Matthew Broderick Is Heading Off-Broadway + More NY Theater News

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Matthew Broderick returns to the New York stage.
Two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick has lined up his next New York stage outing, this time Off-Broadway. Broderick will lead the Irish Repertory Theatre’s production of “The Seafarer,” beginning performances March 30. Written by Conor McPherson, the play will be directed by Ciarán O'Reilly and run through May 13.

‘Summer’ sets its Donnas.
“Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” has announced its cast, including the three actors who will play the titular diva at various points in her career. Storm Lever, Ariana DeBose, and LaChanze will lead the tuner (all of whom are reprising their roles following the out of town tryout in San Diego this past fall), with additional casting to be announced. Beginning performances at Broadway’s Lunt Fontanne Theatre March 28, “Summer” features a book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary, and Des McAnuff, and score by Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Jabara, and others. McAnuff will additionally helm as director.

A new musical will debut Off-Broadway.
“Wicked Clone,” a new musical created and performed by Indiggo Twins (Grammy winners Mihaela and Gabriela Modorcea) will open Off-Broadway at the Davenport Theatre. Beginning performances March 1, the tuner is an invented take on the age-old vampire cliche and will feature 21 of the duo’s pop songs.

It's hip to be Huey.
“Heart of Rock and Roll,” a new musical inspired by the songs of Huey Lewis and the News, is in the works. Featuring a book by Jonathan Abrams and original story by Tyler Mitchell, the piece will feature several of the band’s chart-toppers including “The Power of Love,” “Stuck With You,” and “Hip to Be Square.” A timeline for the production, which will be directed by Gordon Greenberg, has not yet been announced.

A new Mormon is heading to Broadway.
Broadway’s long-running smash hit “The Book of Mormon” is getting a new lead. Stage vet Dave Thomas Brown (“American Psycho”) will assume the role of Elder Price beginning Feb. 20. Nic Rouleau, currently in the track, will play his final performance Feb. 18.

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