Broadway Fast 5: June
1.Hamilton, Hamilton, Hamilton!
Hamilton is always making the news for something, and this month was no exception. In addition to 11 Tony wins the show has officially announced the departure of at least 3 major stars when the one-year contracts expire July 9. Lin-Manuel Miranda will move on to work on Disney’s Moana and the new Mary Poppins film and a bunch of other projects in addition to not ruling out returning to the show on occasion. He will be replaced by current Hamilton alternate, Javier Munoz. Mrs. Hamilton, Phillipa Soo, will depart only to return to Broadway in Amelie in 2017. And Aaron Burr Sir, Leslie Odom Jr. announced one week after his big Tony win that he will depart the show. He did not announce a specific project but has been promoting his self-titled album that also released this month.
Hamilton also confirmed it will hop across the pond for a West End production in Fall 2017 and tickets are officially on sale for the Chicago production, for which a cast has yet to be announced.
2.A Beautiful milestone
They can certainly feel the earth move! Beautiful: The Carole King Musical celebrated 1,000 performances on June 15, 2016, and Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed it Carole King day! The Broadway-hit musical will visit the Fox Cities next summer.
After a live casting call, NBC’s Hairspray Live! has found it’s Tracy Turnblad! Maddie Baillio, a Texas native and current NYC college student, will take on the role in the production when it airs December 7. Also recently signed on, Kristin Chenoweth will play former Miss Baltimore Crabs herself, Velma Von Tussle.
As previously announced, the cast will also include Harvey Fierstein, who reprises his Tony-winning performance as Edna Turnblad, Oscar winner and recent The Color Purple star Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Tony and Emmy winner Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad and Emmy winner Derek Hough in a self-prophesized turn as Corny Collins.
4. Broadway for Orlando records single, ends up #1 on iTunes
After the tragedy in Orlando in the early morning hours of June 12, the Broadway community made a point to show love and support, dedicating the 70th Annual Tony Awards to the victims with a beautiful opening to the ceremony and ribbons on the red carpet. They went one step further in the week after the tragedy when dozens of the biggest past and present Broadway stars gathered together to record a benefit single of “What the World Needs Now Is Love” and then performed live on NBC’s variety show Maya & Marty. The song rose to the top of the iTunes chart upon its release June 21.
There were so many great lessons from this year’s Tony Awards show and many gif-able moments and fantastic performances. Hamilton took 11 awards home, the show made history with all of its musical acting awards presented to African American performers and the broadcast brought in the highest viewership since 2001 when The Producers brought as much buzz as Hamilton.
Since the awards were announced Bright Star has announced a closing and the 2015 Tony-winning Best Musical Fun Home has also announced a closing date for this September. 10-time Tony-nominee Shuffle Along also, surprisingly, announced an early closing date for July, coinciding with Audra McDonald’s maternity leave. You can get a full recap of the Tonys and more over at Broadway.com.