Tony Winner Jessie Mueller Leads New Musical Reading + 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!

Jessie Mueller lines up a busy fall.
Ahead of her return to Broadway in the spring 2018 revival of “Carousel,” Tony winner Jessie Mueller will lead industry readings of the new musical, “The Museum of Broken Relationships.” The piece, depicting an old suitcase and a wedding ring that lead a gallery owner and a wealthy stranger down a path of family secrets and unresolved conflicts, will feature music by Daniel Green and lyrics and book courtesy of David H. Bell. Clifton Duncan (“The Play That Goes Wrong”) will star opposite Mueller, in the invitation-only presentations on Oct. 16 and 17.

Orfeh sets Broadway return at last.
After years away from New York’s biggest stage, Tony nominee Orfeh will return to Broadway in the forthcoming “Pretty Woman: The Musical.” Last seen in the original cast of the “Legally Blonde” musical in 2007, Orfeh will play Kit, Vivian’s best friend. She joins previously announced cast members Samantha Barks and Tony winner Steve Kazee. The adaptation will have an out of town tryout in Chicago in spring 2018 before it arrives on Broadway that fall at a to-be-announced Nederlander theater.

“Lesser” cast is anything but.
Additional casting has been announced for the Broadway revival of Mark Medoff’s drama, “Children of a Lesser God.” Joining the cast alongside previously announced screen star Joshua Jackson will be Kecia Lewis, Julee Cerda, Treshelle Edmond, and John McGinty. The open-ended engagement will begin performances at Studio 54 on March 22, 2018, and will feature direction by Tony winner Kenny Leon.

The Public is bringing more free Shakespeare to New York.
The Public Theater has announced that it will produce “The Winter’s Tale” as its chosen production for this year’s Mobile Unit. Beginning Nov. 26 at LuEsther Hall, performances will run through Dec. 17 and will star Justin Cunningham, Christopher Ryan Grant, Nina Grollman, Nicholas Hoge, and others. Lee Sunday Evans (“Caught”) will direct. The goal of the Mobile Unit is to “strengthen community engagement with the arts by bringing free, world-class productions of Shakespeare to communities all across New York City.”

Christmas comes early.
Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita (Broadway’s “Matilda”) will star in the world premiere production of “Who’s Holiday!” The solo show by Matthew Lombardo will debut Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre, with performances slated to run Nov. 20–Dec. 31. The parody piece is billed as “an adult twist” on the Dr. Seuss classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Two theater publicists are going rogue.
Longtime theater publicists Chelsea Nachman and Molly Barnett announced this week that they will leave their posts at Rick Miramontez’ bigwig DKC/O&M to start their own boutique agency, grapevine pr + consulting. The agency will focus on individual talent within the theater community including actors, writers, and directors, and already boasts Jessie Mueller as a client.

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