Pacific Overtures Revival, Starring George Takei, Extends Run

View Comments George Takei(Photo: Victoria Will/Invision/AP) The new off-Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s musical Pacific Overtures has extended its run to June 18. The production was originally slated for an engagement through May 27. The revival at Classic Stage Company, which began previews on April 6, will open on May 4. CSC Artistic Director John Doyle directs.As previously announced, Pacific Overtures stars George Takei, Ann Harada, Karl Josef Co, Marc delaCruz, Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley, Kimberly Immanuel, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh, Orville Mendoza, Marc Oka and Thom Sesma.The creative team includes costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting by Jane Cox, sound by Dan Moses Schreier, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, musical supervision by Rob Berman and musical direction by Greg Jarrett.Pacific Overtures tells the tale of a samurai and a fisherman who are caught up in the Westernization of the East. Pacific Overtures Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 18, 2017 read more

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Molly Griggs to Succeed Beanie Feldstein in Hello, Dolly!

first_img Hello, Dolly! Broadway.com has learned that Molly Griggs will take over the role of Minnie Fay in the Tony-winning revival of Hello, Dolly! beginning on January 20. Griggs will replace original cast member Beanie Feldstein, who will play her final performance tonight, January 14, alongside the previously announced Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce and Taylor Trensch.Hello, Dolly! will mark Molly Griggs’ Broadway debut. Her performance as Minnie Fay follows a 2017 off-Broadway debut as Amy in Penelope Skinner’s play Linda.Griggs will join the company of Hello, Dolly! alongside previously announced new stars Bernadette Peters as Dolly Gallagher Levi, Victor Garber as Horace Vandergelder and Charlie Stemp as Barnaby Tucker. The foursome will celebrate an official opening night on February 22.The cast of Hello, Dolly! also includes 2017 Tony winner Gavin Creel as Cornelius Hackl, 2017 Tony nominee Kate Baldwin as Irene Molly, Will Burton as Ambrose Kemper, Melanie Moore as Ermengarde and Jennifer Simard as Ernestina. Molly Griggs Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 25, 2018center_img View Comments Star Files Molly Griggs(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser)last_img read more

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As Ratings Fall, NBC Cancels Musical-Theater Drama Series Rise

first_img View Comments The new musical theater-themed TV drama Rise has been canceled by NBC, according to Variety. The reason for the cancellation was a decline in ratings. The hourlong series is based on Michael Sokolove’s book Drama High.Rise follows a teacher—played by Broadway alum Josh Radnor (Disgraced)—who takes over his school’s waning theater program and begins staging a production of Spring Awakening. The cast of theater vets also includes two-time Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos), Rosie Perez (The Ritz), Joe Tippett (Waitress), Damon J. Gillespie (Aladdin) and Taylor Richardson (Annie), along with Moana voice star Auli’i Cravalho.As recently announced, the May 15 finale of Rise will feature a new Spring Awakening song penned by the musical’s Tony-winning songwriting team Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. Rise is co-produced by Hamilton Tony winner Jeffrey Seller.last_img read more

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Janie Dee & More Cast in Menier Chocolate Factory’s Revival of The Boy Friend

first_img View Comments London’s Menier Chocolate Factory has announced initial casting for its upcoming production of Sandy Wilson’s delightful 1953 tuner The Boy Friend. Matthew White will direct the previously announced production, set to begin previews on November 22 and open on December 3.The cast will feature Olivier winner Janie Dee (Follies) as Madame Dubonnet, Jack Butterworth (Billy Elliot) as Bobby van Husen, Amara Okereke (Oklahoma!) as Polly, Tiffany Graves (Sweet Charity) as Hortense, Olivier nominee Issy van Randwyck (Rough Crossing) as Lady Brockhurst, Adrian Edmondson (Twelfth Night) as Lord Brockhurst and Dylan Mason (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) as Tony.Wilson’s all-singing all-dancing love letter to 1920s musical comedies is set in Madame Dubonnet’s finishing school in the south of France, where perfect young ladies burst into song at the least provocation, and forbidden boyfriends are forever popping through the French windows to sing and dance with them.Joining White on the creative team are choreographer Bill Deamer, musical director Simon Beck, scenic designer Paul Farnsworth, lighting designer Paul Anderson, sound designer Gregory Clarke and orchestrator David Cullen.The Menier’s production is scheduled to play a limited engagement through March 7, 2020. Janie Dee(Photo: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)last_img read more

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