Broadway Fast 5: May
1.Broadway shows begin closing
After the majority of theater awards are announced, so to are the closing dates. Unfortunately this month, Tuck Everlasting and American Psycho, which both just opened at the end of April, announced their closing dates.
2. It’s not just a memory! CATS will return to Broadway, announces casting
They’re back! Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical will return to the Great White Way led by an all star glamour cat. Leona Lewis, known for pop songs like “Bleeding Love”, will take on the role of Grizabella in the production which is set to open August 2. The announcement comes after Nicole Scherzinger (of the Pussycat Dolls) decided to not take the opportunity to reprise her critically acclaimed performance from the West End production, instead opting to remain a judge on Simon Cowell’s X Factor. While Webber called the move “crazy”, we’re excited to see Lewis along with a fantastic cast in the new production!
There was plenty of Disney news this month! With the release of the first trailer for the live action Beauty and the Beast, the rumor that Disney is in the early stages of developing a live action version of The Little Mermaid, and the announcement that the Frozen lab features stars from Bullets Over Broadway, Lysistrata Jones and Hamilton, there’s a lot to be excited for in the months ahead.
4. Christian Borle is going to be busy
The funny-man who stars in Something Rotten! has already announced he will headline the Broadway revival of Falsettos this fall but this month he also announced he will run from that show, set to play a limited engagement, right into another leading role. Borle has signed on to take the role of Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when it begins previews in March 2017.
It’s the final sprint to the Tony Awards, airing on CBS June 12! Broadway.com is taking you behind the scenes for all of the pre-Tony activities you didn’t even know existed in this great video series. James Cordon, this year’s host, is warming up his skills with some crosswalk musical performances that will make you excited to see what he comes up with for the big night. And of course, actors and actresses are making the rounds, inevitably appearing on your television each day. Take Tony-nominated leading actress Cynthia Erivo, for example, who recently blew audiences away at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with her nightly-standing-ovation-receiving rendition of I’m Here from The Color Purple. Just two days before that, she ran a half marathon and went on to perform two shows in the same day. Can you say superwoman? Get ready for the big night and get your printable ballot here!