Full details on presenters, performances and special appearances have been announced for the 2019 Olivier Awards. The previously announced event, celebrating the best of West End theater, will take place on April 7 at London's Royal Albert Hall. Jason Manford will host.

This year's Oliviers will feature performances from all of the musicals nominated in the Best New Musical and Best Musical Revival categories: Tina—The Tina Turner Musical, Come From Away, Company, Fun Home, The King And I, Six and Caroline, or Change. There will also be a special performance from Disney's The Lion King, celebrating the iconic production's 20th anniversary in the West End.

The evening's presenters will include Jade Anouka, Zawe Ashton, Joanne Clifton, Kevin Clifton, Charlie Cox, Arthur Darvill, Danny Dyer, Paapa Essiedu, Gloria Estefan, Sally Field, Ncuti Gatwa, Kelsey Grammer, Ruthie Henshall, Tom Hiddleston, Judy Kuhn, Art Malik, Jack McBrayer, Katharine McPhee, Wunmi Mosaku, Danielle de Niese, Andy Nyman, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Wendell Pierce, Bill Pullman, Shane Richie, Harriet Scott, Thea Sharrock, Ashley Shaw and Layton Williams.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Mamma Mia! in the West End, the show's "Donna and the Dynamos" (Sara Poyzer, Ricky Butt ...

Andrew Garfield as Prior Walter in Angels in America.

The great work continues. The acclaimed cast of the 2018 Tony-winning revival of Angels in America has signed on to repeat their performances for a new audiobook of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer-winning play. This will mark the first time the two-part masterwork has been captured in this format.

Appearing on the audiobook will be Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane reprising their Tony-winning turns as Prior Walter and Roy Cohn, Susan Brown and Denise Gough in Tony-nominated performances as Hannah Pitt and Harper Pitt, Tony nominee Beth Malone as The Angel, James McArdle as Louis Ironson, Lee Pace as Joe Pitt and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Belize.

Two-time Tony winner Marianne Elliott directed Kushner's portrait of America at the height of the AIDS crisis, with ran from March through July of 2018. Currently available for preorder, the audiobook will be released on May 14, 2019.

The Book of Mormon Celebrates Eight Years on Broadway

Source: Broadway.com | Posted: March 25 2019 @ 10:04 am

I believe! The Book of Mormon celebrated its eighth anniversary on March 24. The Tony-winning musical, which stars Kevin Clay as Elder Price and Cody Jamison Strand as Elder Cunningham, is the longest-running show in the Eugene O’Neill Theatre's history. It has also broken the house record over 50 times. Check out the photo of the Mormon company celebrating the milestone after the show, and be sure to see this hilarious musical comedy yourself!

A pair of beloved Broadway vets have signed on for Ryan Murphy's highly anticipated series The Politician. Tony winner Bette Midler and two-time Tony winner Judith Light have joined the cast of the Netflix series, according to Deadline. A September 27 premiere date was recently announced.

Midler's small-screen credits include three Emmy wins for Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas. She was Oscar-nominated for The Rose and For the Boys. Midler earned a Tony for her turn in the title role of Hello, Dolly!

Light's television work includes Emmy-nominated turns on Ugly Betty, Transparent and Murphy's American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. She won Daytime Emmy Awards for One Life to Live and was celebrated for her turn on TV's Who's the Boss? Light won Tonys for Other Desert Cities and The Assembled Parties.

Midler and Light join a cast led by Tony winners Ben Platt and Jessica Lange, with Laura Dreyfuss, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones and Benjamin Barrett.

Alice Ripley - Aaron Tveit -  J Robert Spencer

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.

The full company will include Tony-winning star Alice Ripley, with Tony-nominated originals J. Robert Spencer and Jennifer Damiano, and fellow cast members Aaron Tveit, Adam Chanler-Berat and Louis Hobson. They will be joined by Lawrence Clayton, Tamika Lawrence, Isaac Powell, Amy Spanger and Pearl Sun.

With a Tony-winning score by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal explores how one suburban household copes with crisis. The musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact.

Look back at the musical's Tony Awards performance below.

Patti LuPone is returning to the small screen. The Emmy nominee and two-time Tony winner will take on a guest-starring stint on Ryan Murphy's Golden Globe-nominated series Pose, according to Deadline. The FX series' second season will launch in June.

LuPone earned a 1998 Emmy nomination for a guest appearance on Frasier. Her other TV credits include Murphy's American Horror Story, as well as Penny Dreadful, Steven Universe, Vampirina, 30 Rock, Ugly Betty, Oz and Life Goes On. She won Tony Awards for Evita and Gypsy and is currently nominated for an Olivier Award for her turn as Joanne in the West End revival of Company.

LuPone joins a Pose cast led by Tony winner and Golden Globe nominee Billy Porter. Details on LuPone's role are currently being kept under wraps.

Sutton Foster Joins The Music Man

Source: BroadwayDirect.com | Posted: March 25 2019 @ 8:30 am

With Hugh Jackman returning to Broadway in the highly-anticipated revival of The Music Man in the fall of 2020, audiences have been speculating as to who would star opposite him in the role of Marian (The Librarian) Paroo. The wait is over. Two-time Tony-winning actress Sutton Foster (Thoroughly Modern Millie) will play the hard-nosed librarian…

The post Sutton Foster Joins <i>The Music Man</i> appeared first on Broadway Direct.

Broadway Across America’s Telly Award-winning collaboration with The Balancing Act, the award-winning morning show on the Lifetime Channel, rounds out season five of the five-part series Broadway Balances America with Miss Saigon. This new episode will re-air on April 2 at 7:30AM (ET/PT). The touring production of Miss Saigon is traveling to cities all across the U.S. and Canada.

Broadway Balances America introduces the cast and creative team bringing the acclaimed new production of Miss Saigon to life. Get to know leading lady Emily Bautista, who plays the iconic role of Kim, and actresses Stacie Bono and Jackie Nguyen as they prepare to tour the country and show incredible strength on stage and off. Hear from director Laurence Connor as he discusses the grand scale and dose of reality that brings this acclaimed new production to life. Host Amber Milt gets a glimpse inside the rehearsal process of this legendary musical that changed Broadway forever and continues to resonate with audiences today.

Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon, from the creators of Les Misérables. This is the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who is orphaned by war and ...

The Reviews for AIN’T TOO PROUD Are In…

Source: BroadwayMusicalBlog.com | Posted: March 25 2019 @ 7:18 am

The reviews for Ain’t Too Proud are in, and the critics may be split about where this one lands in the overall jukebox musicals standings, but there’s no disagreement about the immense talent being showcased onstage. The performances of the original five Temptations (by Otis Williams, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, and David Ruffin) are sensational, with each showcasing individuality and teamwork at once. Also memorable are cameos by the Supremes, with Candice Marie Woods delivering a stunning Diana Ross. All in all, Ain’t Too Proud may not be the smash hit of another Des McAnuff jukebox-er (Jersey Boys) but with performances this good, it’s got plenty to be proud of. NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF AIN’T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS While honoring all the expected biomusical clichés, which include rolling out its subjects’ greatest hits in brisk and sometimes too fragmented succession, this production refreshingly emphasizes the improbable triumph of rough, combustible parts assembled into glistening smoothness… READ THE FULL REVIEW DEADLINE REVIEW OF AIN’T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS Opening tonight, Ain’t Too Proud mostly accomplishes what so many of the lesser examples of this genre haven’t – [...]

Hugh Jackman has found his co-star for the upcoming Broadway revival of The Music Man. Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster will take on the role of Marian Paroo in the previously announced production, directed by Tony winner Jerry Zaks, choreographed by Tony winner Warren Carlyle and music-directed by Patrick Vaccariello. Previews will begin on September 9, 2020 with an opening night set for October 22 at a Shubert venue to be announced.

Foster won Tony Awards for her performances in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes. Her other Broadway credits include Tony-nominated turns in Violet, Shrek, The Drowsy Chaperone and Little Women. She can be seen on the small screen in the TV Land series Younger.

The Music Man follows traveling salesman Harold Hill (Jackman) as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys band that he vows to organize, despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. When he soon falls for the town librarian, Marian Paroo (Foster), his plans take an unexpected turn. The show features now classic tunes including "Iowa Stubborn," "(Ya Got) Trouble," "Goodnight My Someone," "76 Trombones," "Marian the ...

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