Our casting cup runneth over this week with theater news featuring big doings from big casts:
- The blockbuster gang at The Book of Mormon is ignoring their Momma’s advice and giving it away for free again. To celebrate the show’s first year anniversary, the show will offer its second Free Fan Performance on June 6 at 2pm. To be eligible for a seat, just sign up for one of their nightly ticket lotteries through Sunday, May 20 and hope your name is picked.
- Prince of Broadway is getting a cast fit for a king. Check out just some of the names set to star in the Broadway bound tribute to Director/Producer Hal Prince: the suddenly ubiquitous Linda Lavin, LaChanze (The Color Purple), Sierra Boggess (Master Class), Josh Grisetti (Enter Laughing), Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma), Richard Kind (The Producers), Caroline O’Connor (Moulin Rouge!!!), and Emily Skinner (Side Show).
- The gals of Steel Magnolias sure do love a makeover, so it’s no surprise that the southern fried, beauty parlor chestnut is getting remade as a Lifetime movie. The not-so-French twist this time is that it has been reset (and blowdried?) in Louisiana and features a who’s who of African-American screen stars including Queen Latifah (playing the Sally Field role), Alfre Woodard (taking over for Shirley MacLaine) and Phylicia Rashad (sitting in Olympia Dukakis’ chair).
- The day someone performs the epic flop musical Via Galactica is the day someone will revive Carrie off-Broadway. What is that you say? Really? Well, it seems pigs are flying all over town because that infamous 70’s sci-fi tuner with a score by Galt MacDermot (Hair) is getting a concert reboot March 23-25 at the Kraine Theater in NYC. I don’t know anything about the company presenting this new Via Galactica but I do know it’s a benefit for the Embrace Kids Foundation and features an updated script by Erik Ludwig. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by writing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you were in LA this past weekend, I hope you caught Grey’s Anatomy: The Songs Beneath the Show, a benefit for the Actors Fund featuring the cast of the hit drama showing off their pipes–instead of surgically removing someone else’s. Watch a clip of the fabulous Tony-winning Sara Ramirez after the jump and you’ll want to plead for her to come back to Broadway. Stat!