ICYMI on Broadway this summer

Summer is a busy time and it’s hard to stay up to date with all of the news happening in the world of Broadway. Here’s a quick look at what you need to know as the cold weather starts in and the 2018-19 Season really heats up!
1. 2017-18 Season Award Season
In case you missed it The Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards celebrated the season this summer. The Band’s Visit and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child topped the 2018 Tony Award wins and Drama Desk recognized SpongeBob SquarePants and Admissions, among others. In addition to their Tony Award, Broadway revival Once On This Island was also named the recipient of the Equity Diversity Award and recognized for Outstanding Broadway Chorus.
2. New shows alert
It’s a new season on Broadway! Whether they opened this summer or just started gaining steam here are a few notable performances you’ll want to get familiar with.
Just Opened: Head Over Heels, Getting the Band Back Together, Pretty Woman, Straight White Men
Opening Soon: Bernhardt/Hamlet, The Nap, The Lifespan of a Fact, The Waverly Gallery, The Ferryman
A few to watch for this season: The Prom, King Kong, The Cher Show, Kiss Me Kate, Tootsie
Not on Broadway, but notable:
A is making its world premiere at San Diego’s Old Globe Theater this fall.
The Office! A Musical Parody begins previews Off-Broadway in September.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical also opened its world-premiere run in Boston this summer.
Tina: The Musical, starring Adrienne Warren, gave us a sneak peek at London’s Tina Turner musical.
Clueless, The Musical was also confirmed to arrive off-Broadway in the 2018-19 Season.
A was also confirmed by Columbia Live Stage and The Michael Jackson Estate. It’s likely to hit Broadway in 2020.
3. Last chance to see these shows
To make room for all of those exciting new performances, it’s time to say ‘so long’ to a few Broadway productions.
Closed this summer: A Bronx Tale, The Boys In The Band, Carmen Jones, Hello Dolly, The Iceman Cometh, Escape to Margaritaville, Angels in America  
Announced a closing date: The Play That Goes Wrong, School of Rock, SpongeBob SquarePants, Carousel  
4. Coming to the small screen
A few big announcements happened this summer that will bring musicals to the comfort of your home.
Freaky Friday the musical debuted on The Disney Channel on Friday, August 10.
Hair Live! has secured May 19, 2019 as it’s debut date on NBC.
If you missed Springsteen on Broadway, don’t worry. The iconic music maker’s show, which was honored with a special 2018 Tony Award, hits Netflix on December 15, the same evening of the final performance.

5.Coming to the big screen
The big screen announcements were just as exciting and were filled with announcements from Broadway’s Lin-Manuel Miranda.
He will star in Mary Poppins Returns, which moved up its release date to December 19. His musical In The Heights, will also be filmed as a movie that has set a release date of June 26, 2020. That’s not all – Lin-Manuel has also signed on to direct a feature film adaptation of Tick, Tick...Boom! The cult-favorite first musical of late Rent creator Jonathan Larson. No date for that project has been released.
The Cats movie also announced it will begin filming this fall with an all-star cast including Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden and Ian McKellen.
Finally, a remake of A Star Is Born featuring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will hit cinemas on October 5 and released the first trailer.

Kevin James

Kevin James

September 16

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