Playbill.com's new feature series Booking It asks leading industry members to share professional insights, need-to-know tips and essential tricks of the trade for up-and-coming and established theatre artists. This week we speak with casting directors Duncan Stewart and Benton Whitley, who are represented on Broadway with Pippin, On the Town and Chicago.
Goodspeed Musicals today announces the cast of Hi, My Name is Ben, the inspirational true story of one man who impacted the lives of all those around him without speaking a word. Written by Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie while in residence at the Johnny MercerWriters Colony at Goodspeed, this hope-filled musical will run May 17 - June 9, 2019 at The Terris Theatre in Chester, CT.
When Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin talk about Hadestown, they often resort to metaphor. In simplest terms, the folk musical combines two Greek myths — of Orpheus and Eurydice, and Hades and Persephone — but it resonates with other valances: There’s Hades’s industrial underworld versus the organic place above, a potential allegory for climate change; there’s the perspective of the cynical gods versus the idealistic young lovers; there’s even a song about building a wall to keep out the poor, written well before that became a campaign promise. The story, the creators often insist, is closer to poetry than prose, which has also made it devilishly hard to stage — how do you manifest all those ideas onstage, and also, you know, make a good show? “I’ve never worked on anything as delicate as this piece, and maybe because it’s poetry, it’s so breakable,” Chavkin says. “It has gone through multiple breakings, in a sense, over the course of it. That’s the only way that we’ve learned.”
Now she’s back on Broadway with another eye-popping, folk-fueled musical unlike anything else commercial theater has to offer: “Hadestown,” a fervid reimagining of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.
August Rush will begin previews at Aurora's Paramount Theatre April 24 ahead of a May 3 opening night.
Tony winner Doyle will direct a principal cast that includes The Band’s Visit’s George Abud as August's long-lost father; Sydney Shepherd (First Date), who will play August’s birth mother; and Leenya Rideout (War Horse) as Hope. Broadway veteran John Hickok will play the dual roles of Wizard (played by Robin Williams in the film)andThomas Novacek.
It's gonna be good! We've just learned that the original cast of Next to Normal will appear in the previously announced concert staging of the Pulitzer-winning musical, set to play Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theater tonight, March 25, at 7:00pm. The sold-out concert will be directed by Anthony Rapp, who appeared in an early version of the musical, with original assistant conductor Rick Bertone as musical director.
Carmen Cusack (Sorry for Your Loss) has been cast as a series regular opposite Jane Levy in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, NBC’s musical dramedy pilot from Jake in Progress creator Austin Winsberg, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, Paul Feig, Universal Music Group and Lionsgate TV.
Sharing the wonders of “Girlfriend” with friends is a common practice among power-pop enthusiasts and sensitive young souls. Playwright Todd Almond, who experienced firsthand the effect that album could have on a lonely misunderstood teen, used “Girlfriend” as the basis for an innovative musical that features just two characters plus an onstage rock band. The show premiered in 2010 and has been done around the country for years. It’s particularly popular this month, with separate productions in Oklahoma City, Detroit and now Hartford — it’s being staged March 22 through April 28 by TheaterWorks at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
The theater owner James L. Nederlander announced Tuesday that he is producing a new musical featuring the song catalog of Ms. Spears — one of the best-selling pop artists of all time — that explores an alternative arc for some classic fairy tale princesses.
The show, a musical comedy called “Once Upon a One More Time,” is scheduled to have a production this fall in Chicago and then seek to transfer to Broadway.
This casting is totally fetch! Kyle Selig and Erika Henningsen, love interests of Broadway's Mean Girls, have been selected to appear opposite each other in an upcoming one-night benefit performance of the musical Saturday Night. Selig and Henningsen will portray Gene and Helen, respectively, in the previously announced event set to take place at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre on March 11 at 7:00pm. The concert will feature direction by Noah Brody and musical direction by Tony nominee Alexander Gemignani.
Jason Robert Brown and Shoshana Bean will star as Jamie and Cathy in an upcoming concert performance of Brown’s The Last Five Years March 4. The one-night-only performances is part of Second Stage Theater’s new Musical Mondays series, celebrating the company’s 40th anniversary season.
The winners of the 2019 Richard Rodgers Awards for Musical Theater were announced today by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. BHANGIN' IT by Mike Lew, Rehana Lew Mirza, and Sam Willmott received a Studio Production Award.
Chicago announced today that actress Veronica Dunne will return to the Broadway production in the role of "Roxie Hart" beginning Tuesday, February 12. She will play a 6-week limited engagement at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.) through Sunday, March 24, 2019.
BERKELEY, Calif. — Larry Kirwan was just a boy, growing up in Ireland, when he began to hear stories from his grandfather about the Five Points, a chaotic neighborhood in 19th-century New York where many an Irish immigrant had settled alongside African-Americans, building a community that flourished and flamed out.
This holiday season, the team behind Los Angeles' award-winning "For The Record" series returns to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with a multimedia-concert celebration of the soundtrack to one of the most beloved holiday movies of all time, Love Actually.
Fall is in the air and so, too, is a crop of fresh Broadway shows. If the rising curtains have your theater itch beckoning once again, Backstage is here to help. Below, industry and Backstage Experts share their best advice for how to get hired on Broadway.
Tony Award winner Priscilla Lopez will lead the cast in the role of "Aunt Eller" in Theatre Under The Stars' (TUTS) production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, the first show in the musical theatre company's 50th Anniversary Season.
Casting has been announced for the London production of Broadway-bound Hadestown! It was announced today that Amber Gray and Patrick Page will reprise their original New York Theatre Workshop roles of Persephone and Hades. They will be joined by Reeve Carney as Orpheus, a role he performed alongside Gray and Page at the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton, Canada).
Arianna Rosario (On Your Feet, Cats), Trent Saunders (Aladdin, American Idiot tour), and Omar Lopez-Cepero (On Your Feet, American Idiot) will star as Eva Perón, Che, and Perón, respectively, in the Bay Street Theater and Sag Harbor Center for the Arts production of Evita.
STU FOR SILVERTON, a new musical about a small town that accepted change and celebrated community in the face of great fear, is seeking trans and non-binary performers to play the title role in upcoming productions and workshops.
The cast is set for Goodspeed Musicals’ upcoming production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver!, which will run June 29–September 8 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Connecticut. Rob Ruggiero will direct; James Gray will choreograph.