Dexter’s Lauren Velez to Replace Elizabeth Rodriguez in The Happiest Song Plays Last Before Previews Begin

first_imgCasting shakeup! Dexter favorite Lauren Velez will assume the role of Yaz in the forthcoming Second Stage production of Quiara Alegria Hudes’ The Happiest Song Plays Last, replacing previously announced star Elizabeth Rodriguez (The Motherf*cker with the Hat). Directed by Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, The Happiest Song Plays Last begins performances February 11, with an official opening night set for March 3 at off-Broadway’s Tony Kiser Theatre. In addition to Velez, The Happiest Song Plays Last also stars Anthony Chisholm, Dariush Kashani, Tony Plana, Armando Riesco and Annapurna Sriram. The final play of Hudes’ Elliot trilogy, The Happiest Song Plays Last tells the story of cousins Elliot (Riesco) and Yaz (Velez), who discover the joy in coming home again and the comfort of family, both by blood and by love. When Elliot gets a lucky break in the film business, Yaz takes on the role of familial and neighborhood matriarch, nourishing those that pass through her door. Featuring the sounds of traditional Puerto Rican folk music, The Happiest Song Plays Last is the story of a year in Elliot and Yaz’s life. Velez previously appeared off-Broadway in Intimate Apparel and in the national tour of Dreamgirls. She also understudied the role of the Witch in Broadway’s Into the Woods. She played Captain Maria LaGuerta for seven seasons on TV’s Dexter. Her additional film and TV credits include Oz, New York Undercover, I Like It Like That and City Hall. Fun fact: Velez’s twin sister Loraine, also a Broadway alum, has appeared in Rent and Dreamgirls. The Happiest Song Plays Lastcenter_img View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 23, 2014last_img read more

Weekend Poll: Which Broadway Cast Recording Is the Most Grammy-Worthy?

first_img View Comments The 56th annual Grammy Awards are January 26th, and even though we’re still a little miffed they only nominated three Broadway cast recordings this year, we’ll still be tuning in to see who takes home the gold for Best Musical Theater Album: Kinky Boots, Matilda or Motown the Musical. If it were up to us, we’d have a Grammy ballot jam-packed with all of our favorite cast albums from the past year, like Hands on a Hardbody (the best road trip album), Bring It On (great to work out to) and Pippin (we could listen to this one all day, every day). So, while you’re counting down the hours until Beyoncé performs live, we have to ask: Which Broadway cast recording that was eligible for a Grammy this year (released between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013) do you think deserves one? Cast your vote below!last_img read more

West End’s Perfect Nonsense Will Close Early Prior to U.K. Tour

first_img Based on and adapted from the established literary works of Wodehouse, Perfect Nonsense brings to life the charmingly incompetent Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves in the comedy by brothers Robert and David Goodale. View Comments Perfect Nonsense, directed by Sean Foley, began performances on October 30, 2013. It went on to garner a 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.center_img Perfect Nonsense, the West End play following P.G. Wodehouse’s iconic comedy duo Jeeves and Wooster, will pack up earlier than expected. The comedy, which previously announced an extension through January 17, 2015, will now close at the Duke of York’s Theatre on September 20. As reported earlier, current stars John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance will embark i\on the U.K. tour, set to kick off on September 24 in Guildford.last_img read more

Will Swenson, Melissa Errico & John Behlmann Play Ball in Bull Durham

first_img Will Swenson What do you get when you take three Broadway vets, hand them baseball bats and send them to Atlanta? Bull Durham, a new musical with music and lyrics by Susan Werner and a book by Ron Shelton. The adaptation of Shelton’s 1988 romantic sports comedy will premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta on September 3, starring (from left) Will Swenson, Melissa Errico and John Behlmann. And wait, there’s more good news—the production is reportedly eyeing the Great White Way next spring! Check out this shot of the trio rooting for the home team, then see Bull Durham in Atlanta through October 5! Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

Joy Behar Begins Previews in Me, My Mouth and I Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 21, 2014 Related Shows Me, My Mouth and I follows Behar’s Brooklyn childhood to her stand-up work and sitcom appearances, along with her 16 years as co-host on The View. Me, My Mouth and I Behar starred on Broadway in the variety special Comedy Tonight and has also appeared on stage in The Food Chain and The Vagina Monologues. She won a Daytime Emmy award for her work on The View in 2009, along with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters. Comedian Joy Behar begins performances in her new solo show off-Broadway on November 6. The world premiere of Me, My Mouth and I will play a limited engagement at the Cherry Lane Theater through December 21. Opening night is set for November 23. View Commentslast_img read more

Benjamin Walker & Zosia Mamet Set for Workshop of Broadway-Aimed American Psycho

first_imgGreat White Way alum Benjamin Walker and Girls star Zosia Mamet will lead a workshop of the Broadway-aimed American Psycho musical adaptation. According to The Wrap, Walker, who had been tapped for the canceled off-Broadway incarnation of the project, will play Patrick Bateman and Mamet his girlfriend. Directed by Rupert Goold, the tuner is eyeing a fall 2015 opening on the Great White Way.The show premiered at London’s Almeida Theatre in December 2013 and had been set to make its U.S. premiere at Second Stage off-Broadway in February 2015. Walker’s Great White Way credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Inherit the Wind. He starred as the titular presidential slayer in the film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Mamet’s screen credits also include Mad Men, Parenthood and The Kids Are All Right; theater buffs will note that she is the daughter of playwright David Mamet.American Psycho features music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy winner Duncan Sheik and a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the musical follows 26-year-old Patrick Bateman: a sophisticated, rich and devastatingly handsome Wall Street banker in 1980s New York City. He’s got a sculpted body, a model-gorgeous girlfriend and a to-die-for apartment. There’s just one snag: Patrick can’t get the blood out of his $5000 suits, because he also has a murderous, psychopathic alter ego that he hides from his friends and co-workers. The novel was adopted into an acclaimed film in 2000 starring Christian Bale and Reese Witherspoon. Star Files View Commentscenter_img Benjamin Walkerlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Steven Pasquale Set for Ryan Murphy’s O.J. Simpson Series & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Steven Pasquale Set for Ryan Murphy’s O.J. Simpson SeriesSteven Pasquale has been tapped by Ryan Murphy for the first season of his American Crime Story, People v. O.J. Simpson. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the stage fave will play former detective Mark Fuhrman, who eventually got convicted for perjury, in the show. Pasquale was recently seen in the acclaimed Lyric Opera production of Carousel (which we’ve decided must come to Broadway); he last appeared on the Great White Way in The Bridges of Madison County. Pasquale’s career certainly isn’t fading away.Betty Buckley’s Busy MonthBetty Buckley is having a manic May! While she’s in the Big Apple for her previously reported Joe’s Pub gig, the Tony winner will lead a Song/Monologue Interpretation Five Day Workshop at the Terry Schreiber School May 18 through May 22. Who better to learn from than the “Voice of Broadway?”Laura Benanti & Laurence Fishburne Team UpTony winners Laura Benanti and Laurence Fishburne, along with On Your Feet’s Gloria Estefan and more, will appear at this year’s National Memorial Day Concert. Broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on May 24, the event for American heroes is set to be co-hosted by Tony winner Joe Mantegna and Broadway vet and Emmy winner Gary Sinise.Watch Scream Queens TeaserGlee creator Ryan Murphy is also continuing his small screen domination with the upcoming killer comedy-horror series Scream Queens, starring Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis. As previously reported, the first season is set in a sorority house at a college where a number of murders have taken place and will feature Broadway alums including Lea Michele, Nick Jonas, Abigail Breslin, Ariana Grande and Keke Palmer. Check out below the first sneak peek of the show—it includes Michele as you’ve never seen her before! View Commentslast_img read more

Harry Potter Play Set After Deathly Hallows; Dates Confirmed

first_img View Comments Muggles, are you ready? The hotly anticipated Harry Potter play, which will be staged in two parts in the West End, is now officially described as follows: “the eighth story. Nineteen years later.” Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’s first installment will begin previews on June 7, 2016. The official opening day, where both parts will be performed, is scheduled for July 30 at the Palace Theatre.The world premiere will be based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Penned by Thorne and directed by Tony winner Tiffany (Once), the production’s plot description reads: “It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”The seven-volume Harry Potter series has sold more than 450 million copies and been translated into 77 languages. The books were adapted into eight movies starring Audience Choice Award winners Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, along with Emma Watson as Hermione Granger. Casting for the West End production’s company of more than 30 will be announced later.Currently home to The Commitments, which will close on November 1, the Palace Theatre usually plays host to musicals, but we somehow have a feeling that they’ll have no problem selling tickets.We also sense that this has “Broadway transfer” written all over it.last_img read more

School of Rock Filmmaker Mike White Thumbs Up the Broadway Musical Version

first_imgSchool of Rock movie scribe and co-star Mike White put his stamp of approval on the Broadway version when he attended a performance at the Winter Garden Theatre. After rocking out to “Stick It to the Man” and more, the filmmaker headed backstage to greet composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, star Alex Brightman and a whole gaggle of talented kids. You better belive White pledged allegiance to the band…and the gods of rock (and Broadway) were definitely smiling. School of Rock – The Musical View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 Related Showslast_img read more

Janet McTeer & Liev Schreiber to Lead Les Liaisons Dangereuses

first_img Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Related Shows Janet McTeer Liev Schreiber Les Liaisons Dangereuses View Comments Janet McTeer & Liev Schreiber(Photos: Jason Merritt/Getty Images, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) As previously speculated, Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses will return to the Great White Way. Janet McTeer is set to take on the role of La Marquise de Merteuil, reprising her performance from the production’s debut last year at London’s Donmar Warehouse. Fellow Tony winner Liev Schreiber joins her as Le Vicomte de Valmont (played across the pond by Dominic West).Performances will begin on October 8 at the Booth Theatre, where it is scheduled to open officially on October 30. Josie Rourke, artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, helms the production, which will play a limited engagement through January 22, 2017.McTeer won a Tony and Olivier Award for her performance in A Doll’s House; she also received nods for both after starring in Mary Stuart. Her film credits include Oscar-nominated performances in Albert Nobbs and Tumbleweeds.Schreiber last appeared on Broadway in the 2010 revival of A View From the Bridge, for which he earned a Tony nomination. He won in 2005 for Glengarry Glen Ross and was nominated two years later for Talk Radio. On screen, Schreiber currently stars in the Showtime series Ray Donovan.Based on the 1782 novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, the dark comedy follows former lovers, La Marquise de Merteuil and Le Vicomte de Valmont as they compete in games of seduction and revenge. These merciless aristocrats toy with the hearts and reputations of innocents. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the convent-educated Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has other designs. His target is the peerlessly virtuous and happily married Madame de Tourvel.Lindsay Duncan and Alan Rickman earned Tony nominations for the play’s 1987 Broadway premiere. Glenn Close and John Malkovich headlined the 1988 movie version, renamed Dangerous Liaisons. The show was last revived on the Great White Way in 2008, starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels.Additional casting for this latest incarnation will be announced at a later date. Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery was set to play Madame de Tourvel in London, but had to withdraw following the death of her fiancé. Elaine Cassidy stepped in for her.The production features sets and costumes by Tom Scutt, lighting design by Mark Henderson, sound design by Carolyn Downing and original music by Michael Bruce.last_img read more