Broadway Fast 5: April
April was another big month on Broadway with many new shows opening in time for award season recognition! Catch up on everything you need to know in this month’s Broadway Fast Five!
In addition to the Tony nominations announced earlier this week, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Drama Desk all selected their nominees this month. While each list honors slightly different productions clear front runners appear to be Something Rotten!, An American in Paris and Fun Home.
The stage version of 1997 cartoon musical Anastasia has received a theater, dates for initial opening. The musical will be under the artistic direction of Tony winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder) at Hartland Stage. Meanwhile, we also got a sneak peek of the new stage adaptation of James and the Giant Peach from Megan Hilty and Christian Borle that you have to check out.
Lengendary R&B singer Brandy Norwood made her Broadway debut this month as Roxie Hart in Broadway’s Chicago. Actress and notable Les Miserables-movie-Fantine also opened Grounded, an off-Broadway play addressing the complicated consequences of waging war without leaving home.
While we told you last month that long-running off-Broadway favorite, The Fantasticks was to close, it seems two anonymous donors have stepped up to continue to fund the show. However, everyone has their time and it appears after becoming the 8th longest running show in Broadway history, and the longest running juke-box musical in history, Mamma Mia! has announced its closing date this September. Thanks for the music!