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.
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.
Smithsonian magazine previously announced the winners of the 2017 American Ingenuity Awards. Dave Malloy, creator, and Rachel Chavkin, director of the renowned Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, are being honored with the American Ingenuity Award in History. They will receive the award at an awards gala at the National Portrait Gallery today, November 29.
Joe Minutillo directs the limited engagement. The Bay Street Theater and Sag Harbor Center for the Arts' Literature Live! production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman begins public performances November 9.
Erik Gratton will lead the company of the new production of Elf at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, taking on the central role of Buddy. He will be joined by Broadway alum Veronica J. Kuehn as love interest Jovie.
Theatre Under the Stars has faced some turbulent times in the last few years, but the first public appearance by their new artistic director Dan Knechtges at the Theater District Open House in late August was set to signal an exciting, yet stable, dawning era for the Houston theater institution. And then a certain uninvited guest named Harvey stormed into town before Knechtges could arrive, blowing away those carefully laid plans.