Closings, castings, previews and the chance to become a producer

There's been lots of news this last week. Here are the big items: Closing Soon West Side Story and Promises, Promises have just announced that they will close on Broadway on January 2, after playing 748 and 291 performances, respectively. West Side Story has had quite the run - an admirable revival that played to…

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Video performances from Broadway on Broadway 2009

If you missed the fabulous performances at yesterday's Broadway on Broadway concert, check out these video clips (NOTE: Some of the fan footage is better than others): Next to Normal Rock of Ages Hair Bye Bye Birdie In the Heights Burn the Floor Chicago Finian's Rainbow Shrek Wicked The Lion King Jersey Boys Mamma Mia

Soon starring actors “stolen” from other Broadway shows, the west end and the silver screen

It's common for actors to drop out and rotate around as new things start up, but there's an awful lot of moving around right now. Below is a consolidation of where Broadway is now "stealing" its talent from: Stolen from other Broadway shows Actors Savannah Wise and Wesley Taylor are leaving Rock of Ages on…

Tom Lenk of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will join the cast of Rock of Ages

Tom Lenk, who played Andrew on Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will make his Broadway debut as Franz in Rock of Ages beginning September 14. He originated the role in the LA & Vegas productions and went to UCLA with the show's Tony-nominated director Kristin Hanggi. “I’m a little nervous," Lenk admitted about performing the song Hit…

Kerry Butler (Xanadu, Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray) to step in as Rock of Ages’ new Sherrie

Kerry Butler (Xanadu, Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, Blood Brothers) will be taking over as Sherrie in Broadway's Rock of Ages beginning September 21. She'll be performing six days a week, with her understudy stepping in on Sundays during her six-month engagement (she will most likely be leaving to…

Casting changes for Shrek, Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor, Wicked, Chicago and Billy Elliot

There have been lots of casting changes announced in recent weeks, so rather than making you read multiple entries, I thought I would do a lovely roundup of all of them for you! STARTING AUGUST 17 Rock of Ages Don Stephenson (The Producers, Dracula, By Jeeves, Titanic, Private Lives, Parade, Wonderful Town) temporarily steps in…

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…