Best known for being the 2003 American Idol runner-up to Ruben Studdard, Aiken went on to release five albums and star as Sir Robin in Spamalot on the Great White Way in 2009, winning a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Replacement. Other stage credits include the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. TV credits include Scrubs, Drop Dead Diva and 30 Rock. Broadway alum Clay Aiken has officially announced that he is running for Congress in North Carolina. Before the Spamalot star challenges Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers he is likely to face two other Democrats in a primary for the state’s second district. View Comments Ellmers doesn’t appear too concerned about the Aiken candidacy, recently commenting: ”As we know he doesn’t always fare all that well. He was runner-up.”
Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the Great White Way tuner is adapted from the 1992 Disney animated film and tells the story of a street urchin who uses the help of a magic Genie to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. Aladdin features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Oscar and Tony winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Oscar and Tony winner Tim Rice and the late Oscar winner Howard Ashman. Numbers include “Arabian Nights,” “A Million Miles Away” and “A Whole New World.” Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed are going to be taking us “A Million Miles Away” in the comfort of our own homes! A Disney spokesperson has confirmed to Broadway.com that the Main Stem stars of Aladdin will record a cast album. Details will be announced soon. The show, starring Jacobs as Aladdin and Reed as Jasmine, is currently in previews at the New Amsterdam Theatre and is set to open March 20. Adam Jacobs View Comments Related Shows Star Files Aladdin from $57.50 Courtney Reed The production also stars James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, Clifton Davis as the Sultan, Don Darryl Rivera as Iago with Brian Gonzales, Brandon O’Neill and Jonathan Schwartz as Aladdin’s sidekicks Babkak, Kassim and Omar.
Two-Time Tony Nominee Eve Best to Star as Cleopatra Two-time Tony Nominee and Olivier winner Eve Best (The Homecoming, A Moon for the Misbegotten) and Clive Wood (The Tempest) will play the title roles in the previously announced upcoming production of Antony & Cleopatra at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. They will be joined by Jolyon Coy, Phil Daniels and Sirine Saba. The production of the Bard’s classic will run May 17 through August 24. Opening night is set for May 29. Aaron Tveit & Megan Hilty to Party with the Pops Aaron Tveit, Megan Hilty, Laura Bell Bundy, Corey Reynolds and John Pizzarelli are set to appear in the New York Pops 31st Birthday Gala on April 28 at Carnegie Hall. They join previously announced performers including Christian Borle, Jane Krakowski, Patti LuPone, Andrea Martin, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Katharine McPhee, Kerry Butler and Will Chase. The evening will celebrate the work of Hairspray writers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. View All (4) Bryan Cranston Megan Hilty Star Files Neil Patrick Harris Neil Patrick Harris and Bryan Cranston Get Political Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston and members of the Broadway community joined with U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer April 7 as he announced his campaign to give Broadway and live theater productions a tax break. The move is projected to encourage investment and spur job creation on the Great White Way. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. View Comments Aaron Tveit
Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 If/Then View Comments Idina Menzel Last time Frozen star Idina Menzel stopped by The Tonight Show she “Let It Go” and went viral; on December 15 the Tony winner was granting all our Holiday Wishes, soulfully singing Joni Mitchell’s “River” from her latest album. The If/Then headliner also revealed one of her favorite holiday traditions, which features a reminder of her Tony-winning turn in Wicked that involves wearing no underwear!?! Check out the videos below and then Menzel in person at the Richard Rodgers Theatre!
Lilla Crawford isn’t old enough to gamble, but she still had a blast rolling the dice with the cast of Honeymoon in Vegas on Broadway! The Into the Woods film star and Broadway vet wouldn’t miss the chance to reunite with her former Annie co-star Brynn O’Malley, and after the show, the duo caught up while hanging out backstage with Honeymoon headliners Rob McClure and Tony Danza. Click for photos Crawford’s January 2 visit to the Nederlander Theatre, then catch Honeymoon in Vegas on Broadway! View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015 Honeymoon in Vegas Related Shows
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Broadway Faves Join Jessie Mueller at Carnegie Hall Haven Burton (Violet), Carly Hughes (Chicago) and George Salazar (Godspell) are among the Main Stem faves who will join the previously reported Tony and Grammy winner Jessie Mueller for Take The Stage with Broadway Stars. The interactive kids event, which will also feature Jessie’s big sister and Kinky Boots star Abby Mueller, is scheduled to take place at Carnegie Hall on April 18 and teach the music and moves to some of the toe-tapping-est shows of the Great White Way. Living on Love Lisa Kron & Quiara Alegría Hudes Board Residency Five Fun Home scribe Lisa Kron and Quiara Alegría Hudes have joined off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre’s Residency Five program, which provides five-year residencies for multiple playwrights, guaranteeing three full productions of new work over the course of each playwright’s residency. The other artists currently in the program are Annie Baker, Martha Clarke, Will Eno, Katori Hall, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan and Regina Taylor. Congratulations to them both! View Comments The Rockettes’ Designer Wardrobes Well this will help put the spectacle into spectacular! The Rockettes are set to don custom costumes designed by Diane von Furstenberg, Isaac Mizrahi and Zac Posen in New York Spring Spectacular. The show, starring Tony winner Laura Benanti and five-time Dancing with the Stars winner Derek Hough, is running through May 3 at Radio City Musical Hall. Related Shows Jerry O’Connell on Stripping Jerry O’Connell recently stopped by LIVE with Kelly and Michael for a hysterical chat about his return to Broadway in Living on Love, including details about his nude scene. Apparently the amount he reveals is “not like a late night cable movie” partly because his idea of a workout is to “sit on a ball with a milkshake.” Sounds like a perfectly good idea to us! Living on Love begins previews on April 1 at the Longacre Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015
BEST ORIGINAL SCOREFRONTRUNNERSLeft: Wayne Kirkpatrick & Karey Kirkpatrick, Something Rotten! — This country songwriting brother act has delivered a vibrant score filled with showstoppers and will get their first nom. Right: Lisa Kron (lyrics) & Jeanine Tesori (music), Fun Home — Kron and Tesori, a four-time nominee, are basically guaranteed a spot for their deeply felt score filled with unshakable moments.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:Gary Barlow & Eliot Kennedy, Finding Neverland — A pop-flavored score doesn’t always impress nominators, but this duo deserves love for their bright tunes.John Kander & Fred Ebb, The Visit — This legendary duo’s final collaboration (Ebb died in 2004) is mysterious, moving and finally on Broadway.Sting, The Last Ship — After pouring his heart into his autobiographical musical, this music superstar is likely to earn well-deserved respect from nominators.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTJason Robert Brown, Honeymoon in Vegas — Last year’s winner in the category (for The Bridges of Madison County) wrote a bright, bouncy ode to musical comedy scores of the ’60s and ’70s and some of the most singable songs of the season.ALSO POSSIBLEDoctor Zhivago, It Shoulda Been You BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICALFRONTRUNNERSLeft to Right: Sam Gold, Fun Home — Not only did he create a stirring staging when the show premiered downtown, he restaged the entire musical in the round on Broadway, earning even better reviews.Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten! — The current golden boy of Broadway musicals should earn his third directing nod for this hilarious new musical that he helped craft out of thin air.Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris — To see his show is to be dazzled by his talents as not only a choreographer, but as a visionary director.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:John Doyle, The Visit — The Tony winner has created a dark, beautiful world that should excite nominators.Diane Paulus, Finding Neverland — It’s hard to imagine this magical new musical taking flight without the extraordinary vision of this always-reliable past winner.John Rando, On the Town — He hasn’t been nominated since he won in 2001 for Urinetown, but this always-working director has earned big respect for dusting off a classic and turning it into a hit.Bartlett Sher, The King and I — He won a Tony for another Rodgers and Hammerstein hit, and is definitely in the running this year for this classy revival.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTBill Condon, Side Show — Thank you, Bill Condon, for bringing Daisy and Violet Hilton back to Broadway in a gorgeous new staging. It truly will never leave us.ALSO POSSIBLEScott Ellis, On the Twentieth Century; Gary Griffin, Honeymoon in Vegas; Kenny Leon, Holler If Ya Hear Me; Joe Mantello, The Last Ship; Des McAnuff, Doctor Zhivago; David Hyde Pierce, It Shoulda Been You; Eric Schaefer, Gigi BEST BOOK OF A MUSICALFRONTRUNNERSLeft: Karey Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell, Something Rotten! — Both Broadway newcomers, this pair wrote one of the funniest scripts for a new musical in years and will be honored appropriately.Right: Lisa Kron, Fun Home — The acclaimed playwright will be in the running for her musical debut, in which she deftly adapted Alison Bechdel’s book for the stage.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:James Graham, Finding Neverland — This British playwright is new to Broadway and in the running for his elegant, moving stage version of the popular movie.Craig Lucas, An American in Paris — Twenty-five years after getting a Best Play nom for Prelude to a Kiss, this esteemed playwright is likely to be remembered for the impressive feat of adaptating the beloved film for Broadway.John Logan & Brian Yorkey, The Last Ship — The two respected writers teamed up to craft an engaging story of family, religion, rekindled love and, yes, shipbuilding, inspired by Sting’s life.Terrence McNally, The Visit — A two-time winner in the category, McNally is a contender for the long-brewing project that turned a bizarre play into the ultimate Chita Rivera vehicle.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTTodd Kreidler, Holler if Ya Hear Me — Looking back on the season, we’re filled with mad respect for this August Wilson protege who turned the songs of Tupac into a searing urban story with poetry and pathos.ALSO POSSIBLEDoctor Zhivago, Honeymoon in Vegas, It Shoulda Been You BEST CHOREOGRAPHYFRONTRUNNERSLeft to Right:Joshua Bergasse, On the Town — This former chorus boy is now a big-time choreographer who will be honored for kicking off the ballet revival on Broadway this season.Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten! — Nobody can make a classic Broadway showstopper like this guy. Nobody.Christopher Wheldon, An American in Paris — This ballet icon slipped into the category with a nom for his jazz-infused work on the flop Sweet Smell of Success, but this year he’s a big-time frontrunner.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:Warren Carlyle, On the Twentieth Century — He won last year for After Midnight and could easily be a contender again for his classic Broadway work in the splashy revival.Graciela Daniele, The Visit — Never count out this eight-time nominee, who has staged some beautiful new dances to show off her friend and icon Chita Rivera.Christopher Gattelli, The King and I — This past winner is in the running, assuming nominators can tell where original stager Jerome Robbins’ work ended and his began.Mia Michaels, Finding Neverland — So you think you can Broadway? This contemporary dance star sure can, creating unforgettable numbers with Pan and co.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTSteven Hoggett, The Last Ship — Last year, he crafted boxing matches for Rocky Balboa and this year, he made believable dance numbers for the manliest ship builders you’ve ever seen. We can’t wait to see what’s next.ALSO POSSIBLEJoshua Bergasse, Gigi; Wayne Cilento, Holler If Ya Hear Me; Kelly Devine, Doctor Zhivago; Denis Jones, Honeymoon in Vegas; Danny Mefford, Fun Home; Josh Rhodes, It Shoulda Been You; Anthony Van Laast, Side ShowStay tuned for more Tony cheat sheets! BEST MUSICALFRONTRUNNERSLeft to Right:An American in Paris — This throwback to the kind of romantic musicals that actually make you want to be in love will land lots of nominations, including this one.Fun Home — This expertly crafted, deeply felt musical about real people with real struggles will become the first Best Musical nominee based on a graphic novel (of all things!).Something Rotten! — A completely original musical comedy about the first musical comedy, and audiences can’t get enough? It’s a slam dunk for a nomination.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:Finding Neverland — If nominators have a heart, they’ll acknowledge this moving family-friendly show with Tony love.Honeymoon in Vegas — Although this musical comedy recently closed on Broadway, it deserves to be remembered.The Visit — Although this dark creation might not be everyone’s cup of tea, Kander and Ebb’s final musical collaboration is total Tony bait.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTThe Last Ship — The musical inspired by Sting’s childhood in a shipbuilding town never caught on, but it lives on in our hearts and on our iPods.ALSO POSSIBLEDoctor Zhivago, Holler if Ya Hear Me, It Shoulda Been You OMG, it’s Tony time! We’re totally obsessing at the Broadway.com offices over which shows, creatives and stars will wake up to good news on April 28, the morning that this year’s Tony nominees are announced. Because we know you’re in the same boat, we’re running through the top categories to offer our take on the frontrunners, hopefuls and a special Shout Out that we hope won’t be forgetten. Today, we’re kicking it off with the top musical categories! BEST MUSICAL REVIVALLeft to Right: Gigi, The King and I, On the Twentieth Century, On the Town, Side ShowFive shows, four slots. Yikes! The King and I is big and grand and definitely a shoo-in. On the Twentieth Century and On the Town are both lively productions of musical comedies that are rarely on Broadway and will both be acknowledged. The final slot comes down to Gigi or Side Show, both polished new takes on tarnished musicals. Although it’s closed, Side Show seems to have the edge. View Comments
‘Disaster’ star Adam Pascal (Photo: Andrew Eccles) There’s a whirlwind of questions you probably have for him, and that yearning for his answers burns with the fire of a thousand active volcanoes. Concerned? Don’t be. Disaster! star Adam Pascal is stopping by Broadway.com HQ to answer your questions. What’s his number one disaster preparedness tip? Does Memphis still live in him? How do you write a song when the chords sound wrong? If you’re dying to know, here’s your chance! Ask away, and check back later to catch his answer!&amp;lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&amp;quot;https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/m1xqhxkd0uw53me/&amp;quot; href=&amp;quot;https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/m1xqhxkd0uw53me/&amp;quot;&amp;gt;Fill out my Wufoo form!&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 8, 2016 Disaster! View Comments
Show Closed This production ended its run on July 17, 2016 Related Shows Star Files © Justin “Squigs” Robertson It’s a Goody night for Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. The new revival, helmed by hotshot director Ivo van Hove, opens officially at the Walter Kerr Theatre on March 30. To celebrate the production’s big night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this portrait of the cast in action.The sketch includes Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan as Abigail Williams, Oscar nominee and Tony winner Sophie Okonedo as Elizabeth Proctor, Ben Whishaw as John Proctor, Tony winner Jim Norton as Giles Corey, Ciarán Hinds as Deputy-Governor Danforth, Tavi Gevinson as Mary Warren, Bill Camp as Reverend John Hale and Jason Butler Harner as Reverend Samuel Parris.Broadway.com wishes the cast of The Crucible a bewitching opening night! Saoirse Ronan View Comments About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.
Star Files Jeff Daniels View Comments To call the work Tony nominees Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams are doing in Blackbird intense would be an understatement. “It’s a brutal 90 minutes,” Daniels told late night king Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show on May 26. “If you’re an actor and want to be challenged, it does that.” He went on to discuss the upcoming Tony Awards, and while he was thrilled to be nominated for his role, Daniels is less enthused about getting posey for the press. Watch him show Fallon the sass he won’t be serving up on Broadway’s biggest night below, and be sure to catch Blackbird through June 11. Blackbird Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 11, 2016 Jeff Daniels Michelle Williams