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Idina Menzel is Returning to the Stage + More Projects Announced

Idina Menzel is Returning to the Stage + More Projects Announced
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With dozens of castings announced and new projects coming down the pipeline each week across television, film, and theater, it can be near-impossible to keep up. Luckily, Backstage is here to help. Every Friday, we’re rounding up the week's industry news you shouldn’t miss so you can be sure you're firmly in the know!

Idina Menzel will return to the New York stage in non-musical form.
Menzel, who originated the role of Maureen in “Rent” and Elphaba in “Wicked” (for which she won a Tony Award), will star in the Off-Broadway play “Skintight,” by playwright Joshua Harmon (“Significant Other”). Last seen onstage in 2014’s “If/Then,” Menzel will begin previews for the production at Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre on May 31, 2018. Daniel Aukin will direct the dramedy about a woman coping with her husband leaving her for a younger woman, while her father shacks up with a younger man. Additional casting has not yet been announced.

Nickelodeon is bolstering its lineup.
Not only did the kids’ network order six additional episodes of “The Thundermans,” thus making it the net’s longest-running series since “iCarly,” but it also announced a 20-episode order for a brand new series. “Knight Squad” (which is a working title) will be set at a school for knights-in-training and will follow two mismatched students who come together in order to protect one another’s respective secrets. Production for the series will begin this fall in Los Angeles (and will likely be looking for several child actors!).

Gone girl is going radioactive.
Rosamund Pike, best known for her Oscar-nominated title role in that 2014 thriller, is set to star in a (slightly) less volatile role, playing the real-life chemist Marie Curie in “Radioactive.” The film will be adapted by burgeoning U.K. writer Jack Thorne from Lauren Redniss’ biography on the heroine, “Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout.” Additional casting, specifically for Pierre Curie and Paul Langevin, Marie’s two great loves, will be announced at a later date.

“Mamma Mia!” is going Hollywood.
A slew of big-name stars have been announced for the Hollywood Bowl production of the Abba jukebox musical. Country music singer and “Chicago” on Broadway alum Jennifer Nettles will play the mother in question, Donna. Additionally, “Holiday Inn” star Corbin Bleu will play Sky, “Hairspray Live!” star Dove Cameron will play Sophie, and “Orange is the New Black” actress Lea DeLaria will play Rosie. Three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall will direct the tuner, running July 28–30.  

“Roseanne” and Roseanne are both coming back.
ABC is the latest to carry on the trend of making the old new again. The net announced at its Upfront presentation that it would officially be airing new episodes of its hit sitcom “Roseanne,” bringing along with it original stars Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, and 2017 Tony nominee Laurie Metcalf. The eight episodes, which received a straight-to-series order, will premiere mid-season.

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