Wake Up With BWW 2/11: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Begins Off-Broadway, and More!
Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Welcome to a new week full of Broadway goodness! Catch up on the latest news below!
First, BroadwayWorld was happy to announce that The Band's Visit took home the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album! We also brought you live coverage throughout the Grammys, and you can check out the full list of winners by scrolling down!
During the Grammys, we got our first look at the Genie in the all-new TV spot for the upcoming live-action Aladdin film! The trailer can be watched below.
Tonight, The Play That Goes Wrong begins performances at its new off-Broadway home at New World Stages!
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1) 2019 GRAMMY AWARDS Winners
by TV News Desk
Music's Biggest Night - the GRAMMYs - is here! Live from STAPLES Center, and hosted by Alicia Keys, the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards were broadcast on CBS at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. . (more...)
2) THE BAND'S VISIT Wins the GRAMMY for Best Musical Theater Album
by TV News Desk
The original Broadway cast recording of THE BAND'S VISIT has won the GRAMMY for Best Musical Theater Album at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards! . (more...)
3) BWW Review: INFINITY, VAULT Festival
by Cindy Marcolina
Nessa Matthews compares the struggles of mental health to an astronaut floating in space. The metaphor she draws in her new solo play Infinity falls into place perfectly and engages the imagination in a colourful journey of healing and acceptance.. (more...)
4) BWW Review: THIRST TRAP, Above The Stag
by Charlotte Downes
James Barr's Thirst Trap is an outrageously funny exploration of modern dating. Following a four-star run at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, the two London dates have been extended to four at Above the Stag in Vauxhall.. (more...)
The 2019 Artios Awards for Television, Theatre, Short Films and Short Form Series held ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York on January 31, 2019. Nominees and winners are voted on by members in good standing of the Casting Society of America.. (more...)
Today's Call Sheet:
The Play That Goes Wrong recently ended its Broadway run at the Lyceum Theatre on January 6th. Today, the show moves off-Broadway to wreak havoc on New World Stages!
The Play That Goes Wrong will be directed Off-Broadway by Matt DiCarlo. The original Broadway direction is by Mark Bell.
Williamstown Theatre Festival's annual WTF Gala will include special appearances by Eden Espinosa (WTF's Lempicka, Wicked), Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht (WTF's The Closet, "Friends"), and 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok (WTF's Cost of Living).
The 2019 WTF Gala: "An Evening with Audra McDonald," honoring WTF Board Chairman Matt Harris, will be held at 583 Park Avenue in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 6:30 PM. The event will include cocktails and dinner and feature an evening of performance by Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award winner and two-time Festival star, Audra McDonald.
Laura Benanti, Emily Bergl and more will perform in Broadway Sings, An Evening of Musical Theatre Support Immigrant Families Together on February 11th. This grassroots organization is working to reunite and continue to support the families who have been separated at the border. Featuring performers Laura Benanti, Emily Bergl and more, the show will be bringing you a plethora of songs from favorite musicals that highlight the importance of taking action and joining together to create a better world. Come be a part of the change!
Jason Robert Brown's next big musical project is on its way to the stage! According to an Equity casting notice, his adaptation of the 1993 film Farewell My Concubine will get a staged reading February 11-15. The project, which features a book by Kenneth Lin, will receive direction by Moises Kaufman and musical direction by Thomas Murray.
Farewell My Concubine is a 1993 Chinese drama film directed by Chen Kaige. It is one of the central works of the Fifth Generation movement that brought Chinese film directors to world attention. Similar to other Fifth Generation films like To Live and The Blue Kite, Farewell My Concubine explores the effect of China's political turmoil during the mid-20th century on the lives of individuals, families, and groups. In this case, the affected are two male stars in a Beijing opera troupe and the woman who comes between them.
Lincoln Center's American Songbook continued this week with a thrilling performance from Broadway veteran Jose Llana.
Lincoln Center's American Songbook series celebrates the ever-expanding American musical canon. This year's 15-concert series, taking place through March 4, includes legendary songwriters, contemporary storytellers and interpreters of song, and musical projects by multitalented performers pushing the boundaries of pop, alternative, soul, folk, musical theater, jazz and more. Tickets may be purchased online at AmericanSongbook.org, via CenterCharge at 212.721.6500 and at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices.
What we're geeking out over: Meet the Genie in the First TV Spot for ALADDIN
The first TV spot for Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of "Aladdin" has been released, and it includes new, never-before-seen footage.
A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney's animated classic, "Aladdin" is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, "Aladdin" is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney's "Aladdin." The film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar; Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia; Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim.
What we're watching: He's Going to THE PROM! Watch Brooks Ashmanskas Perform 'Barry Is Going to Prom'
What happens when four stars leave the bright lights of Broadway and take leading roles in a small-town controversy making national headlines? Big drama. Bigger laughs. And the biggest musical showstopper in years!
Watch Brooks Ashmanskas perform a number from the show!
Social Butterfly: Patti LuPone Covers Set Breakdown During Performance of COMPANY
A recent performance of Company in London encountered quite a hiccup when the set broke down and a cover performer took ill. Patti LuPone brought her show-must-go-on spirit to the audience and performed a quick number, check out the video!
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!