Buzzworthy on Broadway This Week (x2)

Usually every week we round up the biggest news items and gossip into one big post so you can be sure you’re fully in the know. We took a small vacation last week, so here’s a giant two-week round-up for you. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for more to-the-minute updates or subscribe to the blog to ensure you get the weekly buzz!

Photo by Kevin Parry
Photo by Kevin Parry

Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening is officially headed to Broadway!

We now have official confirmation that Spring Awakening will get a Broadway revival. The Deaf West Theatre incarnation of the Tony-winning musical will begin performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on September 8, open on September 27, and run only until January 9. Just like Deaf West’s Big River, this production will feature multiple abilitied actors signing and singing the songs. This is a truly limited run, as another show is slotted to begin performances at the theatre as soon as Spring Awakening closes, so snap up your tickets now!

Photo by Sara Krulwich/The New York Times
Photo by Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

It Shoulda Been You to close on Aug 9

Catch it before it’s too late! It Shoulda Been You just announced a closing date of August 9. At the time of closing, the new musical, which received no 2015 Tony nominations, will have played 31 previews and 135 regular performances.

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Jessica Hecht and Adam Kantor join the cast of Fiddler

Jessica Hecht (The Assembled Parties, Sideways) and Adam Kantor (Rent, Next to Normal, The Last Five Years) join Danny Burstein in the upcoming Broadway revival cast of Fiddler on the Roof! Performances will begin on November 12 at the Broadway Theatre. Opening night is set for December 17.

Photo by Joan Marcus
Photo by Joan Marcus

Bryce Pinkham returns to A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Bryce Pinkham will be returning as Monty Navarro, the role he originated, in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway starting July 28.

Photo by Matthew Murphy
Photo by Matthew Murphy

The Hunchback of Notre Dame to get a cast album

Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which played at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse and New Jersey’s Paper Mill may not be officially Broadway bound yet, but it will get a cast album! The American premiere studio recording will be released on November 20, featuring Michael Arden as Quasimodo, Patrick Page as Dom Claude Frollo, Ciara Renée as Esmeralda, Andrew Samonsky as Captain Phoebus de Martin, Erik Liberman as Clopin Trouillefou and more.

Credit: Allstar/UNITED ARTISTS/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar
Photo by Allstar/UNITED ARTISTS/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar

And the rumors AREN’T true

Sadly no James Bond musical is on the horizon. According to an official statement: “Danjaq and MGM jointly control all live stage rights in the Bond franchise, and therefore no James Bond stage show may be produced without their permission.”

Photos by Disney, Signature Theatre and Johan Persson
Photos by Disney, Signature Theatre and Johan Persson

But there are a few other shows in the works that might soon be Broadway-bound…

John Tiffany and Enda Walsh (Once) are setting out to create a stage-version of Disney’s Pinocchio, based on Carlo Collidi’s The Adventures Of Pinocchio, and the 1940 Disney animated film. The Daily Mail reports that a workshop will take place this year with hopes to premiere at the National in London in 2016. Let’s hope Broadway is next on the list.

News has also been spreading about the new Sheryl Crow musical Diner for years now, and after making its world premiere at Virginia’s Signature Theatre last holiday season, the production will now play December 2 through December 27 at the Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, Delaware. This new stop is likely a final try-out before heading to the Great White Way…

The stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love will cross the pond after playing London’s West End, but it isn’t heading to New York just yet. The play by Tony winner Lee Hall will be part of Ontario’s 2016 Stratford Festival. Rumor has it producers have been trying to snatch up a Broadway theatre for a while now. Looks like we may have to wait just a little longer before seeing it in New York.

And finally:

Don’t try to charge your phone on a Broadway set or send a text while Patti Lupone is on stage. Turn your cell phones off, people, and enjoy the show!

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