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Waitress is Headed to Broadway
Specific dates have yet to be announced, but Waitress, the new musical penned by Sara Bareilles is officially headed to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The new musical, based on the film of the same name, will be directed by Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland). It starts previews this March and will open in April.
On the Town Sets Closing Dates
On the Town will wrap up a helluva run on Broadway on September 6 after playing a total of 28 previews and 368 performances. Congratulations to the cast and crew and Bon Voyage!
Hamilton Slays the Critics
According to the Post, a revised production of Mack and Mabel may be headed to the Great White Way.
Also eyeing Broadway is a new adaptation of the Archie comic strips: Archie the Musical. The new musical will be penned by Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers) and produced by Funny Or Die, TriptykStudios and Archie Comics.
And we don’t know much, but Jake Shears, the Scissor Sisters front man, revealed that he is collaborating with Elton John on a new musical. Dying to know more!
Producers for the upcoming revival of She Loves Me announced that Tony Award-winner Michael McGrath will join the previously announced Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski and more in the Scott Ellis-directed revival, which will begin previews on February 5, 2016.
Kyle Scatliffe, Isaiah Johnson and Joaquina Kalukango have been added to the star-studded roster for The Color Purple, joining Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks. Opening night is scheduled for December 10 at Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
Tony winners Billy Porter (current star of Kinky Boots) and Brian Stokes Mitchell, along with Tony nominees Joshua Henry and Brandon Victor Dixon, will share the stage with Audra McDonald in Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.
And as Billy Porter exits to Shuffle, Wayne Brady will step into to Lola’s high-heeled boots in Broadway’s Kinky Boots. His performances will begin November 21.
Les Miserables will be undergoing a series of casting changes on September 1. Tony-nominee Montego Glover (Memphis, It Shoulda Been You) will step in as Fantine, newcomer Alex Finke will as Cosette, and Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean.
Melanie Moore, Adam Dannheisser and Karl Kenzler will join the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof as Chava, Lazar Wolf and Constable, respectively. They join the previously announced Danny Burstein as Tevye, Jessica Hecht as Golde and Adam Kantor as Motel.
It’s also officially been announced that Andy Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez will reprise their performances in the Deaf West incarnation of Spring Awakening when it transfers to Broadway this fall.
Finally, more casting has been announced for the next NBC live musical telecast of The Wiz. Shanice Williams will play Dorothy, Elijah Kelley the Scarecrow, Ne-Yo the Tin Man and Common the Bouncer. They join Queen Latifah as as the Wiz, Mary J. Blige as Evillene, David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion, Uzo Aduba as Glinda, Amber Riley as Addaperle and Stephanie Mills (who played Dorothy in the original Broadway production of The Wiz) as Auntie Em. The telecast will take place on December 3.