Wake Up With BWW 4/15: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, and More!
Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Kick off another week the only way Broadway fans know how - by catching up on the latest news!
The big news from over the weekend is that a revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is coming, starring Laurie Metcalf and Eddie Izzard! Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello and also starring Russell Tovey and 2019 Olivier Award winner Patsy Ferran, the production will begin its strictly limited engagement on Monday, March 2, 2020, with an official opening night set for Thursday, April 9, 2020.
Read more about these and other stories below!
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1) Nathan Lane: Take a Look Back on His Vast and Diverse Career
by Stephanie Wild
Nathan Lane has returned to Broadway this season in the new play Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus. Lane has had an extremely diverse career, spanning over 30 years. From comedic musicals, to heart-wrenching plays, to screen work, voiceovers, and much more, Lane has become a household name.. (more...)
2) BWW Exclusive: The Origins And History Of KING LEAR
by Alexa Criscitiello
This season, Broadway welcomes a new production of William Shakespeare's King Lear, starring two-time Academy Award winner, two-time Emmy Award winner, and 2018 Tony Award winner Glenda Jackson.. (more...)
SAG-AFTRA Foundation and BroadwayWorld have partnered for a filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. The series is hosted by BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge.. (more...)
What good is sitting alone in your room this week? If you don't already have plans to see a Broadway show, come out to see your favorite Broadway stars in a cabaret act instead. After Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Highlights this week include Jarrod Spector, Derek Klena, Pronoun Showdown, and more!. (more...)
We're counting down to Les Miserables on PBS! In today's feature, meet the Bishop! Andrew Davies' six-part drama adaptation of Victor Hugo's 19th century classic will delve deep into the many layers of Hugo's story, revelling in Jean Valjean and Javert's cat-and-mouse relationship, against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest. With striking intensity and contemporary resonance, Hugo's novel explores the struggles and triumphs of the underclass and the quest for a better life.. (more...)
BWW Exclusive: Meet the Cast of LES MISÉRABLES on PBS - Eponine
A new dramatic adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel, Les Misérables, stars Golden Globe® nominees Dominic West as Jean Valjean, David Oyelowo as Javert, and Lily Collins as Fantine. The six-part drama from MASTERPIECE brings to life vibrant characters, intricate storylines, and powerful themes in an epic retelling of the timeless story of redemption. Premieres Sunday, April 14 at 9/8c, on PBS.
The six-part drama adaptation stars Dominic West (The Affair, The Hour) as Jean Valjean, and David Oyelowo (Selma) as Javert in this landmark drama adaptation. They are joined in this epic event drama by Lily Collins (Rules Don't Apply, Love, Rosie), in the role of Fantine.
What we're geeking out over: Laurie Metcalf and Eddie Izzard to Star in WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Revival
Producer Scott Rudin announced this morning that two-time Tony Award and three-time Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf and two-time Emmy Award winner Eddie Izzard will star on Broadway next season in Edward Albee's drama Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello and also starring Russell Tovey and 2019 Olivier Award winner Patsy Ferran, the production will begin its strictly limited engagement on Monday, March 2, 2020, with an official opening night set for Thursday, April 9, 2020.
What we're watching: Watch Richard Ridge's Interview with Broadway Power Couple Orfeh & Andy Karl
Love is all around at the Nederlander Theatre and it doesn't stop backstage... at least not when Broadway's favorite power couple is around. Orfeh and Andy Karl have moved to Rodeo Drive (or 41st Street) as Kit and Edward in Broadway's Pretty Woman.
And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Caissie Levy, who turns 38 today!
Levy is currently starring on Broadway as Elsa in Frozen. Other credits: Broadway: Fantine in the 2014 revival of Les Miserables; Molly in Ghost (and West End/cast album); Sheila in the 2009 revival of Hair (and West End/cast album); Elphaba in Wicked (and Los Angeles); Penny in Hairspray (and first national tour/Toronto). Off-Broadway: First Daughter Suite (The Public Theater/cast album); Sara in Murder Ballad; Maureen in Rent (national tour). She has performed solo internationally, including with Sir Rod Stewart in Las Vegas, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and recent Carnegie Hall debut with the NY Pops. Her solo album With You is available on iTunes.
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!