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Broadway Fast Five: July

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Summer on Broadway means many announcements about upcoming projects, casting changes and of course…some odd stories. It’s all in your Broadway Fast 5.

 

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1. The Wiz anticipation builds

The NBC live broadcast gets more exciting by the day as casting is announced for The Wiz. Stephanie Mills, the original Dorothy, had already been announced but this week Queen Latifah has been announced as The Wiz and Mary J. Blige as Evillene. Oh, and there’s that little rumor going around about Beyoncé

 

Photographer: Bruce Glikas, © Broadway.com

Photographer: Bruce Glikas, © Broadway.com

2. The name on everybody’s lips is going to be…

Rumor Willis. The daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore and most recent winner of “Dancing with The Stars” will make her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago, taking over the role from Brandy starting Aug. 18.

 

Photo by: Bruce Glikas

Photo by: Bruce Glikas

3. Presidential Influence at Hamilton

Still only in previews, Lin Manuel-Miranda’s new musical Hamilton is attracting a lot of attention. Both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden made separate stops to see the show celebrating the 1st Secretary of the Treasury.

 

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Broadway.com

4. Patti LuPone and her phone drama

In case you missed the story, Patti LuPone taught everyone a lesson in stage etiquette this month when she took a cellphone from an audience member to make a point…no texting in the theater!

 

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5. Misty Copeland

It’s worth recapping from this month that inspirational dancer Misty Copeland became the first African American to be named a principal dancer at American Ballet Theater. It’s also worth mentioning she will appear in On The Town, making her Broadway debut as Ivy Smith for a limited two-week engagement. Copeland has an interesting background story and was profiled this month by Broadway.com

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