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1. Mark Addy, Dan Stevens, and More Will Star in Broadway’s HANGMEN
Yesterday was a relatively light news day, at least compared to the previous day, but we did get some Broadway casting news: the initial casting for Martin McDonagh’s HANGMEN. Mark Addy, who international audiences will know from GAME OF THRONES playing Robert Baratheon, will reprise his role in the Broadway premiere at the Golden Theatre. Addy starred in the play’s Off-Broadway premiere at Atlantic Theater Company in 2018, where he played Harry, the local British hangman who finds himself without a job on the day hanging is abolished.
Also returning to the cast will be Owen Campbell as Clegg, Gaby French as Shirley, Richard Hollis as Bill, and John Horton as Arthur. Also set to join them will be Tracie Bennett, Ewen Bremner, John Hodgkinson, and DOWNTON ABBEY star Dan Stevens.
The Broadway premiere of HANGMEN, a Royal Court and Atlantic co-production, will begin previews February 28th ahead of a March 19th opening. Matthew Dunster will again direct.
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3. In Other News
A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY Announces Extension
Joey McIntyre to Star in Dion Musical The Wanderer
Society of Composers and Lyricists Nominate Cynthia Erivo, Pasek and Paul, the Lopezes, More for Inaugural Awards
Danielle Brooks, John Keating, Jonathan Hadary Receive Actors’ Equity Awards
Jeremy O. Harris’ Zola Movie, Julie Taymor and Sarah Ruhl’s Gloria Steinem Biopic, More to Premiere at 2020 Sundance Film Festival
First up, The Public Theater has extended its current revival of Tony Kusner’s A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY, directed by Oskar Eustis. Originally scheduled to run through December 15th, the production, which began performances on October 29th, will now run an extra week through December 22nd. The cast stars Nikki M. James, Michael Esper, Grace Gummer, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Nadine Malouf, Mosa Malek, Mark Margolis, Michael Urie, Linda Emond, and more.
Next, over in Jersey, Paper Mill Playhouse has announced that WAITRESS and WICKED alum Joey McIntyre will appear in the upcoming world premiere of the Dion musical THE WANDERER. The musical, with a book by Charles Messina, will follow the life of Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dion DiMucci. Performances will begin at Paper Mill in Millburn, New Jersey, on May 28, 2020. McIntyre’s role and additional casting will be announced later.
A couple of awards-related items for the day: The Society of Composers and Lyricists have announced the nominees for its inaugural SCL Awards, and, of course, we have several Tony Award-winning performers and composers topping the list. The awards will honor the work of composers and lyricists in film and television over the past year. Among those nominated for Outstanding Original Song are Cynthia Erivo and Joshuah Brian Campbell for HARRIET, the Lopezs for FROZEN 2, and Pasek and Paul and Alan Menken for ALADDIN. A special collaboration honor will be awarded to Tony-winning director Sam Mendes for his collaboration with frequent film composer Thomas Newman. The winners of the inaugural SCL Awards will be announced on January 7th in Los Angeles.
Also announced yesterday, Danielle Brooks, John Keating, and Jonathan Hadary will received Actors’ Equity Foundations awards. Brooks and Keating will be recognized with the Joe A. Callaway Award, celebrating performances in classic titles— Brooks for the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park presentation of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and Keating for is performance in the O’Casey Cycle, including THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS, SHADOW OF A GUNMAN, and JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK. Hardary will receive the foundation’s St. Clair Bayfield Award, which goes to a performer for supporting work in a Shakespeare Play, for his performance in the Public’s CORIOLANUS in Central Park. The recipients will be honored during a membership meeting on January 13th at Equity’s New York City headquarters.
And yesterday the Sundance Film Festival announced its 2020 lineup and several Broadway artists will be taking the silver screen. Among the titles will be SLAVE PLAY writer Jeremy O. Harris’ highly-anticipated ZOLA, which includes in its cast Tony nominee Colman Domingo and Tony winner Ari’el Stachel. Also part of the lineup will be Julie Taymor and Sarah Ruhl’s Gloria Steinem biopic, starring Julianne Moore, Bette Midler, and Janelle Monae; a film adaptation of Florian Zeller’s THE FATHER, starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman; and THE 40-YEAR-OLD VERSION about a playwright-turned-rapper and starring Tony Winner Reed Birney. The lineup also includes several Tony winners and nominees, such as Laura Benanti, Glenn Close, Vanessa Williams, Emily Skeggs, Peter Gallagher, and more. You can check out the full lineup on sundance.org.
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