This month was a great won to reflect on what a year we’ve had on Broadway and what exciting things there are to look forward to in 2016.
1.London’s Harry Potter show gets main characters
Magical casting? Broadway alum Jamie Parker, Paul Thornley and Olivier winner Noma Dumezweni will take on the roles of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, respectively, in Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. The first installment of the play, which will run in repertory in two parts, is scheduled to begin previews on June 7, 2016. The official opening day, where both parts will be performed, is set for July 30 at the West End’s Palace Theatre.
2. Hamilton will get Windy City run, plans tour
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton will launch its first national tour in Chicago. The production will kick off with an open-ended run at the Windy City’s newly named PrivateBank Theatre beginning September 27, 2016. According to The Chicago Tribune, a second production will launch on the West Coast before continuing to cities across the country. Casting and further dates for the tour have not yet been announced.
3. Grease:Live to feature live audience
When Grease: Live airs on Fox Jan. 31, be on the lookout for not only an all-star cast (including Aaron Tveit, Julianne Hough and Carly Rae Jepsen), but also an audience filling the halls and bleachers of Rydell High. Director Thomas Kail and production designer David Korins (the team behind Hamilton) recently revealed that unlike its NBC-produced predecessors, Grease will invite audience members (by the hundreds) to be a direct part of the live broadcast experience.
4. The Color Purple opens on Broadway
The stripped down revival of The Color Purple opened on Broadway Dec. 10 featuring the Broadway premiere of American-Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson (also known for her award-winning role in the Dreamgirls film), Orange is the New Black’s Danielle Brooks and West End’s Cynthia Erivo. Oprah Winfrey, who appeared in the original film, is a producer of the musical.
5. Fiddler on the Roof returns to Broadway
Now we have everything! Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s classic tuner Fiddler on the Roof officially returned to the Great White Way on December 20. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the revival is playing at the Broadway Theatre. The timeless classic Fiddler on the Roof is back with five-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein in the central role of Tevye.
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