The Go-Go’s Musical Announces Broadway Theater, Casting + More New York 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 F. Curtain up and light those lights!

Broadway’s officially got the beat.
Confirming speculation, The Go-Go’s musical “Head Over Heels” will take its Broadway bow this summer at the Hudson Theatre. Beginning performances June 23 with an official opening set for July 26, the jukebox tuner will star Peppermint of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Jeremy Kushnier, Rachel York, Alexandra Socha, Andrew Durand, Taylor Iman Jones, Bonnie Milligan, and Tom Alan Robbins. Helmed by Michael Mayer, the tuner features a book by Jeff Whitty and will have an out of town tryout in San Francisco this spring. Gwyneth Paltrow is, notably, among the show’s producers.

Find your date to “The Prom.”
On the heels of the official announcement that “The Prom” will open on Broadway following its 2016 run in Atlanta, casting has been slated for the high school-set tuner. Tony Award winner Beth Leavel and Tony nominees Christopher Sieber and Brooks Ashmanskas will reprise their roles in the Broadway incarnation, opening at a to-be-announced Shubert Theater Nov. 15. Created by Matthew Sklar, Chad Beguelin, and Bob Martin, the production will be helmed by Casey Nicholaw (“The Book of Mormon,” “Mean Girls”), and tells the story of a high school student banned from prom for wanting to attend with her girlfriend.

“My Fair Lady” lines up a more-than-fair cast.
At last, full casting has been put in place for Lincoln Center’s imminent revival of “My Fair Lady.” Led by previously announced stars Lauren Ambrose and Harry Hadden-Paton, the ensemble will include Cameron Adams, Rebecca Eichenberger, Steven Trumon Gray, Joe Hart, Keven Quillon, Tony Roach, Minami Yusui, and others. The Bartlett Sher-directed classic begins previews March 15 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, with an official opening set for April 19.

Taylor Trensch gets his cast on a few days early.
Here’s a bit of news that can only be filed under “That’s Broadway!”: Taylor Trench, who was slated to begin his run as the title role in Broadway’s “Dear Evan Hansen” Feb. 8, made a surprise debut in the track Jan. 30. Noah Galvin, who assumed the role from original star Ben Platt, is still slated to take his final bow Feb. 4 and will be splitting his remaining performances with Trensch, who “officially” takes over on the previously-announced Feb. 6.

The Tony Committee meets again.
The Tony Awards Administration Committee had its second meeting of the 2017–18 Broadway season, making eligibility decisions on a number of shows including “The Band’s Visit,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Once on This Island,” and others. For “The Band’s Visit,” Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk were rendered as leads and will compete in the respective categories, as were Ethan Slater of “SpongeBob,” and Hailey Kilgore of “Once on This Island.” Steven Pasquale has been eligible for the leading actor in a play category for “Junk,” and Laura Benanti and Keegan-Michael Key have been deemed featured actors for their roles in “Meteor Shower” (meaning Amy Schumer and Jeremy Shamos were deemed leads). The committee will meet two more times before the May 1 nominations.

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