Broadway Fast 5: February

1. Look who will be baking up pies!
In case you missed it – the muli-Grammy-winning Sara Bareillis, who made history as part of the first all-female creative team on Broadway writing the music for Waitress, will now make her Broadway debut in the musical!  She’ll play the leading role of Jenna for a 10-week run, replacing Jessie Mueller, who has been with the show since it opened on Broadway. It was also announced that she will be joined by Chris Diamantopoulos who will take over the role of Dr. Pomatter March 31.

2. Grammy-winning The Color Purple
The Color Purple revival may have played its final performance in January, but it’s still in the headlines thanks to its February Grammy win. The show was recognized with the Best Musical Theater Album Grammy Award, beating out Bright Star, the revival of Fiddler on the Roof, Waitress and the West End production of Kinky Boots.

3. Newsies in theaters
You may have also seen Newsies hitting some local theaters recently. Screenings took place on select days throughout February of a recorded version of the musical (not the original Disney release) starring Jeremy Jordan and Kara Lindsay. Miss it? There’s been an encore screening added Saturday, March 4 so check listings at your local theaters!

4. Sneak peeks
As we prepare for spring openings there have been plenty of sneak peeks to get us excited for another thrilling year of Broadway. AnastasiaGroundhog DayCome from Away – and Bandstand provided sneak peeks that already have us wanting to hear more!  Not to mention the openings of Sunset Boulevard (starring Glenn Close!) and Sunday in the Park with George (starring Jake Gyllenhaal!).

5. Casting moves and Hamilton news
Major Attaway has stepped in the role of the Genie in the Broadway production of Aladdin so that Tony winner James Iglehart could move on to his next venture – Hamilton – as Thomas Jefferson. In more Hamilton and casting news, Okieriete Onaodowan (OAK), who originated the dual role of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison was announced as Josh Groban’s successor in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. And did you SEE the original Schuyler Sisters sing at the Super Bowl? Awesome.
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