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Even though we’re awards-free this week, it’s been a busy one for various announcements and rumors. Here are this week’s highlights:
Doctor Zhivago to get a cast recording
The short-lived Doctor Zhivago, the show that shuttered after only 23 performances, will get an official cast recording. The CD is scheduled to hit stores on July 31. Pre-order your copy of the cast album today!
Danielle Brooks joins the cast of The Color Purple
Producers for The Color Purple announced on Wednesday that Danielle Brooks, best known for playing Taystee on Orange is the New Black, will make her Broadway debut as Sofia this winter. She will join Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo in the remounting of the Menier Chocolate Factory production when it hits the Great White Way. Directed by John Doyle, The Color Purple will begin previews on November 9 and open on Dec 10 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Tickets go on sale on July 2!
RUMOR MILL: Colin Firth may be Broadway’s next Henry Higgins…
Page Six reports that James Nederlander Sr. said that a revival of My Fair Lady is on: “New generations never saw it. Colin Firth is already set. The female isn’t cast yet.” Would you see Firth take on Henry Higgins? Who do you think should play his Eliza?
Full casting announced for Allegiance
The new Stafford Arima-helmed musical, Allegiance, based on the real-life experiences of George Takei announced full casting this week: George Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San, Lea Salonga as Kei Kimura, Telly Leung as Sammy Kimura, Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell, Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki, Christopheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura, and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka. The ensemble will feature Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Manna Nichols, Autumn Ogawa, Rumi Oyama, Momoko Sugai, Cary Tedder, Elena Wang , Scott Watanabe and Scott Wise. The show begins previews Oct 6 and opens Nov 8. Tickets go on sale to the general public on June 5.