November is an exciting month for Broadway updates. From national tours to new films, here’s the five things you need to know this month.
In a month that’s busy and cold it’s a great time to warm up and watch a movie. This month you’ll have plenty of choices. Throughout November Broadway saw huge promotional pushes for Peter Pan Live! airing on NBC Dec. 4 but also for the revamped Annie, which is scheduled to come out Dec. 19. (You have to hear the preview snippets of the new soundtrack!) And of course, the highly anticipated and star-studded Into the Woods will make a Christmas Day debut (but the soundtrack is out in time for Christmas on Dec. 16!).
It’s the rumor that proved to be true. After Michael C. Hall (Dexter) wraps up his run as the transgender rockstar in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway the originator of the role on the Great White Way and in the film, and the man who wrote the music himself will step back up in the heels. Mitchell takes back the stage on January 21 for a limited 8 week engagement.
3. National tours kick-off with sneak peek videos
Cinderella began its National Tour and thanks to Broadway.com we have a sneak peek of the magical fun. Broadway.com also gave us a look at the Newsies tour that kicked off this fall. The tour will include a new song never before heard on Broadway.
4. Finding Neverland gets a cast, opening date
Finding Neverland, a musical based on the 2004 film that tells the story of how the film Peter Pan was inspired, is officially headed to Broadway. Previews will begin on March 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre with an April 15 opening date. Perhaps most noteworthy is the cast. Glee star Matthew Morrison will return to his Broadway roots to play leading man J.M. Barrie and is joined by Kelsey Grammer, Laura Michelle Kelly and Carolee Carmello.
5. New animated musical sets Jan. 2015 release
Strange Magic, a 3D computer animated film by Lucasfilm, has announced that its leading characters will have vocal provided by Alan Cumming (currently starring in Cabaret) and Kristin Chenoweth (who just release a Broadway variety album). The film, directed by Gary Rydstrom, will be in theaters Jan. 23, 2015 and is said to be a fairy tale musical inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream told through popular songs of the past six decades and with a story by George Lucas.