Broadway Breaking News, Sneak Peeks, Book of Mormon & More!
It’s time for another round-up of the week in theater news:
The well-received Kennedy Center production of Follies is moving up the coast to Broadway’s Marquis Theater this summer for a limited engagement. Sightings of stray sequins and feathers on I-95 to follow.
- One Follies Girl who won’t be making the trek is Linda Lavin. Playbill reports that, in order to star in a new show at the Vineyard, she will not reprise her “Broadway Baby” and she is also passing on the Broadway transfer of Other Desert Cities, last season’s Lincoln Center hit. Perhaps those rumors of cast issues were true.
- Attention “Carrie” Nation! The New York Times has word of a one-night-only sneak peek at the upcoming reboot of everyone’s favorite high school horror musical. No word if there will be pig blood involved.
- Nathaniel at the great site Film Experience takes a look at the casting rumors for the film adaptation of Les Miserables. Hugh Jackman, 24601!
- It may not have Hugh, but the Arena Stage production of Oklahoma took DC by (dustbowl) storm last year. Now you can get free tickets to opening night of its return engagement by “liking” their Facebook page. Hmmm, that sounds familiar…
The star-studded revival of The House of Blue Leaves will be closing early on Saturday, June 25th. Originally intended for a 16 week run, the production, directed by David Cromer and featuring Ben Stiller, Edie Falco and Jennifer Jason Leigh, will have played 72 regular performances.
- Signature Theater announced that South African writer, director and actor Athol Fugard will be the inaugural “Residency One Playwright” at their new Frank Gehry designed theater.
- Did I just see Babe fly past my window? Well, something is in the air because Ben Brantley wrote about the Tony telecast with almost innocent warmth and familial goodwill. It’s a must read…and not just because I couldn’t agree more with his take on the Oscars vs the Tonys.
- Speaking of Tonys, Kathleen Marshall (director of the recently crowned Best Revival Anything Goes) will be directing a “new” Gershwin musical Nice Work If You Can Get It in the Spring of 2012. It would seem that you need multiple trophies to join the fun because her leading man is two-time Tony-winner Matthew Broderick.