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.…

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…

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…

A Flop Immortalized, A Tony Award Eliminated

Cast Albums Aren't Just for Hits and Award Winners... Glory Days, a show about four high school friends reuniting, both opened and closed on Broadway on the same night but will nevertheless be getting a cast recording to preserve its score. With a book by James Gardiner, score/lyrics by Nick Blaemire and a cast featuring…

Shrek many not have won many Tonys, but it’s doing something right!

Last week, Shrek saw the biggest gain of any Broadway show, with gross up $182,798! Maybe you think (like many in the industry have) that theirs was one of the worst presentations at the Tony Awards (watch the video here), but with numbers like that, you have to give them due credit - they know…

Chess in Concert with Menzel, Groban & Pascal

A concert version of Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice's cult musical Chess, featuring the talents of Wicked’s Idina Menzel, Rent’s Adam Pascal, and the internationally renowned vocalist Josh Groban will be broadcast on PBS on Wednesday, June 17 at 9 PM (ET) as a part of their Great Performances series. A DVD version…

Headed to Broadway, eyeing Broadway and cast albums

A couple new shows are officially headed to Broadway... Fela!, based on the life of African composer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, played Off Broadway last fall for a limited engagement to great success. Spring Awakening's Bill T. Jones directs, with a lot of the same cast lined up for the fall 2008 Broadway run…