The Fans Have Spoken! These Top 10 Cast Albums Should Have Received Grammy Noms

first_imgHappy Monday, Broadway fans! Last week, nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards were released, and Dear Evan Hansen, Hello, Dolly! and Come From Away all made the cut. While we know you’ll definitely be rooting for these three during music’s biggest night on January 28, 2018, there were a few cast recordings you were bummed to see snubbed. We asked you which albums you wish the Grammy committee had acknowledged. Your list included a bevy of Broadway musicals with superb scores. Put those headphones on, take a look at your top 10 and jam your way through the list to cure that case of the Mondays!10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 4. Sunday in the Park with George 2. Anastasia 6. Falsettos 1. The Great Comet 8. Amélie 7. Dreamgirls 5. Groundhog Day 3. Bandstand 9. In Transit View Commentslast_img read more

Octopus Obsession, Feeling Moxy and More Things We Learned from The Band’s Visit Star Katrina Lenk on Show People

first_img View Comments 2. SHE’S ALWAYS GAME TO FLY ONSTAGE“I am all in for flying. I loved the hugeness of Spider-Man and how carefully thought all of the flying rigs were on the set and everything. I felt very safe there. I’d be so game for flying in The Band’s Visit mid-‘Omar Sharif.’” Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 The Band’s Visit Related Shows Interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.Did you know Show People is available as a podcast? Listen to your favorite stars talk Broadway and beyond on your way to work, the gym, the theater and more on iTunes and Spotify. Other must-read highlights:ON THE BAND’S VISIT’S ACCLAIM“We were definitely all surprised when the audiences responded in the way that they did. Everyone loves the show that they’re in, and you want it to be good, so it’s a really wonderful thing to have the audience feel the way we do about the show.”ON CREATING BACKSTORIES FOR ALL OF HER CHARACTERS“It’s always really fun, and it can provide answers where there aren’t any, say, in the script. Making up your own reasons for things is always really fun. With Dina, her backstory will sometimes change, depending where I’m at. I like to keep making things up and creating things.”ON THE BAND’S VISIT FAMILY“From day one, everyone was just generous, welcoming and very funny. It was like a family from the very beginning, which was great. It’s not always that way. It’s not always instant family. I do think if you work on something with a bunch of people, you will be connected with them in some way. There’s always some kind of love among a cast, regardless.”ON FOLLOWING HER DREAMS TO LOS ANGELES“The timing was not the best when I moved to L.A. There was a writer’s strike. I moved there with all these big dreams and then was like, ‘Oh no! Everything’s wrong.’ If you don’t know anyone in L.A., it’s so hard to get people to meet you and represent you. There’s also so many people there that are trying to make it.”ON TOUGH TIMES IN NEW YORK“My first Broadway contract was for The Miracle Worker. I was the standby for Alison Pill and Jennifer Morrison. I never went on. That closed, and I hadn’t saved enough money to stay in New York. It went by so fast. I went back to L.A. like, ‘I am never going back to New York. Never!’”ON HER STAGE PERSONA MOXY PHINX“She’s kind of crazy. She came out of the frustration I was feeling in L.A. I think a lot of actors feel this like, ‘I can’t book work. No one wants to see me. Have I no worth?’ But you still have all of this stuff in your brain that you want to get out and create. She came from that feeling of, ‘I’m just going to do something because I’m losing my mind.’ This woman doesn’t care what anyone thinks. She’s kind of just hung around and gotten more ridiculous. Everything about her is sort of misfitty.”ON AWARDS SEASON“What I really love about the theater community is how supportive everyone is of each other. Thinking of the awards as more of a celebration as opposed to a competition really helps. I’m so thrilled for all of the shows that are coming out. So many of my friends are in these shows, and I want them to do well. Thinking about it like that takes the pressure off. We’re not actually competing. We’re all doing something that we love so much.”ON HER SUCCESS IN THE BAND’S VISIT“If I was younger, it might have freaked me out a lot more. There’s perspective that I have now that I wouldn’t have had in my twenties…hopefully!”ON HER OFFSTAGE DREAM“I’m obsessed with The Blue Planet right now. It’s on BBC America. They bring cameras so deep into the ocean, like the very bottom of the deepest parts of the ocean. It’s an alien planet down there, and I cannot stop thinking about it. I’m currently obsessed with meeting an octopus. It’s my goal right now.”Watch the full episode of Show People with Paul Wontorek below!center_img 3. SHE GETS STAGE DOOR JITTERS“I get really shy at the stage door. It’s something I’m not quite used to. To me, the stage door seems more for like, Bruce Springsteen. Of course people are going to wait for Bruce Springsteen! Come on! For me, it’s a little bit of like, ‘What? It’s just me.’” Star Files 1. SHE HAD A DELIGHTFULLY BATTY DANCE TEACHER GROWING UP“Betty Hill was amazing. She was my first dance teacher. I started dancing when I was three. I mean, how much dancing can you really do when you’re three? But I did it, and Betty Hill was amazing. She had this giant red beehive, like Lucille Ball red. She was very much into the performing, and she’d say, ‘Smile, smile, smile,’ all the time.” Katrina Lenk is no stranger to ensnaring audiences, be it as the seductive viola player in Once or as spider goddess Arachne in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Now her performance in Itamar Moses and David Yazbek’s The Band’s Visit has had audiences and critics buzzing since it premiered off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company in 2016. With awards season ramping up, The Band’s Visit (and Lenk herself) is being hailed as a favorite on the Great White Way. Here’s what we learned from Lenk about her hilarious dance teacher growing up, why she gets shy at the stage door, her octopus obsession, why awards season doesn’t scare her and more on this week’s Show People with Paul Wontorek. Katrina Lenklast_img read more

Darius de Haas & More to Join Nathan Lee Graham in The Muny’s The Wiz

first_imgDarius de Haas Everybody rejoice! Broadway alum Darius de Haas (Shuffle Along) is among the newly announced complete cast of The Muny’s upcoming centennial-season production of The Wiz. Directed by Tony nominee Denis Jones (Holiday Inn), choreographed by Camille A. Brown (Once On This Island) and music-directed by Darryl Archibald (Motown), The Wiz is slated to run from June 19-25 at the beloved St. Louis outdoor theater. De Haas replaces the previously announced Mykal Kilgore, who has exited the production to appear in Encores! Off-Center’s Songs for a New World.Joining de Haas will be newcomer Danyel Fulton as Dorothy, E. Faye Butler (Mamma Mia!) as Addaperle/Evillene and Demetria McKinney (Dreamgirls) as Glinda, with four-legged Nessa appearing as Toto. They join the previously announced Nathan Lee Graham in the title role, Jared Grimes as the Scarecrow and James T. Lane as the Tinman.The ensemble will include Akilah Ayanna, Rhaamell Burke-Missouri, Kevin Curtis, Chloe Davis, Timothy L. Edwards, Chavon Hampton, Cameron Anika Hill, Karma Jenkins, Amber Pickens, Malaiyka Amiyna Reid, Allysa Shorte, Donald Shorter, Voltaire Wade-Greene, Sir Brock Warren, Nathaniel J. Washington and Brion Marquis Watson. They will also be joined by the Muny Kid and Teen youth ensembles.The Wiz, a modern take on The Wizard of Oz, follows a shy young woman named Dorothy who is ushered into the mysterious Land of Oz by a snowstorm. The Wiz features a book by William F. Brown and a score by Charlie Smalls. The original Broadway production of The Wiz won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. View Commentslast_img read more

Hannah Elless, Bryce Pinkham, Claybourne Elder Set for Benny & Joon Musical at Paper Mill

first_img Casting is here for the East Coast premiere of the new Benny & Joon musical, set to run at Millburn, NJ’s Paper Mill Playhouse this spring. The previously announced production, directed by Jack Cummings III, choreographed by Scott Rink and music-directed by J. Oconor Navarro, will begin performances on April 4 and open on April 14 for a limited run through May 5.Leading the cast will be Claybourne Elder (Torch Song) as Benny, Hannah Elless (The Other Josh Cohen) as Joon, Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham (Superhero) as Sam, Tatiana Wechsler (The Golden Bride) as Ruthie, Colin Hanlon (Falsettos) as Mike, Paolo Montalban (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) as Larry, Natalie Toro (A Tale of Two Cities) as Dr. Cortez/Mrs. Smail and Jacob Keith Watson (Carousel) as Waldo/Video Store Owner, with standby Belinda Allyn (Allegiance).Conor Ryan (Desperate Measures) will play the role of Sam at certain performances.With a book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, the new stage adaptation of the 1993 motion picture centers on Joon (Elless), a young woman dealing with mental illness, and Benny (Elder), the big brother who’s determined to take care of her. When a charmingly eccentric stranger (Pinkham) comes into their lives, he throws their carefully calibrated world off-kilter.The musical will feature scenic and costume design by Dane Laffrey, lighting design by R. Lee Kennedy, sound design by Kai Harada, movement coordination by Lorenzo Pisoni and orchestrations by Michael Starobin.San Diego’s Old Globe presented the 2017 world premiere of Benny & Joon, which featured Elless, Pinkham, Hanlon, Montalban and Toro. View Comments Star Files Claybourne Elder Hannah Elless & Bryce Pinkham in “Benny & Joon” at the Old Globe(Photo: Jim Cox)last_img read more

Beetlejuice Rings In Halloween with a Spooktacular Performance on The View

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 6, 2020 Adam Dannheisser David Josefsberg Related Shows The cast of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Beetlejuice took to the small screen today today to toast Halloween. The company of the spooky musical comedy lent their voices to Lord Burgess’ iconic song “Day-O” leading into the lively “That Beautiful Sound” from Eddie Perfect’s Tony-nominated score. Watch the company sing out below and don’t let Halloween pass by without making plans to experience Beetlejuice for yourself on Broadway. View Comments View All (6) Kerry Butlercenter_img Sophia Anne Caruso & Alex Brightman in “Beetlejuice”(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Sophia Anne Caruso Beetlejuice Alex Brightman Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer Star Fileslast_img read more

Stars on Sondheim: Jessie Mueller Dreams of Playing a ‘Scrumptious’ Sondheim Role

first_img Star Files Jessie Mueller March 22 marks Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday. It’s impossible to state the great contribution and influences this titan of the stage has made to musical theater, but we’re taking a stab at it by reaching out to some stars who have appeared in his many shows to share their personal experiences. Jessie Mueller as Cinderella in “Into the Woods.”(Illustration by Ryan Casey)center_img Tony winner Jessie Mueller first saw Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods when she was a kid and was immediately transfixed by the modern twist on classic fairy tale characters. She went on to play Cinderella at the Public Theater’s 2012 production in Central Park’s Delacorte Theater alongside Amy Adams, Donna Murphy, Denis O’Hare and Chip Zien, who, of course, also starred in the original production. Mueller told all about her time with Into the Woods and more.What’s your desert island Sondheim cast recording? Into the Woods. Besides the brilliant vocal performances (Chip Zien on “No More” stirs my heart!), it’s one of those shows that reveals something new to me every time I listen to it. I really don’t understand how Mr. Sondheim could write about life in that way, with such perspective, while being in the midst of it. It’s inspired.Which Sondheim production do you wish you had seen? The original Merrily We Roll Along. I got to do a production with dear friends of mine in Chicago, and it will always hold a special place in my heart.What was the first Sondheim show you ever saw? The original Into the Woods, either on PBS or possibly rented from the library on VHS. I had never seen something that fully fanciful before, done to that scale! It was my little girl dreams of actual fairy tales coming to life.Which Sondheim role would you love to tackle? Mrs. Lovett! She’s saucy and lovable and sassy. And she makes bread products, gets to hit things with a rolling pin and be a bit evil. I just think it would be scrumptious.Tell us about a note you received from Sondheim that you’ll never forget. He told me I could “sing it more” during “On the Steps of the Palace” in Into the Woods. I probably said something like, “Sir, yes, sir!” View Commentslast_img read more