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The Beat Goes On! The Cher Show Will Launch a National Tour in Fall 2020

Source: Broadway.com | Posted: June 25 2019 @ 6:53 pm

Stephanie J. Block as Star in The Cher Show.

You haven't seen the last of her! The new Broadway jukebox musical The Cher Show will launch a national tour in October 2020. The traveling production will kickoff in Rochester, NY, before heading out across the country. Exact dates, additional cities and casting for the tour will be announced at a later date. The Cher Show will close at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre on August 18.

“Telling Cher’s life story on Broadway has been a joy,” said producer Flody Suarez, in a statement. “Watching audiences relive her empowering story through six decades worth of iconic songs, movies, costumes and relationships has been incredible. We look forward to taking this inspiring message on the road next year. We are incredibly thankful to this brilliant cast and crew.”

Directed by Tony nominee Jason Moore and featuring a book by three-time Tony nominee Rick Elice, The Cher Show chronicles the rise of Cher to a score of hits like "I Got You Babe," "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" and "If I Could Turn Back Time." Tony winner Christopher Gattelli choreographs the production, which features orchestrations, arrangements and musical supervision by Tony winner Daryl Waters.

Leading the cast are three actresses ...

The Cher Show Sets Final Performance Date on Broadway

Source: Broadway.com | Posted: June 25 2019 @ 6:35 pm

Teal Wicks as Lady, Stephanie J. Block as Star and Micaela Diamond as Babe in The Cher Show.

The Cher Showthe flashy new Broadway bio-musical about the life of the Oscar-winning music legend, has scheduled a final performance date of Augsut 18 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The production began previews on November 1 and officially opened on December 3. By closing, The Cher Show will have played 34 previews and 296 regular performances.

Directed by Tony nominee Jason Moore and featuring a book by three-time Tony nominee Rick Elice, The Cher Show chronicles the rise of Cher to a score of hits like "I Got You Babe," "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" and "If I Could Turn Back Time." Tony winner Christopher Gattelli choreographs the production, which features orchestrations, arrangements and musical supervision by Tony winner Daryl Waters.

Leading the cast are three actresses playing Cher at different points throughout her life: Stephanie J. Block, who won a 2019 Tony Award for her performance, along with Broadway alum Teal Wicks and newcomer Micaela Diamond. They are joined by Tony nominee Jarrod Spector as Sonny Bono, Tony nominee Emily Skinner as Georgia Holt, Tony nominee Michael Berresse as Bob Mackie, Michael Campayno as Rob Camilletti and Matthew Hydzik as Gregg Allman, with Dee Roscioli as the standby.

The company also includes ...

King Kong Will End Its Broadway Reign

Source: Broadway.com | Posted: June 25 2019 @ 6:30 pm

The cast of King Kong.

The new musical King Kong has scheduled a closing date of August 18 at the Broadway Theatre. The show began previews on October 5, 2018 and officially opened on November 8. By closing, King Kong will have played 29 previews and 324 regular performances.

Based on the iconic 1932 novel, King Kong follows a young actress (played by Christiani Pitts) and a maverick filmmaker (Eric William Morris) as they voyage from the bustling streets of 1930s New York to an uncharted island to capture the greatest wonder the world has ever seen. At the center of the stage show is a 20-foot-high, 2,000-pound gorilla brought to life by a team of seamlessly integrated artists and technicians.

Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company were honored with a special 2019 Tony Award for their work on King Kong. The show also received competitive Tony nominations for scenic designer Peter England, costume designer Roger Kirk and sound designer Peter Hylenski.

Drew McOnie directs and choreographs the musical, which features a book by 2018 Tony winner Jack Thorne and a score by Marius de Vries and Eddie Perfect. The creative team also includes lighting designer Peter Mumford and aerial movement director Gavin Robins.

Joining Pitts and Morris ...

Stephen Sondheim Joins Jason Robert Brown & an Epic Group of Broadway Stars for Subculture Benefit

Source: Broadway.com | Posted: June 25 2019 @ 5:32 pm

Broadway icon Jason Robert Brown and Marc Kaplan of the downtown venue Subculture made Broadway fans' dreams come true on June 24, with a special performance at Town Hall benefiting the gun violence prevention organization Brady. Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim made a rare onstage appearance as the special guest of the evening that also featured Katrina Lenk, Joshua Henry, Shoshana Bean and Rob McClure. Among the concert's highlights was a surprise appearance by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who duetted with Brown on "Franklin Shepard, Inc." from Merrily We Roll Along, and a beautiful moment featuring Sondheim accompanying himself to sing "Good Thing Going" from that fan-favorite musical. Check out photos from the one-of-a-kind benefit below and learn more about Brown's residency at Subculture here.

Jason Robert Brown and Stephen Sondheim discuss songwriting
(Erika Kapin Photography)
Katrina Lenk and Joshua Henry sing "Move On" from Sunday in the Park with George
(Erika Kapin Photography)
Jason Robert Brown and Lin-Manuel Miranda sing "Franklin Shepard, Inc." from Merrily We Roll Along
(Erika Kapin Photography)

Broadway.com #LiveatFive with Mallory Portnoy of Oklahoma!

Source: Broadway.com | Posted: June 25 2019 @ 5:28 pm

Mallory Portnoy stops by Broadway.com HQ to chat about Oklahoma! and more with Ryan Lee Gilbert.

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