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Soon starring actors “stolen” from other Broadway shows, the west end and the silver screen

It’s common for actors to drop out and rotate around as new things start up, but there’s an awful lot of moving around right now. Below is a consolidation of where Broadway is now “stealing” its talent from:

Stolen from other Broadway shows

Actors Savannah Wise and Wesley Taylor are leaving Rock of Ages on September 13 to start preparing for Ragtime and The Addams Family respectively. It’s not all bad though, as Kerry Butler and Tom Lenk will step in to play their first performances in the production on September 18.

Stolen from the West End

Broadway is also borrowing from the West End. Laura Michelle Kelly, who won a 2005 Olivier Award for her title role in Mary Poppins will be crossing the Atlantic to play Mary on Broadway starting on Oct 12.

Stolen from the Silver Screen

Big screen star Antonio Banderas, who stars in the upcoming movie version of Nine, claims he will star in Trevor Nunn’s upcoming production of Zorba, though no official information has been released about the show.

Stolen by a touring show

But one actor, 14-year-old Tommy Batchelor, one of the rotating Billys in Billy Elliot, will be actually leaving the Broadway production on Dec 11 to join the touring version of the show. The tour opens in Chicago on March 18. His Broadway replacement has not yet been announced. Who knows where they’ll steal him from?!

Kerry Butler (Xanadu, Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray) to step in as Rock of Ages’ new Sherrie

Kerry Butler (Xanadu, Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, Blood Brothers) will be taking over as Sherrie in Broadway’s Rock of Ages beginning September 21.

She’ll be performing six days a week, with her understudy stepping in on Sundays during her six-month engagement (she will most likely be leaving to play the role she originated in the Seattle version of Catch Me if You Can in its Broadway appearance).

If you’ve never seen this gorgeous powerhouse of an actress, you’ll have nothin’ but a good time seeing her in this entertaining show. Congrats to Rock of Ages! I predict you’ll sell out a few more shows now.


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