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Black Orpheus won the Cannes Palme d’Or and the 1959 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and introduced the world to Bossa Nova. The stage adaptation of the classic film Black Orpheus, which was previously reported to be eyeing Broadway in the 2013-14 season, has announced that the musical will feature a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and be directed by Tony winner George C. Wolfe. The show is aiming to make its world premiere on the Great White Way. No word yet on theater, dates or cast. Check out the original trailer for Black Orpheus below. Originally based on the play Orfeu de Conceição by Moraes, Black Orpheus resets the classic Greek love story of Eurydice and Orfeu against the backdrop of a Rio de Janeiro favela during Carnival. The score will feature many of the Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfa, and Vinicius de Moraes themes from the movie. View Comments
Did they win? No, they didn’t, they lost quite heavily. [Laughs.] But yeah, it’s great. We’re quite busy rehearsing, but it’s great to be here. Who cracks you up the most in rehearsal? Oh, Nathan is quite a force. He’s hilarious, and Murray as well. I’m just so lucky to be surrounded by these people. Tell me about this guy you’re playing, Frank Finger. It’s a type of character that I’ve never had the chance to play before—he’s someone very complicated and deeply troubled. That’s really what attracted me to him. The play is amazing, it’s so funny and such an interesting insight into the theater world from behind the scenes. You’re in a cast with Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and all of these hilarious Broadway pros. Is that intimidating? It’s really intimidating, yeah. Just to keep up with them has become my main objective. They’re just so funny and they’re so experienced. They really know what they’re doing. It’s amazing to me to watch that. I’ve learned so much just being in the room with them. See Grint in It’s Only a Play beginning August 28 at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Is this your first time living in New York? Yes, and I love New York. I’ve only ever been here for like two weeks at a time, so I never really got to know the place, but I’m loving it. It’s such a great place. I went to a Yankee game the other day. Related Shows This fall, Rupert Grint is moving from Hogwarts to the Great White Way. The Harry Potter favorite will make his Broadway debut in It’s Only a Play, a revamped revival of Terrence McNally’s 1986 off-Broadway comedy. Grint will play Frank Finger, the angsty young director of a play by a nervous playwright (played by Matthew Broderick) who is worried his new project will make or break his career. But Grint and Broderick aren’t the only heavy hitters in this new mounting—the comedy also stars Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally, Stockard Channing, F. Murray Abraham and newcomer Micah Stock. Broadway.com caught up with Grint to chat about the Yankees, wizards, and of course, musicals. Can you sing at all? Would you ever want to do a musical? Hmm, I don’t think I could do that. I released a song recently, I did an animation [Postman Pat: The Movie] and it’s on an album now, so I can kind of sing, but not like that. That’s on a totally different level. I just saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch and that was amazing. I couldn’t do a musical, but it looks fun! View Comments The Harry Potter wizards are all getting on the Broadway train—you, Daniel Radcliffe, and now Tom Felton wants to. Why do you think that is? New York just feels like the place to be. I’ve seen some amazing shows here, and there’s such an incredible energy to the city. It’s so exciting, even just walking down the streets. The West End is great as well, I love that, but New York City a really special place. Were you rooting for the home team? Yeah, definitely! Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 It’s Only a Play You starred in Mojo in the West End. Did you pick up any tips you want to remember for this time? That was different because it was my first ever taste of theater in any form, really. Before that it was just school plays and pantomimes, so it was a big learning experience. [Mojo and It’s Only a Play] are very different shows. But I find keeping the concentration quite hard, just being in character for so long. I’m used to dipping in and out. On a film set you’re in character just for a few seconds, then you walk away. So with this, you have to be in the moment for the whole two hours, so it’s hard, but it’s great fun.
Stop waiting around for that Moulin Rouge! musical and check yourself into another bawdy Parisian nightclub currently winning over audiences in the unlikely locale of Millburn, New Jersey. We’re talking about Can-Can, Paper Mill Playhouse’s completely revamped take on the 1953 Cole Porter musical, featuring direction by David Lee and a new script by TV writer Joel Fields and Lee. With a killer cast, gorgeous tunes, high-kicking choreography by Patti Colombo and a great spirit of fun, this long-in-the-works winning revival has all the elements that should make it a hit on Broadway. Tony nominee Kate Baldwin shows off her sexy side (and her phenomenal pipes) as Pistache, the owner of the Montmarte nightclub that gets in trouble with the law for allowing her dancer girls to show their ruffles by dancing the forbidden titular dance. She’s perfectly paired with Jason Danieley as her former flame who’s now on the other side of the law as the district’s judge. The whole cast is perfection—Broadway names include Megan Sikora, Greg Hildreth, Michael Berresse, Mark Price and our own Justin “Squigs” Robertson. Sure, the show could use another big dance number in Act Two and a handful more jokes that really land, but these are minor quibbles for one of the most entertaining “new” musicals to kick its legs up in years. View Comments Can-Can plays at the Paper Mill Playhouse through October 26.
View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Jennifer Holliday Will Lead The Color PurpleTony winner Jennifer Holliday will headline a three-city-tour of The Color Purple. The Dreamgirls star revealed on her Facebook page that she’ll take on the role of Sofia in the tuner, starting performances next week in Detroit. This production is not to be confused with director John Doyle’s version, which is co-produced by Oprah, although of course we’d love to see Holliday leading that one too.Mrs Henderson Presents Aims for the West End?This musical surely has to be West End-bound, not least for its tagline: “For the show to go on the clothes must come off!” The stage adaptation of cult film Mrs Henderson Presents will play the U.K.’s Theatre Royal Bath August 14, 2015 through September 5 and officially open on August 26. The tuner has a stellar creative team: book and direction by Tony winner Terry Johnson (La Cage aux Folles), with lyrics by Tony winner Don Black (Sunset Boulevard) and music by George Fenton (The Judas Kiss) and Simon Chamberlain (Love Actually). No word yet on casting—the movie famously starred Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins.Ian McIntosh & More Tapped for West End’s BeautifulSome kind of wonderful additional casting for the West End production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Ian McIntosh will star as Barry Mann, while Vivien Carter, Ed Currie, Oliver Lidert, Fela Lufadeju, Tanya Nicole-Edwards, Terel Nugent, Jay Perry, Tanisha Spring, Lucy St. Louis, Danielle Steers, Dylan Turner and Joanna Woodwood will play iconic musical performers and band members of the era. The previously announced Katie Brayben will lead the production as King, which will now officially open on February 24, 2015.Megan Mullally Talks B’way, Surgery & MoreIt’s Only a Play’s Megan Mullally recently stopped by The Wendy Williams Show. The adorable Will & Grace star (and flight attendant favorite) talked her hubby Nick Offerman, Broadway, plastic surgery and more. Check out the interview below. Jennifer Holliday Watch Out Canadian Little Old Ladies: Drabinsky’s BackGarth Drabinsky, the Canadian theatrical impresario who landed up in jail for fraud, is not letting his criminal record stand in the way of producing another show. The New York Post reports that he is planning on bringing Madame Sousatzka to Toronto’s Elgin Theatre. The stage adaptation, possibly by Richard Maltby, would be based on the 1988 Shirley MacLaine movie, which Drabinsky produced. Sounds like any little old ladies out there need to beware. Star Files
Directed by Eric Schaeffer, the re-imagined new production is written by Heidi Thomas. Based on the 1944 novel by Colette, Gigi was first adapted for the Broadway stage in 1951 by Anita Loos, with an unknown Audrey Hepburn in the title role. Subsequently Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music) adapted the material for the 1958 Oscar-winning movie musical. In 1973, the tuner played 103 performances on Broadway, earning a Tony Award for Best Original Score. Gigi features the memorable tunes “Thank Heaven For Little Girls,” “I Remember It Well,” “The Night They Invented Champagne,” “It’s a Bore,” “Say a Prayer for Me Tonight” and more. Hudgens is best known for playing Gabriella, love interest of Zac Efron’s Troy, in Disney’s High School Musical movies. Recent screen credits include Bandslam and Spring Breakers. She played Mimi in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010. The High School Musical star is set to begin performances in the tuner’s pre-Broadway engagement at the Kennedy Center opposite Howard McGillin and Corey Cott on January 16, 2015. Although Hudgens admitted “I’m terrified,” she’s remaining positive: “Do the things that scare you, though!” View Comments Vanessa Hudgens is thanking heaven that she’s landed the titular role in the Broadway-bound Gigi. “I’m stoked,” she revealed at a recent Global Green USA event. “I love the play so much! I love Gigi—she’s so adorable. She’s so much fun.” Gigi Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015
Hot on the heels of the news that Misty Copeland will be the first African-American female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, came the announcement that she will make her Broadway debut in On the Town. How is she going to fit in headlining the tuner? During her summer holiday from ABT, of course! The hard-working star stopped by CBS This Morning on July 6 and explained that she’d seize the “time to dive into a new challenge.” Copeland also revealed: “I’ve never really sung in front of a big crowd before.” Well, we’re sure it’s something she can learn in twenty-four hours! Check out the interview below and then Copeland in On the Town at the Lyric Theatre August 25 through September 6. View Comments Related Shows On the Town Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015
Star Files View Comments Frank Langella The Father Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Related Shows Frank Langella is returning to Broadway in the American premiere of a new play! The three-time Tony winner and Oscar nominee will headline Florian Zeller’s The Father in a translation by two-time Tony and Oscar winner Christopher Hampton. Directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes, the limited engagement will begin previews on March 22, 2016 and officially open on April 12 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.Langella won the Tony for his performance in Frost/Nixon; he reprised his role for the film, picking up an Oscar nomination. He also garnered Tonys for Fortune’s Fool and Seascape and additionally received Tony nods for Man and Boy, Match and Dracula. Broadway buffs will note that Langella previously collaborated with Hughes on A Man for All Seasons. Langella’s TV and film resume includes Superman Returns, Robert & Frank and The Americans, and he was recently tapped for the screen adaptation of the Bryan Cranston-led All the Way.The Father looks inside the mind of Andre (Langella), a retired dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room? And where has he left his watch?As previously reported, a West End transfer of The Father will play a limited engagement this fall at the Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End, starring Tony nominee Kenneth Cranham. This follows acclaimed debut runs at the Ustinov Studio in Bath and the Tricycle Theatre in London.Additional casting and creative team for the Broadway production will be announced later.
The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. Dame Angela Lansbury will celebrate her 90th birthday on October 16. As we reflect on the remarkable career of the five-time Tony winner, we marveled at her many stellar performances. From her legendary turns in Sweeney Todd, Gypsy and Mame to the popular Murder, She Wrote, the irreplaceable actress has entertained us for seven decades. Let’s rank our favorite performances! Broadway.com Site Producer Joanne Villani kicked off this new challenge with her list of top 10 picks here. Now it’s your turn…STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Comments
John Slattery & Nathan Lane in ‘The Front Page'(Photo: Julieta Cervantes) Related Shows The star-packed revival of The Front Page has recouped its $4.9 million investment, making it the first production of the 2016-17 to reach this milestone. The classic Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur comedy, this time led by Nathan Lane, John Slattery and John Goodman, is set to play its final performance at the Broadhurst Theatre on January 29.In addition to Lane, Slattery and Goodman, the Jack O’Brien-helmed staging features Tony winner Jefferson Mays, Sherie Rene Scott, Christopher McDonald, Holland Taylor, Robert Morse, Dylan Baker, Patricia Conolly, Halley Feiffer, Dann Florek, John Magaro, Danny Mastrogiorgio, David Pittu, Joey Slotnick, Lewis J. Stadlen, Micah Stock and Clarke Thorell.The Front Page follows tabloid newspaper reporters on the police beat. When reporter Hildy Johnson (Slattery) and his editor Walter Burns (Lane) discover a runaway convict in the midst of a buzzing press room at Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building, they conspire to hide him—and keep the delicious scoop for themselves. The Front Page View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 29, 2017