1. News from The Great Comet
Okieriete Onaodowan (Hamilton) stepped into the role of Pierre
in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
earlier this month. Originally scheduled to play the part until September 4, it was also announced this month that the run would be cut short. Broadway vet and Tony-winning Evita
star Mandy Patinkin
was scheduled take over the role August 15, however he later announced he would no longer take over the role
. A replacement has not been announced. The role Pierre won Josh Groban a Tony nomination earlier this year. Groban also announced this month he will write a book about his experience.
2. News from Agrabah
The live-action Aladdin project has announced a partial cast
including Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott as Aladdin and Jasmine and Will Smith in the role of Genie. It was also announced the Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (of LaLaLand and Dear Evan Hansen
) will write new songs, alongside Alan Menken
, for the project.
3. Who puts the glad in gladiator?
Disney Theatrical Productions said nothing is in development yet, but Alan Menken, the Tony-winning composer of Newsies
, said he is working on a stage adaptation of the 1997 Disney film Hercules
. We already can’t wait.
4. Secret Life of Bees and Mean Girls have casting news
A few project we’ve been looking forward also made announcements this month. The Secret Life of Bees
musical workshop will be led by Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black). The show is based on the 2008 film and Sue Monk Kidd’s novel and features a book by two-time Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage.
Also announced, the Mean Girls
world premiere cast is selected…and it’s pretty great.
The show makes its world premiere Oct. 31- Dec. 3 in a pre-Broadway run at Washington D.C.’s National Theatre.
5. Hamilton gets new cast members
Broadway veteran Daniel Breaker is set to join the Broadway cast of Hamilton
and Montego Glover will join the Chicago company of the hit musical in the role of Angelica Schuyler. It was also announced that Tony nominee Euan Morton will step into the Broadway company as King George