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.
Marsha Stephanie Blake will play Katey and Eden Malyn will play Britney in Stuffed, Lisa Lampanelli's new comedy set to run at off-Broadway's Westside Theatre. Jackson Gay directs the work, also starring Lampanelli as Lisa and Nikki Blonsky as Marty, which begins previews on October 5 and opens on October 19.
Tony winner Mandy Patinkin will return to the Broadway stage in the role of Pierre in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 at the Imperial Theatre. Patinkin will play a three-week run in the musical beginning on August 15 and concluding on September 3. The musical's current Pierre, Okieriete Onaodowan, will conclude his run three weeks earlier than planned, on August 13.
A Christmas announcement in June: Buddy and the gang will be back at Madison Square Garden this year! Elf the Musical is scheduled to run at the iconic New York venue from December 13 through December 29. The musical will be directed by Sam Scalamoni and choreographed by Connor Gallagher.
Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson will join the Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 on July 3 for a run through August 15. Michaelson will play the role of Sonya, originated on Broadway by Brittain Ashford.