Theater news for the week of January 31-February 4
Each week, we’re going to keep you up-to-speed with the latest Broadway news and stories. Check back every Friday to see what you missed this week and to catch a glimpse of what’s going on at PlayhouseSquare this weekend. Enjoy!
Happening on Broadway …
Hollywood stars join forces onstage
James Franco has announced that he will join Nicole Kidman in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth. This is Franco’s stage debut, while Kidman is making a return after a decade away; she appeared in the play The Blue Room in the early nineties.
Once never enough for some Broadway fans
How many times have you seen your favorite Broadway show? A New York newspaper recently featured an article about fans whose number is in the hundreds. The fans say they stay entertained by spontaneity of live theater, including watching understudies perform, and they seek out deals so they aren’t shedding the big bucks. The main culprits? Fans of Rent, Next to Normal, Wicked and Spring Awakening.
Etheridge showing a different side in American Idiot
Fans who caught American Idiot this past week have seen Melissa Etheridge’s punk side. She’s taking over Billie Joe Armstrong’s role before he returns for a 50-show stand. Armstrong, lead singer of the band Green Day, composed show’s music and co-authored the book. This is Etheridge’s debut on Broadway, but she is in the process of writing her own Broadway musical.
PlayhouseSquare in the News …
Our resident company, Tri-C JazzFest recently announced the performers for this year’s festival at PlayhouseSquare, including legendary Motown artist Smokey Robinson. Read the Plain Dealer’s preview of the festival, set for April and May.
This weekend at Playhouse Square
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