Broadway Fast 5: March

1. Springing into new shows
March and April bring a flurry of activity on Broadway in order to make the consideration deadline for the Tony nominations (remember our very own Maria Van Laanen gets a vote!).
She Loves Me, Disaster! and Bright Star (featuring a score by funny-man Steve Martin and Edie Brickell; and former Lawrence Student Martha McDonnell as concertmaster) opened this month with Shuffle Along showing promise during previews and Waitress giving the media a sneak peek at the excitement.

2. Backstreet’s Back…alright!
While visiting his son’s Broadway debut in Disaster! Brian Littrell and fellow Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean announced they’d like to do a Broadway musical. They are describing it as “Jersey Boys meets Cirque Du Soleil.” Um…we’re in.
3. Now THAT’s What We Call Broadway
The series that made a name for itself by combining hit singles onto one disc in the late 90s is releasing a brand new take—Now That’s What I Call Broadway! to be released this April. The lineup is stellar, and of course, takes some of the biggest Broadway hits and puts them on one disc, although something tells us downloads are now more popular…
4. Wicked joins the Billionaires Club.
Wicked has a reason to rejoicify! The blockbuster officially became the fastest Broadway musical to enter into ten figures when it reached the $1 Billion mark. Congrats, Ozians! We can’t wait to see the tour return here next summer!
5. Beat boxing Emma Watson and sorting Hamilton characters into houses

Emma Watson and Lin-Manuel Miranda get in a room and you won’t expect what comes next. The two busy bees managed to sit down together during HeForShe Arts Week, discussing everything from compelling “him to include women in the sequel” to sorting the characters of Hamilton into Hogwarts Houses. (“Aaron Burr is obviously a Slytherin,” said Watson.)
Watch the videos for a fantastic discussion about gender equality, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Daniel Radcliffe impression and Emma Watson’s beatboxing skills (#werk).

Bonus: A bonus fast fact for you this month! In March, the revival of Fiddler on the Roof released a new cast album. The album includes a bonus “Excerpts from Fiddler on the Roof” instrumental medley track, arranged by composer John Williams, that features violinist Itzhak Perlman, who you can see here Sept. 28!
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