LONDON OPEN CALLS
FEBRUARY 13 - SINGERS/DANCERS
13 Theed St, Waterloo, London SE1 8ST
9:30am, callbacks Feb 15 to sing
FEBRUARY 14 - SINGERS
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Pineapple Dance Studios
7 Langley Street, London WC2H 9JA
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COME FROM AWAY NABS 14 HELEN HAYES AWARD NOMINATIONS PRIOR TO BROADWAY BOW
Come From Away has reason to celebrate before it even arrives in New York. The new musical received 14 Helen Hayes Award nominations for its out-of-town tryout at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. The Broadway production will begin performances on February 18 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, where it is set to open on March 12. The D.C. production picked up a nod for Outstanding Production, as well as for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical for Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks and Chad Kimball, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for Jenn Colella, Kendra Kassebaum, Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan, Q. Smith and Astrid Van Wieren, Outstanding Direction for Christopher Ashley, Outstanding Choreography for Kelly Devine, Outstanding Musical Direction for Ian Eisendrath, Outstanding Sound Design for Gareth Owen and Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical. The Helen Hayes Awards will be presented at a gala event on May 15.
AUDRA MCDONALD TO MAKE HER WEST END DEBUT IN LADY DAY
Audra McDonald is set to reprise her Tony-winning performance as Billie Holiday in the West End. She will begin performances at London's Wyndham's Theatre on June 17 and opening night is slated for June 27. The engagement will run through September 9. McDonald had been previously scheduled to recreate her role from Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill in June 2016, but postponed her West End debut upon discovering she was expecting. She recently announced April concert dates across the pond as well. McDonald won her history-making sixth Tony in 2014 for her portrayal of Holiday in the Broadway show. Directed by Lonny Price and written by Lanie Robertson, Lady Day examines one of the final performances of the jazz legend's lifetime; an HBO special of the production premiered on March 12, 2016.
EMMY WINNER MARE WINNINGHAM JOINS CAST OF JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE OFF BROADWAY
JAKE GYLLENHAAL, ANALEIGH ASHFORD & SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE WON’T COMPETE IN 2017 TONY AWARDS
Mare Winningham has joined the previously announced cast of Joan of Arc: Into the Fire. The Emmy winner and Tony and Oscar nominee will play Isabelle Romée, the mother of the titular martyr. Penned by Oscar and Grammy winner David Byrne, directed by Alex Timbers, and headlined by Jo Lampert, the off-Broadway musical is set to begin performances on February 14 at the Public Theater. Opening night is scheduled for March 15. This one-of-a-kind rock musical concert from the creative team of Here Lies Love as it explores the meteoric rise of Joan of Arc, who spoke to God, built a nation, and was executed for it. The limited engagement will run through April 16.
There’s one less horse in the 2017 Tony Awards race. Producers of the revival of Sunday in the Park with George, which starts performances at the renovated Hudson Theatre on February 11, have announced their decision to withdraw the show from consideration for this year. In a crowded season of musicals, Sunday would have found itself up against productions of Cats, Falsettos, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, and Hello, Dolly! for one of the nominee slots in the Best Revival of a Musical category. Nominations for the 2017 Tony Awards will be announced on May 2. The 71st Annual Tony Awards will take place on June 11 at Radio City Music Hall.
LEIGH ANN LARKIN & JON PETERSON WILL LEAD CABARET TOUR
Broadway favorites Leigh Ann Larkin (Gypsy, A Little Night Music) and Jon Peterson (Cabaret) will lead Roundabout Theatre Company's national tour of Cabaret as Sally Bowles and the Emcee. Larkin and Petersen will begin performances in the touring production on February 21 in East Lansing, Michigan. Featuring a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the acclaimed production of Cabaret includes direction by Sam Mendes, co-direction and choreography by Rob Marshall, tour direction recreated by BT McNicholl, and tour choreography recreated by Cynthia Onrubia.
The Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University, in partnership with The Music Box Theater, will host a benefit performance of the smash hit Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen on February 14th...
BILLY HARRIGAN TIGHE WILL STAR AS J.M. BARRIE IN THE FINDING NEVERLAND TOUR
Broadway favorite Billy Harrigan Tighe will star as J.M. Barrie in the national tour of Finding Neverland. Tighe, who's taking over for Kevin Kern, began performances in the touring production on February 7 at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. Tighe’s recent credits include Pippin on Broadway, The Book of Mormon in the West End and national tour, and Wicked. Finding Neverland features direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, a book by Olivier Award nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow, and Grammy Award winner Eliot Kennedy, and choreography by Emmy Award winner Mia Michaels.
JENNIFER DAMIANO TO HEADLINE CRUEL INTENTIONS MUSICAL
The cast is now set for the new stage adaptation of Cruel Intentions. Tony nominee Jennifer Damiano (Next to Normal, American Psycho) and Constantine Rousouli (Wicked, Ghost) will headline the New York premiere of Cruel Intentions: The Musical. The two are taking on the roles of Kathryn and Sebastian, played on screen by Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe in the 1999 movie. The cast will also include Natalie Hall as Annette, Alex Boniello as Blaine, Jared Dixon as Ronald and Brian Muller as Greg. Performances will run on February 11, 13 and 14 at (Le) Poisson Rouge.
TONY WINNER CYNTHIA ERIVO WILL STAR IN A HARRIET TUBMAN BIOPIC
Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo has been tapped to star in an upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic. Seith Mann will direct the film, which will feature a screenplay by Gregory Allen Howard. The film, titled Harriet, will explore the life of the famed black abolitionist and humanitarian who escaped slavery in the South, became a spy for the Union and paved the way for several others to be freed through the Underground Railroad. Plans for the project were first announced in May 2016. Erivo received a Tony last year for her Broadway debut as Celie in The Color Purple. Her additional stage credits include I Can’t Sing! and Sister Act in the U.K.
Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck and his wife, fellow actor Katie Huff, welcomed a baby boy on February 1. Leonard Blaise Yazbeck came in at eight pounds five ounces... The show must go on, even as Winter Storm Niko delivered up to a foot of snow to the Great White Way. All Broadway shows were set to play as scheduled on February 9. Refunds or exchanges were offered for ticket holders if they called two hours ahead of curtain time...