Reeve Carney, the performer who has played the role of Peter Parker / Spiderman in Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark since it first bowed on Broadway, will finally depart the production on September 15. To find his replacement, the show’s producers are launching a talent search.
Currently there are two open casting calls planned, one in New York and the other in Los Angeles. The L.A. call will take place on August 12 at Hollywood United Methodist Church. The NYC call will be held on August 19 at Stage 48 & Sky-Lounge.
The casting description for Spiderman is for males in either their late teens or early 20s, and they can be any ethnicity. “Nerdy with an understated sex appeal and a good sense of humor” is desirable, and a “great rock singing voice” is a must.
Casting personnel will also be seeing actresses who might be considered in the future to play Mary Jane.
The Next to Normal team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (who also wrote the new Broadway-bound musical If/Then) will team up with Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark scribe Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to adapt the recent film Magic Mike into a Broadway musical.
Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh and star Channing Tatum will serve as producers on the musical. The popular 2012 movie, which co-starred Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer and Matt Bomer, was inspired by Tatum’s experience as a male stripper.
Another of the show’s producers, Reid Carolin, previously spoke to USA Today about the Magic Mike musical, saying, “We are working on it as a Broadway show, which would be a different story, more of a romp, more of a fun night out at a club with a story. I’m almost more excited about that than the movie because I think it’s the perfect thing for women to go see on Broadway, to be participants in the show.”
Playwright Glen Berger, who co-wrote the book to the Broadway musical Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, is documenting his experience during the show’s tumultuous development in the new book Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History. Published by Simon & Schuster, the book is due to hit stores on November 5.
In Song of Spider-Man, Berger describes his collaboration with director Julie Taymor and U2′s Bono and The Edge, who wrote the show’s score. He discusses the passion and ambition that went into the production, detailing both the highs and lows of the multi-year process that led to the creation of one of the most expensive and talked-about Broadway musicals of all time.
Glen Berger’s plays include O Lovely Glowworm and Underneath the Lintel. In addition to Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark, he has worked on the musicals A Night in the Old Marketplace and On Words and Onwards.
On August 11, Tony Award winning songwriter Stephen Sondheim will be honored with the 54th Edward MacDowell Medal during a ceremony at The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. A national award presented each year to an American artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the arts, the MacDowell Medal has previously gone to such distinguished artists as Joan Didion, Edward Hopper, Merce Cunningham, and Sondheim’s writing partner on West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein.
Stephen Sondheim will receive the medal during a day-long event taking place from 11am to 5pm. Free and open to the public, the event will include appearances from company chairman Michael Chabon and author/theater critic Frank Rich.
Sondheim’s numerous Broadway credits as a composer and lyricist include Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Company, Follies, Assassins, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Sunday in the Park with George.
Find out more information about The MacDowell Colony at www.MacDowellColony.org.
After Midnight, the new Jazz Age inspired show coming to Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre this autumn, has announced that the first of a line-up of guest-star headliners will be Fantasia Barrino. Last seen on Broadway in The Color Purple, Fantasia was first brought to fame as a contestant on American Idol.
In addition to famed guest stars, After Midnight will feature 25 singers and dancers, along with a 17-person band. According to press notes, “After Midnight will celebrate Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by a world-class big band of 17 musicians … The timeless tunes set against a narrative of Langston Hughes poetry will provide an authentic backdrop for an array of cutting-edge performances.”
Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, the production begins preview performances on October 18. Fantasia Barrino is scheduled to perform in After Midnight through February 9 2013
This year’s Tony Awards broadcast met with a (rare) chorus of approval from Broadway theater fans — and now the annual awards show is getting recognition from the TV industry as well. The 66th Annual Tony Awards telecast, which aired early last month, has received a total of five Emmy Award nominations.
The 2012 Tony Awards broadcast earned nominations in the categories of Outstanding Special Class Programs; Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics; Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special; Outstanding Music Direction; and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.
The Emmy Awards will air on the CBS network on September 22, 2013.
When it was recently announced that this Broadway season would welcome the Beatles tribute musical revue Let It Be, some may have had a case of deja vu. After all, there was another Beatles inspired revue on Broadway just a couple of years ago with Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles.
A new lawsuit reveals that the producers of Rain feel they have a legal case against the producers of Let It Be. They are suing for copyright infringement, requesting a 50-50 split of Let It Be‘s revenue and asking that the Rain Corporation be listed as joint author. The makers of Rain claim that Let It Be has used much of its material, including staging, musical arrangements, song selection, costume styles, and more.
Let It Be, which was first produced in London, recently began preview performances at Broadway’s St. James Theatre.
TV fans were shocked to learn on July 13 that Glee star Cory Monteith had been found dead in a Vancouver hotel room. Just 31 years old, the young actor had just seen his career take off in the last few years due to the popularity of the hit Fox comedy Glee. He had been open about his long history with drug abuse, and sadly it was a mix of heroin and alcohol that led to the talented star’s death.
Monteith and his Glee co-star Lea Michele, a longtime Broadway performer with credits such as Ragtime and Spring Awakening on her resume, were romantically involved, although Michele was not present at the time of his death. Though she has requested privacy while she grieves for her boyfriend’s death, Michele’s representatives did release the following statement to People Magazine:
“Lea is deeply grateful for all the love and support she’s received from family, friends, and fans. Lea has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them. They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together. We continue to ask the media to respect the privacy of Lea and Cory’s family.”
The classic 1978 college comedy Animal House, which is soon to become a Broadway show, has a new songwriter penning its score. The Canadian rock group Barenaked Ladies were originally set to write Animal House‘s score, but now David Yazbek is taking over songwriting duties for the new tuner.
David Yazbek is best known to Broadway fans for his tuneful score to the Broadway musical version of The Full Monty. He also wrote the scores for the Broadway musical comedies Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and, most recently, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
Animal House, which is shooting to make its stage premiere in 2014, features a book by Michael Mitnick. Casey Nicholaw, the Tony winning director of The Book of Mormon, will helm the musical.
With so many young performers featuring prominently on Broadway in musicals such as Annie, Matilda, and A Christmas Story this past season, now more than ever is a perfect time to feature those talented youngsters on CD. That’s why Broadway Records is releasing When I Grow Up: Broadway’s Next Generation. The recording will be available for digital download on July 26, with the CD release planned for July 30.
Youthful actors and singers from a number of Broadway shows, including Mary Poppins, Evita, Bonnie & Clyde, Billy Elliot, and the musicals mentioned above, appear on the album. Instead of singing the kid-friendly fare that they usually perform onstage, these emerging performers are showcasing some of their favorite songs from the adult repertoire, including “Agony” (Into the Woods), “Mr. Cellophane” (Chicago), and “A Summer in Ohio” (The Last Five Years).
When I Grow Up: Broadway’s Next Generation will be introduced to audiences through a launch concert being held at 54 Below on July 29 (where the CD can also be purchased a day in advance of its official release date). Go to www.broadwayrecords.com to find out more about the album.