Broadway Fast 5: September

1. Fall is the season to…announce a record?
Broadway fans are in for a real treat this month. Both of the original leading ladies from Wicked released solo albums on the same day! Kristin Chenoweth released The Art of Elegance on Sept. 23. Congratulations also go out to Idina Menzel who released her album “Idina.” on the same day…while also announcing her recent engagement.  Daveed Diggs has been making the rounds plugging the recent release of an album from his group clipping. And his former Hamilton counterpart Leslie Odom Jr. announced that we can expect a holiday album from him this season.

2. The Lion King to get live-action film treatment
As if we already couldn’t wait for the live-action Beauty and the Beast to be released in March, Walt Disney Studios is now giving us something else to look forward to. It was announced this month that The Lion King has received the green light for a new film reimagining led by Jon Favreau, the director who also recently adapted The Jungle Book. There’s no word yet on a timeline for the project.

3. Speaking of movies…these Broadway shows are eyeing the silver screen
As if Lin-Manuel Miranda wasn’t busy enough…it was announced this week that his first Broadway production, the five-time-Tony-winning In The Heights, is finally ready for filming! The big screen adaptation is set to begin production this spring and while Miranda won’t reprise the role he originated in the show, it is said he is likely to appear.
Allegiance, which stared George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung on Broadway, may have closed earlier this year but it was preserved in film. Now that recording will be shown in movie theaters nationwide for one night only on Dec. 13. Check your local listings.

4. Broadway celebrates the end of summer at Elsie Fest
Broadway stars got together in New York during Labor Day Weekend to enjoy the last little bit of summer with an outdoor music festival. Now in its second year, Elsie Fest welcomed performances from some of the biggest names on Broadway. Check out these photos from the event and it’s almost like you were there.

5. Save those dates!
It’s time to mark your calendars. The Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing have announced the dates you need to know. Nominations for the 71st Annual Tony Awards will be announced live from New York City on May 2. The awards ceremony is slated for Sunday, June 11.
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