‘Hadestown’ Announces Broadway Run + 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!

“Hadestown” is Broadway-bound.
After its 2016 run at New York Theatre Workshop, “Hadestown” will return to New York City—this time on its biggest stage. The Anaïs Mitchell-penned and Rachel Chavkin-directed tuner will take its Broadway bow at a to-be-announced theater and date in 2019, following a West End run at London’s National Theatre. Depicting Orpheus and his mythical quest to overcome Hades and win back the love of Eurydice, the musical (which had an out-of-town run in Toronto this past summer) will announce casting shortly.

Wave hello to new “Dear Evan Hansen” cast members.
Last year’s best musical Tony Award winner “Dear Evan Hansen” will usher in its next round of cast turnover in the coming months. Mike Faist, Tony-nominated for his pivotal role in the smash hit as Connor, will play his final performance May 13, and will be replaced by “Spring Awakening” alum Alex Boniello beginning May 15. Additionally, Will Roland will play his final performance on June 10; his successor in the role of Jared will be announced shortly.

Off-Broadway is going to chill.
Speaking of Will Roland, shortly after departing “Dear Evan Hansen,” he'll lead “Be More Chill,” the cult musical that will make its New York City debut this summer. Scored by Joe Iconis and featuring a book by Joe Tracz, the sci-fi teen tuner will begin performances for a limited run at Off-Broadway’s Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center on July 26. Ongoing through Sept. 23, the production will star George Salazar, Lauren Marcus, Stephanie Hsu, and others. Direction and choreography will be helmed by Chase Brock.

“The Cher Show” finds its divas.
Following news that Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block will lead the pre-Broadway engagement of “The Cher Show,” based on the eponymous diva’s life and featuring her music, additional casting for her younger counterparts has been announced. “Wicked” alum Teal Wicks, along with Micaela Diamond will depict the icon at various stages of her career, joined onstage by Tony nominees Emily Skinner, Jarrod Spector, Michael Berresse, and others. The musical, helmed by Jason Moore, will have its world premiere in Chicago beginning June 12, followed by a Broadway run at the Neil Simon Theatre (currently housing the limited run of “Angels in America”) beginning Nov. 1.

A Gummer signs on for Letts.
“Mary Page Marlowe,” the new play by Tracy Letts, has announced additional casting for what will be its New York premiere. Joining previously announced star Tatiana Maslany (in what will be her New York stage debut), the Second Stage Theater production will star Grace Gummer, Kayli Carter, Ryan Foust, Kellie Overbey, Maria Elena Ramirez, and others, with complete casting to-be-announced. Lila Neugebauer will direct the piece, beginning Off-Broadway previews at the Tony Kiser Theater June 19.

MTC slates a world premiere cast.
Manhattan Theatre Club’’s world premiere production of the new play “Dan Cody’s Yacht” has found its cast. Kristen Bush (“The City of Conversation”) will lead the Off-Broadway premiere, playing a teacher in suburban Boston who encounters a financial opportunity that could change her daughter’s life. Bush will be joined in the play, written by Anthony Giardina, by Meredith Forlenza, Laura Kai Chen, Rick Holmes, and others. Tony Award winner Doug Hughes will direct the drama, slated to begin previews at MTC at New York City Center — Stage I on June 6.

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