Broadway Fast 5: April
1. Last-minute openings before Tony Award cutoff date!
This month had some great opening performances including Tuck Everlasting, Waitress, American Psycho, Fully Committed, The Father, Shuffle Along and Long Days Journey Into the Night. Phew! Get caught up on all of the latest shows on Broadway.com and stay tuned for our follow-up on how these shows do when the Tony Awards announce nominations Tuesday morning, May 3.
2. Hairspray Live! begins taking shape
Over 1,000 potential Tracy Turnblad’s showed up for an open call in New York and some big developments have been announced for NBC’s next live musical, Hairspray!
The production is set to be shot in Los Angeles and will include some outdoor scenes and, as happened with Grease Live!, a live audience is part of the plan. Cast updates have also included original Broadway cast member Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Derek Hough as Corny Collins and Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad. We’re getting excited.
3. Is there a prize Hamilton can’t win? Well…yes, actually.
We’re sure you’ve heard about Hamilton‘s 2016 Pulitzer Prize. And while we’re sure that’s not the end of the awards for the historical hip hop hit, there’s one award it won’t be winning.
When the Outer Critics Circle Awards were announced April 19, there were a lot of amazing shows listed for outstanding new Broadway musical but Hamilton was not one of them. Wondering how that could possibly be? Hamilton won Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical last year, making it ineligible.
4. Is Britney Spears going to be in a musical? What about Cher?
Speaking of Hamilton, one of its producers is reportedly backing Cher: The Musical. Cher announced her intention to take her life story to Broadway in a bio-musical. In October she said she’d tapped Jersey Boys Book writer Rick Elice to pen the script.
Speaking of divas, pop princess Britney Spears may be heading to the West End! The star is in talks to lead the London Palladium’s previously reported production of Cinderella this Christmas. According to the Daily Mirror, Spears could earn up to £500,000 ($725,000) for her work in the pantomime, which is scheduled to run December 9 through January 15, 2017.
5.Hey…they look pretty familiar.
Motown The Musical announced the cast that will transfer to Broadway and hey, they look familiar. Many of the actors headed to the Great White Way are coming direct from tour…so, you saw them here first!