We are getting closer and closer to the Tony Awards with each passing day, and the Broadway world has not stopped buzzing since the announcement of nominees on April 30!
Due to their many Tony nominations including Best Play, along with strong ticket sales, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike has extended their run until July twenty-eighth. The show is playing at the Golden Theatre and has an all-star cast including David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver.
The cast of Pippin performed on The Late Show With David Letterman earlier this week and it was also announced that the show will be going on a national tour starting in 2014.
In other news Lindsay Mendez (of Godspell, Everyday Rapture, Dogfight) was recently announced to play Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, and Derek Klena (Dogfight) will be joining the cast of Wicked alongside Mendez as Fiyero. Many people are thrilled to see Klena and Mendez costar together after playing opposite each other in Dogfight as Eddie Birdlace and Rose. This past week the cast of Dogfight and the creators Benj Pasek and Justin Paul held their first of two concerts at the infamous Joe’s Pub to celebrate the release of the Dogfight cast recording.
For all of you American Horror Story fans out there, it was announced that Broadway’s iconic Patti LuPone will be joining the cast of AHS: “Coven” this fall alongside Angela Bassett as the two leading ladies for this new season. (According to this tweet by creator Ryan Murphy.)
Speaking of Broadway icons, Liza Minnelli may be heading to Broadway next year for a solo musical, however that is unconfirmed for the time being. We will have to wait and see what is to come from this!
In other news, musical theater singer/songwriters Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk are preparing to release their live album based off of their “You Made This” tour. Kerrigan-Lowdermilk’s album is set to release on May twenty-first and will include numbers sung by Lindsay Mendez, Laura Osnes, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jenni Barber, Steven Booth, Andy Mientus, Matt Doyle, Morgan Karr, Jesse Ruben, and many more.
This past week Jane Lynch began her run as Ms. Hannigan in Annie, and will play through July fourteenth.
Earlier this week it was announced that NBC will be cancelling many shows next year that have featured Broadway stars including Smash, 1600 Penn, The New Normal, and Go On. 1600 Penn and The New Normal were canceled after just one season with both shows starring the original Elder Price and Elder Cunningham from The Book of Mormon (Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad). Go On was also cancelled after its first season and starred Women On a Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’s Laura Benanti.
Oh, and speaking of TV, did you hear? Cristin Milioti has been revealed as the actress playing THE MOTHER on How I Met Your Mother (or just HIMYM for other uber-fans like us!). Can’t wait to see more of this familiar face, who recently ended her run as “girl” in Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical Once.
Check back in next Friday for our next Broadway news roundup!