Casting Updates: New Stars for Wicked, West Side Story and Burn the Floor

A Returning Nessarose, a New Glinda Michelle Federer, who created the role of Nessarose in the Broadway production of Wicked, will return to the musical beginning Aug. 18, taking over for Cristy Candler. And, as if that weren't already fantastic enough, Erin Mackey will also succeed Alli Mauzey as Glinda starting Aug. 11. A Greene…

Maroulis extends his Rock of Ages run

Constantine Maroulis, the American Idol finalist who originated the role of Drew in the Off-Broadway production of Rock of Ages, has extended his contract with the Tony-nominated musical through the summer of 2010. Maroulis says he's thrilled to continue with Rock of Ages and that "to be able to create a role on Broadway and get nominated…

John Cudia is Broadway’s New Phantom

Starting tonight, John Cudia will take over the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. Cudia, the most recent star of the touring production, has been involved with Phantom for nearly ten years. He takes over the role from Howard McGillin, the actor who now holds the record for the world's…

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…

Rock of Ages Attempting to Break Air Guitar Guinness World Record

The cast and crew of the Tony-nominated Best Musical Rock Of Ages will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble on Wednesday, July 1st. The event will start at 1:30 pm PST, and will be streamed live on Ustream here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/us-air-guitar-world-record The ensemble will include Tony Award Nominee Constantine Maroulis,…

A Vacation, A Rumor, A Cast Album and A Web Site Story

A Little Vacation for Hair star Gavin Creel Tony Award nominee Gavin Creel just announced on his blog that he "will be off with the Creel Clan chilling by a lake in Michigan" from Aug 10-17 this summer, so if you head to Hair that week, you'll be seeing understudies Jay Armstrong Johnson or Paris…

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…