Alec Baldwin, Antoni Porowski, and More Head to Broadway + More NYC Theater News

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On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high C. Curtain up and light those lights!

No celebrity memoir is safe.
Broadway is no stranger to celebrity stays, but this will be a new tier entirely: “Celebrity Autobiography,” the comedy show that sees real-life celebrities reading aloud from the real-life autobiographies of other real-life celebrities, will set up shop on Broadway. For four consecutive Mondays beginning Nov. 26, performers will descend to the Marquis Theatre to partake, including Alec Baldwin, Cecily Strong, “Queer Eye” star Antoni Porowski, Rachel Dratch, Mario Cantone, and others. The lineup will vary week to week; the antics will not.

“Magic Mike” shimmies closer to Broadway.
There’s an update on the long-gestating musical adaptation of the hit 2012 film “Magic Mike.” A slew of visually appealing theater vets spent a week recently in a developmental workshop for the project, including Cheyenne Jackson, Matt Doyle, Derek Klena, and others, as well as “On Your Feet” star Ana Villafañe. The adaptation, which is receiving guidance from the film’s star Channing Tatum, comes courtesy of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and features a score by “Next to Normal” Pulitzer Prize winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey.

The “Waitress” pie diner is under new ownership.
In a perhaps too-rare move for Broadway, long-running hit “Waitress” will welcome Academy Award winner June Squibb to its cast—in a role originated by a male actor. Squibb will play Josie (previously Joe), the owner of the diner in which the titular pie-maker works, joining the production on Nov. 19. The casting was accompanied by the additional news that leading lady Nicolette Robinson has extended her stay through Dec. 9.

Here are your Broadway Temptations.
The Broadway-bound Temptations musical “Ain’t Too Proud,” which ran this fall in Los Angeles, has announced complete casting. The out of town ensemble will remain intact as it transfers coasts, and includes Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope, and Ephraim Sykes as The Temptations. Directed by Des McAnuff, the jukebox musical arrives at the Imperial Theatre Feb. 28, 2019, ahead of an official opening on March 21.

Explore the Constitution a bit longer.
Heidi Schreck’s personal and all-too-prescient “What the Constitution Means to Me” will stick around a bit longer, though it’s getting a change of scenery. Now running at the New York Theatre Workshop, the piece will transfer to the West Side’s Greenwich House Theatre on Nov. 27, where it will run through Dec. 30. Starring Schreck as herself, along with Rosdely Ciprian, Mike Iveson, and Thursday Williams, the piece chronicles Schreck’s adolescence as a speech-giver and explores what the Constitution has meant both to her life and the greater impact its had on women and their bodies.

Merrily they roll along.
Casting has been announced for Roundabout Theatre Company’s Off-Broadway revival of “Merrily We Roll Along.” The six-person cast for the Stephen Sondheim classic will be comprised by Essie Austrian, Brittany Bradford, Paul L. Coffey, Manu Narayan, Ben Steinfeld, and Emily Young. Performances begin at the Laura Pels Theatre Jan. 12, 2019, followed by a limited run.

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