Opening, Closing, Cast Changes and Albums: A Summer News Roundup

Summers are generally fairly slow on Broadway, with many recovering or reveling in the Tony Award results, hot weather and summer tourists; there's still plenty going on, but not much in the way of news. There have been a couple exciting announcements, which are well worth sharing (thus this entry). If you want to get…

Post-Tony Broadway News Recap

[picapp align="none" wrap="false" link="term=tony+awards&iid=9110254" src="http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9110254/64th-annual-tony-awards/64th-annual-tony-awards.jpg?size=500&imageId=9110254" width="195" height="294" /] Whew ... still recovering from the Tony Awards. Everyone thought Sean Hayes did a wonderful job as host (some ranking him higher than NPH), but overall found the ceremony to be a bit soul-less and not as much about Broadway as about celebrity (Hunter Foster has even…

April News Roundup

An awful lot has happened this month on the Great White Way - numerous shows have opened, squeezing in just in time for award consideration, and there's been lots of exciting announcements and good old controversy. If you've been hiding under a rock, here's what you've missed: The Addams Family opened to dismal reviews, while…

New Musicals, News, Casting, Cast Albums, TV Appearances and More

New Musicals and Transfers The Michael Grandage-directed production of Evita, which opened at London's Adelphi Theatre in June 2006 is officially heading to Broadway next year. Elena Roger, who starred in the West End production, will repeat her performance in the Broadway remount. Rumor has it that Ricky Martin is in talks to play Che,…

New tribe members for Broadway’s Hair include Spring Awakening’s Kyle Riabko and American Idol favorites Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo!

With the majority of the original Broadway cast headed to London's Gielgud Theatre, producers held a huge casting call for new Broadway tribe members. Today, they've announced that Kyle Riabko (Spring Awakening) and American Idol favorites Ace Young (Grease) and Diana DeGarmo (The Toxic Avenger, Hairspray) will play Claude, Berger and Sheila when the new…

Broadway’s La Cage Aux Folles announces additional casting

The West End transfer of La Cage Aux Folles, which opens April 18 at the Longacre Theater, previously announced its headliners Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge. Today, producers have added some additional names to the cast list, including: Tony Award nominees Veanne Cox (Company) and Robin de Jesus (In the Heights), Christine Andreas (Oklahoma!), A.J.…

A new Fiyero and returning Emile, N2N officially touring, Sister Act transferring, Finian’s and Vanities albums released

Broadway Casting Changes: Andy Karl (9 to 5, Legally Blonde) joins the cast of Broadway's Wicked in the role of Fiyero today, Feb 2. David Pittsinger returns to the role of Emile de Becque in the Tony-winning revival of South Pacific today. Big Announcements: Next to Normal will officially tour the United States next year.…

Cast for the Broadway Mounting of Green Day’s American Idiot Will Include John Gallagher Jr., Stark Sands and Michael Esper

Producers just announced that John Gallagher Jr. (Spring Awakening), Stark Sands and Michael Esper will star in Broadway's American Idiot, the new Green Day musical opening April 20 at the St. James Theatre. Director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) co-wrote the book with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong. Music and lyrics are all by Green Day,…

Bye Bye “Birdie,” Hello New Work and New Horizons

Bye Bye "Birdie" [picapp align="none" wrap="false" link="term=bye+bye+birdie&iid=6822616" src="3/a/5/4/Opening_Night_Of_d5b1.jpg?adImageId=9478895&imageId=6822616" width="234" height="200" /] The universally panned production of Bye Bye Birdie, starring John Stamos and Gina Gershon, closed on Broadway on Jan 24 after playing 117 performances. Though selling at 90% capacity, producers decided the show's success would dwindle upon the departure of its stars and so…

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…