New Evans Announced for ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ + More New York Theater Happenings

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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!

New Evans will wave through a window.
Following Ben Platt’s announcement that he will leave his Tony-winning title role in Broadway’s “Dear Evan Hansen” this November, two of his successors have been named. Following Platt’s final performance on Nov. 19, “The Real O’Neals” star Noah Galvin will step into Evan’s khakis on Nov. 21 for a brief stint, followed by “Hello, Dolly!” actor Taylor Trensch, who will assume the role in January 2018. The rest of the cast, including Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones, have all extended their contracts and will remain with the show into next year.

The iceman is coming back to Broadway.
Denzel Washington has signed on for the leading role in a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh.” Directed by George C. Wolfe and produced by Scott Rudin, the drama (which usually runs upwards of a lengthy 200 minutes) is set in a Manhattan saloon and will bow at the Jacobs Theater with an official opening on April 26, 2018. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

John Leguizamo will school audiences on Broadway.
Following a successful run Off-Broadway at the Public Theater, John Leguizamo will move his one-man show “Latin History for Morons” uptown to Studio 54. Beginning Broadway previews in October, the show provides a satirical history of Latino contributions to society over the years. It will play a limited run through February 2018.

City Center’s “Brigadoon” assembles its cast.
In keeping with its reputation for bringing together stellar casts for limited musical presentations, City Center has announced that Aasif Mandvi will join Kelli O’Hara, Robert Fairchild, and Patrick Wilson in its upcoming production of “Brigadoon.” The gala performances, which will honor Broadway producer and City Center Board co-chairman Stacey Mindich, will run Nov. 15–19. Christopher Wheeldon will be both directing and choreographing.

“Frozen” announces Broadway dates.
We knew the icy Disney tuner was on its way to Broadway coming this spring, but now we have exact dates. The stage adaptation will begin performances at the St. James Theatre Feb. 22, 2018, following its out-of-town tryout currently taking place in Denver, Colorado. Directed by Michael Grandage, the musical will have its official opening on March 22 and features a cast led by Caissie Levy and Patti Murin.

“Waitress” announces a sweet rush policy.
A year and a half after opening on Broadway, “Waitress” has announced a (belated) rush policy. A limited number of $40 tickets will be sold at the box office every day there is a performance of the Sara Bareilles-scored hit. For reference, it is customary that Broadway shows offer some form of rush or lottery tickets from the time they open; “Waitress” was one of the few shows to remain policy-free until now.

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