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SARA BAREILLES TO PLAY MARY MAGDALENE IN NBC’S JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE! IN CONCERT
Waitress creator and star Sara Bareilles will sing out as Mary Magdalene in NBC's highly anticipated TV presentation of Jesus Christ Superstar Live! in Concert. David Leveaux will direct the new version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical, slated to take place on Easter Sunday, April 1. The concert will be filmed in front of a live audience at the Marcy Armory in Brooklyn, New York. John Legend will play the title role with Alice Cooper as King Herod. Bareilles rose to mainstream acclaim in 2007 with the tune Love Song, which earned her two Grammy nominations in 2009. She was also nominated in 2011 for King of Anything and in 2014 for the album The Blessed Unrest and the single Brave. Waitress, her Broadway composing debut, earned her a 2016 Tony nomination for Best Score and a 2016 Grammy nomination for Best Musical Theater Album. Bareilles made her Broadway acting debut in the role of Jenna in Waitress in 2017 and is slated to return to the stage for a second run in the role on January 16.
DEAR EVAN HANSEN’S PASEK & PAUL WIN 2018 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD
Tony-winning songwriters of the Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul took home the Golden Globe in the Best Original Song category for their showstopping number This Is Me (sung by Waitress alum Keala Settle) from the movie musical The Greatest Showman. It was a victorious night for a handful of other theater notables, including Tony winner Frances McDormand (Good People), who won the Globe in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama category for her turn in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The film's writer-director, four-time Tony nominee Martin McDonagh (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) also won a Golden Globe, in the category of Best Screenplay, Motion Picture. The film was honored with the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama. Two-time Tony nominee Allison Janney (seen on Broadway this past season in Six Degrees of Separation) took home a Golden Globe in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture slot for her turn in I, Tonya. Tony nominee Elisabeth Moss (The Heidi Chronicles), won in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Drama category for The Handmaid’s Tale. Oprah Winfrey, a Tony winner as producer of the Broadway revival of The Color Purple, was presented with the Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award.
AUSTIN SCOTT & NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER WILL LEAD FIRST NATIONAL TOUR OF HAMILTON
Austin Scott and Nicholas Christopher will headline the touring production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning musical Hamilton. The duo will take on the roles of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. The first national tour of Hamilton begins performances at San Diego's Civic Theatre on January 6, before continuing on to cities all across the country. This company continues the run of Hamilton productions that have rolled out since the musical first opened on Broadway in 2015. A Chicago company opened in September 2016, the West End engagement began in December 2017 at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre and the second national tour will begin performances in Seattle on February 6. Directed by Thomas Kail, featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and is running at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre.
SUTTON FOSTER, GAVIN CREEN & ORIGINAL THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE CAST TO REUNITE IN CONCERT
Sutton Foster is set to reprise her Tony-winning turn as Millie Dillmount alongside fellow original cast members of the 2002 Tony-winning Best Musical Thoroughly Modern Millie in a one-night 15th-anniversary reunion concert. Set to benefit the Actors Fund, the concert will take place on February 12 at 7:30pm at the Minskoff Theatre. Foster will be joined by original leading man and Hello, Dolly! Tony winner Gavin Creel as Jimmy Smith and more originals performing Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan's Tony-nommed score. In addition to Foster and Creel, the Thoroughly Modern Millie reunion concert will feature Harriet Harris with Tony nominee Marc Kudisch, Tony nominee Sheryl Lee Ralph, Anne L. Nathan, Francis Jue, and Megan McGinnis. Millie is based on on the 1967 film of the same name, based on the British musical Chrysanthemum, which opened in London in 1956. The film Thoroughly Modern Millie featured Julie Andrews in the title role opposite James Fox as Jimmy, with Mary Tyler Moore as Dorothy Brown, John Gavin as Trevor Graydon, Beatrice Lillie as Mrs. Meers, and Carol Channing as Muzzy Van Hossmere.
TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL
Tickets are now on sale for the new bio-show Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, set to play the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway. Featuring a book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Des McAnuff, choreography by Sergio Trujillo and direction by McAnuff, the production will start previews on March 28 with an opening slated for April 23. Told through the dramatic lens of her final concert, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical presents the complexities and conflicts the famed songwriter and singer faced in her meteoric rise and descent. The show features a score with more than 20 of Summer's classic hits including Love to Love You, Baby, Bad Girls, and Hot Stuff.
Omaze is offering fans the chance to win two tickets to one of Bruce Springsteen's final Broadway shows. In support of the Bob Woodruff Family Foundation, an organization that helps injured service members, veterans and their families, Omaze is teaming up with Bruce to give one grand prize winner and a guest the ultimate VIP experience...
KRYSTA RODRIGUEZ TO JOIN COREY COTT IN WEST SIDE STORY AT THE KENNEDY CENTER
Broadway alum Krysta Rodriguez will take on the role of Anita alongside Corey Cott as Tony in the highly anticipated D.C. concert run of West Side Story. Francesca Zambello will direct the performances presented by the National Symphony Orchestra, set to play the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall on February 14, 16 and 17. Rodriguez has appeared on Broadway in Spring Awakening, First Date, The Addams Family, In the Heights, A Chorus Line, and Good Vibrations. She was recently seen off-Broadway in What We're Up Against; she also appeared in the national touring production of The Boy Friend. Rodriguez has been seen on the small screen in Smash, Quantico, and Trial & Error. The cast of West Side Story will also include Solea Pfeiffer as Maria, Ephraim Sykes as Riff and Fun Home vet Joel Perez as Bernardo. The presentations will be lightly staged, with theatrical lighting and costumes.
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN SOUNDTRACK TAKES NO. 1 SPOT ON BILLBOARD CHART
Fresh off a Golden Globe Award win for Dear Evan Hansen songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's showstopping song This Is Me from The Greatest Showman, the new movie musical's soundtrack has taken the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The Greatest Showman's soundtrack was released by Atlantic Records on December 8, with the film itself taking to cinemas shortly after on December 20. Billboard has also revealed that Atlantic is making plans to release a series of pop covers of songs from the film. Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, the original movie musical The Greatest Showman follows the birth of show business and introduces the visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. The film stars Tony winner Hugh Jackman as Barnum alongside Broadway veteran Keala Settle and popular actor-singers Zac Efron and Zendaya.
JASON MRAZ WILL JOIN SARA BAREILLES FOR TWO ADDITIONAL WEEKS IN WAITRESS
Jason Mraz will now serve up two additional weeks of performances as Dr. Pomatter in the Broadway musical Waitress. The Grammy winner who began in the show on November 3 has extended his Broadway-debut run again through February 11. The production has also revealed that original cast member Drew Gehling will return to the role of Dr. Pomatter on February 13. Waitress' Tony-nominated songwriter Sara Bareilles will rejoin the musical in the role of Jenna on January 16 for an engagement through February 25; Betsy Wolfe played her final performance tonight, January 9. Waitress features a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro, and direction by Diane Paulus.
The highly anticipated firefighter-themed spinoff series to TV's Grey's Anatomy will make a two-hour premiere on March 22 at 9:00pm EST on ABC. The series will include Broadway veterans Okieriete Onaodowan (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) and Barrett Doss (Groundhog Day). Onaodowan will appear as firefighter Dean with Doss as his colleague Victoria... Come From Away player and Sweeney Todd alum Alex Finke has announced her engagement to recent Bandstand star Joe Carroll...