Happy August everyone! We are racing full speed ahead into the new upcoming Broadway season as each month passes, and there is already a ton of exciting news for next year on Broadway!
It was recently announced that Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent, Glee) will be starring in the new Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey musical “If/Then,” but she isn’t the only Rent star joining the team. Anthony Rapp, the original Mark Cohen, was just announced to be co-staring with his former Rent cast member in this new musical. If/Then will be having an out-of-town tryout before heading to Broadway this upcoming spring and will be directed by Michael Greif.
Bertie Carvel and Lauren Ward, Matilda, The Musical’s Miss Trunchbull and Miss Honey will be departing the original Broadway cast this September and will be replaced by Craig Bierko and Jill Paice. The two will begin their run on September third.
Avenue Q celebrated the show’s tenth anniversary this past week on July thirty-first, and that date was proclaimed as “Avenue Q Day!” How ’bout that for an anniversary gift? Also announced this week, the off-Broadway revival cast recording of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last 5 Years will (finally) be released this September, featuring Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe.
Are your spidey senses tingling? Reeve Carney will be departing the cast of Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark this September and open casting calls are being held in Los Angeles and New York for this leading role. Are spiders not your forte? Pippin is also holding auditions for any actors who are trained contortionists or have experience with silks, aerial hoop, tumbling, and more. For more information, check out the show’s website.
It was announced this week that The Book Of Mormon’s Rory O’Malley and Smash star Wesley Taylor will be joining the cast of Little Miss Sunshine at Second Stage Theatre. No word yet on when the show is planning to open. Also announced this week was that the film adaptation of The Normal Heart will be welcoming Joel Grey, Denis O’ Hare and Stephen Spinella to the cast.
In case you missed it, Norbert Leo Butz of Broadway’s upcoming Big Fish performed “Fight The Dragons” this past week at Broadway In Bryant Park. It’s basically all things wonderful because, well, it’s Norbert Leo Butz. Need I say more? Krysta Rodriguez and Zachary Levi also performed a number from First Date this past week, entitled “First Impressions.” Those two can just make your heart smile in this hilarious song from their show.
If you guys have had the chance to go to Broadway In Bryant Park, tweet @CampBroadway and let us know what your favorite performance was!