‘Game of Thrones’ Star to Make Stage Debut + More Regional Theater News

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You don’t have to be a Broadway baby to scratch your onstage acting itch. In fact, all around the country—and outside of it—there are bustling theater communities producing works so vibrant they’d have Edward Albee rolling over in his grave. Want in on that action? You’d be wise to know the ins and outs of industry happenings, and this is a good place to start: From across the pond and back again, here is the week’s biggest regional theater news.

A Stark will take to the stage.
Maisie Williams, best-known for her role as Arya Stark on HBO’s hit “Game of Thrones,” has set her sights on the theater. Williams will make her stage debut in “I and You,” a drama from playwright Lauren Gunderson that will premiere Oct. 25 at the Hampstead Theatre in London. Slated to run through Nov. 24, the piece depicts Caroline, an ill teenager, and the unlikely friendship she forms with a boy from school. Hampstead Theatre artistic director Edward Hall will helm as director.

Patti’s got company.
Additional casting has been announced for London’s take on the Stephen Sondheim classic “Company.” Joining previously-announced Patti LuPone in the gender-swapped production—directed by “Angels in America” Tony nominee Marianne Elliott—will be Richard Fleeshman, George Blagden, and Matthew Seadon-Young. The trio will play Bobbie’s three boyfriends (traditionally girlfriends, played by women). Previews begin Sept. 26 at the Gielgud Theatre, with an official opening set for Oct. 17.

Bet your bottom dollar on this cast.
Full casting has been announced for the upcoming Hollywood Bowl production of “Annie.” Taking part in the three-night event will be Tony winner Roger Bart as Daniel Rooster Hannigan and “Spring Awakening” alum Ali Stroker in the role of Star-to-Be. The duo joins previously-announced stars Ana Gasteyer, Megan Hilty, Lea Salonga, and David Alan Grier in the run, directed by “Once on This Island” Tony nominee Michael Arden. Performances will run in Los Angeles July 27—29.

“Heathers” will victimize the West End.
Before concluding its run at London’s Other Palace on Aug. 4, “Heathers” has already lined up its next outing. The movie-turned-musical, which has garnered a cult following since its 2014 Off-Broadway debut, will transfer to the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket on Sept. 3. London stage stalwart Carrie Hope Fletcher, playing Veronica Sawyer in the currently-running production, will reprise her role for the transfer. No other casting has been announced for the run, which will again be directed by Andy Fickman.

Head to Havana.
Playwright Carmen Pelaez and composer-lyricist Richard Kagan have teamed for a new musical, “Havana Music Hall,” which will have its world premiere this fall at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables, Florida. The Cuba-set tuner takes place in 1958 and depicts a husband-wife musical team on the brink of success before the Cuban Revolution wreaks havoc on life as they know it. Maria Torres, associate choreographer for Broadway’s Gloria Estefan musical “On Your Feet!,” will pull double duty both directing and choreographing the project. Casting has not yet been announced for the piece, which begins performances Oct. 10.

Broadway will make its way up north.
A number of stage favorites have been added to the world premiere cast of “Mary and Max—A New Musical,” an original tuner with a book by Crystal Skillman and score by Bobby Cronin. Debuting at Theatre Calgary in Canada Oct. 14, the production will be led by Nick Adams (“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,”), Lauren Elder (“Side Show”), Anthony Galde (“Wicked”), and Susan Gilmour (“Les Misérables”). Stafford Arima (“Carrie”) will direct the piece, which will run through Nov. 10.

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