Happily “Ever After”, “Downton Abbey” on Broadway & More Theater News
Sisters are doing it for themselves in a theater news round-up energized by some serious girl power…
- The award-winning songwriting team of Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich had a great week with Heisler winning the coveted Kleban Prize (of $100,000) for most promising theater lyricist and the team’s film to stage adaptation of Ever After getting the green light for a Broadway launch in 2013.
Sad news though for the “gals” of Priscilla Queen of the Desert; the disco-tastic musical posted a closing notice for June 24 after more than a year on Broadway.
- Gimme a B for Broadway because the cheerleaders of Bring It On are making a surprise limited-engagement trip to NYC this summer. Producers announced that the national tour will stop on the Great White Way in July.
- Speaking of going back to school, the actress and (delightfully parodied) Fashion Plate Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) will head to Vassar this summer to star in a developmental workshop of Abigail/1702, a sequel of sorts to The Crucible by playwright Roberto Aquirre-Sacasa. Is it too much to hope that Tituba shows up?
- OK, so this one is about a boy but somehow it still feels right. Dan Stevens, otherwise known to TV watchers as the dreamy, middle-class heir to Downton Abbey, will be wooing Jessica Chastain’s The Heiress when it opens on Broadway this fall. With these two roles, he is now officially the poster boy for marrying up.
- Finally, Broadway Blog favorite Kate Baldwin is taking on another iconic role from the golden age of music theater; she’s Marian the Librarian in the Arena Stage production of The Music Man. If simply imagining that casting isn’t enough to get you down to DC (which it should), take a listen to her singing “My White Knight” in rehearsals (at 1:13 in the following video):