Keira Knightley Will Make Broadway Debut in Thérèse Raquin

keira-knightley-can-a-song-save-your-lifeIn the midst of the Fall 2014 Broadway season, Roundabout Theatre Company has already announced plans for a year from now! But who could blame them once you hear this! Roundabout Theatre Company will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on Broadway in New York. What better way to kick off a legendary season than with a brand new play starring one of the most internationally famous actress’ currently living? Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Keira Knightley will come to Broadway next fall in Thérèse Raquin!

Roundabout Theatre Company proudly announced its first production of its 50th anniversary season in New York which is set to kick off next Fall with some flair! Thérèse Raquin will kick off Roundabout’s season headlined by Academy Award, Golden Globe and Olivier Award nominee Keira Knightley making her Broadway debut. The show is set to begin previews on October 1st, 2015 followed by an official opening on October 29th. Evan Cabnet is on board as director for the production!

Keira-Knightley-27Keira Knightley is an English actress and singer who is best known for her role as Elizabeth Swann in Disney’s Pirates of the Carribean Series which began in 2003. This brought her to international fame which has led to a number of other jobs. She has appeared in movies such as Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, Silk, The Duchess, A Dangerous Method and Anna Karenina. She has been nominated for an Academy Award for her work in Pride & Prejudice as well as a Golden Globe for her work in Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. In 2008, Forbes reported her as the second highest paid actress in Hollywood. She was also the only non-American actress to make the list. Knightly will be seen next in Laggies which hits theatres on October 24th followed by The Imitation Game which will be in theatres November 21st.

Knightley may her West End theatrical debut in Martin Crimp’s translation of The Misanthrope. The piece was staged by Thea Sharrock at the Comedy Theatre in London and Knightley received both a Olivier and Evening Standard Award nomination for her work. Knightley also returned to the Comedy Theatre to star in The Children’s Hour staged by Ian Rickson.

Thérèse Raquin is a brand new play written by Helen Edmundson which was commissioned by Roundabout Theatre Company. The play tells the story of a woman named Therese who had made piece with her loveless marriage. However, her world is turned upside down when Lauren comes walking through the door and the two are unable to ignore their passion. The two set off on a violet path that may have consequences as the story talks of love, list, betrayal and guilt.

Keira-Knightley-1I am so incredibly excited to hear Keira Knightley will be making her Broadway debut next Fall! Knightley is one of my favorite British actresses on the screen and I am definitely looking forward to seeing her on stage next season! She is sure to be a hit with Broadway audiences. Roundabout Theatre Company is known for their excellent work, especially when commissioning pieces, so I am also looking forward to the arrival of this new piece. It’s definitely odd to be talking about theatre that will take place a year from now but also very exciting at the same time! It’s a soilid start in building anticipation for their next season this far out with such a large name already attached. I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the RTC 50th anniversary season has in store.

We still have almost an entire year until Roundabout Theatre Company kicks off its 50th anniversary season in New York on Broadway! However, with a headliner already attached to their first show of the year, things are already looking exciting for Roundabout. Luner on Theatre will be sure to bring you more news on casting and creative team details once they have been announced. For more information, visit Roundabout Theatre Company’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter AccountAnd of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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Memphis the Musical Officially Opens in the West End

MemphisRock ‘n Roll comes to London! While Americans are used to British imports coming to Broadway just about every other breath, the past few months in London have seen a flood of American born musicals coming to the West End! One of those musicals finally making its way there is the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Memphis which tells the story of the birth of rock ‘n roll! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you that news that the Broadway’s Tony Award winning Memphis the Musical officially opens in London!

Memphis is a musical is by David Bryan (music and lyrics) and Joe DiPietro (lyrics and book). The story, based off the true life story of Dewey Phillips, follows the story of Hue Calhoun – a white DJ being one of the first to play black music on the radio. The story follows him as he works his way up from being the underdog to become a face of the music scene not only in Memphis but in a changing nation. He easily is won over by Felicia Farrell, an African-American singer who he meets at Delray’s Bar. However, falling in love with someone of the opposite race isn’t always the easiest thing in racially segregated Memphis in the 1950′s. Their story not only takes us on the adventure of love but how music can change all of us in the most important place – our heart.

MEMPHISMemphis began its previews on October 9th, 2015 at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre. The production officially opens tonight! Memphis is just one of several American musicals that is currently coming to life in London’s West End. Memphis premiered on Broadway in Fall 2009 and starred Chad Kimball as Huey Calhoun and Montego Glover as Felicia Farrell. The musical received mostly positive reviews from critics. The musical was nominated for 8 Tony Awards and went on to win 4 including what many call the triple crown of theatre; Best Original Score, Best Book and Best Musical.

tn-500_tobbmemphisno6.jpg.pagespeed.ce.4_24dckbg2The cast of Memphis is led by award-winning record artist Beverley Knight (Pictured Left) who stars as Felicia Farrell. Opposite her, stage star Killian Donnelly stars as radio DJ Huey Calhoun. Other leads include Rolan Bell as Delray, Tyrone Huntley as Gator, Claire Machin as Gladys, Jason Pennycooke as Bobby and Mark Roper as Mr. Simmons.

tn-500_tobbmemphisno4.jpg.pagespeed.ce.e2TmaK-rOWThe ensemble of Memphis includes Keisha Atwell, Arielle Campbell, Mark Carroll, Joseph Davenport, Momar Diagne, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Kimmy Edwards, Hillary Elk,Laura Ellis, Charlotte Gorton, Benjamin Harrold, Waylon Jacobs, Rachel John, Dean Maynard, Devon McKenzie-Smith, Tim Newman, Simon Ray-Harvey, Jon Robyns, Ashley Rumble, Kyle Seeley, Helen Siveter, Dawnita Smith and Alex Thomas.

tn-500_memphisrehearsals12.christopherashley.photocredithelenmaybanks.jpg.pagespeed.ce.EFslQAjCTzThe creative team is helmed by Christopher Ashley (Pictured Left) as director and Sergio Trujillo was choreographer. Both of these gentlemen played pivotal roles in Memphis getting to Broadway and its success there. Tim Sutton is musical director. The rest of the creative team includes David Gallo as set designer, Paul Tazewell as costume designer, Howell Binkley as lighting designer, and Olivier-Award winner Gareth Owen as sound designer. Producers of Memphis in London include Junkyard Dog Productions, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff, Barbara Freitag, Joseph Smith and John Brant.

I am so incredibly excited that Memphis is coming to London several years after making its Broadway debut! This musical is absolutely fantastic. Filled with great music and a wonderful story, Memphis captured Broadway at a time when it needed it most and has managed to bring joy to dozens of audiences in New York and now around the country. Memphis in London is a solid piece of American theatre representing Broadway in Europe.  I hope British audiences find as much joy in this piece as American audiences did!

Broadway’s Tony Award winning Best Musical Memphis is now officially open on London’s West End! If you’re in London, don’t miss your chance to see this wonderful piece of theatre in its new life across the pond! For more information, visit Memphis the Musical’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter AccountAnd of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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Sneak Peek: Little Shop At Upper Darby High School

Don’t feed the plant! Upper Darby High School is preparing to kick off it’s 2014-15 theatre season with the beloved musical Little Shop of Horrors! The musical tells the story of a florist shop worker who raises his plant on human flesh and blood! Luner on Theatre went behind the scenes to connect with scenic designer Tim Bruno who was able to give us a sneak peek into what his set will look like. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you a first look into the scenic design for Upper Darby High School’s upcoming production of Little Shop of Horrors!

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Upper Darby High School kicks off it’s 2014-15 theatre season this weekend! Performances of Little Shop of Horrors will take place October 24th, 25th and 26th at 7:30 PM. All performances will take place at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and can be purchased in person or online! For more information, visit the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter AccountAnd of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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London Lookout: Memphis the Musical (Photos)

We’re going down! Broadway’s Tony Award winning musical Memphis has hit the West End by storm! Inspired from true events, the musical tells the story of the underground Memphis dance clubs of the 1950’s. Between a DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break, together the two push the lines as business partners and love interests in a racially divided society in the south. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you a first look at the Tony Award winning Best Musical Memphis in London’s West End!

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Memphis the musical officially opens tomorrow in London! The production can be found in the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre. Memphis in London is directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed be Sergio Trujillo. Thank you to Johan Perrson for the photos used in this blog post. For more information, visit Memphis the Musical’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter AccountAnd of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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Hand To God Will Come to Broadway in Spring 2015

10505455_662534947193608_9174118092392717365_nReturn of the Puppets! A decade after Avenue Q premiered on Broadway and took the theatre world by storm, puppets are still making headlines in the New York theatre world! It looks as though a brand new puppet will headline Broadway this spring next to a long line of highly anticipated plays in one of Broadway’s most iconic houses! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that the critically acclaimed Hand To God will play Broadway this spring!

Hand To God is a play written by Robert Askins which tells the story of Jason, a shy student who finds an outlet of creativity at the Christian Puppet Ministry which is devoutly religious. Located in the small quiet town of Cypress, Texas, Jason’s relationships are put to the test as his hand puppet, Tyrone, which one was soft-spoken, takes on a shocking and dangerous personality all on its own. Tyrone’s influence over Jason grows as time passes and his complicated relationships with the town pastor, girl next door, school bully and his mother become even more complication. The play looks at and explores our fragile human nature and the things that bind us together like faith and morality.

Hand to GodMCC at the LucilleLortel TheaterProducer Kevin McCollum proudly announced today that Hand To God would return to New York City to bow on Broadway this spring. The show will begin previews March 12th, 2015 and officially open on April 7th at The Booth Theatre. Hand To God originally premiered off-Broadway at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in 2011. Following critical acclaim, the production returned last year Off-Broadway to the Lucille Lortel Theatre through MCC Theatre. Last season’s return engagement was also critically acclaimed.

Hand to GodMCC at the LucilleLortel TheaterThe complete cast of the 2014 MCC Theatre run of Hand To God will transfer to Broadway along with the show. The cast is led by Steven Boyer (Pictured Left) as Jason/Tyrone in his critically acclaimed performance. The rest of the cast includes Geneva Carr as Margery, Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch as Pastor Greg, Sarah Stiles as Jessica and Michael Oberholtzer as Timmy.

Moritz von Stuelpnagel will again direct Hand To God which will mark his Broadway debut. The rest of the creative team includes Beowulf Boritt as scenic designer, Sydney Maresca as costume designer, Jason Lyons as lighting designer and Jill BC Du Boff as sound designer. Marte Johanne Ekhougen is the production’s puppet designer. Robert Westley will serve as fight director.

Hand to GodMCC at the LucilleLortel TheaterAs mentioned above, Steven Boyer who leads Hand To God was both Jason and Tyrone received critical acclaim for his performance in the piece. He was the recipient of the Obie and Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play. He was also recognized by Actor’s Equity with the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Newcomer and the Drama League for Distinguished Performance. His return in leading the Broadway bow is not only pivotal but incredibly exciting!

The announce of Hand To God transferring to Broadway is incredibly exciting! I remember last season how much great word of mouth and critical acclaim this piece received during it’s run downtown. Back then, many mentioned a transfer to Broadway but it was not widely talked about. Upon the show closing, not much has been heard of it. Upon today’s announcement of the production’s return, the internet was a buzz with much rejoice was many looked forward to seeing the show again on Broadway and many looked forward to experiencing it for the first time. Luner on Theatre did not have a chance to check out this production last spring so we are highly looking forward to the Broadway run so we can experience this piece we’ve heard only wonderful things about. It’s also worth mentioning many before Hand To God ever announced itself talked about the Best Play category this season and how difficult it is looking to shape up to be. Hand To God only makes things even more difficult as Broadway this season, fall and spring, is looking to be flooded with some of the most highly anticipated straight plays in a number of years.

Hand to God will officially begin previews on Broadway March 12th, 2015! The announcement of the production’s transfer not only adds to the list of highly anticipated plays on Broadway this season especially this spring but also adds a solid piece of theatre to the 2015 spring season which currently many don’t know what it will look like. For more information, visit Hand To God’s Official Broadway Website, Facebook Page or Twitter AccountAnd of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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Next To Normal, If/Then Creators Working on The Visitor Musical

The VisitorHow do human beings bond with one another? Better yet, how do they bond in a city divided culturally years after one of America’s darkest days. That and more was explored in the 2007 drama film The Visitor. Some of the best known films off all-time have made their way to the stage following their debut. However, this one was not on anyone’s list until now. While at first glance it may not seem like your typical screen to stage adaptation, upon reading further into the story, you’ll see this film has the potential for a beautiful life on the stage. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, the creators of Next to Normal and If/Then, are working on a stage musical adaptation of the film, The Visitor.

Brian+Yorkey+Tom+Kitt+2014+Tony+Awards+Arrivals+_AiskJv6M2AlProducer Aaron Harnick has announced that the Tony and Pulitzer Prize Award winning team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey are at work on a stage musical adaptation of the 2007 film, The Visitor. Harnick is developing the musical. Currently, the plan is to present the musical in a private industry reading in December.

The Visitor is an American drama film which was written and directed by Thomas McCarthy. The film tells the story of Walter Vale, a widowed Connecticut College professor, who is headed to New York to present a paper at an academic conference at New York University. Upon returning to his apartment, Walter finds a young unmarried couple residing there, having rented it from someone who claimed it was theirs. Tarek, an immigrant from Syria, and Zainab who is Senegalese, are both illegal immigrants. They pack their bags but Walter offers them the apartment allowing them to remain as his guests. Over the following weeks, a friendship is born out of two men who bond over music. Their friendship is put to the test as Tarek is mistakenly arrested for turnstile jumping and faces deportation from the United States in a post 9/11 culturally divided New York City.

THE-VISITOR-2007_portrait_w858The film itself received a very positive reception from critics and audiences alike. The film itself went on to win the Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay and was called “One of the Year’s Best Films” by the Chicago Reader,  Philadelphia Inquirer, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Hollywood Reporter, The Wall Street Journal and New York Post. Richard Jenkins, who portrayed Walter in the film, was nominated for an Academy Award for his work. He would go on to win the Method Fest Independent Film Festival Award for Best Actor, Moscow International Film Festival Silver St. George for Best Actor and Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. McCarthy would go on to win the Independent Spirit Award for Best Director and Method Fest Independent Film Festival Award for Best Director.

Brian Yorkey, Tom KittTom Kitt and Brian Yorkey are best known for their work on the Broadway stage. Together, they created Next to Normal which premiered on Broadway in 2009 and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical. The musical went on to win three including Best Orchestrations and Best Original Score. The musical was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2010. The show closed on Broadway in 2011 after playing 750 performances. Currently on Broadway, the pair is represented with the new musical If/Then. Starring Idina Menzel, the musical premiered last spring on Broadway and received two Tony Award nominations including one for Best Original Score. The pair has also announced they are working on stage musical adaptations for the films, Magic Mike and Freaky Friday .

Luner on Theatre will be sure to keep you updated on the progress of The Visitor as it makes its way to the stage! Currently, it seems as though the pair is writing the musical with a Broadway bow in mind sometime in the future. However, the timeframe that the production will take has not been confirmed at this time. Check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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It’s Only A Play (Photos)

It’s Only A Play, a comedy written by Terrance McNally, has returned to Broadway this season in a brand new form with an all-star cast! The play tells the story of a group of theatre people anxiously awaiting their review on opening night from an infamous drama critic in New York City. While It’s Only A Play originally opened in 1986 at the Manhattan Theatre Club, McNally has updated his piece to fit the times filled with modern jokes, names and show references. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you a first look at It’s Only A Play!

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It’s Only A Play will not be around on Broadway all season! The production is playing a strictly limited engagement of 18-weeks only on Broadway through January 4th, 2015! As mentioned, the production features an all-star cast which includes Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint, Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham, Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick, Tony Award winner Stockard Channing, Tony Award winner Nathan Lane, Emmy Award winner Megan Mullally and Micah Stock. Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien is director. For more information, visit It’s Only A Play’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter AccountAnd of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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