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Wake Up With BWW 1/3: Jake Gyllenhaal Will Produce and Lead a FUN HOME Film, and More!

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It was announced yesterday that Jake Gyllenhaal is set to produce a film adaptation of the musical Fun Home! He will also star in the film as Bruce Bechdel. Sam Gold is set to direct.

After 15 seasons, the New York Musical Festival is shutting down. The company said in a statement, "It is with a heavy heart that we face the reality of the arts funding crisis in the United States. It has caught up with NYMF. The Board and donors have been valiantly subsidizing NYMF operations for 15 years, but looking ahead, we do not see a clear path forward."

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Wake Up With BWW 1/3: Jake Gyllenhaal Will Produce and Lead a FUN HOME Film, and More!
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Janet Dacal joins the tour of The Band's Visit beginning tonight!

Janet Dacal - most known for her performances in The Prince of Broadway, Wonderland, In the Heights, and Good Vibrations- will be joining the cast of the national tour of The Band's Visit. She will be stepping into the role of Dina-succeeding Chilina Kennedy- beginning January 3, 2020, at the Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, New York.

The first national tour of The Band's Visit is now making its way across the country after launching at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island.


What we're geeking out over: Jake Gyllenhaal To Produce And Star In FUN HOME Film Adaptation; Sam Gold To Direct

It has been reported that Academy Award nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal will produce and star in an upcoming big screen adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical. Fun Home.

According to the report Gyllenhaal will portray Bruce Bechdel. father of the author and protagonist Alison Bechdel, and will produce the film through his production company, Nine Stories Productions.

The Tony Award-winning director of the original Broadway production, Sam Gold, is set to helm the project.


What we're watching: Watch Alanis Morissette and the Cast of JAGGED LITTLE PILL Perform on NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE

On New Year's Eve, Alanis Morissette, Lauren Patten and the cast of Jagged Little Pill performed "You Oughta Know" on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.


And more: NYMF To Shut Down After Fifteen Seasons

It was announced today that the popular annual New York Musical Festival will cease operation immediately after 15 years of presenting cutting edge new musical theater.

More than 400 shows have premiered at the Festival since its inception in 2004, featuring more than 8,000 artists and entertaining more than 300,000 audience members.


And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Justin Paul, who turns 35 today!

Wake Up With BWW 1/3: Jake Gyllenhaal Will Produce and Lead a FUN HOME Film, and More!

Justin Paul is half of the music-and-lyrics duo Pasek and Paul, who most famously wrote the music and lyrics for Dear Evan Hansen. Other stage credits include Dogfight, James and the Giant Peach, and A Christmas Story. Their music was featured in the film La La Land, the song "City of Stars" winning both a Golden Globe and an Oscar in 2017. Most recently their music can be heard in A Christmas Story Live! and the new film The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman.


See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!



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