Wake Up With BWW 3/18: Shoshana Bean Begins Performances in WAITRESS, Second Stage's DOGFIGHT, and More!
Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Another Monday means another week full of Broadway news! Catch up on the latest below!
First, we'd like to wish a happy first performance to Shoshana Bean, who begins as Jenna in Waitress tonight!
In other Waitress news, is Jeremy Jordan the next Dr. Pomatter? Only time will tell, but it sure seems like it based on a not-so-subtle hint dropped on the show's Twitter. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but we don't think that's a bad idea at all!
It's the biggest mystery sweeping Broadway...who is the secret pooper? Broadway's best have gone to great lengths to try to solve, and make fun of, an alleged person who seems to have pooped in multiple spaces. Will anyone get to the bottom of this? Who knows, but at least the Broadway community has gotten a good laugh!
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1) VIDEO: Broadway Tries to Uncover the Mystery Pooper
by Stephanie Wild
It's the biggest unsolved mystery on Broadway right now...who is the secret pooper?. (more...)
A-D-D-D-D-F#-A were the first notes of the show last Monday night, as the Actors Fund brought back the beloved fan favorite and critically acclaimed musical [title of show] in a reunion concert at The Broadhurst Theatre. This one-night only reunion starred original cast members Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff and Jeff Bowen along with musical director Larry Pressgrove. All proceeds will benefit The Actors Fund. Check out highlights from the big night below!. (more...)
3) BWW Review: THE THREAD, Sadler's Wells
by Dzifa Benson
Receiving its world premiere at Sadler's Wells, The Thread is acclaimed British choreographer and Sadler's Wells Associate Artist Russell Maliphant's new work. Staged in collaboration with Vangelis, Oscar winning composer of scores for the films Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner, it marks something of a departure for Maliphant. It was developed from an original concept by producer Georgia Iliopoulou who invited Maliphant to blend his signature approach to flow and energy in the body with traditional Greek dance.. (more...)
Roundabout Theatre Company's new Broadway production of Sam Shepard's Tony & Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama True West, directed by James Macdonald, played its final performance on March 17, at the American Airlines Theatre.. (more...)
5) Photo Coverage: Gingold Theatrical Group's GOLDEN SHAMROCK GALA Honors Stephen Schwartz
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Gingold Theatrical Group held its Golden Shamrock Gala 2019, honoring humanitarian and award-winning creator of Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked, Stephen Schwartz, on Saturday, March 16th at 3 West Club (3 West 51st Street). Among some surprise guests performers were Stephen Schwartz himself, along with Claybourne Elder, Melissa Errico, and Alison Fraser.. (more...)
Today's Call Sheet:
Shoshana Bean will take over the role of Jenna on March 18 and will be in the show through May 12, 2019.
Shoshana Bean's latest album Spectrum landed her at #1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts. She made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Hairspray and starred as the first replacement for Elphaba in Wicked. Most recently, she appeared as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and as Cee-Cee Bloom in the new musical adaptation of Beaches, for which she earned a Jeff Award Nomination for best lead actress in a musical.
A series of one-night only concerts of musicals produced by Second Stage Theater, Musical Mondays takes place every Monday night through the month of March. The series kicked off on March 4th with Jason Robert Brown's THE LAST FIVE YEARS and followed on March 11th with SATURDAY NIGHT by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Stephen Sondheim. MUSICAL MONDAYS will conclude on March 25th with Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's NEXT TO NORMAL.
Arthur Miller's All My Sons will begin preview performances on April 4, 2019, and open officially on Monday, April 22, 2019. This is a limited engagement through June 23, 2019 on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).
The cast, led by Golden Globe winner and Academy, Tony & Emmy nominee Annette Bening as "Kate Keller" and SAG Award nominee & Tony Award winner Tracy Letts as "Joe Keller," just met the press and we're taking you inside the big day!
What we're geeking out over: Is Jeremy Jordan the Next Dr. Pomatter in WAITRESS?
Waitress has released a not-so-subtle clue as to who its next Dr. Pomatter is! The show's Twitter account posted an audio snippet, asking the fans if they can guess the next Pomatter. The audio is of Jeremy Jordan singing She Used To Be Mine!
No further information, or starting date, has been announced. Joey McIntyre currently plays the role of Dr. Pomatter through April 7.
What we're watching: Darren Criss Performs 'Getting Married Today' at BROADWAY BACKWARDS
A bevy of Broadway's brightest stars joined a sold-out audience on March 11, 2019, to celebrate and motivate the LGBTQ community and its allies through gender-reversed renditions of beloved show tunes, spectacular choreography and a record-breaking fundraising total at Broadway Backwards.
Among the performers was Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Darren Criss who performed the rapid-fire patter of Stephen Sondheim's "Getting Married Today" from Company. Criss was joined by Ward Billeisen, Michael James Scott and the Broadway Backwards ensemble.
Social Butterfly: Joshua Henry and Ricky Ubeda Perform New Take on 'Memory' from CATS
Three-time Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry and Ricky Ubeda have come to the Jellicle Ball and teamed up for a new take on the classic song "Memory" from the musical Cats, combining acoustic guitar and modern dance. Check out the clip from Henry's Facebook!
And a Happy Birthday shout-out to John Kander, who turns 92 today!
American composer John Kander is the musical partner of the songwriting team of Kander and Ebb, who together created at least sixteen Broadway shows, Flora the Red Menace (1965), Cabaret (1966), Chicago (1975), and Curtains (2007) among them. They also contributed material to fourteen films and television specials over their forty-year association. Independently John Kander supplied the scores to many films, including Something For Everyone (1970), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Places in the Heart (1984), and Billy Bathgate (1991).
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!