star Allison Williams assembled the Lost Boys for a tearful huddle and a final farewell backstage. Peter Pan Live! player James Brown III captured this photo of the emotional moment and posted it on his Twitter page. We’ll miss you, boys—hope to see you on Broadway soon! View Comments
View Comments After a passionate Broadway debut in the short-lived Sting musical The Last Ship, Belfast-born actress-singer Rachel Tucker has returned to London to head the cast of the Menier Chocolate Factory revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s Communicating Doors, currently in previews and opening May 13. A onetime Elphaba in Wicked, Tucker shifts gears in the comic thriller to play a dominatrix who goes by the name Poopay—Mary-Louise Parker played the same role off-Broadway in 1998. Broadway.com caught up with the effervescent talent to discuss not singing for a change on stage and her memories of the Great White Way.You’ve got some of the best lungs in the business but there’s no singing this time around, is there?[Laughs.] Not here! I love musicals and I absolutely love singing, but I also really love acting. The older I get, the more I want to do straight stuff. I think it’s important that I show people I’m not just a set of lungs or a big voice.The character of Poopay, too, is quite a challenge.This has been a big stretch for me. I’ve never had to learn so many words in my life and in such an intense short period and with a Cockney accent on top. That’s something I’ve never done before and I’ve loved it; It’s important to keep me on my toes.How thrilled were you to get the offer?I was thrilled to be seen for a role like this. I mean, a cockney dominatrix prostitute: everything I had never played before [laughs]. It took me by surprise, I have to say, but my husband [director Guy Retallack] has done a couple of [Alan Ayckbourn] plays and I absolutely love his stuff.How do you research playing a dominatrix?That’s been interesting! I did speak to an actual dominatrix called Miss Josephine, which was quite eye-opening and it was fascinating to see the extent to which this world really does exist but quite privately and quietly. Each to their own, I suppose.What did you discover from Miss Josephine?I was struck by the fact that she’s got standards and that even in this world there are standards. She sees herself as quite a high-class dominatrix—for one thing, she wears leather and good leather, not PVC.The time-travel element of the play must be interesting in that the “future” envisaged when the play was first written was 2014, which has now come and gone.We’ve pushed 2014 to 2020 so that’s our “future,” which is only five years ahead. It’s been tricky in rehearsals finding those little things that act as big indicators as to where we are but what’s wonderful about Alan’s writing is that he is able to convince the audience of all this using just one hotel room and a couple of sets of doors.You mention acting as opposed to singing but what’s notable about your work in musicals is the way you combine both.I’m so glad you think so because when I teach kids about musical theater, my big battle is to impress upon them that it’s not about the singing: it’s got to come from your acting choices before you start the music, and I think that’s what a lot of people don’t get right. I almost feel on this play as if I could sing my lines because I know where I’m coming from with it.Now there’s an idea: Communicating Doors—the Musical![Laughs.] Oh god, absolutely! There’s definitely room to turn this into a musical. Poopay could have a good old cockney song – but the text is so rich that I think it’s better as a play.Speaking of musicals, did you follow the Tony nominations to see how The Last Ship fared?I got the news [of the show’s two nods] after that day’s rehearsals and I was just so delighted that Sting got recognized for his score and Rob Mathes for his orchestrations: I was so happy for them both.Do you think the show might have got more nominations if it had opened later in the season?Well, I don’t think it was an accident that The Last Ship opened when it did. The creative team clearly thought the show was going to run. They obviously thought it was going to be successful and be a massive revenue hit; I mean, we all did.What did you do right after the show closed?I stayed on in New York for about 10 days with the cast and we chilled out and went to parties and saw a couple of shows. That was a nice cooling-down period before getting ready to go home. I’d spent nine or 10 months on the production, so it felt important to be able to say goodbye properly to that chapter of my life.Any plans for a second album? [Tucker’s first, The Reason, came out in 2013].I’d love to do another, but they take me about three years to do and I had to work the last one into my career when I knew I had the time. It worked well because I was pregnant with my son and then had time to work on the album after I had given birth. Maybe I’ll do another album the next time we have another go at having a child!Did your son come away from his time in the States with a New York accent?He did! He’s two now and he would say words like “more” with a little American twang but now that he’s back in London it’s kind of a mixture.Do you have other musicals on the horizon?I’d absolutely love to have a go at Beautiful. I’ve got loads of Carole King’s music and love her stuff. And while I was in New York, I also went to see Cabaret, and of course I’d give my right arm to play that role [Sally Bowles]. That’s the thing about this business: you never know!
View Comments Rachelle Ann Go had a movie in her mind in Miss Saigon and now she’ll dream a dream as Fantine in London’s Les Miserables! Also joining Go in the West End company from June 15 will be Jeremy Secomb as Javert, Phil Daniels as Thénardier, Katy Secombe as Madame Thénardier and Zoë Doano as Cosette.Go has just finished playing the role of Gigi in the London revival of Miss Saigon. She is a well-known TV star in her native country, the Philippines, having won the Search for a Star contest, and is a double-platinum recording artist. Jeremy Secomb’s theater appearances include Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera and Lend Me A Tenor. Daniel’s resume includes Quadrophenia and Scum. Katy Secombe returns to the role of Madame Thénardier having last played the part in 2012 opposite Matt Lucas. Doano’s credits include Sweeney Todd and Sweet Smell of Success.Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on October 8, 1985.The story begins in 1815 as Jean Valjean, a man condemned to 19 years of hard labor for stealing a loaf of bread, finds only hatred and suspicion when he is released on parole and breaks free, yearning for a new life. Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s score contains the signature numbers “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” and “One Day More.”Peter Lockyer will continue to star as Jean Valjean, with Rob Houchen as Marius and Carrie Hope Fletcher as Eponine. Bradley Jaden, who is currently in the ensemble, will play Enjolras.
Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Lupita Nyong’o on EclipsedWe’ve got a British stage and screen vet to thank for Lupita Nyong’o’s return to the boards this fall! “One of the things Emma Thompson encouraged me to do was get back to the stage,” the Oscar winner admitted to Vogue, “and this is advice I have taken very seriously.” Oskar Eustis, the artistic director of New York’s Public Theater, also revealed to the magazine that he offered Nyong’o any stage role, but that “she had fallen in love with a play called Eclipsed, set during the Liberian Civil War…Who am I to say no to Lupita?” Nyong’o will begin previews in Danai Gurira’s work on September 29 and officially open on October 14 at the Public’s LuEsther Theater.Cry-Baby Album Sets Release Date The “Misery, Agony, Helplessness, Hopelessness, Heartache and Woe” that Cry-Baby fans around the world have been suffering since June 22, 2008 is, at long last, at an end. We now know that the previously reported Broadway cast recording of Cry-Baby: The Musical will be released digitally on September 25 and in stores on October 9, courtesy of Broadway records, so it’s time to dry those tears!Roger Rees Memorial DetailsA memorial tribute will be held for Tony winner Roger Rees on Monday, September 21 at 1:00 PM at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre. Doors will open at 12:30 PM, with general admission seating available to the public. Rees, who was last seen on Broadway earlier this year opposite Chita Rivera in The Visit, died of brain cancer on July 10 at the age of 71. Drew Gasparini Joins Forces With Alex BrightmanComposer and singer/songwriter Drew Gasparini is heading to Webster Hall. The Smash and stage scribe will play the Marlin Room on September 28, with Drew Gasparini Live featuring appearances from multiple Broadway faves including School of Rock’s Alex Brightman, Wicked’s F. Michael Haynie and Les Miz’s Andrew Kober. For a taster of what to expect, check out the video below. Related Shows Eclipsed
Kingdom Come Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 18, 2016 View Comments Jenny Rachel Weiner’s new play Kingdom Come focuses on venturing into the wild world of online dating to find a meaningful human connection. Helmed by Kip Fagan, the off-Broadway production features Socorro Santiago, Alex Hernandez, Carmen Herlihy, Crystal Finn and Stephanie Styles. The world premiere will play a limited engagement October 7 through December 18. Opening night is set for November 2 at Roundabout Underground’s Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. Take a peek at our cast pic and be sure to catch the play that delves into the identities we hide and reveal online! Kip Fagan, Socorro Santiago, Alex Hernandez, Carmen Herlihy, Crystal Finn, Stephanie Styles & Jenny Rachel Weiner(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Related Shows