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Broadway Fast 5: September

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There’s always a lot happening under the bright lights of Broadway but here are five things you need to know from September:

1.Some actors are making the move from screen to stage!

Palmer and Shepherd in Cinderella

Palmer and Shepherd in Cinderella

Last week Lindsay Lohan began previews in London’s Speed-the-Plow as Karen, a role originated by Madonna in 1988.

Closer to home KeKe Palmer (“Akeelah and the Bee”, “Joyful Noise”) debuted in Cinderella along side Sherri Shepherd (“The View”) as the stepmother. Reality star NeNe Leaks will reportedly take over for Shepherd in November.

Rupert Grint, best known as Ron Weasly from Harry Potter, made his Broadway debut in It’s Only A Play this month.

It’s also been announced that Showtime’s favorite serial killer, Michael C. Hall of “Dexter,” will return to his Broadway roots as he takes over the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch this October.

 

 

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A sneak preview of The Last Five Years

2. Musical set for the big screen
The Jason Robert Brown musical The Last 5 Years had its theatrical debut at the Toronto film festival earlier this month. The film features Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

 

 

 

3. Breaking records (and giving us a nice shout-out!)

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Disney’s The Lion King

Disney’s The Lion King officially took over the top spot on Broadway this month when the announcement was made that it surpassed The Phantom of the Opera as the highest-grossing show of all time, raking in $6.2 billion on its productions both home and abroad since it debuted in 1997. Don’t worry Phantom fans, the masked man still reigns in the category of longest running production, putting on more than 11,000 performances since it debuted in 1988.

 

4. Wedding Bells

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Jackson and new husband Jason Landau

 

Cheyenne Jackson, who will be performing here in November is a newlywed!

Broadway.com announced earlier this month that Jackson married fiancé Jason Landau in an outdoor interfaith ceremony in California.

 

 

 

5. Broadway mourns a Jersey Boy

Bob Crewe

Bob Crewe, whose work is currently on Broadway in the musical Jersey Boys, died on Sept. 11 at age 83. Crewe was a producer and co-lyricist for The Four Seasons in the early 60s working with Bob Gaudio on hits like “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” You can hear those hits in Appleton, when Jersey Boys visits this May.

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