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American Psycho Officially Headed to Broadway
Duncan Sheik’s musical version of American Psycho is officially headed to Broadway. Directed by Rupert Goold, the production, which will star Benjamin Walker (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson), will begin performances on February 19 at a Shubert theater to be announced. Opening night is scheduled for March 21.
R.I.P. Theodore Bikel
Broadway will dim its lights tomorrow in honor of Theodore Bikel, who passed away on July 21, 2015 at age 91. The accomplished actor originated the role of Captain Georg von Trapp in the 1959 production of The Sound of Music which earned him the second of his two Tony Award nominations (the first was for The Rope Dancers in 1958). Bikel appeared on stages around the world and is known best for the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, which he performed more than 2,000 times.
Marlee Matlin will Lead Spring Awakening
Oscar and Golden Globe winner Marlee Matlin will headline the upcoming Broadway revival of Spring Awakening. Directed by Michael Arden, the Deaf West Theatre version begins performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on September 8 and opens on September 27. The limited engagement is currently set to end on January 9.
Dames at Sea Cast Announced
Matilda favorite Lesli Margherita, John Bolton, Mara Davi, Danny Gardner, Eloise Kropp and Cary Tedder have been announced as the stars for the Broadway premiere of Dames at Sea. Performances will begin on September 24 at the Helen Hayes Theatre, where it will open officially on October 22.
Taye Diggs is Now Hedwig on Broadway
Broadway and TV heartthrob Taye Diggs is now donning wigs and heels in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. He’s set to star in the production through October 11, so don’t be shy – get your tickets now!
Amy Spanger to Return to Chicago
Amy Spanger (Elf, Rock of Ages, The Wedding Singer) will return as Roxie in the long-running revival of Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre for a very limited appearance, August 4 – 16. She takes over for Brandy Norwood, who departs the production on August 2 and will hand the reins off to Rumer Willis, who begins performances on August 18.
Aaron C. Finley to Wrap Up It Shoulda Been You
Aaron C. Finley has stepped in for David Burtka as Brian Howard in It Shoulda Been You. Burtka, who is on medical leave, will not be returning to the production before it closes its doors on Broadway on August 9.
The King of Comedy Musical In the Works…
Hedwig and the Angry Inch co-creator Stephen Trask and Rock of Ages’ book writer Chris D’Arienzo have joined forces to work on a new musical adaptation of Martin Scorsese’s film, The King of Comedy. Will it make its way to the Great White Way? We can only hope.