Major Cast Replacements for Broadway’s Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia and Wicked

Starting July 14, Sebastian Arcelus (Wicked, Rent, Full Monty) will return to Broadway's Jersey Boys to play the role of Bob Gaudio, which he originally played from Dec 07-Jan 09.   He's not the only actor returning to a role he played on Broadway years ago - John Dossett (Gypsy, Ragtime) will be returning to the…

It’s every understudy’s dream come true! Savannah Wise will officially take over as Sherrie in Broadway’s Rock of Ages

When Amy Spanger dropped out of Rock of Ages after the Tony Awards and did not return for the scheduled June 29th performance for "personal reasons," the original understudy for the role, Savannah Wise (Les Misérables), stepped in until producers found a replacement. But, as shows went on producers couldn't find a better replacement: "It…

Harada, Larsen, McClure, Thomas, Chase, Harris, Bareett & Ryan join Broadway casts; Epstein a national tour

July marked a whole lot of casting changes for Broadway and touring productions. Here are some of the biggest changes:   Original and Touring Stars Head to Broadway for the End of the Avenue Q Run Ann Harada (9 to 5), who created the character of Christmas Eve in the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q, returned…

Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo Confirmed as Stars for the Phantom of the Opera Sequel: Love Never Dies

Andrew Lloyd Webber has confirmed that Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, Las Vegas Phantom of the Opera) and Ramin Karimloo (West End Phantom of the Opera) will star in the world premiere of the Phantom sequel, Love Never Dies, set to open "early next year" at London's Adelphi Theatre. The two stars originated the roles in…

Amy Spanger will not return to Rock of Ages

Amy Spanger, who created the role of Sherrie in Rock of Ages, left the show for some vocal rest after the Tony Awards and was expected to return on June 29; however, a new press statement issued today announced that she will not return due to "personal reasons." Savannah Wise will continue to play the…

Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming will star in Broadway’s Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark!

Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming (Cabaret, The Threepenny Opera) are set to star in Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark on Broadway as Mary Jane Watson and Norman Osborn (a.k.a. Green Goblin) respectively. The show, written by Julie Taymor (Lion King) and Glen Berger, features music and lyrics by U2’s Bono and The Edge. The…

Casting Changes on Broadway; Tour News

On Broadway: Six Feet Under's Justina Machado will takeover the role of Daniela in Broadway's In the Heights. Chelsea Morgan Stock is now playing Ariel in Disney's The Little Mermaid. Will Chase (Rent, Aida, The Full Monty, Miss Saigon) to Join Cast of Tony-Winning Billy Elliot as Tony, Billy's older brother. On Tour: Guys and…

Julianne Hough to star alongside Chace Crawford in Footloose Film

Dancing With the Stars' Julianne Hough will be starring opposite Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford in the upcoming Footloose movie remake. He was voted People's hottest bachelor, and 20/20 named her one of the “very best dancers on the planet” - you can't fight that they look good. It's rumored that the remake of the 1984…

Complete Bye Bye Birdie Cast Announced

Fragments of casting announcements had been leaking out, but now the casting for the Robert Longbottom-directed revival of Bye Bye Birdie is complete. Here it is: Nolan Gerard Funk as Conrad Birdie John Stamos ("ER," Nine) as Albert Gina Gershon (Boeing-Boeing) as Rosie Bill Irwin (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) as Harry MacAfee Dee Hoty…

Pop Singers and TV Dancing Stars are Taking Broadway by Storm

Opening night for The Wiz, starring Ashanti The Wiz, directed by Thomas Kail, alongside his In the Heights collaborators, Andy Blankenbuehler (choreographer) and Alex Lacamoire (musical director) opens tonight at City Center. The production stars Ashanti as Dorothy, Orlando Jones at The Wiz, LaChanze as Glinda, Tichina Arnold as Evillene, Dawnn Lewis as Addaperle, Joshua…