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‘Angels in America’ Announces Broadway Transfer + More New York Theater News

‘Angels in America’ Announces Broadway Transfer + More New York 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! 

Angels will fly across the pond.
After a highly lauded run in the West End, the recent “Angels in America” revival will play Broadway with much of the original cast intact. The Tony Kushner drama will arrive at the Neil Simon Theater in spring 2018, and will star Nathan Lane, Andrew Garfield, and Denise Gough, all of whom will be reprising the roles they played in London. The infamously wrought two-play drama will be directed by Marianne Elliott (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”), and is slated for an 18-week run that will begin previews Feb. 23. The two plays each won the best play Tony Award in 1993 and in 1994, the respective years they debuted.

Hello, Bernadette!
In major replacement news, Tony winner Bernadette Peters will succeed Tony winner Bette Midler in the title role in Broadway’s “Hello, Dolly!” Joining Peters will be Victor Garber, who will replace current male lead David Hyde Pierce as Horace. The original duo will take their final bows Jan. 14, 2018, before Peters and Garber step in for performances Jan. 20, after the show has a few dark days. Donna Murphy, who performed as Dolly during the two shows a week that Midler was not on, will depart in January as well, as Peters will perform an eight-show week. 

Broadway will officially (try to) make fetch happen.
“Mean Girls” the musical, the highly anticipated stage adaptation of Tina Fey’s cult classic 2004 film, has announced both its official Broadway dates and theater. The Casey Nicholaw-directed tuner will victimize audiences at the August Wilson Theatre, with previews beginning March 12. Fey penned the book for the production, while Emmy winner Jeff Richmond (Fey’s husband) composed the score. Tony nominee Nell Benjamin wrote the lyrics for the musical, which will have an out of town tryout in Washington, D.C. this fall.

The ‘Carousel’ rounds out its cast.
Broadway’s upcoming “Carousel” revival, which will star Tony winner Jessie Mueller as Julie Jordan and Tony nominee Joshua Henry as Billy Bigelow, announced promising additions to its cast this week. Betsy Wolfe, currently starring in Sara Bareilles’ “Waitress,” will play Carrie Pipperidge, and Alexander Gemignani, appearing now as King George in the Chicago sitdown production of “Hamilton,” will play Enoch Snow in the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. They join also-previously-announced opera star Renée Fleming, playing Nettie Fowler. Performances will begin at the Imperial Theatre Feb. 28, 2018.

Sorkin is bringing Scout to Broadway.
Emmy and Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin will take on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “To Kill a Mockingbird,” bringing a new adaptation of the novel to Broadway in December 2018 (making it ineligible for the current Broadway season). Though Lee’s semi-autobiographical work has been adapted regionally and in London, Sorkin’s will be the first to ever play Broadway, and will be directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher (“The King and I,” “South Pacific”). Prolific Scott Rudin will helm as producer. 

A Hamilton will go Parisian.
Phillipa Soo, who received a Tony nomination for her role as Eliza in “Hamilton” and who was last seen as the title character in Broadway’s “Amelie,” will return to the Great White Way in a play. Soo has signed on for Beau Willimon’s political drama “The Parisian Woman,” joining previously announced stars Uma Thurman, Josh Lucas, and Blair Brown. Soo will also be joined by film actor Marton Csokas (“Lord of the Rings”) making his Broadway debut in the production, beginning previews at the Hudson Theatre Nov. 7. The piece will reunite Soo with “Amelie” director Pam MacKinnon, who will helm.

Block boards Brigadoon.
Stephanie J. Block, most recently Tony-nominated for her featured role in last season’s “Falsettos” revival, has signed on for New York City Center’s gala production of “Brigadoon,” joining previously announced stars Kelli O’Hara, Patrick Wilson, and Robert Fairchild. The seven-performance production will run Nov. 16–19 at City Center, with Christopher Wheeldon pulling double duty as director and choreographer.

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