Saycon Sengbloh & More Will Join Lupita Nyong’o in Eclipsed

first_imgSaycon Sengbloh, Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia and Zainab Jah will join the previously announced Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o in the New York premiere of Eclipsed. Directed by Liesl Tommy and penned by Danai Gurira, the production will begin off-Broadway previews on September 29. Opening night is set for October 14 at the Public Theater’s LuEsther Theater.Sengbloh will play Helena. Her Broadway credits include Holler if Ya Hear Me, Motown the Musical, Fela!, Hair, The Color Purple, Wicked and Aida. Armand is set to take on the role of Bessie and has appeared on Broadway in The Trip to Bountiful as well as off-Broadway in An Octoroon. Busia will appear as Rita and made her Broadway debut in Mule Bone and her West End debut in Gloo Joo. Jah will take on the role of Maimi; her stage credits include In Darfur, Hamlet and Ruined.Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community—until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, Eclipsed reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making.The production will feature scenic and costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Jen Schriever, original music and sound design by Broken Chord and voice and dialect by Beth McGuire.The limited engagement will run through November 8. Related Shows Eclipsed Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 View Commentslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Aaron Tveit Joins Social Media & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Aaron Tveit Gets SocialAt last…Your Broadway boyfriend Aaron Tveit is now on Instagram and Twitter! Tveitertots around the world celebrated on August 27 as the stage and screen star sent out his inaugural Instagram post and tweet: “Finally decided to join the 21st Century. Next up… cell phone!” The timing couldn’t be better as Tveit’s got an exciting few months ahead to keep us up to date with. Not only will he appear at Darren Criss’ Elsie Fest next month, but he’ll then don Danny Zuko’s leather jacket for Fox’s forthcoming live telecast of Grease on January 31, 2016. Now over to you, Jonathan Groff and Christian Borle, surely it’s time to stop holding out on us and to drop your social media-phobe ways…Jessica Lange Eyeing Return to AHSWill Oscar winner Jessica Lange return to American Horror Story? “I’ve been talking to her,” the series’ co-creator Ryan Murphy told EW. “It’s always possible. I’m trying to deal with her play schedule.” Lange is, of course, returning to Broadway next spring in a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s classic Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Murphy only has himself to blame over her availability though—he is mounting the production himself along with Roundabout. Previews are scheduled to begin on March 31, 2016 at the American Airlines Theatre.Watch Serena Williams Sing Little MermaidThe Little Mermaid may no longer be on the Great White Way but it remains in Serena Williams’ heart. The sporting superstar took part in karaoke at Delta Open Mic Night on August 26, where she serenaded the lucky guests with “Under the Sea” from the Disney classic below. We think this is the perfect warm up for the U.S. Open. But then we would, wouldn’t we?last_img read more

McQueen Will Shutter Early in London’s West End

first_imgUnfortunately McQueen has not proven the height of fashion in London’s West End. The production, starring Stephen Wight, will close several weeks early on October 17. Written by James Phillips and directed by John Caird, the show had previously been set to complete its limited engagement at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on November 7.McQueen is a journey into the imagination and dream world of fashion icon Alexander McQueen. Set on a single London night, it steps into the fairy story landscape of McQueen’s mind, the landscape seen in his immortal shows, where with a dress an urchin can become an Amazon, where beauty might just help us survive the night. A girl has watched McQueen’s Mayfair house for eleven consecutive days. Tonight she climbs down from her watching tree and breaks into his house, to steal a dress, to become someone special. He catches her, but, instead of calling the police, they embark together on a journey through London and into his heart.The cast also includes Carly Bawden, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Laura Rees and Michael Bertenshaw. View Commentslast_img read more

Check Out These Swankified & Thrillifying #WickedDubs from Fans!

first_img Wicked Wicked celebrates its 12th anniversary on Broadway on October 30, and we asked you to join us in celebrating the only way we know how: lip-syncing to the score (with Krysta Rodriguez!). Watching your DubSmash videos—from “Popular” to “Defying Gravity” and beyond—was the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit. Here are a few of our favorites from fans! One of our best dubsmash moments. @broadwaycom @DaisyLap #WickedDubs pic.twitter.com/nzFbOrvN6r— Chloe (@ChloeBarr0w) October 22, 2015 View Commentscenter_img Related Shows from $95.00last_img

Paige Davis Will Return to Chicago on Broadway

first_imgPaige Davis in ‘Chicago'(Photo by Jeremy Daniel) Paige Davis is back to paint the town! The Chicago vet will return to the Broadway production as Roxie Hart on January 31, replacing Bianca Marroquin. The long-running tuner is playing at the Ambassador Theatre.Davis, who hosted TLC’s Trading Spaces, appeared on stage previously in Boeing-Boeing, Sweet Charity, Beauty and the Beast and The Vagina Monologues.Chicago also currently stars Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Eddie George as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. from $49.50 Related Showscenter_img Chicago View Commentslast_img read more

Anastasia Will Land on B’way in 2016-17 Season

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 31, 2019 Related Shows View Comments ‘Anastasia’center_img What a 2016-17 Broadway season we have in store for us! Anastasia will join a slew of new tuners heading to the Main Stem (including Come From Away, Groundhog Day and The Bandstand). Directed by Tony winner Darko Tresnjak, with choreography by Peggy Hickey, the production has secured a Shubert theater to be announced.No word yet on who is set to headline the Great White Way incarnation. As previously reported, Derek Klena and Christy Altomare will lead the world premiere of Anastasia at Hartford Stage from May 12 through June 12.Anastasia will feature a book by Terrence McNally and the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty score that was heard in the 1997 animated film. From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical is the story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past while finding a place for herself in the rapidly changing world of a new century. Anastasialast_img read more

Michael Lomenda Returns to Jersey Boys

first_img The big man is back in town! Jersey Boys vet Michael Lomenda will step in for Matt Bogart as Nick Massi in Jersey Boys from May 3 through September 4. Bogart is on leave from the long-running tuner while he appears in off-Broadway’s Himself and Nora; he will return to the Main Stem’s August Wilson Theatre on September 6.Having appeared as Nick Massi in Toronto and on the road, Lomenda also played the role in Clint Eastwood’s feature film adaptation of the musical. This is his Broadway debut.The Tony-winning jukebox tuner Jersey Boys tells the story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons went from being unknown New Jersey kids to international pop superstars. The show features over 30 hit songs, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.”The production currently additionally stars Richard H. Blake as Tommy DeVito and Quinn VanAntwerp as Bob Gaudio. As previously reported, Mauricio Pérez and Dominic Scaglione Jr. are alternating the role of Frankie Valli. Both will play four shows a week; a performance schedule will be announced later. They took over for Joseph Leo Bwarie, who appeared in his final performance at the August Wilson Theatre on April 24. Jersey Boys Michael Lomenda(Photo: David Leyes) Related Showscenter_img from $59.00 View Commentslast_img read more

Video Odds & Ends: Sneak Peek of Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling’s Musical & More

first_img‘La La Land’ Here’s a quick roundup of stories videos you may have missed today. Sneak Peek of Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling’s MusicalWe have our first teaser trailer, below, for Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, the original musical film starring Broadway alum Emma Stone (Cabaret) and Ryan Gosling. A tribute to Hollywood’s golden age of musicals (which includes tunes from the Main Stem’s own Benj Pasek and Justin Paul), the project follows an aspiring actress and a dedicated jazz musician who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. As previously reported, La La Land is set to open the Venice Film Festival on August 31, and hit movie theaters on December 2. Cry With Barbra StreisandThe latest video released by Barbra Streisand to preview her upcoming Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway album is out. A duet with the late Anthony Newley, the pair sing “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)” from the musical The Roar of the Greasepaint, and there’ll be tears in your eyes after you’ve seen this. The record, also featuring Hugh Jackman, Jamie Foxx and many more, will drop on August 26. Rory O’Malley Leads #Dab4HamAt today’s #Ham4Ham, Rory O’Malley hosted a dabbing contest featuring Hamilfans on Team Hope, Team Oak and Team Michael, followed by #OneLastDab with Daveed Diggs, who will soon be departing the hit tuner. Check out all the fun outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Star Files Okieriete Onaodowan View Commentslast_img read more

Ephraim Sykes & Shahadi Wright Joseph Join Hairspray Live!

first_imgEphraim Sykes(Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) Ephraim Sykes, who can currently be seen on Broadway in the ensemble of Hamilton, has joined the cast of Hairspray Live!. He takes on the role of Seaweed J. Stubbs in the NBC telecast, which is set to air on December 7. Joining him in the roster is pint-sized Broadway rocker Shahadi Wright Joseph as Little Inez.The two join a cast that includes newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy, Harvey Fierstein as Edna, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Kristin Chenoweth as Velma, Garrett Clayton as Link, Dove Cameron as Amber, Derek Hough as Corny Collins, Andrea Martin as Prudy Pingleton and Martin Short as Wilbur. The company will also feature Rosie O’Donnell and Sean Hayes.Prior to Hamilton, Sykes appeared on Broadway in Motown, Newsies, Memphis and The Little Mermaid. His screen credits include Smash, Leave It on the Floor and Vinyl. Joseph can currently be seen as Madison in School of Rock. She made her Broadway debut in 2014 as Young Nala in The Lion King. View Commentslast_img read more

Rank Your Top 10 Fave Performances from Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show

first_img(Photo: Steve Wilkie/FOX) The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Dammit (Janet), we loved Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show remake! Laverne Cox’s fabulous fashion as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the entire cast’s marvelous moves and of course, the new songs and homage paid to old favorites were just a few of the highlights from the eagerly anticipated televised event. Before you watch it again, dye your hair like Annaleigh Ashford’s or start obsessing over how to recreate any of the characters’ looks for Halloween next week, we want to know which musical number you loved the most. We’re shivering with anticipation for your top 10, so Broadway.com Editorial Assistant Lindsey Sullivan flipped the switch and posted hers!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Commentslast_img read more