December 9, 2019


 

CONTROVERSY SURROUNDS NEW WEST SIDE STORY



When West Side Story premiered on Broadway in 1957, musical theatre was set on its head. Audiences grappled with themes of racism, hate, and young love in ways never before seen on the stage in the new production conceived by three of America's greatest creative talents... Written, directed, and choreographed by iconic ballet master Jerome Robbins with music and lyrics by celebrated composers Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.

Now, the new West Side Story is creating a stir. Avant garde choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker threw out Jerome Robbins’ classic choreography. The major changes are causing a ripple effect that’s stressing the production. Now it's been revealed that even before the first preview on December 10, Tony winner Sergio Trujillo was brought in to help out what's been perceived as a weakness in the production… the choreography.

When audiences learned that de Keersmacker and van Hove had removed two iconic songs from the original production... I Feel Pretty as well as the big ballet number from Somewhere, the negative buzz surrounding the show began. 

Although the show maintains de Keersmacker isn’t leaving, it’s rumored that Trujillo will be restoring Jerome Robbins’ original award-winning classic dances. Luckily, the show has an extraordinarily long preview schedule... two months... which should give the producers enough time to right their ship.

Van Hove’s aspiration as director was to create a West Side Story for the 21st century and use language more relatable to today’s audience. His trimmed down version runs without an intermission to capture the story’s race against time.

For many, changing West Side Story is like graffiti painting over the Mona Lisa. The original show is considered perfection in musical theater circles, and rightly so. The point that's lost in the current version is the reality that Jerome Robbins’ choreography is synonymous with the telling of the story… to remove it diminishes the greatness of the classic.

When the show opens on February 26, audiences will decide if they're ready embrace the changes.
 

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FOSSE/VERDON RECEIVES 2020 CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARD NOMINATIONS
corey-heightsThe 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards nominees include six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald for her work on The Good Fight, Tony winner Jessie Mueller, who will appear in this season's The Minutes, and Tony nominee Megan Hilty for their co-starring turns in Patsy & Loretta, Emmy and Tony winner Billy Porter for Pose, and Tony winner Cynthia Erivo for her upcoming starring turn in Harriet. Also nominated are Sam Rockwell, who will appear in this season's American Buffalo, and Tony nominee Michelle Williams for their work as stage icons Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon in Fosse/Verdon. Several movie musicals were also given nods for Best Song including Frozen II's Into the Unknown by Tony winner Idina Menzel, Aladdin's Speechless, and The Lion King's Spirit by Beyoncé. Erivo was also recognized for her original song Stand Up that is featured in Harriet. Other nominees of note include Two-time Tony winners Billy Crudup for The Morning Show and Christine Baranski for The Good Fight, recent star of Little Shop of Horrors Mj Rodriguez for Pose, Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag, five-time Tony-winning director Sam Mendes for 1917 and Oscar-winning stage and screen star Rita Moreno who will appear in the upcoming West Side Story film, for her turn on One Day at a Time.

 

BEN PLATT, CYNTHIA ERIVO, BILLY PORTER & MORE EARN 2020 GOLDEN GLOBE NOMS
tony winsNominees for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 2020 Golden Globe Awards include Tony winners Ben Platt for his performance in Netflix's The Politician, Billy Porter for his performance in FX's Pose, and Cynthia Erivo for her performance on the big screen in Harriet. Erivo received an additional nomination alongside Joshuah Brian Campbell for creating the song Stand Up from Harriet. Also in the Best Original Song—Motion Picture category is Andrew Lloyd Webber and Taylor Swift's Cats movie collaboration Beautiful Ghosts and Into the Unknown from Frozen 2 by Kristin Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Other theater-related nominees include Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell for Fosse/Verdon (which also garnered a nomination for Best Limited Series), Renée Zellweger for Judy, and Beanie Feldstein from Hello, Dolly! for Booksmart. Additional Great White Way alums nominated include Christina Applegate (Sweet Charity) for Dead to Me, Al Pacino (China Doll) for The Irishman, Daniel Craig (Betrayal) for Knives Out, and Tom Hanks (Lucky Guy) for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Broadway alum-packed series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Politician received nominations for Best Television Series—Musical or Comedy. Frozen 2 and The Lion King landed nominations for Best Motion Picture—Animated.

ADAM KANTOR, EMILY WALTON & MORE TO LEAD DARLING GRENADINE MUSICAL

The New York premiere of the new musical Darling Grenadine, directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Michael Berresse, will begin previews on January 16, 2020 and officially open on February 10 at Roundabout Underground's Black Box Theatre. Heading the cast will be Adam Kantor (The Band's Visit) as Harry and Emily Walton (Come From Away) as Louise. The cast also includes Jay Armstrong Johnson, Aury Krebs, Matt Dallal, and Mike Nappi. Featuring a book and score by Daniel Zaitchik, Darling Grenadine unfolds as charismatic songwriter Harry (Kantor) falls for clever chorus girl Louise (Walton). Darling Grenadine navigates the tension between romance and reality, light and dark, bitter and sweet and will play a limited engagement through March 15, 2020.

 

BROADWAY’S HAMILTON WELCOMES KRYSTAL JOY BROWN AS ELIZA
Krystal Joy Brown joined the Broadway production of Hamilton on December 10. The strong-voiced stage veteran took over the leading role of Eliza in Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning musical, replacing Tony nominee Denée Benton, who played her final performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on December 8. Brown has previously appeared on Broadway in Big Fish, Motown The Musical, and Leap of Faith. Featuring a book, music, and lyrics by Miranda, Hamilton is directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, with musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire.

 

JOSH GAD IN TALKS TO LEAD NEW HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS SEQUEL
Josh Gad could be headed back to the big screen in the sequel to a classic comedy franchise. The Tony-nominated original Book of Mormon star is in negotiations to star in Shrunk, a fourth edition to the 1989 original film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, according to reports. The sequel would see Gad as the grown-up son to the original film's Wayne (which was played by Rick Moranis), a scientist and dad who accidentally shrinks his two kids along with their next-door neighbors' kids. In the reboot, Gad's character follows in his dad's footsteps and accidentally shrinks his kids. The new film would follow the second and third films in the series, which were 1992's Honey, I Blew Up the Kid and 1997's Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves!

 

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Ghostlight Records has announced an original cast recording of the off-Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors. The album will be released digitally on December 20, 2019 with a physical CD to be released on a date to be announced. Featuring the classic score of Alan Menken (music) and Howard Ashman (lyrics), the new Little Shop stars Jonathan Groff, Tammy Blanchard, and Christian Borle

SAMANTHA BARKS TO STAR AS ELSA IN WEST END PREMIERE OF FROZEN
Samantha Barks will play Elsa in the West End premiere of Disney’s Frozen beginning October 2020. The production will reopen the refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane. It will feature the new song I Can’t Lose You, which is premiering in the musical’s new national tour. In 2018, Barks made her Broadway debut with a year-long run as Vivian Ward in Broadway’s Pretty Woman. She appeared as a contestant on the U.K. reality show I’d Do Anything, competing to play Nancy in Oliver!. The Broadway premiere of Frozen began previews on February 22, 2018 and opened on March 22. The production is directed by Michael Grandage and features choreography by Rob Ashford.

 

IVO VAN HOVE’S NEW STAGING OF WEST SIDE STORY ARRIVES ON BROADWAY
A new Broadway revival of West Side Story from Tony-winning director Ivo van Hove kicked off performances at the Broadway Theatre on December 10. The production will officially open on February 6, 2020. Featuring all-new movement by internationally acclaimed choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, this production of West Side Story marks the first time ever in the United States that the musical has not included the original work of Jerome Robbins. The production features a cast comprising a record-breaking 32 Broadway debuts, including A4D’s Marlon Feliz. Leading the West Side Story company are Isaac Powell as Tony, Shereen Pimentel as Maria, Amar Ramasar as Bernardo, Yesenia Ayala as Anita, and Ben Cook as Riff.

 

HARRY CONNICK, JR. RETURNS TO BROADWAY WITH A CELEBRATION OF COLE PORTER
Two-time Tony nominee Harry Connick, Jr.'s new Broadway solo show A Celebration of Cole Porter officially opened on December 12 and will continue through December 29. Though he's best known as a jazzy crooner, Connick earned Tony nominations as both a composer and performer for the score of the 2001 musical Thou Shalt Not and for his leading performance in The Pajama Game in 2006. He's also played sold-out concert runs on the Great White Way in 1990 and 2010. He was last seen on Broadway in 2011 as Dr. Mark Bruckner in a reimagined Broadway revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. The new production is conceived and directed by Connick.

 

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Sundance Institute has announced the world premiere of We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, a documentary charting the rise of Lin-Manuel Miranda's celebrated improv hip-hop group Freestyle Love Supreme, currently appearing on Broadway for a limited run. Following the 15-year journey of the group's founding members, the documentary follows the story from its beginnings in the basement of the Drama Bookshop in NYC to the Broadway stage at the Booth Theatre…

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