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.
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.
The latest adaptation, a musical version based on the Disney Theatrical Productions' stage adaptation, is headed our way later this year on Disney Channel as part of the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise.
Goodspeed Musicals continues its commitment to innovative, thought-provoking works with this intimate tour-de-force new musical featuring Tony Award nominee Patti Cohenour as Diana, Broadway performers Andrea Frierson as Voice 1 and Stacia Fernandez as Voice 2, and Spamilton: An American Parody starDan Rosales as Voice 3. You Are Here will run May 18 - June 10, 2018 at The Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn.
Two-time Tony Award-winning Goodspeed Musicals has assembled six exciting teams to helm the eclectic group of productions planned this season: an exuberant musical extravaganza, a glorious classic, a hilarious musical within a musical, an intimate musical tour-de-force, a timeless and unconventional new musical and the return of our popular holiday show with new surprises for all ages.
The Broadway company of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago, which recently celebrated its 21st anniversary, will welcome legendary singer-songwriter Valerie Simpson making her Broadway debut in the role of "Matron "Mama" Morton" starting Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.). Joining Ms. Simpson is Chaz Lamar Shepherd (original Broadway production of The Color Purple; Dreamgirls national tour) as "Billy Flynn."
When “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” hit the Great White Way, audiences immediately noticed three things about its ensemble: It was one of the most diverse on Broadway; many performers were singing, dancing, and playing an instrument; and every role required an almost superhuman amount of energy. It was an Artios Award–nominated effort from casting team Benton Whitley and Duncan Stewart, and it’s indicative of what they’re doing in theater with their casting company, Stewart/Whitley, today.
The Tony-winning revival of Chicago has been playing on Broadway for 21 years now. Its scandalous story, thrilling leading lady roles and that jazzy Kander and Ebb score keep its razzle dazzle from dimming, and of course, the skilled ensemble executing Bob Fosse's ultra-sexy choreography is what puts the cherry on top of this Great White Way classic.
2018 is already in full swing and we thought we’d take a moment to pause, collect our thoughts, and share some of our recent news as well as projects that we’ve been working on here at STEWART/WHITLEY.
In 2019, the nonprofit theater west of Chicago will join with the Signature Theatre outside Washington, D.C., to stage the world premiere of AUGUST RUSH, a new musical based on the 2007 movie that starred Robin Williams and told the story of musically gifted orphan who runs away to New York City to look for his parents.
It’s been a year and a half since “Hadestown” was an Off Broadway hit, but fires are still burning for the folk-rock musical. They’ve blazed up online, where the show’s streaming success points to digital platforms as an increasingly reliable tool to help producers move a show from buzzy blip to Broadway contender.
Bay Street Theater has announced the three productions planned for the 2018 Mainstage Summer Season. The first will be the World Premiere of FELLOW TRAVELERS, (May 29 - June 17), a new play by Jack Canfora. The second will be FROST/NIXON (June 26 - July 22), by Peter Morgan. The third production is the musical EVITA, (July 31 - August 26) by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The cast and creative teams will be announced soon.
The strategy was classic: Find a theater outside New York with a solid subscriber base and a big proscenium stage to test ideas in front of an open-minded audience. But the choice of this oil-rich provincial capital was unusual, and an illustration of how a musical-theater boom on Broadway is rippling across the stage world.