Happy summer everyone! There has been a ton of exciting news happening within the Great White Way this week.
For all of you Smash fans, your wishes have been granted. The television network Ovation has picked up the recently cancelled series and will start airing the first season beginning on Friday, July nineteenth. They are planning to air season two as well as premiere season three, so the fans can see what happens to Bombshell and Hit List in the long run. No word yet if filming for season three will definitely be occurring, but it is currently in discussion. In other television and film news, it was announced that Cameron Diaz will play the role of Miss Hannigan in the upcoming film remake of Annie. Diaz beat out Miss Congeniality and The Blind Side’s Sandra Bullock. The movie will also be starring Quvenzhane Wallis as the title role and Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks, a new character based off of the character Daddy Warbucks.
Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick may be starring in yet another movie-musical after The Last Five Years. Kendrick is being considered for the role of Cinderella in the film version of Into The Woods. Daniel Huttlestone (Gavroshe/Les Miserables movie) is also in consideration to play the role of Jack. Both actors would be incredible additions to the cast already consisting of Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, James Cordon and Jake Gyllenhaal. As if our little Broadway hearts couldn’t be any happier, previous actresses who starred in The Last Five Years as “Cathy” will be making cameos in the upcoming film. Betsy Wolfe and Sherie Rene Scott will be appearing briefly in this movie, and Norbert Leo Butz may be having a cameo as well, but they are still working with his schedule to try and work something out.
It was announced this week that Murder Ballad is now set to close on July twenty-first, so catch this show while you can! The show stars Rebecca Naomi Jones, Caissie Levy, Will Swenson and John Ellison Conlee. Starting in 2014, Ghost the Musical will be touring around the country so if you didn’t have the chance to see it during it’s run on Broadway now may be your chance! There is no word yet on casting or exact dates. This past week Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opened in the West End and many people are already speculating that it may head to Broadway sometime soon. The show is written by Roald Dahl who also wrote Matilda, now one of Broadway’s and the West Ends hit shows. Only time will tell if this show will follow in the same path as Matilda the musical did, so keep checking in!