This Week on Broadway for April 17, 2016: Jose Llana

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Matt Tamanini talk with Jose Llana. Reviews include: The Marvelous Wonderettes @ The Kirk Theatre, Nathan The Wise @ Classic Stage Company, and Ideation @ 59e59. In television and film, we talk about The Greatest Showman on Earth, NT Live Encore Series 2016, and All the Way on HBO.


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Guest: Jose Llana

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YELLOW SOUND LABEL will release the debut American solo album from Drama Desk Award-winning theatre star JOSE LLANA on Friday, May 13. Altitude – based on his acclaimed concert at the Lincoln Center American Songbook Series last year – celebrate his 20 years on Broadway with a savvy collection of songs he performed on and off the main stem, in addition to pop favorites. Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles, his co-star in the Off-Broadway smash Here Lies Love, is featured as special guest. Altitude is produced by Michael Croiter with Kimberly Grigsby serving as Music Director. Pre-order the album at

Llana will return to the starring role in the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King & I from April 19 to May 1, directed by Bartlett Sher. His two week return will be a reunion with his Here Lies Love co-star Ruthie Ann Miles. Llana appeared in the title role for the first time last season and made his Broadway debut as “Lun Tha” in the 1996 Revival of the show opposite Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips. Advance copies of Altitude will be exclusively available at the Vivian Beaumont during this time.

Altitude Album Release at Joe’s Pub on Monday, May 16



PF: The Marvelous Wonderettes @ The Kirk Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street

PF: Nathan The Wise @ Classic Stage Company, 136 East 13th Street, through May 1, 2016

PF: Ideation @ 59e59, through April 17, 2016

JM: Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of The Father @ The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th Street, through June 12, 2016



Television & Film: 

The Greatest Showman on Earth

NT Live Encore Series 2016

All the Way




Post Script:

Theatre World Awards, May 23, 2016 @ 7PM, Circle in the Square

Drama Desk announcements coming soon.

Theater Talk

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Jose Llana: Altitude @ Yellow Sound Label

— We Kiss in a Shadow/I Have Dreamed – Music by Richard Rodgers / Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, from The King & I

— A Perfect Hand – Written by David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim, from Here Lies Love

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