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1. Jane Alexander and James Cromwell Join the Cast of GRAND HORIZONS
We have further casting for the upcoming Broadway production of GRAND HORIZONS. Tony and Emmy winner Jane Alexander and Emmy winner James Cromwell have joined the upcoming Bess Wohl play, which will play a 10-week engagement at the Hayes Theater this winter.
Alexander and Cromwell will play Nancy and Bill, respectively. The play follows the couple, who have been 50 years for the past 50 years, and as they settle into their new home in Grand Horizons, Nancy suddenly walks out, leaving their sons Brian and Ben to struggle with the sudden change and crumbling family.
The previously announced Priscilla Lopez, Maulik Pancholy, Ashley Park, and Michael Urie will also star, and Thomas Sadoski, who had been announced for the role of Ben, will no longer be a part of hte production due to scheduling conflicts. A replacement will be announced soon.
GRAND HORIZONS will begin performances December 23 ahead of a January 23, 2020, opening.
2. SOFT POWER Extends Again at The Public
Exciting news yesterday from The Public as David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER announced it will once again be extending. The musical-within-a-play, which opened on October 15, will now play through November 17, an additional week than its initial extension.
Directed by Leigh Silverman, SOFT POWER rewinds political history and plays it back a century later through the Chinese lens of a future East-meets-West musical.
3. Beckly Gulsvig Will Succeed Jenn Colella in COME FROM AWAY
We learned earlier this week Jenn Colella would be departing COME FROM AWAY after over two years in the role on Broadway and over four years total. Now, we have learned her replacement.
Becky Gulsvig will succeed the Tony nominee in the roles of Beverley, Annette, and others, reprising her work from the musical’s national tour. Gulsvig will join the cast beginning November 12 with Colella taking her final bow on November 10. In additoina to the national tour, Gulsvig has also starred on Broadway in SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL, LEGALLY BLONDE, and HAIRSPRAY.
In Other News…
Yiddish FIDDLER to Officially End Run in January
Free Theatre Tickets Offered as TDF Veterans Program Returns
The National Yiddiish Theatre Folksbiene’s FIDDLER ON THE ROOFwill officially end this coming January. The Joel Grey-directed production will play its final performance on January 5, 2020 at Stage 42, where it’s been since February 2019 after transfering from the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
National and international tours of the production are in the works, however, including an Australian staging set to open in September 2020.
Finally, TDF is bringing free tickets to veterans as its Veterans Program returns for a third season.
Over a dozen shows will be available for former service members, including OKLAHOMA!, WAITRESS, THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR STARRING ROCKETTES, TOOTSIE, COME FROM AWAY, BEETLEJUICE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW, THE ILLUSIONISTS, MEAN GIRLS, BLUE MAN GROUP, WICKED, ALADDIN, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, FROZEN, AND THE LION KING. In addition to the tickets, post-performance talkbacks for attendees are planned whenever possible and where TDF Memberships are provided.
Information can be found at tdf.org.