‘Beetlejuice’ Announces Casting + More Regional Theater News

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You don’t have to be a Broadway baby to scratch your onstage acting itch. In fact, all around the country—and outside of it—there are bustling theater communities producing works so vibrant they’d have Edward Albee rolling over in his grave. Want in on that action? You’d be wise to know the ins and outs of industry happenings, and this is a good place to start: From across the pond and back again, here is the week’s biggest regional theater news.

It’s (almost) showtime for “Beetlejuice.”
A first round of principal casting has been announced for the pre-Broadway run of “Beetlejuice.” The musical adaptation, which will begin performances at Washington, D.C.’s National Theatre Oct. 14, will star Tony nominee Alex Brightman in the title role and Sophia Anne Caruso as Lydia. Featuring a book by Scott Brown and Anthony King, and score by Eddie Perfect, performances will be ongoing through Nov. 18. Two-time Tony nominee Alex Timbers will be at the helm directing the production, which will announce more casting shortly.

Two of the greats set London stage debuts.
Academy Award winner and Tony nominee Sally Field will star alongside Bill Pullman in a new production of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” marking London stage debuts for the pair. Produced via a partnership between Headlong Theatre and the Old Vic, the production will be directed by Jeremy Herrin, beginning performances at a to-be-specified date in spring 2019. Running at the Old Vic, the production will announce additional casting at a later time.

Sarah Jones will head West again.
Sarah Jones will bring her rapturously praised solo show “Sell/Buy/Date” to Los Angeles’ LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center. The show, which ran Off-Broadway in 2016 and depicts stories of those affected by the sex industry, will begin performances Oct. 14. Jones, a Tony winner, will again star in the production, which will see proceeds going towards L.A. LGBT’s Centers homeless youth programs. The run is slated through Nov. 4 and will be directed by Carolyn Cantor.

A new “Fiddler” for a new age:
London’s Menier Chocolate Factory will host a reinvented revival of the Golden Age “Fiddler on the Roof,” with a brand new staging by Tony and Olivier Award winner Trevor Nunn. Beginning performances Nov. 23, the tuner will play a limited engagement through March 9, 2019. Details of the production, including casting, are being kept mum, however, the Menier Chocolate Factory is no stranger to reimagining classics, namely its recent production of “The Color Purple,” which transferred to Broadway.

Arena Stage sets “Anything Goes.”
Another production for Washington, D.C.-ers to have on their radars this fall: Corbin Bleu and Soara-Joye Ross will star in the Arena Stage production of “Anything Goes.” Playing Billy Crocker and Reno Sweeney, respectively, the duo will lead the production in performances beginning Nov. 2, ongoing through Dec. 23. Arena Stage artistic director Molly Smith will direct the Cole Porter classic, with choreography by Parker Esse.

“Bat Out of Hell” will wreak havoc on tour.
“Bat Out of Hell,” the new musical featuring the songs of that eponymous album by Meat Loaf, has announced a North American tour. Hitting 19 cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, and others, the production will kick off in Toronto, Ontario Oct. 16. Andrew Polec leads the touring cast, joined by Bradley Dean, Lulu Lloyd, Tyrick Jones, Emily Schultheis, and others.

The Goodman enlists playwrights old and new.
The Goodman Theatre in Chicago has announced the full lineup for its upcoming New Stages Festival, the annual (free) celebration of works by both emerging and established playwrights. The 2018 installment—its 15th—will run Sept. 19–Oct. 7, and feature developmental productions or staged readings of plays by Paula Vogel, Paola Lázaro-Muñoz, Sarah Schulman, and others.

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Casey Mink
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