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!
Going the distance.
After years of gestation and rumors, it’s The Public Theater that will bring “Hercules” to the stage. The institution announced that the musical based on the 1997 Disney film will be staged as part of their Shakespeare in the Park series this summer. Through the Public Works initiative, the production will run Aug. 30–Sept. 8 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park under the direction of Lear deBessonet. The musical, just as the film, will feature a score by Alan Menken, with a book by Kristoffer Diaz. Casting is to-be-announced.
Adrienne Warren is rollin’ onto Broadway.
After playing the role to acclaim in the West End, Adrienne Warren is now confirmed to lead “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical” when it arrives on Broadway this fall. The Tony nominee has been with the jukebox musical since it premiered, and will remain in the role through April 13 in London. Exact Broadway dates nor a theater have been announced at this time.
All the casting for “All My Sons.”
Full casting has been announced for the upcoming Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons.” Joining previously announced stars Annette Bening and Tracy Letts will be Benjamin Walker, Jenni Barber, and Chinasa Ogbuago, among others. Directed by Tony winner Jack O’Brien, the Roundabout Theatre Company production begins performances April 4 at the American Airlines Theatre.
A London transport is heading to Broadway.
Manhattan Theatre Club has announced three productions for the 2019–20 season, including a new Broadway play. Florian Zeller’s “The Height of the Storm,” which ran at London’s Wyndham Theatre last fall, will begin performances at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Sept. 10. Under the direction of Jonathan Kent, the production will star Tony and Olivier winner Jonathan Pryce and Olivier winner Eileen Atkins. MTC also announced Off-Broadway stagings of “The New Englanders,” a world premiere by Jeff Augustin, and the New York premiere of Qui Nguyen’s “Poor Yella Rednekks.”
Broadway bids adieu to two musicals.
In sadder news, two productions announced they will end their Broadway runs this week. “The Band’s Visit,” the winner of 10 Tony Awards, including best musical, will play its final performance at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre April 7. At the time of its closing, nearly the entire original cast will be intact, including Tony winners Katrina Lenk and Ari’el Stachel. Also calling it quits on March 31 will be “Anastasia,” the musical based on the film that opened in the 2016–17 season. Original title star Christy Altomare will also be with the production through its final performance.
A critical smash will get an encore.
After its run last year at Soho Rep, Jackie Sibblies Drury’s play “Fairview” is heading back to the New York stage. The drama (which both New York Times drama critics placed on their list of top 10 productions of 2018) will be re-staged at Theater for a New Audience in Brooklyn beginning June 2. The limited engagement, as in the previous production, will be directed by Sarah Benson. Casting has not yet been announced.
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