Hatton’s additional stage credits include We Will Rock You, Dreamboats and Petticoats, When Midnight Strikes, Cinderella and Christmas in New York. The Wicked company is currently undergoing a number of changes, but from October 27 the cast will also include Savannah Stevenson as Glinda, Jeremy Taylor as Fiyero, Martyn Ellis as The Wizard, Liza Sadovy as Madame Morrible, Philip Childs as Doctor Dillamond, Katie Rowley Jones as Nessarose, Sam Lupton as Boq, Emma Hatton as Standby Elphaba and Sophie Linder-Lee as Standby Glinda. View Comments Emma Hatton (not to be confused with Emma Hunton) is going even greener! The current West End standby Elphaba will step into the main role after Jennifer DiNoia ends her 14-week engagement on January 31, 2015. London’s Wicked is playing at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Why Emily Blunt Hid Behind Trees in WoodsEmily Blunt, who plays The Baker’s Wife opposite Tony winner James Corden’s Baker in Disney’s upcoming Into the Woods, has been opening up about the challenges of filming the role pregnant. “I was hiding behind every tree in that wood!” she told Disney twenty-three. Ironically, her character is desperate to have a baby and Blunt says that her real-life pregnancy helped her portrayal: “Here I was, feeling incredibly blessed and understanding what the character maybe is missing out on.” In case you’ve been hiding behind a tree yourself and haven’t already inked the release date in your calendar, the screen adpatation of the classic tuner will hit movie theaters at Christmas.Idina Menzel & Cyndi Lauper Tapped by NBCTony winners Idina Menzel and Cyndi Lauper are just some of the stars who are set to perform at NBC’s annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center. The tree lighting celebration will also include Lady Gaga with Tony Bennett, Seth MacFarlane featuring Sara Bareilles, Pentatonix, LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood. So remember to set your DVR for the 82nd annual holiday extravaganza on December 3!Nathan Lane, Lena Hall & More to Honor Elaine StritchTony winners Nathan Lane and Lena Hall, along with Broadway vet Holland Taylor and Liz Smith, have joined the previously announced star-studded lineup of Everybody, Rise! A Celebration of Elaine Stritch. The tribute will be held on November 17 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.John Bolton to Narrate Carnegie Hall’s RudolphBroadway vet John Bolton (Curtains, Spamalot, Titanic) will narrate Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Carnegie Hall on December 21. The special holiday family concert with the New York Pops, conducted by Steven Reineke, will be folllowed by the Sixth Annual Family Party.Anika Larsen to Sing You to SleepThis is some kind of wonderful news with all this December excitement going on! Anika Larsen’s debut album Sing You to Sleep will be the perfect antidote to overtired kids this holiday season. Released by Yellow Sound Label on December 9, the Tony nominee says she hopes that we enjoy the songs “so much so that they put you to sleep!” Tracks on the record include a duet of James Taylor’s “You Can Close Your Eyes” with her Tony-winning Beautiful co-star Jessie Mueller, Gershwin’s “Summertime” and Sting’s “Fields of Gold.” Star Files Idina Menzel
They Call Me Q is the story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx who seeks balance between the cultural pressures brought forth by her traditional parents and wanting acceptance into her new culture. Along the journey, Kadwani transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life including her parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates and African-American friends. View Comments Directed by Obaid Kadwani and Claudia Gaspar, the production was developed with Ellery Schaar. The play debuted in 2012 at Variations Theatre Group and went on to play Chicago, Montreal, Washington D.C., Nashville, Orlando and Hawaii. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 7, 2014 Related Shows They Call Me Q They Call Me Q will close off-Broadway on December 7 at St. Luke’s Theatre; the show officially opened on June 4. The emotionally charged comedy is written and performed by Qurrat Ann Kadwani.
View Comments Star Files Tony nominated duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s Dear Evan Hansen will receive its world premiere in Washington D.C. this summer. No casting has been announced, but former Book of Mormon star Ben Platt recently told Broadway.com that he was “working on a new original musical that will be coming out soon with Pasek and Paul.”With a book by Steven Levenson, lyrics by Pasek and music by Paul, Dear Evan Hansen is a contemporary story of hope, heartache and the things in life we can’t live without—friends, family and a sense of belonging. After living in virtual obscurity, Evan Hansen is about to go viral. Not on purpose, but because of a private letter becoming much too public.The production will be helmed by If/Then’s Michael Greif, choreographed by Danny Mefford and run July 9 through August 23 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.Other shows in Arena Stage’s 2015-16 season include a revival of Oliver!, Benjamin Scheuer’s The Lion, Karen Zacarías’s Destiny of Desire, Allison Engel and Margaret Engel’s Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End, Cheryl L. West’s Akeelah and the Bee, Lynn Nottage’s Sweat, Anthony Giardina’s The City of Conversation, Robert Schenkkan’s Tony-winning All the Way and Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, which is currently running on Broadway. Ben Platt
View Comments Josh Radnor, two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz and more Broadway alums have been tapped for PBS’ Civil War drama Mercy Street. Executive produced by Ridley Scott, Roxann Dawson and Jeremy Webb will helm the six-part series, which will air in winter 2016.Radnor was last seen on the Great White Way in Disgraced and will play Jedediah Foster, a civilian contract surgeon who grew up in a privileged Southern slave-owning household as the son of a wealthy Maryland landowner. Butz, who won Tonys for Catch Me If You Can and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, will take on the role of Dr. Byron Hale, an old-school army surgeon who lives life by the book.Meanwhile, two-time Tony winner Cherry Jones will guest star as as Dorothea Dix, known as “Miss Dix,” the formidable superintendent of Union Army nurses. Other Great White Way alums set to make an appearance in the series include two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy as Jane Green, Peter Geret as Dr. Alfred Summers, Shalita Grant as Aurelia Johnson, L. Scott Caldwell as Belinda, Suzanne Bertish as Matron Brannan, Wade Williams as Silas Bullen, Luke Macfarlane as Chaplain Hopkins and Brad Koed as James Green, Jr.Mercy Street follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War. Inspired by memoirs and letters from real doctors and nurse volunteers, the series will reveal the stories of those struggling to save lives while managing their own hardships. Along with Radnor and Butz, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gary Cole and Peter Gerety will have leading roles in the project.
It’s Friday, and you know what that means—time to book a trip to London to see Rocky Horror legend Richard O’Brien! We see you shiver with antici…but wait, before you cash out your savings account, it’s time to revisit the craziest stuff we learned about our favorite stars on the Great White Way this week. It’s time for the Lessons of the Week!Queen Lesli’s a Dame, Not a HookerMatilda’s Lesli Margherita is about to sail across the street to Dames at Sea at the Helen Hayes Theatre, and it’s a puzzling moment for one of the crew members at the at the Shubert Theatre, who asked, “What’s the new show you’re leaving us for? Hookers on the Sea?” Dames, buddy. She’s a dame. Dames still wear pink fishnets and do cooter slams, right?President Obama Wants a TonyEveryone’s buzzing about the new musical Hamilton, and both the Obama and Biden families have already gone to check it out. But President Obama isn’t content to just sit in the audience—because Lin-Manuel Miranda “workshopped” one of the songs at the White House in 2009, he’s calling dibs on one of the show’s Tonys. Let’s not count our trophies before they hatch, Mr. President. (But yes, that could probably be arranged.)Courtney Reed Makes Us Openly WeepIn an emotional tribute to her sister and nieces, Aladdin star Courtney Reed sang a sweet cover of the Frozen song “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” complete with adorable photos and video of her family building actual snowmen together. And now we’re inconsolable. Yes, we do want to build a snowman, Courtney. A snowman of tears.Gideon & Lindsay Were FrenemiesSignificant Other’s Gideon Glick and Lindsay Mendez are extremely close co-stars, but when they first met, they got off to a rocky start. “We thought we hated each other,” Glick told Broadway.com, explaining that both thought the other was being super shady at first. Guys, you’re Elphaba and Ernst! How could anyone not like you?!Matthew Broderick Is in the DoghouseTony winner Matthew Broderick is about to be surrounded by dogs—well, not actual dogs, but actresses playing dogs. He’s gearing up to star in Sylvia alongside Annaleigh Ashford as the title pup, and after rehearsal, he’ll go home to his wife Sarah Jessica Parker, who also played Sylvia in the play in 1995. Wow, your life sounds ruff, Matthew.Christian Borle Has Clip-On HairFinally, an answer to the question you’ve been wondering about for months: Does Christian “It’s Hard to Be the Bard” Borle wear a wig in Something Rotten!? The answer, according to vlogger Heidi Blickenstaff, is “sorta.” He wears a partial weave that he clips in to create a mullet look. Mmm, Renaissance chic.Alison Bechdel Failed the Bechdel TestFun Home graphic memoir writer Alison Bechdel admitted that her favorite movie Groundhog Day doesn’t even pass her own “Bechdel Test” (it must include two women talking about something other than a man). Sorry, Alison—but fingers crossed the musical adaptation will pass with flying colors! Hint-hint, Tim Minchin.Michael Cerveris Wants To Fatten You UpSpeaking of Fun Home, Tony winner Michael Cerveris obviously had a goal in mind when filming his double Ask a Star feature with Judy Kuhn: To make us AS STARVING AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE. Praline bacon? Beignets? Barbecue shrimp po’ boys? Thanks a lot, Michael, we gained 35 pounds just watching this.You Can Now Drink Hot Cocoa with AudraEver wanted to casually sip cocoa with a six-time Tony winner? Well, you’re in luck, because Audra McDonald will join you at Sardi’s for a hot chocolate date if you donate to her Broadway Sleep Out fundraising page. With marshmallows and whipped cream? Please tell us there’s marshmallows and whipped cream. (This is all Michael Cerveris’ fault.)Matt Shingledecker Knows What We WantAn open letter to Matt Shingledecker: Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. When we asked you to take photos of your favorite things backstage at Wicked, a teeny, tiny part of us hoped you might snap a photo of you modeling your white Fiyero pants. We knew it wasn’t a guarantee, but still, we had hope. You went beyond the call of duty, and for that, we are forever grateful. Love, Broadway.com. View Comments Lesli Margherita Star Files
Related Shows View Comments Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games Get in line! Michael Flatley officially opens in Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games on November 10. The show is set to play a limited engagement through January 3, 2016 at the Lyric Theatre.Flatley’s headlining turn in the production will serve as his Broadway debut and swan song as a performer. The Irish dancer is the force behind the internationally-recognizable brands Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. Directed and choreographed by Flatley, Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games features Flatley in a special appearance at the end of each evening performance as well as star his protégés James Keegan, Morgan Comer and Cathal Keaney in the title role of the “Lord of the Dance.”The production, which showcases a troupe of Irish Dance’s most accomplished performers, is an updated staging of Flatley’s original shows Lord Of The Dance, Feet of Flames and Celtic Tiger. Dangerous Games features holographic-effect projections, along with new costumes, choreography and music by Gerard Fahy.Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games had its world premiere at the London Palladium, before heading on a 200-plus date tour across 15 countries. It was recently announced that it will return to the West End later this year for a holiday engagement.Please note that Flatley will not perform in matinees or November 18-19 and December 4-5. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016
View Comments Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis will adapt the 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon for the stage. The Broadway-aimed show is being developed by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, the production company behind this season’s Misery and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and is slated for a 2017 Main Stem bow.Guirgis won the Pulitzer Prize last year for his play Between Riverside and Crazy, which played off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company and Second Stage in 2014 and 2015, respectively. His additional works include Our Lady of 121st Street, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train and The Motherf**ker with the Hat, for which he received a Tony nomination in 2011.The original movie starred Al Pacino and John Cazale as Sonny and Sal, a pair of first-time bank robbers. After their plan derails, the two hold the bank employees hostage while negotiating with a police detective and FBI agent. Secrets and motives are revealed as the two attempt an escape around a media circus. Frank Pierson won an Oscar for the screenplay; it received five additional nominations, including nods for Best Picture and for Pacino.Warner Bros.’ additional upcoming theater projects include a musical adaptation of the White House comedy Dave, featuring a score by Tom Kitt and Nell Benjamin, as well as Beetlejuice and 17 Again.
Purple is the new orange! Danielle Brooks took a break from bringing down the house at The Color Purple to chat with Stephen Colbert about her Broadway debut on January 27. By taking on the role of Sofia, she’s following in the footsteps of her producer Oprah Winfrey, who earned an Oscar nod for her performance in the film. She (understandably) calls it a “terrifying” experience, but between this and her role as Taystee on Orange is the New Black, nothing is too scary for this Juilliard grad. Take a look below at The Late Show interview, in which Brooks also explains how her life in the church (her mom’s a minister; her dad’s a deacon) is a detailed analogy for being on stage. You can catch her shout “Hell no!” at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Related Shows Danielle Brooks Danielle Brooks View Comments Star Files The Color Purple
Lacretta Nicole photographed at R Lounge(Photo by Caitlin McNaney) View Comments Disaster! Age: “I’m grown.”Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri.Current Role: Levora Verona, a fading ’70s disco diva traveling on a floating casino with her pup, in the high-camp Broadway musical Disaster!.Stage Cred: This Broadway newcomer was recently seen in the ensemble of The Book of Mormon on tour and has appeared in regional productions of A Wrinkle in Time, All Shook Up, Ragtime and Avenue Q. A true diva, she’s also performed opera, including the title role in Carmen. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 8, 2016 Related Shows