In the post-Tony Award buzz and throughout Broadway’s Pride Month, there sure were a lot of headlines coming out of the Great White Way. Get caught up in this month’s fast five!
1. Taye Diggs shines in first look as Hedwig
Taye Diggs, best known for his multiple TV appearances and stellar performance in Rent (the original Broadway cast and the film), has been named the newest Hedwig. Besides looking absolutely stunning in the new photos, Diggs will be the first African-American to portray the transgender east-German Rock Goddess on Broadway.
2. Full House The Musical makes first casting news
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton will headline the previously reported Full House! The Musical! off-Broadway. The show follows patriarch Danny (Hilton) after he loses his super power of solving problems with “sensible Dad Speeches.” Performances will begin September 7 at Theater 80.
It was announced earlier this month that some Great White Way favorites will also receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots, Newsies), and 2015 Tony nominee Bradley Cooper are amoung the group that includes Cyndi Lauper, Gargy Sinise, Allison Janney, Kathy Bates, Debra Messing and Ashley Judd who all have Broadway credits and now, their own star!
4. Bombshell officially in the works
After a more than successful one night only performance of Bombshell, the fake musical created throughout the television show Smash, producers have officially decided there is enough interest to pursue bringing the Marilyn-Monroe themed musical to the stage.
Abby Mueller has been announced as the new Carole King for the touring production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. If the name sounds familiar, you may be on the right track. Abby’s sister Jessie Mueller won the Tony Award (and a Grammy for the soundtrack) for originating the role on Broadway.