Moulin Rouge! The Musical Sets Digital Release Date for Original Cast Album

Source: | Posted: August 23 2019 @ 12:19 pm

Karen Olivo as Satine and Aaron Tveit as Christian in Moulin Rouge!

The highly anticipated cast album for Broadway's sparkling new musical Moulin Rouge! has scheduled a digital release date of August 30. The cast recording will be available via all digital and streaming providers via Baz Luhrmann's label, House of Iona, and RCA Records. A physical edition of the album will be made available at a later date.

Based on Luhrmann's 2001 Twentieth Century Fox motion picture, Moulin Rouge! The Musical features hit pop music of the past 50 years, sung by a talent-packed cast including Tony winner Karen Olivo, Aaron Tveit, six-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein, Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah, Ricky Rojas, Robyn Hurder and Tam Mutu.

With a book by John Logan, direction by Alex Timbers and choreography by Sonya Tayeh, the musical is set in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris at the turn of the century. The show follows an ambitious, lovesick writer, Christian (Tveit), and a dazzling, entrancing chanteuse, Satine (Olivo). Their lives collide at the Moulin Rouge with its many characters including the host of the Moulin Rouge, Harold Zidler (Burstein); the brilliant, starving artist Toulouse-Lautrec (Ngaujah); the greatest tango dancer—and gigolo—in all of Paris, Santiago (Rojas); the tempting Nini (Hurder); and The Duke of Monroth (Mutu), the ...

Broadway's Phantom of the Opera to Welcome Meghan Picerno, John Riddle & Bradley Dean to the Cast

Source: | Posted: August 23 2019 @ 12:00 pm

A trio of new cast members will step into the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera this fall. Beginning on September 11, John Riddle and Bradley Dean will take over as Raoul and Monsieur André, respectively, replacing Jay Armstrong Johnson and Laird Mackintosh, who will take their final bows on September 3 and September 10. Meghan Picerno will replace in the role of Christine Daaé beginning the week of October 14, succeeding Kaley Ann Voorhees, who will play her final performance on October 12.

Picerno is an alum of the Phantom of the Opera world tour; she originated the role of Christine in the North American premiere of Love Never Dies, the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. This will mark her Broadway debut.

Riddle originated the role of Hans in Frozen and Young Anton in the Broadway musical The Visit. He appeared on tour with Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita.

Dean can currently be seen onstage in the New York premiere of Bat Out of Hell. His extensive Broadway résumé includes turns in The Last Ship, Man of La Mancha, A Little Night Music, Doctor Zhivago and Spamalot.

The new group of stars will join a current Broadway ...

The Lion King's Lawrence Keith Alexander on Dance 'Choosing' Him & Feeling Like a Rockstar

Source: | Posted: August 23 2019 @ 11:09 am

Lawrence Keith Alexander

Lawrence Keith Alexander

Lawrence Keith Alexander has spent most of his life dancing, which is something that he had to fight for. "I wanted to dance but my father said, 'No, this is for girls,'" the Kansas City, MO, native says. "I would always go and try to sneak in [to dance class] with my sister. One day the owner saw me and said that I had to be put in dance so my father and mother finally let me. I feel like dance chose me." As Alexander grew more comfortable on the dance floor, he realized that he was, in turn, becoming more comfortable with himself. "It was like discovering myself in a whole new way," he says. "It was a release of this energy that I'd always kept in me." The young dancer quickly turned to musical theater thanks to the local summer stocks, and he had a chance to work with some of Broadway's biggest stars. "The first show I auditioned for was Oliver! and Donna Murphy was my Nancy. I gagged. She was so amazing." Alexander continued to keep dance at the center of his life by attending the Boston Conservatory ...

Frozen National Tour Announces Additional Cast

Source: | Posted: August 23 2019 @ 10:57 am

The cast of Frozen the MusicalThe national tour of the hit Broadway musical Frozen, launching in Schenectady with an official opening at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre on December 4, 2019, has announced additional cast members joining its journey. A few months back we learned that Caroline Bowman and Caroline Innerbichler will play Elsa and Anna respectively. Joining them will be Austin Colby…

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Forbidden Broadway Sets Off-Broadway Return with Spoofs of Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown & More

Source: | Posted: August 23 2019 @ 10:27 am

The award-winning Forbidden Broadway, Gerard Alessandrini's hilarious musical spoof of all things theater, is returning to New York after a five-year absence. The all-new edition, titled Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation, will play a 10-week limited engagement at off-Broadway's Triad Theatre from September 18 through November 30, with an official opening night set for October 16. Alessandrini will direct the production, with Gerry McIntyre as choreographer.

"I feel like now is the perfect time," said Alessandrini, who created the much-loved musical spoof in 1982. "Ever since Hamilton re-energized us, there's been a deluge of great new shows of every type that I can have fun with. I haven't been this excited about writing this show since the first Forbidden Broadway edition in 1982 when I had decades of productions to write about. Now I have a whole new palette in front of me."

Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation will feature up-to-the-moment spoofs of Hadestown, Moulin Rouge!, this season's Oklahoma! revival, The Ferryman, Tootsie, Beetlejuice, Frozen, the Yiddish-language Fiddler on the Roof, Dear Evan Hansen, What the Constitution Means to Me and the new generation of Broadway stars including Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Santino Fontana, Karen Olivio, Alex Brightman ...

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