Musical Comedy ‘The Prom’ Sets Broadway Bow + 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!

Find your date to “The Prom.”
The new Broadway season is just barely underway, but plans are already being made for the one that will follow. “The Prom,” the Casey Nicholaw-helmed musical comedy that had its world premiere in Atlanta last year, has announced a Broadway bow slated for Nov. 15, 2018. Featuring a book and lyrics by Chad Beguelin and music by Matthew Sklar, the tuner will play a to-be-announced Shubert theater. Casting will come courtesy of Telsey + Co. and has not yet been announced.

“De Novo” is back for another round.
As part of Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop’s inaugural season, Houses on the Moon Theater Company will present the return engagement of “De Novo,” the documentary play first produced back in 2010. Written and directed by Jeffery Solomon, this iteration will also star original company member Emily Joy Weiner, alongside Camilo Almonacid and Zuleyma Guevera. The limited engagement is slated for Dec. 1–Dec. 22 and will run at the Fourth Street Theatre.

Roundabout names residents.
Tony-winning director Rebecca Taichman (“Indecent,” “Time and the Conways”) and Obie-winning director Anne Kauffman (“Mary Jane,” “Marvin’s Room”) have been announced as the newest directors-in-residence at the Roundabout Theatre Company. Both directors will be able to utilize RTC as a home base to develop their respective works, and both will also assist in programming for upcoming seasons.

A new title for “[title of show]” creators.
“[title of show]” creators Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen’s new musical, “Other World,” will receive a developmental lab in New York City this winter. Directed by Gabriel Barre, the industry presentation will be held Feb. 15 and 16, 2017, and will feature a book by Bell (who received a Tony nomination for “[title of show]”) and score by Bowen and Ann McNamee.

Ars Nova hosts a new musical reading.
Tony nominee Emily Skeggs (“Fun Home”) will lead an upcoming reading of “The Apple Boys,” a new musical with a score by Ben Bonnema and book by Jonothon Lyons. David Alpert (“If/Then”) will helm the two-performance reading as director, taking place Nov. 8 at Ars Nova (where “Great Comet” got its start).

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