Rannells, Parsons, Bomer to Lead B’way’s ‘Boys in the Band’ + More N.Y. Theater News

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The boys in the band are heading to Broadway.
Producers Ryan Murphy and David Stone have assembled a sterling cast of A-listers for the first-ever Broadway production of Mart Crowley’s 1968 dramatic comedy, “Boys in the Band.” Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello, it will star Tony nominees Andrew Rannells and Robin De Jesús, Emmy nominees Matt Bomer and Zachary Quinto, and Emmy winner Jim Parsons. The production will have a limited run beginning at the Booth Theatre April 30, 2018, and play through Aug. 12.

Pre-Broadway “Moulin Rouge” moves forward.
The stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s visually delectable “Moulin Rouge” has announced a pre-Broadway run, with the hopes of landing on the Great White Way thereafter. The Alex Timbers-directed production will reopen Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre in June 2018, and though no casting has been announced, a developmental lab is currently underway in New York City and stars Aaron Tveit and Tony Award winner Karen Olivo.

The Go-Go’s musical is a go.
Another stage adaptation with its sights set on Broadway, “Head Over Heels,” the Go-Go’s musical, is lining up its out of town tryout (and is currently casting on Backstage!) with the hopes of opening on New York’s biggest stage in the 2018–19 season. The jukebox-style tuner made its world premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival last season and features a book by “Avenue Q” Tony winner Jeff Whitty and direction from Tony winner Michael Mayer.

Two of Broadway’s leading roles find their successors.
A newer Broadway show and one of the longest-running have both announced new leading men to succeed their current stars. The former, “A Bronx Tale,” will see lead Bobby Conte Thornton depart the Alan Menken tuner Nov. 5 and will be replaced by Adam Kaplan Nov. 9. Meanwhile, over at “Phantom of the Opera,” Laird Mackintosh will step into the role of the titular opera-haunter Jan. 15, 2018, replacing current star James Barbour.

The season’s first cast albums are announced.
The first two musicals to open on Broadway this season have both announced corresponding recordings. “Prince of Broadway,” which just shuttered after its limited run on Oct. 29, and “The Band’s Visit,” slated for an official opening Nov. 9, will both be preserved in the recording studio. Release dates have yet to be announced.

A starry cast will open Off-Broadway.
The New Group’s production of David Rabe’s drama “Good for Otto” has added Rosie O’Donnell and Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham to its cast, joining husband-and-wife duo Ed Harris and Amy Madigan. The production, its New York premiere, will play a limited engagement Off-Broadway at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre in the Pershing Square Signature Center beginning Feb. 20, 2018, ongoing through April 1.

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