Douglas Sills & Alexandra Socha to Lead Mack & Mabel, Brian Stokes Mitchell & Kate Baldwin Set for Love Life at Encores!

Source: | Posted: August 22 2019 @ 11:27 am

City Center Encores! has announced initial casting for the first two shows of its previously announced 2020 season. Tony nominee Douglas Sills will co-star alongside Alexandra Socha in Mack & Mabel (running February 19-23) with Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell and Tony nominee Kate Baldwin headlining Love Life (March 18-22).

Sills (War Paint) and Socha (Head Over Heels), who previously appeared together at Encores! in Hey, Look Me Over!, will play filmmaker Mack Sennett and comedian Mabel Normand, respectively, in Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart's 1974 Tony-nominated musical comedyMack and Mabel will be directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes.

Mitchell (Shuffle Along) and Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!) will star as Sam and Susan Cooper, respectively, in Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner's 1948 musical Love Life, to be directed by Tony winner Victoria Clark and choreographed by JoAnn Hunter. The musical is a journey across American history seen through the eyes of a family that never ages.

Tony-nominated choreographer Camille A. Brown (Choir Boy) has joined the creative team of the previously announced Encores! season closer, a highly anticipated new staging of Dick Scanlan and Jeanine Tesori's 2002 Tony winner Thoroughly Modern Millie (May 6-10), starring Tony nominee Ashley Park (Mean Girls, Grand Horizons) in ...

The Shining Is Being Adapted for the Stage by Simon Stephens & Ivo van Hove

Source: | Posted: August 22 2019 @ 10:50 am

Tony winners Simon Stephens and Ivo van Hove are at work on a stage adaptation of Stephen King's dark 1977 novel The Shining, according to Forbes. The play is expected to debut in London's West End ahead of a Broadway bow.

King's novel follows aspiring writer Jack Torrance, a recovering alcoholic who is hired as off-season caretaker of a historic Colorado hotel. Joining him on the job is his family, including his young son Danny, who possesses "the shining," a variety of psychic abilities that allows him to see into the hotel's haunting past. When a winter storm leaves the family snowbound, the supernatural forces beneath the hotel invade Jack's sanity, finding his wife and son in great danger.

Playwright Stephens earned numerous accolades including the Tony Award for his adaptation on Mark Haddon's novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He is currently represented on Broadway by Sea Wall/A Life.

Avante-garde director van Hove took home the Tony for his stark mounting of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. His new vision for the iconic musical West Side Story will debut on Broadway this season.

A few years after the publication of The Shining, Stanley ...

Backstage at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with James Snyder, Episode 8: Disapparate!

Source: | Posted: August 22 2019 @ 10:11 am

Join Harry Potter and the Cursed Child star James Snyder for a backstage Q&A with his co-stars in honor of the final vlog episode.

Newcomers Chris Clark, Sarah Hinrichsen & More Have 'License to Chill' Across the Country in the Escape to Margaritaville Tour

Source: | Posted: August 22 2019 @ 9:55 am

Trouble turns funny, songs get sung and one good song will last all night long! Newcomers Chris Clark and Sarah Hinrichsen will star in the upcoming national tour of Jimmy Buffett's Escape to Margaritaville. They'll play Tully and Rachel, respectively, in the road production of the Broadway musical, where they'll be joined by Shelly Lynn Walsh as Tammy and Peter Michael Jordan as Brick. The Margaritaville tour will kick off at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI, on September 29, before heading to over 35 cities across the U.S. in the first year.

The Margaritaville tour will also feature Rachel Lyn Fobbs as Marley, Patrick Cogan as J.D. and Matthew James Sherrod as Jamal/Ted. The ensemble includes Sophie Braud, Noah Bridgestock, DeVon Buchanan, Anthony Cataldo, Chantelle Cognevich, Katie Davis, Nico DiPrimio, Fabian-Joubert Gallmeister, Diego Alejandro González, Bobby Hogan, Aimee Lane, Victoria Price, Trent Soyster, Emma Stricker, Jade Turner, Morgan Unger and Tyler Whitaker.

“This talented cast has been hand-selected to share and celebrate the story, music and lifestyle of this show on its first national tour,” said Jimmy Buffett, in a statement to the press. “I am thrilled that this group of performers will ...

Character Study Is Back! Get an Inside Look at Disney on Broadway With a New Season of the Emmy-Nominated Docuseries

Source: | Posted: August 21 2019 @ 4:54 pm is offering a closer look at Disney Theatricals with a special season of its popular Emmy-nominated docuseries Character Study. The weekly nine-part series will follow different Broadway stars currently leading a Disney on Broadway production from the moment they walk into the theater until they take their first step on stage.

This season premieres on August 22 and will feature Frozen star Caissie Levy transforming into Elsa and her iconic ice dress. Character Study will air every Thursday through October 17 and take viewers behind the scenes at The Lion King, Aladdin and Frozen. The special season is directed by Nick Shakra and produced by Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek, with Caitlin Moynihan as associate producer.

Character Study premiered in 2011 with Sutton Foster backstage at her Tony-winning turn as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. Since then, 52 episodes have offered an intimate look at the special relationship between performers and roles. Gear up for the new batch of videos with a look at the five post popular episodes!

1. Courtney Reed as Princess Jasmine in Aladdin (2014)

2 . Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes (2011)

3. Hugh Panaro as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (2014 ...

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