Broadway Fast 5: May

1. These great shows are headed out on tour.
New musicals Dear Evan Hansen, Come From Away, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory all announced National Tours this month! These big Broadway hits will be headed to cities across the country, but a timeline has not yet been announced, so stay tuned!

2. Live musical lineup takes shape
It seems like every network is getting in on the live musical game. This month we learned that Bye, Bye Birdie, scheduled on NBC for this December, has been moved back to 2018 due to the schedule of its star Jennifer Lopez. That means there will be two live musicals for the network in 2018, because they also announced this month they will present Jesus Christ Superstar Live! on Easter Sunday.
ABC announced they will present a live musical version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid on October 3. As part of their The Wonderful World of Disney brand the two-hour special event will meld Disney’s animated classic The Little Mermaid with live musical performances in a live action/animation hybrid.
And we’re not done yet! FOX announced plans to air A Christmas Story as a live musical, with the music you saw when it visited the Fox Cities P.A.C. and additional songs by original writers Benj Paske and Justin Paul (who you also know from Dear Evan Hansen and La La Land). If that weren’t enough, FOX also announced their intention to air Rent as a live musical, however dates have not been announced.
3. 2018 on Broadway is also shaping up
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child has announced an April 2018 opening.  Mean Girls is looking to open in March 2018 with dates yet to be finalized. King Kong will storm The Great White Way in Fall 2018. And Pretty Woman is setting its sights on opening during the 2018-19 Season. If that’s just what was announced this month, we can’t wait to see what else is coming to Broadway next year!

4. Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again!
Two pieces of exciting Mamma Mia! news came out this month:
The film, titled Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again! will get a sequel featuring the original cast, set to be released in July 2018.
In addition, the Hollywood Bowl is presenting the show featuring stars like Corbin Bleu (known for his role in the High School Musical franchise and his recent Broadway credits in Holiday Inn, Godspell and In the Heights), Jennifer Nettles (of the band Sugarland and has been seen in Chicago) and Jaime Camil (who stars in The CW’s Jane the Virgin and has been seen in Broadway’s Chicago.).

5. It’s awards season!
Tony nominations were announced this month, Audience Choice Awards were given out, Ben Platt was the youngest person ever to win a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance and those awards were also handed out. Hello, Dolly! and Come From Away led with wins in the Outer Critics Circle Awards. Oh, and Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 announced opened casting for their Tony Awards performance. We can’t wait to see that, and more winners, on the Tony Awards on June 11!
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