Broadway Fast 5: August
Broadway to movies, movies to Broadway and a new man in boots…it’s all in your Broadway Fast 5.
When Billy Porter leaves his award-winning role in Kinky Boots on Broadway to join Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed funny man Wayne Brady will fill the shoes. Brady, who has won awards for “Whose Line Is It Anyway” and “The Wayne Brady Show,” is not new to Broadway having played Billy Flynn in Chicago in 2004 and appearing in Rent in 2010. We, for one, cannot wait for his high-heeled debut.
2. Plan for a Matilda Movie
A plan for a new musical version of the Matilda movie, spun off from the major Broadway hit, may happen sooner than originally thought. Director Matthew Warchus confirmed he is already in pre-production for the film adaptation and according to The Sydney Morning Herald the movie will probably begin filming at the end of next year.
Waitress, the musical based on the 2007 film, has confirmed it will make its way to Broadway. Currently running at the American Reperatory Theater, the musical features a score by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson. The show is scheduled to preview in March 2016 and officially open in April.
4. The Wiz rounds out casting
More great casting announced for NBC’s live production of The Wiz coming this winter. Grammy winner Ne-Yo, Oscar and Grammy winner Common and movie musical alum Elijah Kelley. The three will play Tinman, the Gatekeeper and Scarecrow, respectively. The new cast members join the previously reported trio of Grammy winners: original Dorothy Stephanie Mills as Aunt Em, Queen Latifah as the Wiz and Mary J. Blige as Evillene. Three-time Tony nominee and In Living Color star David Alan Grier will play the Cowardly Lion, Uzo Aduba and Amber Riley as Glinda and Addaperle and newcomer Shanice Williams takes on the role of Dorothy. No word yet if this cast is on board for the forthcoming Broadway revival of the show, which is set to open in the 2016-17 season.
Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed that he is in negotiations with a London theater about a 50th anniversary production of his classic tuner Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The composer told The Stage that he and lyricist Tim Rice: “realized in May this year that it was 50 years since we met, so that means that Joseph, too, is nearly 50 years old. So we’re wondering if we should be doing something about it—it’s the most performed work of mine in America.” It was reported last year that Elton John’s Rocket Pictures had acquired the movie rights and is aiming to make an all-new animated feature of the musical. This wouldn’t be Joseph’s first foray into film—a straight-to-video movie starring Donny Osmond was released in 1999.