Todrick Hall Will Return to Broadway in ‘Chicago’ + More New York Theater News

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“Chicago” gains a high-profile Billy Flynn.
Following his stint earlier this year in the long-running hit “Kinky Boots,” Todrick Hall is wasting no time getting back to Broadway. Beginning Nov. 30, Hall will step into the teflon production of “Chicago,” playing smooth-talking Billy Flynn in a limited engagement through Jan. 14, 2018.

“The Amateurs” announces world premiere cast.
Casting has been announced for the world premiere production of Jordan Harrison’s “The Amateurs.” Debuting Feb. 8, 2018 Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre, the drama will star Kyle Beltran, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Michael Cyril Creighton, Greg Keller, Jennifer Kim, and Thomas Jay Ryan. Oliver Butler will direct.

Two Off-Broadway parodies will shutter.
This week brings the announcements that two Off-Broadway parody musicals will bring down their final curtains. “Spamilton,” a mocu-musical based on the hit “Hamilton,” will play its final performance at the Triad Theater on Jan. 7, 2018. A ways downtown, “Shame of Thrones: The Rock Musical,” spoofing little-known HBO series “Game of Thrones,” will take its final bow Nov 26.

New musical “The Lucky Ones” will bow at Ars Nova.
Ars Nova, in conjunction with Piece By Piece Productions and Z Space, will present the world premiere of “The Lucky Ones,” a new musical featuring a 19-member ensemble cast, directed by Anne Kauffman. Written by Sarah Gancher (book) and The Bengsons (book and music), the show will begin previews March 19, 2018.

“Sweeney Todd” will serve up more hot pies.
Off-Broadway’s immersive production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” has announced it will continue serving up pies of questionable origin through May 27, 2018. The musical, originally intended to close that February, currently stars Carolee Carmello and Hugh Panaro and is running at the Barrow Street Theatre in the West Village.

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