Josh Groban may be a Broadway baby soon! The Grammy-nominated singer appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on January 5 and hinted that the Great White Way is in the future (the near future!). Asked when he will hit Broadway, Groban said, “Hopefully in the next year or two.”Is the “You Raise Me Up” singer eyeing anything specific? Groban revealed to Cohen, “Ideally I’d like to do something brand new. There’s a lot of shows that I grew up really loving, but I think it’s always fun to workshop something and work with people fresh and to kind of develop a character and a story. It’s always been a dream of mine and I got kind of sidetracked into this extraordinary, very lucky life that I’ve had. I’ve never left my passion for that so I would love to.” Cohen responded, “You could fill some seats, my brother. Let’s do it; let’s sell some tickets!”We couldn’t agree more! Groban is no stranger to theater—he attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Interlochen Arts Camp and was slated to attend Carnegie Mellon University’s drama program before being discovered by megaproducer David Foster. In 2008 he performed as the Russian in Chess in Concert at Royal Albert Hall in London alongside Rent alums Idina Menzel and Adam Pascal. Check out the videos below to get a sampling of Groban putting that voice to some good musical theater use! View Comments Star Files Josh Groban
Remind yourself how much fun a hooker romantic comedy can be below. In the grand tradition of Broadway hooker musicals (The Life, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Irma La Douce and even—ahem—“dancer for hire” Sweet Charity), there may be a new entry. A musical adaptation of the hit 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman is aiming for the stage, according to The New York Post. The blockbuster movie, which memorably paired Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, told the story of a Hollywood streetwalker and the corporate tycoon who hires her—and then falls for her. Think Pygmalion and My Fair Lady but with big hair and sleazy attire. Movie director Garry Marshall, producer Paula Wagner and screenwriter J.F. Lawton are all smitten with the idea of a Pretty Woman musical, according to the Post. Of course, without a composer and creative team, it doesn’t look like this loverly idea will materialize on the Great White Way anytime soon. View Comments
London’s National Theatre has announced its plans for the 2014-15 season, which will be the final year for Nicholas Hytner before stepping down as Artistic Director. The lineup includes a revival of Euripides’s Medea with Helen McCrory in the title role, a new play by Tom Stoppard directed by Hytner and as previously announced, George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman starring Ralph Fiennes. View Comments The first production of the season will be Medea, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell, which will open in July at the Olivier Theatre. Headlined by McCrory, her extensive theater credits include Uncle Vanya at the Donmar Warehouse, an Olivier Award-winning turn as Rosalind in As You Like It and Henrik Ibsen’s Rosmersholm at the Almeida Theatre. She has appeared in films such as Hugo, Skyfall, and the Harry Potter series. This will be followed by three new plays by Rona Munro: James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock; James II: Day Of The Innocents and James III: The True Mirror. Directed by Laurie Sansom, the productions will evoke three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the 15th century and play in the Olivier Theatre from September. In The Shed, David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face will open in May, directed by Alex Sims. It will be followed by a new play by Polly Stenham, Hotel, opening in June, directed by Maria Aberg. The new Stoppard play, currently untitled, will open at the Dorfman Theatre in January 2015 under Hytner’s direction. Rules for Living, a new play by Sam Holcroft and directed by Marianne Elliott, will begin performances at the Dorfman in March. The Lyttelton Theatre will host a new play by Richard Bean, directed by Hytner, this summer. Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk will play in the venue in September, followed by Lloyd Newson’s DV8 Physical Theatre with a new production, John, in October and in December a new play by Tena Stivicic, which will be directed by Howard Davies. Man and Superman, starring Fiennes, will subsequently open in the Lyttelton in February 2015. A new play from David Hare, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, adapted from the book by Katherine Boo and directed by incoming artistic director Rufus Norris, will open at the Olivier in November. The venue will play host to Robert Louis Stephenson’s classic Treasure Island, adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Polly Findlay from December.
View Comments Related Shows It’s official! As Broadway.com first reported, Tony winner Martin Short will replace Nathan Lane as James Wicker in an extended run of the star-studded It’s Only a Play. Lane is set to headline BAM’s The Iceman Cometh in February. Short will begin performances in the role on January 7, 2015; Lane will play his final show on January 4, the date the production had initially been set to complete its limited run.The Terrence McNally comedy will now play at its current home, the Schoenfeld Theatre, through January 18 before moving to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, where it will begin performances on January 23. It will remain there through March 29. It’s Only a Play also stars Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, F. Murray Abrahm, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint and Micah Stock.Short took home a Tony Award for his performance in Little Me. He was also nominated for The Goodbye Girl and headlined Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. He shares an Emmy with John Candy, Andrea Martin and more for their writing on SCTV. His additional screen credits include Father of the Bride, Mars Attacks!, Three Amigos, Innerspace, Saturday Night Live and Primetime Glick.It’s Only a Play, directed by Jack O’Brien, is set on the opening night of Broderick’s character Peter Austin’s new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big first night with his best friend, a television star (Lane), his fledgling producer (Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Channing), his wunderkind director (Grint), an infamous drama critic (Abraham), and a wide-eyed coat check attendant (Stock) on his first night in Manhattan.The Helen Mirren-led The Audience begins previews at the Schoenfeld on February 17, 2015. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 Nathan Lane Star Files It’s Only a Play
View Comments After seeing Patina Miller’s rough and tough transformation for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, we were afraid she might show up to the movie’s premiere on November 17 covered in dirt. But the Tony winner looked glam and gorgeous as usual on the red carpet, decked out in a shimmering paisley gown. In the third installment of The Hunger Games, the Pippin and Sister Act alum plays Commander Paylor, who works closely with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and her crew as they plan to take on the Capitol. Check out this super sizzling photo of Miller on the red carpet, then see her in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, in theaters November 21!
Tony nominee and Frozen star Josh Gad and Tony winner James Corden reunited on Corden’s The Late Late Show on April 8, and it was an absolute Broadway extravaganza. First, Gad crashes Corden’s opening monologue with a medley of familiar Frozen tunes. The two first met when they were both on Broadway in The Book of Mormon and One Man, Two Guvnors, and three years later, they have fond memories of the Great White Way. “What has been the standard now,” Gad said, “is so many of us getting our shot from theater. I never in my wildest dreams that I would be doing this show eight times a week…and catapult from that of all things.” Now he’s a huge TV and film star—with Frozen 2 on the way. But don’t expect any spoilers from Gad; he knows just as much as you do. Something tells us they would make a great duo as Tony emcees. Take a look at the clips below, in which the two, joined by James Van Der Beek, also discuss their beginnings in musical theater and their respective first kisses. View Comments
View Comments The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. We’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Broadway.com Show every Wednesday.When Andrew Lloyd Webber recently revealed a 50th anniversary production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is in the works, we asked you to rank actors to star in it. The results are in, and (to no one’s surprise at all) you chose our Broadway boyfriend Aaron Tveit to headline the show. This week, we’ve been thinking about movie musicals (like a “scrappy” In the Heights flick). With movie musicals on the brain, we had to ask you which Tony-winning musical should become a movie. Some shows are based on films, but we’re talking about a movie musical! Oh, and we didn’t include the ones that have already been made into movie musicals. (We’re looking at you Hairspray, Phantom, The Producers, Les Miz etc.) Makes sense, no? So please tell us, which Tony-winning musical deserves to go Hollywood. Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek posted his list of top 10 picks here!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the next episode of The Broadway.com Show!
Matthew Perry has found his London Friends! Christina Cole (The Magistrate), Jennifer Mudge (Into The Woods) and Lloyd Owen (The Bodyguard) will join Perry in the world premiere of his playwriting debut, The End of Longing. Directed by Lindsay Posner, the bittersweet and comic new show is scheduled to run for a limited engagement February 2 through May 14.Meet Jack (Perry), Stephanie (Mudge), Joseph (Owen) and Stevie (Cole): four lost souls, entering their forties and searching for meaning. After sharing one raucous night together in a downtown Los Angeles bar, their lives become irreversibly entwined in a rollercoaster journey that forces them to confront the darker sides of their relationships.Opening night is set for February 11 at the Playhouse Theatre. View Comments
Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles—we have a new video blogger! Fiddler on the Roof’s Adam Kantor is the latest to grab a camera as a Broadway.com vlogger. Rev up your sewing machines and get ready for Motel Citizen: Backstage at Fiddler on the Roof with Adam Kantor.Kantor, who plays Motel the tailor in the Bartlett Sher-helmed revival, will offer up a glimpse of backstage life at the Broadway Theatre, where he and his co-stars—including Danny Burstein, Jessica Hecht and his onstage love interest and offstage bestie Alexandra Silber—follow traditions, find them some finds and haunt our dreams eight times a week.Kantor made his Broadway debut in the closing cast of Rent as Mark. He has since appeared in Next to Normal on Broadway and off-Broadway in The Last Five Years and Avenue Q, as well as the world premiere of Diner in Washington, D.C.Motel Citizen kicks off on February 5 and will run every Friday for eight weeks. View Comments Fiddler on the Roof Related Shows Adam Kantor in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016
Aaron Tveit(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Aaron Tveit Heading to BostonAttention Tveiter Tots! There’s another chance to get up close and personal with your Broadway boyfriend Aaron Tveit. The Grease: Live star will headline at the House of Blues Boston in Boston, Massachusetts, on August 27. This gig is in addition to his previously reported solo show at New York hotspot Irving Plaza on June 11. Date(s) with Tveit? Talk about multiplying thrills.Megan Hilty Set for TV Adaptation of First Wives ClubBroadway bombshell Megan Hilty has been enlisted as one of the leads for a TV Land pilot of The First Wives Club, a remake of the 1996 hit movie. Penned by Rebecca Addelman, Deadline reports that the 2016 Tony nominee will star opposite Alyson Hannigan in the project, which will be set in present-day San Francisco. Hilty is set to take on the role of Kim, a once successful actress who is now too old for Hollywood, while Hannigan will appear as Maggie, an English professor. Separately, there’s still no word on whether the 2014 stage adaptation of the property will land on Broadway.B’way-Bound Groundhog Day Cancels First PreviewsLondon will have to wait a little longer to see Broadway favorite Andy Karl. The world premiere of the Main Stem-bound Groundhog Day at the Old Vic has canceled three previews owing to the “technical requirements” of the production. Directed by Matthew Warchus, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, the new musical will now begin performances on July 15 (instead of July 11); it will still officially open on August 16. According to the New York Times, the producing team has also recently undergone a shakeup; we hope that Groundhog Day will still start performances on the Great White Way as planned on January 23, 2017.Eclipsed to Land on West CoastThe Tony-nominated Eclipsed will have its west coast premiere engagement at San Francisco’s the Curran next spring. Directed by Liesl Tommy and written by Danai Gurira, the Broadway production is led by Oscar winner and 2016 Tony nominee Lupita Nyong’o.J.K. Rowling’s Cursed Child WarningThe eagerly-anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to begin previews in the West End on June 7. However, that doesn’t mean that spoilers are allowed—check out J.K. Rowling’s message to all of us about the project below. Star Files Aaron Tveit View Comments Megan Hilty