Mamma Mia! Sequel Is in the Works

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 12, 2015 Here we go again! Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus’ Mamma Mia! may be getting a sequel. The hit musical’s producer, Judy Craymer, revealed to The Daily Mail: “I’m working on something with Bjorn and Benny. Mamma Mia! was such a success and we work very well together.” Mamma Mia! The Broadway production currently stars Judy McLane, Elena Ricardo, Jon Jorgenson, Felicia Finley, Lauren Cohn, Alan Campbell, Paul DeBoy and John Hemphill. Related Shows The ABBA extravaganza tells the story of Sophie Sheridan, a young bride who invites three potential dads to walk her down the aisle at her wedding, unbeknownst to her mother, Donna. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the show features music and lyrics by Andersson and Ulvaeus and a book by Catherine Johnson. View Commentslast_img read more

Merritt Wever, Frank Wood & Peter Friedman Will Star in The Nether

first_img Related Shows The Nether Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 View Comments Wever will play Detective Morris. Her off-Broadway credits include The Illusion and Uncle Vanya. In addition to her Emmy-winning portrayal of Zoey Barkow on Nurse Jackie, her screen credits include Birdman, Michael Clayton, The Wire and New Girl. Wood will take on the role of Sims/Papa. He took home the Tony Award for his performance in Sideman and has also appeared on Broadway in Clybourne Park, August: Osage Country, Born Yesterday and Hollywood Arms. Friedman will play Doyle. He earned a Tony nod for Ragtime; his additional stage credits include Twelve Angry Men and The Heidi Chronicles on the Great White Way and Jacuzzi, Fly By Night and The Open House off-Broadway. The Nether follows a young detective who investigates an online network where those who plug in are coaxed into acting out their darkest fantasies with seemingly no consequences in the real world. Across the pond, the drama ran at London’s Royal Court Theatre and will transfer to the West End next year. Nurse Jackie Emmy winner Merritt Wever, Tony winner Frank Wood and Peter Friedman have been tapped for Jennifer Haley’s The Nether. The MCC production will play at off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre from February 4, 2015 through March 15. As previously reported, Anne Kaufman will direct. Complete casting and creative team will be announced at a later date.last_img read more

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion Sets Early Closing Date Off-Broadway

first_img Lennon: Through a Glass Onion Related Shows Lennon: Through a Glass Onion will shutter off-Broadway at the Union Square Theatre on January 11, 2015; it had been scheduled to run through February 22. The production, created and performed by John R. Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta, has previously played at the Sydney Opera House and in the West End. Part concert and part biography, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion explores the life and talent of one of the most admired icons of the past century. The show weaves together Lennon’s story with 31 songs, including “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Revolution,” “Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds,” “All You Need is Love,” “Come Together,” “Help,” “Working Class Hero,” “Mother” and “Jealous Guy.” The show officially opened on October 15 and will have played 12 previews and 102 performances at the time of closing. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 11, 2015last_img read more

Playwright Robert Askins Gets Tyrone & the Cast of Hand to God Wasted

first_img Hand to God View Comments What’s more fun than hanging out with the cast of Hand to God? Hanging out with the cast of Hand to God while they get totally wasted! Playwright Robert Askins, who also moonlights as a bartender at the Tex-Mex restaurant Lobo in Brooklyn, took a break from rehearsal to make some killer margaritas for the cast and members of the press. Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God is the story of Tyrone, a possessed puppet that encourages Jason (played by Steven Boyer), a devout teenager, to do terrible things to his family and friends. Check out this Hot Shot of Askins and Tyrone tending bar, then see Hand to God, beginning March 14 at the Booth Theatre. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Supergirl Lands Perfectly for Jeremy Jordan & More

first_img Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Supergirl Lands Perfectly for Jeremy Jordan & Laura BenantiSuper news for Supergirl! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new series, which features Broadway faves including Jeremy Jordan and Laura Benanti, has landed a prime Monday night 8PM spot on the CBS schedule right after football. The very thought of Jordan in his rumored Toyman supervillain outfit has gotten us trying to set our DVRs for November already… Check out the trailer here.Darren Criss Crashes Les Miz StageHedwig’s Darren Criss will (briefly!) switch Broadway houses on May 19! The former Glee star will take the stage at Les Miz’s home, the Imperial Theatre, to host the 10th Anniversary celebration of Broadway Junior, the Shubert Foundation/Music Theatre International arts education program. Students from Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Manhattan will perform song and dance numbers from their school versions of Broadway musicals, including Into the Woods JR, Disney’s Aladdin JR, Fame JR, Annie JR, Hairspray JR and Schoolhouse Rock Live JR. Bradley Cooper Set for TV Recurring RoleRemember Bradley Cooper’s 2011 movie Limitless, where he took a pill that enabled him to access 100% of his brain’s abilities? The Wrap writes that the Tony nominee will reprise his character of Edward Mora in a TV adaptation for CBS. The series, which will be a sequel to the film, is set to star Jake McDorman, who is best known for his work on teen drama series Greek. Cooper’s a busy man—he will begin performances on May 19 in the West End transfer of his Broadway hit, The Elephant Man.Megan Hilty Pilot Not Picked UpNot so great TV news for Broadway bombshell Megan Hilty and Tony winner Marissa Jaret Winokur. Their untitled comedy pilot, penned and executive-produced by Winkour’s hubby Judah Miller, is not moving forward at ABC, Deadline reports. However, silver linings: Hilty has hinted that she might be returning to the stage this fall and of course we have a certain Smash-ing concert to look forward to soon.Tony Nominee Andy Karl Gets ArtyMore young talent! On the Twentieth Century Tony nominee Andy Karl will emcee the fifth annual Student Theatre Arts Festival on May 18 at the American Airlines Theatre. The Education at Roundabout event will feature the work of students from 14 partner schools, representing the five boroughs of New York City. Between this and the Criss hosted occasion, we’re sure that there’ll be at least one or two future Broadway stars treading the boards next week…! View Commentscenter_img Darren Crisslast_img read more

Nathan Lane & More Set for The Man Who Came to Dinner Benefit

first_img Star Files View Comments Tony winners Nathan Lane and Harriet Harris, Jean Smart and more members of the 2000 revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner will reunite this December for a benefit reading of the Kaufman and Hart comedy. The Roundabout Theatre Company 50th anniversary event, under the direction of Scott Ellis, will take place for one night only on December 7 at Studio 54.Lane reprises his role as Sheridan Whiteside, with Harris as his secretary Maggie and Smart as Lorraine Sheldon. Additional cast members from the 2000 production taking part are Stephen Derosa as Professor Metz, Byron Jennings as Beverly Carlton, Linda Stephens as Mrs. Stanley, Hank Stratton as Bert Jefferson, Mary Catherine Wright as Miss Preen, Julie Boyd as Sarah, Kit Flanagan as Mrs. Dexter, Mary Catherine Garrison as June Stanley, Julie Halston as Mrs. McCutcheon, Jeffrey Hayenga as John and Zach Shaffer as Richard. Additional cast members (it’s nearly a 30-person show) will be announced shortly.The play centers around Sheridan Whiteside, an eccentric critic who, after slipping on an icy doorstep, is confined to a wheelchair in the Stanley family’s Midwestern home. Anything that can go awry does as he turns their house into a parade of celebrities, criminals and penguins.The 2000 Roundabout revival was the inaugural production of the American Airlines Theatre. The production, which was directed by Jerry Zaks, earned Smart a Tony Award nomination.center_img Nathan Lanelast_img read more

Tix Now Available for Barbara Cook’s Return to the New York Stage

first_img Barbara Cook: Then and Now View Comments Related Shows Barbara Cook(Photo by Andrew Eccles)center_img Tickets are now on sale to see Barbara Cook’s return to the New York stage this spring for another song-filled retrospective. The Tony-winning legend will headline Barbara Cook: Then and Now at off-Broadway’s New World Stages beginning April 13.The show, conceived by three-time Tony winner James Lapine and directed by 10-time Tony winner Tommy Tune, will weave personal stories with several of Cook’s signature numbers.Cook last appeared on the Broadway stage in Sondheim on Sondheim. Her numerous additional credits include her Tony-winning performance as Marian Paroo in The Music Man, Candide, She Loves Me, Carousel and two solo shows: Barbara Cook’s Broadway and Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre. In 2011, Cook received the Kennedy Center Honor.Barbara Cook: Then and Now will open officially on May 4 and is scheduled to play a limited engagement through June 26. from $110last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Kerry Ellis to Headline Murder Ballad & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Wicked’s Kerry Ellis to Headline Murder BalladFormer Elphaba and Grizabella Kerry Ellis has been enlisted to lead Murder Ballad in London this fall. Written by Julia Jordan with music and lyrics by Juliana Nash, the new tuner played off-Broadway in 2013 and is a tale of modern relationships, abandoned dreams and treachery in the big city. The production will run from September 29 at the Arts Theatre.Ralph Fiennes & Andrew Scott Set for Almeida London’s prestigious Almeida Theatre—where Broadway’s American Psycho started out—has announced its season for 2016-17 and it’s as stellar as expected. Ralph Fiennes will take on the title role in Shakespeare’s Richard III opposite Vanessa Redgrave, directed by Rupert Goold (June 7 through August 6). Meanwhile, in February 2017, Andrew Scott (aka Sherlock’s nemesis Moriarty), is on board to headline Hamlet opposite Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude, in a production directed by Robert Icke. Also on tap: Adam Brace’s They Drink It in the Congo, helmed by Michael Longhurst and Ella Hickson’s Oil, directed by Carrie Cracknell. We need air miles!Helen Mirren & Kelli O’Hara Team UpTony and Oscar winner Helen Mirren and Tony winner Kelli O’Hara will host the Stuttering Association for the Young’s 14th Annual Benefit Gala on May 2. The event celebrates the courage and achievements of more than 70 million people who stutter, including 5% of all children. Brandon Victor Dixon, Rachel Dratch, Victor Garber, Daphne Rubin-Vega and more are set to attend the event, which will take place at The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU.Watch Adam Pascal Return to His Rent RootsDisaster! auctioned off a performance of star Adam Pascal singing his Rent rock anthem “One Song Glory” as part of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraising efforts on March 31 onstage at the Nederlander Theatre. Of course, the Nederlander was where Pascal made his Great White Way debut 20 years ago in the aforementioned iconic musical. Check out the video below and happy Friday! Kerry Ellis in ‘Murder Ballad’last_img read more

Signature Plays Extends Off-Broadway Run

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Signature Plays April Matthis January LaVoy in ‘Signature Plays'(Photo: Monique Carboni) View Commentscenter_img Star Files Related Shows Signature Theatre’s Signature Plays, which opened officially on May 22, has extended its off-Broadway run. The three one-act plays will now play their final performances on June 19 (instead of the previously scheduled June 12) at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre.Lila Neugebauer directs the production, which showcases three plays that were produced during their respective author’s Playwright-in-Residence season at the company: Edward Albee’s The Sandbox, María Irene Fornés’ Drowning and Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro.The cast of Signature Plays features Tony winner Frank Wood, Tony nominees Alison Fraser and Sahr Ngaujah, Phillis Somerville, Nicholas Bruder, Crystal Dickinson, Melody Giron, Pia Glenn, Ryan-James Hatanaka, Mikéah Ernest Jennings, January LaVoy and April Matthis.last_img read more

Tony Host James Corden’s Big Night Jitters

first_img View Comments Related Shows James Corden Hamiltoncenter_img from $149.00 June 12 is fast-approaching, and Tony host James Corden is well aware. Fresh off his epic Carpool Karaoke sesh with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski, he appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss the perks (and jitters) involved with hosting Broadway’s biggest night. “I fall over a lot,” Corden joked. “What if I fall over, hit my nose and nose bleed right in the middle of our opening song?” We’re sure you’ll do fantastic, Corden, and if not, hey, at least you got dinner with Hamilton mastermind Miranda out of the deal! Watch the interview below!last_img read more