Jelani Alladin to Take On Title Role in Hercules in Central Park

Source: | Posted: June 20 2019 @ 2:08 pm

Frozen's Jelani Alladin played Jeremy Pope's role in Choir Boy at Washington, D.C.'s Studio Theatre.

Casting is here for the upcoming Public Works staging of Hercules. Jelani Alladin will lead the company as Hercules; the previously announced production will play the Public Theater's outdoor Delacorte Theater in Central Park from August 30 through September 8.

Jelani Alladin originated the role of Kristoff in the Broadway musical Frozen. He has been seen off-Broadway in The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson Musical, Sweetee and Don’t Bother Me, I Can't Cope.

The cast will also include Tony winner Roger Bart as Hades, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart as Phil, Jeff Hiller as Panic, Ramona Keller as Thalia, Tamika Lawrence as Calliope, Krysta Rodriguez as Meg and Rema Webb as Terpsichore.

They'll be joined by the Broadway Inspirational Voices—recipients of a special 2019 Tony Honor—who are celebrating their 25th Silver Anniversary this year.

Featuring a book by Kristoffer Diaz, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by David Zippel, Hercules is based on the legendary title hero of Greek mythology who was snatched as a baby by Hades and forced to live as a half-man, half-god. Now a teenager, he is required to perform a rite of passage on Earth to prove himself worthy of living with the gods on Mount Olympus ...

Jeremy Jordan to Play 1970s Record Exec Neil Bogart in Biopic Spinning Gold

Source: | Posted: June 20 2019 @ 12:56 pm

Jeremy Jordan

Jeremy Jordan has landed a high-profile screen role. The Tony-nominated stage favorite will portray '70s record executive Neil Bogart, the legendary founder of Casablanca Records, in Spinning Gold, a new movie based on his life and career, according to Deadline. Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris will take on the featured role of KISS co-manager Bill Aucoin.

Written and directed by Bogart's son, Timothy Scott Bogart, Spinning Gold will center on the experiences of the idolmaker, who passed away from cancer and lymphoma in 1982 at 39 years old. The film will feature music from '70s artists including Donna Summer, KISS, Parliament, Village People, The Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight, Bill Withers and Curtis Mayfield.

Most recently seen on Broadway in Waitress, Jordan earned a Tony nomination for his turn as Jack Kelly in Newsies. His other Broadway credits include American SonBonnie and Clyde, Rock of Ages and West Side Story. Jordan's screen résumé includes Supergirl, Smash and the film adaptation of The Last Five Years.

Joining Jordan in the cast will be Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson as George Clinton, Kenan Thompson as Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jason Isaacs as Al Bogart, Jason Derulo as Ron Isley of the Isley ...

Heidi Schreck & Broadway Cast of What the Constitution Means to Me to Reprise Performances at Kennedy Center

Source: | Posted: June 20 2019 @ 12:24 pm

Heidi Schreck in What the Constitution Means To Me.

Heidi Schreck's Tony-nominated, Pulitzer-finalist play What the Constitution Means to Me is headed to our nation's capital. The Kennedy Center has announced a limited run of the acclaimed new work, set to appear in the Eisenhower Theater from September 11-22, directly following the conclusion of the Broadway run at the Hayes Theater. Schreck will reprise her Tony-nominated performance alongside fellow Broadway cast members Mike Iveson and New York City high school student Rosdely Ciprian.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to perform this deeply personal story about our founding document just blocks from where the original Constitution is displayed, and where the leaders who are charged with upholding it live and work," said Schreck. "I have been profoundly moved by how audiences both off and on Broadway have embraced this piece, and I cannot wait to share it with D.C."

Directed by Oliver Butler, What the Constitution Means to Me follows 15-year-old Schreck, who later put herself through college by giving speeches about the U.S. Constitution. In the play, she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the document's profound impact on women's bodies—starting with her great-great-grandmother, a mail-order bride who died under mysterious circumstances.

As ...

Richard Kind Steps into Kiss Me, Kate as Second Man, Reunites with Mad About You Co-Star John Pankow

Source: | Posted: June 20 2019 @ 12:02 pm

Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony-nominated revival of Kiss Me, Kate has welcomed Tony-nominated actor Richard Kind to the production for the final week and a half of its run at Studio 54. Kind takes over the role of Second Man, now appearing alongside his former Mad About You castmate John Pankow, who plays First Man. Kind replaces Tom McGowan. 

Kind earned a Tony nomination for his turn in Roundabout's revival of The Big Knife. He has also appeared on the Great White Way in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sly Fox, The Producers and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. In addition to Mad About You, his screen credits include A Serious Man and Inside Out.

The current principal company of Kiss Me, Kate also includes 2019 Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara as Lilli Vanessi/Katharine, Tony nominee Will Chase as Fred Graham/Petruchio, Corbin Bleu as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio, Stephanie Styles as Lois Lane/Bianca, Terence Archie as Harrison Howell, Mel Johnson Jr. as Harry Trevor/Baptista, Adrienne Walker as Hattie and James T. Lane as Paul.

With a score by Cole Porter and a book by Sam and Bella Spewack, newly revised by Amanda Green, Kiss Me, Kate follows a cast putting ...

Broadway Barks 2019 Canceled Due to Construction in Shubert Alley

Source: | Posted: June 20 2019 @ 11:34 am

Broadway Barks queen Bernadette Peters snaps a pic with a sweet pup. See you next year!

Broadway Barks, the star-studded dog and cat adoption event benefiting New York City animal shelters and rescue groups, will not be happening this summer because of construction in Shubert Alley, its annual home in the heart of the New York City theater district. The event had been scheduled for July 13. The 2020 date will be announced at a later time.

"It's terribly distressing news, but there's simply no other reasonable space to hold Broadway Barks that will keep the adoptable dogs and cats safe and be accessible to the theater fans who have made Barks so successful for twenty years," said Broadway Barks co-founder and three-time Tony Award recipient Bernadette Peters in a video announcing the news. "We looked at lots of options and other dates, but there was no available alternative for this summer that would work."

Peters continued, "We'll be back next July in Shubert Alley, but in the meantime, wonderful dogs and cats at shelters across the country are waiting to be adopted."

Co-founded by Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, Broadway Barks helps New York City's shelter and rescue animals find permanent homes by shining a light on the plight of "homeless" dogs ...

Norbert Leo Butz Cast in New Film Flag Day from Ferryman Scribe Jez Butterworth

Source: | Posted: June 20 2019 @ 11:21 am

Two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz plays Paddy Chayefsky in Fosse/Verdon.

Two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz is among a newly announced slate of stars set to appear in Flag Day, a new motion picture written by 2019 Tony winner Jez Butterworth (The Ferryman). Oscar winner Sean Penn will direct and star in the motion picture.

Most recently seen on Broadway giving a Tony-nominated performance in My Fair Lady, Butz earned Tonys for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Catch Me If You Can. He portrayed Paddy Chayefsky in Fosse/Verdon and originated the role of Fiyero in the Broadway hit Wicked.

Based on Jennifer Vogel's 2005 memoir Flim-Flam Man: The True Story of My Father's Counterfeit Life, Flag Day follows a daughter who is beginning to come to terms with the wrongdoings of her criminal father, who evaded arrest after making a career of counterfeiting.

The film's cast will also include Penn's children, Dylan and Hopper, as well as Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Dale Dickey, Eddie Marsan, Bailey Noble and Katheryn Winnick.

A release date is forthcoming.

Hear the People Sing with James Corden in This Revolutionary Les Misérables Edition of Crosswalk the Musical

Source: | Posted: June 20 2019 @ 11:15 am

Get ready for pastry-eating, flag-waving and James Corden dressed as Fantine! In a special edition of Crosswalk the Musical on last night's Late Late Show, James Corden and company took on Les Misérables in the streets of Paris. Set in an actual crosswalk with the iconic Arc de Triomphe as their backdrop, Corden and friends performed iconic numbers from the musical like "I Dreamed a Dream," "The People's Song" and "One Day More." Take a look at the hilarious video below!

Puffs Will Conclude Run at Off-Broadway's New World Stages

Source: | Posted: June 20 2019 @ 11:02 am

The long-running hit comedy Puffs: or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic will play its final performance at off-Broadway's New World Stages on August 18. Puffs began its life at Peoples Improv Theater in 2015 and officially opened off-Broadway at the Elektra Theater in 2016, later transferring to New World Stages in 2017.

Written by Matt Cox and directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker, Puffs follows the story of a young wizard named Wayne and the Puffs—a group of well-meaning, loyal rejects with a thing for badgers.

The current cast includes Chrissy Albanese, Lacy Allen, Michael Axelrod, Madeleine Bundy, Anna Dart, Kullan Edberg, Alex Haynes, Criena House, Reginald Keith Jackson, Jake Keefe, Sonia Mena, Andy Miller, Zac Moon, Michael Ortiz, Sarah Peele, Keith Rubin, Chris Evan Simpson, Ryan Wesley Stinnett, Stephen Stout and Leanne Velednitsky.

Puffs features production and costume design by Madeleine Bundy, lighting design by Herrick Goldman, sound design by Matt Cox and original music by Brian Hoes.

Puffs, which marked its 750th show off-Broadway earlier this year, continues to be a sensation with dozens of productions, licensed in partnership with Samuel French, throughout the country and across the globe; an upcoming book; and ...

Ian McKellen to Return to Broadway for One Night Only Performance

Source: | Posted: June 20 2019 @ 10:38 am

Sir Ian McKellenCelebrated star of stage and screen, Ian McKellen, will return to Broadway for a one night special performance. Ian McKellen On Stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others …And You! will play Broadway’s Hudson Theatre on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019. Under the direction of Sean Mathias, Ian McKellen On Stage…will serve as a benefit for the nonprofit theater…

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What’s Next At The Shed? A Multi-Million-Dollar Sci-Fi Kung-Fu Aerialist Contemporary Dance Musical

Source: | Posted: June 20 2019 @ 10:35 am

That sounds unlikely enough, but the creative team for Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise is even more unlikely: choreographer Akram Khan, director-producer Chen Shi-Zheng (The Peony Pavilion, Monkey: Journey to the West), and the guys who wrote Kung Fu Panda. – The New York Times

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