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DANCING WITH THE STARS WEEK 5 RECAP: DISNEY NIGHT
The highly anticipated Disney Night arrived on Dancing With the Stars for the fifth week of competition. The evening kicked off with DWTS alum champion Alfonso Ribeiro (and a shout out to SYTYCD: The Next Generation's little nugget J.T.). The production quality was incredible and joining the fun were Mickey, Minnie, and Donald Duck. There were several live performances including one by DWTS Season 9 champion Donny Osmond who sang I’ll Make a Man Out of You for Fifth Harmony’s Normani and partner Val. They delivered a powerful paso doble featuring the warrior princess from Mulan. It was the highest scoring routine of the night with three 10’s. Another standout performance was from Olympic champion Simone Biles with a contemporary dance with partner Sasha Farber. Simone was radiant and moved flawlessly while accompanied by a live rendition of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s How Far I’ll Go from Moana by Alil’I Cravalho, the voice of the title character. The two couples in jeopardy were Erika and Gleb along with Nick and Peta. Both couples had their best dances of the season but someone had to go. Eliminated were Erika Jayne and her pro partner Gleb Savchenko. Next week’s theme is Guy Bands vs. Girl Groups.
CAROUSEL TO RETURN TO BROADWAY IN 2018, STARRING JESSIE MUELLER AND JOSHUA HENRY
The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Carousel will return to Broadway in 2018, featuring Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller (Waitress) as Julie Jordan, Tony nominee Joshua Henry (Hamilton) as Billy Bigelow and opera star Renee Fleming as Nettie Fowler. Three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien will direct the revival, set to open on March 23, 2018. The production will be choreographed by Justin Peck, a one-time Broadway performer (The Phantom of the Opera, Movin’ Out, Come Fly Away) who is now resident choreographer of the New York City Ballet. Mueller earned a Tony Award in 2014 for her star turn in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. She also earned Tony nods for Waitress and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Henry, currently performing as Aaron Burr in the national tour of Hamilton, made his Broadway debut in In the Heights, received Tony Award nominations for his roles in Violet and The Scottsboro Boys, and created the role of Noble Sissle in Shuffle Along. Fleming, a four-time Grammy Award winner made her Broadway debut in 2015 in the comedy Living on Love. The original production of Carousel opened on Broadway on April 19, 1945. The show was revived four times, with the most recent staging winning the 1995 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
WILL SMITH IN DISCUSSIONS TO PLAY THE GENIE IN LIVE-ACTION ALADDIN
Will Smith just might be singing Friend Like Me in Disney’s upcoming live-action Aladdin film, according to reports. The screen star is in discussions to take on the role of the Genie, embodied in the animated film by Robin Williams and originated in the Broadway musical to Tony-winning effect by James Monroe Iglehart. Guy Ritchie looks likely to direct. Genie would be a great fit for Oscar nominee Smith, whose career began as rapper The Fresh Prince. John August has adapted the script of the 1992 animated film that follows Princess Jasmine and the young Aladdin after he finds a magic lamp and discovers a Genie inside, who grants him three wishes. The film plans to cast the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine through an open-casting-call process. Filming is set to begin filming in July to wrap in early 2018.
FROZEN MUSICAL ANNOUNCES FULL BROADWAY LEAD CASTING
Caissie Levy will star as Elsa and Patti Murin will star as Anna in Disney’s new Broadway musical Frozen, opening at the St. James Theatre in spring 2018. Also joining the principal cast are Jelani Alladin as Kristoff, Greg Hildreth as Olaf, John Riddle as Hans and Robert Creighton as Duke of Weselton. Frozen plays its out-of-town tryout at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts from August 17-October 1, 2017. Tony winner Rob Ashford has taken over for Christopher Gattelli as Frozen’s choreographer. Tony winner Michael Grandage will direct. Frozen features music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the creators of the film's score, and a book by Jennifer Lee, the film’s screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck). The 2013 animated film won 2014 Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (Let It Go) and featured roles voiced by Tony winner Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, and Kristen Bell.
ALEX BRIGHTMAN WILL RETURN TO HIT MUSICAL SCHOOL OF ROCK ON BROADWAY
Alex Brightman, who originated the role of Dewey Finn in Broadway’s School of Rock, began a return engagement in the musical on April 14 until April 30. Brightman exited his Tony-nominated role on November 6, 2016. He takes over for Eric Petersen, who will return on May 1. School of Rock features a book by Julian Fellowes, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and choreography by Jerry Mitchell. The musical began previews on November 9, 2015 and opened December 6, 2015. The show received 2016 Tony Award nominations for Best Musical, Fellowes’ book, Lloyd Webber and Slater’s score, and Brightman as Leading Actor in a Musical.
Andy Karl, star of Broadway's Groundhog Day, sustained a knee injury during the April 14 preview performance. Karl performed at the April 17th opening, but he skipped four performances during the first week... The musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel American Psycho, which played a short run on Broadway in 2016, may be headed home to its debut city of London, according to songwriter Duncan Sheik...
KEVIN SPACEY TO HOST 71ST ANNUAL TONY AWARDS
Kevin Spacey will serve as host of the 2017 Tony Awards. The 71st annual ceremony will take place June 11 at Radio City Music Hall and will appear on CBS at 8:00pm EST. This will be Spacey’s first time hosting the Tonys. Spacey won a Tony Award in 1991 for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in Lost in Yonkers. Spacey has also starred in the Broadway and West End productions of Long Day's Journey into Night. Spacey currently stars in and executive-produces the Netflix original series House of Cards, for which he has been nominated for multiple Emmys and has won both Golden Globe and SAG Awards for his performance as Frank Underwood. His Academy Award wins are for his performances in The Usual Suspects and American Beauty.
BETSY WOLFE WILL TAKE OVER FOR SARA BAREILLES IN WAITRESS ON BROADWAY
Betsy Wolfe will join the cast of Waitress and take on the lead role of Jenna beginning June 13, taking over for the show’s creator, Sara Bareilles. Bareilles will play her final performance at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on June 11. Wolfe made her Broadway debut in 110 in the Shade and went on to tread the Broadway boards in Everyday Rapture, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Bullets Over Broadway, and Falsettos. She also appeared in the off-Broadway revival of The Last Five Years and the City Center Encores! presentation of Merrily We Roll Along. Waitress received four Tony nominations, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Performance for original star Jessie Mueller.
AUDRA MC DONALD & WILL SWENSON TO HOST 83RD DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS
Broadway couple Audra McDonald and Will Swenson will host the 83rd Annual Drama League Awards on May 19 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. Six-time Tony winner McDonald (Shuffle Along, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill) and Tony nominee Swenson (Waitress, Hair) join a roster for the Drama League Awards that includes Special Awards recipients Bette Midler (Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award), Bill Berloni (Unique Contribution to the Theater Award) and Michael Greif (Founders Award for Excellence in Directing). These honors are in addition to the five competitive categories for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the Distinguished Performance Award. Nominees were announced on April 19 in a special presentation at Sardi’s featuring Tony Award winners Bebe Neuwirth and Patina Miller.
Broadway darling Sutton Foster and her husband, Ted Griffin have started a family. Emily Dale Griffin, born on March 5, was recently adopted by Foster and Griffin. Foster is a two-time Tony winner for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes. She was most recently seen in the New Group's revival of Sweet Charity... Broadway couple Nikki Renée Daniels and Jeff Kready have announced they have welcomed a daughter Louise Elizabeth Kready who was born on April 17...