A Big Broadway News Roundup

Next to Normal Looking to Launch a National Tour [picapp align="none" wrap="false" link="term=Next+to+Normal&iid=4959751" src="f/b/a/b/63rd_Annual_Tony_c2b6.jpg?adImageId=9327539&imageId=4959751" width="234" height="180" /] Brian Yorkey, the book writer and lyricist for Broadway's Next to Normal, told Playbill.com, "A tour is in the works. David Stone's at work putting it together. I think it will launch later this year, in the fall…

Tveit leaving N2N, Wicked Bway’s 20th longest running show, Nine and In the Heights news, cleaners strike possible

It's official: Tveit is leaving Next to Normal, Massey stepping in Kyle Dean Massey (Xanadu, Wicked, Altar Boyz), who played Gabe in the Tony-winning musical Next to Normal while Aaron Tveit took a leave of absenc, will assume the part of Gabe permanently beginning on Jan. 4. Tveit will play his final performance Jan. 3…

Closing, opening, cast albums, casting and more in a huge Broadway news round-up

A lot has been happening on Broadway these last few weeks. Here are the biggest of the announcements: Closing soon Bye Bye Birdie has offically announced that it will play its final performance on Jan 24. Though technically an extension of its limited run, many had expected this expensive production to run much longer, and…

The new West Side Story commercial (and some other great Broadway commercials)

West Side Story Rent Dreamgirls Mamma Mia Fiddler on the Roof Victor Victoria Damn Yankees Cabaret Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat The King and I My Fair Lady Guys and Dolls Into the Woods Phantom of the Opera Spring Awakening The Producers

Hey Gleeks – you can now preorder the 1st season DVD of Glee!

Alright, it's not truly musical theater, but enough Gleeks are musical theater geeks that I thought it worth sharing on the blog here: the DVD for the 1st season of Glee, the fantastic Fox show starring Broadway favorites Matthew Morrison (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza, Hairspray, The Rocky Horror Show, Footloose) and Lea…

Catch your favorite Broadway stars on TV

Lots of Broadway stars are making television appearances this week: John Stamos (Bye Bye Birdie, Cabaret, Nine) will appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on September 29. Kristin Chenoweth (The Apple Tree, Wicked, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown) will appear on the "Late Show with David Letterman" on Thursday September 24. New Yorkers can…

Spielberg to create a TV to stage production: Showtime series to trace the development of a new Shaiman/Wittman composed show

According to Variety, director Steven Spielberg is developing a Showtime series that will trace the creation of an original musical by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can) with the aim of taking it to Broadway. The producers for the project are Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who adapted Hairspray and Chicago…

Lin Manuel Miranda to star in Universal’s film version of In the Heights!

According to our good friend BroadwayGirlNYC, Lin Manuel Miranda announced at a concert last night that he will need to "get off his ass and start working out again, because when they start filming the movie, he has to have his 'tickets to the gun show back.' Usnavi’s gotta be hot in the film version, as…

“Hair: Let the Sunshine In” Documentary to Air on the Sundance Channel Tonight

"Hair: Let the Sunshine In," the new documentary tracing the birth of the musical Hair, will air on the Sundance Channel tonight at 9 PM ET. Directed by Pola Rapaport, the documentary "captures preparations for the recent, Tony Award-nominated revival as it weaves together archival footage (including a cast performances on 'The Tonight Show') with the…

Spike Lee’s Passing Strange Documentary Hits Theaters Aug 21

A documentary of Passing Strange by Academy Award winner Spike Lee and Annie Dorsen hits movie theaters on Aug 21. , Filmed during one the Broadway production's final performances, the multicamera coverage of the on and off-stage action "involves the audience in not only the text but the electricity of the ensemble’s onstage adventure."  With book/music/lyrics…