Wake Up With BWW 4/4: KING LEAR Opens, ALL MY SONS Begins Previews, and More!
Good morning, BroadwayWorld! We've got your top stories from around the Broadway world!
First, we'd like to wish a happy opening to the company of King Lear on Broadway, as well as a happy first preview to the company of All My Sons!
Lortel nominations are in! The full list, including Be More Chill, What The Constitution Means To Me, and more, can be found below!
We've got your Miscast videos! From Kelli O'Hara to Stephanie J. Block, Andy Karl, and more, these performances are some that you do not want to miss!
Have you been dying to hear Jennifer Hudson sing her big number, Memory, from the upcoming Cats film? Well, now's your chance! At a recent CinemaCon event, Hudson took the stage and performed the song for the first time.
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1) BREAKING VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Sings 'Memory' From The CATS Film
by Alan Henry
BroadwayWorld has just learned that at a special CinemaCon event today, Jennifer Hudson performed 'Memory' - Grizabella's soaring second act ballad which convinces the Jellicles to select her to be the cat which is reborn to a new Jellicle life.. (more...)
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! is officially in previews at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre. Some of the cast, including Ali Stroker, appeared on last night's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Watch Stroker perform her big number, I Cain't Say No, below!. (more...)
On Monday night, MCC Theater presented its annual Miscast gala, where Broadway's hottest stars performed songs from roles in which they would never be cast.. (more...)
It was announced today that the new musical Swept Away, featuring the music of The Avett Brothers, will have its world premiere at Berkeley Rep as part of their 2019-20 season, beginning performances in June 2020. Swept Away is produced by Berkeley Rep by special arrangement with Matthew Masten and Sean Hudock.. (more...)
The Off-Broadway League today announced nominations in 19 categories - and bestowed one special award - for the 34th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway. The Awards will be handed out on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts, beginning at 7:00pm EST. The Lucille Lortel Awards are produced by the Off-Broadway League by special arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation. Additional support is provided by TDF. Beloved and celebrated entertainer, Wayne Brady, will emcee the ceremony.. (more...)
Today's Call Sheet:
This season's new Broadway production of William Shakespeare's King Lear stars two-time Academy Award winner, two-time Emmy Award winner, and 2018 Tony Award winner Glenda Jackson and is directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold. The production will play a strictly limited engagement through Sunday, July 7, 2019 at the Cort Theatre.
Annette Bening and Tracy Letts return to Broadway in the play that launched Arthur Miller as the moral voice of the American Theater. In the aftermath of WWII, the Keller family struggles to stay intact and to fight for their future when a long-hidden secret threatens to emerge-forcing them to reckon with greed, denial, repentance, and post-war disenchantment across generations.
Sincerely, Oscar is a new musical highlighting Oscar Hammerstein's journey to become Broadway's greatest lyricist. The musical explores Oscar's life in his words while showcasing over 30 of his greatest songs from shows like The Sound of Music, Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, Allegro and more. Working closely with Oscar Hammerstein's grandson Will, the musical incorporates personal correspondence, unpublished lyrics, interviews and rare memoirs to give insight into Hammerstein's legacy. Sincerely, Oscar utilizes state-of-the-art 3D holographic technology called IceMagic, with its imagery often referred to as a hologram. The visual effect is created through a specialized projection system and it is the first time this holographic technology will be implemented on the Off Broadway stage.
The 5th Avenue Theatre's production of the new musical Marie, Dancing Still opened last night. Tony Award-winning authors Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact), and acclaimed New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck invite you backstage into 19th-century Paris, where glittering opulence hobnobbed with underworld dangers.
Read about Pitre's experience in our exclusive interview!
Set Your DVR...
-Kristin Chenoweth will appear on TODAY this morning!
-John Lithgow with appear on TODAY and STRAHAN & SARA this morning!
-Sam Rockwell will appear on GOOD MORNING AMERICA this morning!
What we're geeking out over: First Look at Glenda Jackson & More in KING LEAR on Broadway!
This season's new Broadway 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 and directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold, will open tonight, April 4, 2019 at the Cort Theatre. The production will play a strictly limited engagement through Sunday, July 7, 2019.
Check out more photos here!
What we're watching: Alice Ripley Sings 'I'm Alive' From NEXT TO NORMAL At Miscast 2019
On Monday night, MCC Theater presented its annual Miscast gala, where Broadway's hottest stars performed songs from roles in which they would never be cast.
Tony Award-winner Alice Ripley took the stage to sing "I'm Alive" from her Tony Award-winning musical Next To Normal!
Social Butterfly: Hillary Clinton Stops By THE CHER SHOW On Broadway
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Last night, the company of The Cher Show got a special visit from former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Making her regular Broadway rounds, Hill made time to drop backstage for a visit with the show's stars Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, and Micaela Diamond.
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!