It’s been a great year of diverse theatre! Here’s a roundup of this season’s best numbers:
The Lion King Reigns On Broadway
The Lion King became the third-longest running Broadway show in history earlier this week. This production has run for 18 years and has played over 7,486 performances.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Welcomes Broadway Lineup
Cast members of The Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, The King and I, On Your Feet! and Something Rotten! will perform during the first hour of NBC’s broadcast of the 98th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. School of Rock will be jamming out later on in the broadcast. Make sure to tune in at 9 a.m on Nov. 26.
We Just Can’t WAITress
A casting update has been announced for Waitress: A New Musical starring Tony Award-winning actress Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical). The cast includes Eric Anderson (South Pacific, Kinky Boots, Rocky, The Last Ship) as Cal, Christopher Fitzgerald (An Act of God, Chicago, Young Frankenstein, Finian’s Rainbow) as Ogie, Drew Gehling (Jersey Boys, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Dr. Pomatter, Kimiko Glenn (“Orange Is The New Black,” Spring Awakening, Love’s Labour’s Lost) as Dawn, Dakin Matthews (The Audience Rocky, The Best Man) as Joe and Keala Settle (LES MISERABLES, Hands On A Hard Body) as Becky. This production will begin previews on March 25, 2016 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
On Your Feet! opens on Broadway
The musical based on the story of Grammy Award winners Emilio and Gloria Estefan opens tonight at the Marquis Theatre. Check back here for review updates!
You’re Just Too Good To Be True, Jersey Boys
Jersey Boys celebrates 10 years on Broadway, tomorrow! This production has played over 4,140 performances and is the 12th longest-running Broadway show in history. Check out an interview on TODAY with Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio!
Snapchat Broadcasts Broadway
On Wednesday, Broadway fans and performers gave Snapchat a little razzle dazzle! Snapchat featured an “On Broadway” live story which showcased shows including Hamilton, The Phantom of The Opera, The Lion King, Aladdin, An American in Paris, Jersey Boys and Wicked. Check out some of the great Snapchats from the night.
Two Award Winning Hollywood Actors Star On The Great White Way
This week marked the beginning of previews for Misery starring Bruce Willis and China Doll starring Al Pacino. Both productions are scheduled as limited engagements. Misery is set to close on Feb. 14, 2016, and China Doll on Jan. 21, 2016. You will not want to miss these performances.
Real Housewives Star Heads Back To Broadway
NeNe Leakes is joining the cast of the hit musical Chicago for 4 weeks only! She will be stepping in as Matron “Mama” Morton from Nov. 23-Dec. 20, 2015.
Dames at Sea Opens on Broadway
The production docked at the Helen Hayes Theatre last night to mixed reviews. David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter said, “…with an appealing cast of six that makes its featherweight pleasures infectious.” Read all of the reviews here.
The Broadway League Announces Kids’ Night On Broadway Ambassadors
The League names Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara (The King and I) and Academy and Golden Globe winner Marlee Matlin (Spring Awakening) as the 2016 Kids’ Night On Broadway National Ambassadors. Kids’ Night On Broadway allows for kids ages 18 years or younger to see a show for free with the purchase of a full-priced ticket. This event takes place in many cities across the country and throughout the year. Check kidsnightonbroadway.com for dates and locations.
Andrew Lloyd Webber “Rocks The Schools”
And the music kept rolling out in all of New York City. The award-winning musical theatre writer donated $150,000 towards new musical instruments to the City Of New York’s Fund for Public Schools. This is a part of a new initiative called “Rock the Schools”. Webber’s donation will help twenty public middle schools across the city.
School of Rock Goes 360
It’s time to join the band, folks! The School of Rock released an immersive 360 music video for their song, “You’re In The Band”. School of Rock will be in session starting Nov 9, 2015. DON’T BE LATE! Be sure to check out the cast this morning on TODAY.
The Gin Game Opens On Broadway
The Gin Game starring James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson opened on Wednesday to positive reviews. Charles Isherwood of the New York Times stated, “Mr. Jones and Ms. Tyson draw out all its nuances, as Weller and Fonsia bicker and make nice over a card table. These two superlative performers establish beyond doubt, if we needed any reminding, that great talent is ageless and ever-rewarding.” The Gin Game will be playing at the Golden Theatre through Jan. 10, 2016. Check out pictures from the starry opening night here.
“Miracles of Miracles”! Watch A Sneak Peak of The Fiddler On The Roof
School Is In Session
The littlest rock stars of Broadway took to the streets earlier this week for the School Of Rock photo shoot. I’m excited to this cast really stick it to the man! Check out their photo shoot video here.
The Gin Game Begins Previews
It’s time to watch some gin rummy between two acting legends, James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson at the Golden Theater. Previews began on Wednesday and the show is scheduled to run through January 10, 2016. No rush or lotto policies have been announced.
Dames At Sea Begins Previews
Dames at Sea starring John Bolton, Mara Davi, Danny Gardner, Eloise Kropp, Laurence Olivier, Lesli Margherita and Cary Tedder began previews at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Thursday night. The show announced that they will offer a student rush at the theatre for every performance. A limited number of $32 tickets will be available to students with a valid student ID. Only one ticket will be given for each transaction.
Corden Takes on Phantom Of The Opera…Again
Theatre lovers rejoice! The Late Late Show with James Corden is NOT one to miss. This week Corden finally had the chance to play his dream role, The Phantom. This newly imagined production took place right on a L.A. crosswalk. Watch this hilarious version of the musical here.
Hamilton Drops Digitally Today
The day is finally here! Hamilton is now available for digital download. On Monday, NPR had a First Listen and fans took to social media about their excitement.
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