‘Titanic’ Eyes a Voyage Back to Broadway + More NYC 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!

“Titanic” sets sights on Broadway.
Though not yet confirmed, it’s looking as though “Titanic” will set sail on Broadway in the 2019–20 season. This new mounting of the musical—which debuted on Broadway in 1997 before winning the best musical Tony—comes courtesy of South Korea’s OD Company. Featuring an immersive concept from Paul Tate Depoo III and direction by Eric Schaeffer, the production has issued an Equity casting notice (which you can apply to) for to-be-determined Broadway dates and rehearsals.

Legends only for this new Broadway play.
A few months after his 2018 Tony Award win for “Angels in America” (his third), Nathan Lane is wasting no time plotting his return to Broadway. Lane, along with two-time Tony winner Andrea Martin, will star in “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus,” beginning performances at the Booth Theatre March 5, 2019. The comedy, directed by five-time Tony winner George C. Wolfe, will mark the Broadway debut for playwright Taylor Mac, who will also be the first non-gender-conforming playwright to have a show on Broadway. The play, a riff on Shakespeare’s first tragedy “Titus Andronicus,” will officially open April 11—in time for Tonys eligibility.

The King finds her company.
Full (stellar) casting has been announced for the Glenda Jackson-starring production of Broadway’s “King Lear.” Joining Jackson (who won a 2018 Tony for “Three Tall Women”) will be Jayne Houdyshell, Elizabeth Marvel, Aisling O’Sullivan, Pedro Pascal, John Douglas Thompson, and Ruth Wilson, in addition to others. The play, directed by Tony winner Sam Gold, will additionally feature an original score composed by Philip Glass. Performances begin at the Golden Theatre Feb. 28, 2019, ahead of an April 4 opening.

It’s a date for Broadway and “Beetlejuice.”
Say it three times and he’ll appear—on Broadway. “Beetlejuice,” the cult classic 1988 film, will be mounted on Broadway before the current season is through. Heading to Washington, D.C. for its previously-announced out of town tryout this fall, the musical adaptation, which features a score by Eddie Perfect (double-represented this season with “King Kong”), will begin performances in New York at the Winter Garden Theatre in March 2019. Alex Timbers (“Rocky the Musical”) helms the tuner, opening officially in April.

The “Network” expands.
Following her New York stage debut this past summer in the Off-Broadway play “Mary Page Marlowe,” Tatiana Maslany has lined up her first Broadway gig. The Emmy winner will star opposite Bryan Cranston in the New York premiere of “Network,” fresh off its Olivier Award-winning run in London. Along with Maslany’s casting, the production (adapted from the Oscar-winning film) also announced that it will now play the Belasco Theatre in lieu of the previously-scheduled Cort Theatre. Performances begin Nov. 10 before an official Dec. 6 opening.

More “Mockingbird” casting:
Casting is now complete for the Aaron Sorkin-penned adaptation of Broadway’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Jeff Daniels leads a cast of 24 which includes Celia Keenan-Bolger, Will Pullen, Gideon Glick, Frederick Weller, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Stark Sands, Dakin Matthews, Erin Wilhelmi, Neal Huff, Liv Rooth, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, and others. Performances begin at the Shubert Theatre Nov 1, before a Dec. 13 opening.

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Casey Mink
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