Full Casting Announced for Broadway-Bound An American In Paris

10544384_780873228631327_8621090485673736060_nAcross the pond we go to the world premiere of a brand new musical being created from a classic Hollywood film! However, this time we aren’t headed to London, we’re head to Paris, France! How fitting for the world premiere of a show to take place in a city that’s name is in it’s very title. The classic Hollywood film An American In Paris is set to come to life on the stage in Europe before heading to New York for a bow on Broadway. And while this may just seem like any other new musical, this one has lots of surprises in store as this beloved film comes to life on stage in a world premiere musical! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that full casting and more has been announced for the Broadway-bound musical, An American In Paris!

An American In Paris is a new musical that features a score by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin with a book by Craig Lucas. The musical, inspired by the Oscar-winning film of the same name,  tells the story of hope, redemption and romance in a city rebuilding from the heartbreak of World War II. The musical score is set to include audience favorites such as “I Got Rhythm,” “‘SWonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay”, “They Can’t Take That Away”. The production will also include orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “2nd Prelude,” “2nd Rhapsody” and “An American In Paris.”

1032Producers of the Broadway-bound musical, An American Paris, announced full casting and details regarding the production’s world premiere and Broadway engagement. An American In Paris will stage it’s world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris (Pictured Above Right) from November 22nd through December 10th, 2014. The musical will be presented in English in Paris. The musical is set to arrive in New York for the spring 2015 Broadway season. The show will take up residence in the heart of Times Square at The Palace Theatre. Previews are scheduled to begin March 13th, 2015 with the production officially opening on April 12th, 2015.

10562573_780873231964660_2889692851700348566_oLeading An American In Paris will be Robert Fairchild who will star as Jerry Mulligan, Leanne Cope who will star as Lise Dassin, Veanne Cox who will star as Madame Baurel, Jill Paice who will star as Milo Davenport, Brandon Uranowitz who will star as Adam Hochberg and Max von Essen who will star as Henri Baurel.

The ensemble of the show is set to include Caitlin Abraham, Will Burton, Michael Cusumano, Attila Joey Csiki, Taeler Elyse Cyrus, Ashlee Dupré, Rebecca Eichenberger, Sara Esty, Laura Feig, Jennie Ford, Kurt Froman, Heather Lang, Dustin Layton, Nathan Madden, Gia Mongell, Candy Olsen, Rebecca Riker, Adam Rogers, Sam Rogers, Shannon Marie Rugani, Garen Scribner, Sam Strasfeld, Sarrah Strimel, Charlie Sutton, Allison Walsh, Scott Willis and Victor J. Wisehart.

1f55317e-bbea-11e3-_562323bChristopher Wheeldon (Pictured Right) will lead the creative team for An American In Paris as the director and choreographer of the production. Brad Haak is the production’s musical director. The rest of the creative team includes Bob Crowley as scenic and costume designer, Natasha Katz as lighting designer, Jon Weston as sound designer and 59 Productions as animation and projection designer. The musical score is adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher. Christopher Austin has provided orchestrations and Sam Davis has provided dance arrangements. Jacquelin Barrett is associate director and Dontee Kiehn is associate choreographer. Telsey+Company/Rachel Hoffman casted the production.

An_American_in_Paris_posterWhen I first heard the news that An American In Paris would be adapted for the stage, I thought it was a fantastic idea! This movie is one of the best known classics of all time. A stage adaptation musical only makes sense. I am looking forward to seeing this production as it is a completely new piece of theatre but will be using iconic songs from the movie in its production. Song’s such as “I Got Rhythm”, “SWonderful” and “They Can’t Take That Away” are just a few Broadway fans will know. It will be interesting to see how it reads considering Bullets Over Broadway went this same route last season which did not fare well for the piece which closed this August just after a few months of performances. However, An American In Paris is more iconic and features more songs known and loved by an older generation. Yes, I’m talking about those who will be playing full price for those seats! The production also sets itself apart from other musicals by being a very large dance piece as well. The famous “An American In Paris” ballet, which runs 16 minutes long in the film, will come to life on the stage through a number of orchestral arrangements throughout the production. To say the least, I’m definitely excited about An American In Paris coming to the stage as it presents itself not only as a new work, but a new style of a musical for Broadway and the world to experience.

Luner on Theatre will continue to bring you updates on the Broadway-bound An American In Paris musical as it makes its world premiere across the pond and then heads to New York! Rehearsals have begun and we will be sure to bring you any coverage we can, leading up to its Broadway opening night! For more information, visit the Théâtre du Châtelet’s Official Website or Facebook PageAnd 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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Anything Goes Second National Tour Will Kick Off This Fall

anything-goes-new-logo-1All aboard! As the new touring season prepares to hit the road, we’ve just learned of another new national tour set to hit the seas, we mean road, this season! Many productions that do well on Broadway go on to tour and many of those tours will last for several touring seasons depending on how well they are received! We have no doubt this stellar production was well received during its first national tour which is why a second one is set to sail out of New York this fall! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Anything Goes will kick off its second national tour this Fall!

tn-500_photo1.jpg.pagespeed.ce.fBToAGwi9cProducers have announced that a second national tour of the Tony Award winning Anything Goes will hit the road this Fall! The tour is set to kick off October 14th, 2014 in Houston, Texas! Sean McKnight and Jennifer Savelli will recreate Kathleen Marshall’s Tony Award winning staging for the second national tour which will be non-equity. Anything Goes was revived on Broadway in 2011 by Roundabout Theatre Company. The production was led by Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney. The production included other well-known names such as Joel Grey, Laura Osnes and Colin O’Donnell. It was directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall. The production went on to be nominated for 9 Tony Awards and won several including Best Revival of a Musical.

tn-500_photo2.jpg.pagespeed.ce.AnwfxJzFxILeading the ship out to see on this second voyage will be co-stars Emma Stratton who will star as Reno Sweeney alongside Brian Krinsky who will star as Billy Crocker (Both Pictured Left). Other leading players include Tracy Bidleman as Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt, Anthony Chan as John, Rachelle Rose Clark as Hope Harcourt, Michael R. Douglass as Elisha Whitney, Roy Flores as Luke, Kenny Francoeur as Purser, Richard Lindenfelzer as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, Drew Martin as the Captain, Mychal Phillips as Erma and Dennis Setteducati as Moonface Martin.

tn-500_photo3.jpg.pagespeed.ce.jaxAyMQHaWThe ensemble of the production will include Willie Dee, Patrick Heffernan, Jamie Mills, Kaylee Olson, Gabriella Perez, Lexie Plath, Michael Santora, Bryan James Seastrom, Katie Wilson Stewart, Annie Wallace, Boe Wank and Bradley Allan Zarr.

The rest of the creative team for the second national tour will include Robbie Cowan as musical director with Bill Elliot providing additional orchestrations. Others include Derek McLane, in coordination with James Kronzer, as scenic designer, Martin Pakledinas, in coordination with Jimm Halliday, as costume designer, Anthony Pearson as lighting designer and David Bullard as sound designer. Both the scenic and costume designers for the show will be original.

It is exciting news to hear that a second leg of Roundabout’s Tony Award winning Anything Goes will hit the road! This production won over audiences and critics when it first appeared on Broadway back in 2011 and is sure to be a hit as it hits city after city on the road during this second tour! I would definitely recommend seeing this production if it happens to dock in your home port, I mean, town.We also have to take a moment and give a special shout out to Wagner College Theatre Alums Brian Krinsky and Patrick Heffernan who are both set to appear on the tour! Congrats to you both and we hope you enjoy the experience with this production!

Anything Goes‘ second national tour is set to kick off officially October 14th in Houston, Texas! Following that, the tour will play cities such as Baton Rouge, LA, Palm Desert, CA, Austin, TX, Sioux Falls, SD, Columbus, OH, Cincinnati, OH, Key West, FL, Rochester, NY, Scranton, PA and Orlando, FL. Don’t miss your chance to see this Tony Award-winning production if it happens to dock in your hometown! Thank you to Jeremy Daniel for the photos used in this blog post. For more information, visit Anything Goes’ Official Tour Website or Facebook Page. And 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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Anything Goes Revival on Broadway in 2011

Anything Goes Revival on Broadway in 2011

New Marquees Of The Fall 2014 Broadway Season

Luner on Theatre is bringing you an exclusive look at the brand new marquees lighting up Broadway for the Fall 2014 season!

This Is Our Youth at The Cort Theatre

This Is Our Youth at The Cort Theatre

This Is Our Youth Officially Opened September 11th, 2014

Love Letters at The Brooks Atkinson - Officially Opens September 18th

Love Letters at The Brooks Atkinson

Love Letters Officially Opens September 18th, 2014

You Can't Take It With You at The Longacre Theatre

You Can’t Take It With You at The Longacre Theatre

You Can’t Take It With You Officially Opens September 28th, 2014

The Country House at The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

The Country House at The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

The Country House Officially Opens October 2nd, 2014

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time at The Ethel Barrymore Theatre

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time at The Ethel Barrymore Theatre

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time Officially Opens October 5th, 2014

It's Only A Play at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

It’s Only A Play at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

It’s Only A Play Officially Opens October 9th, 2014

On The Town at The Lyric Theatre

On The Town at The Lyric Theatre

On The Town Officially Opens October 16th, 2014

Disgraced at The Lyceum Theatre

Disgraced at The Lyceum Theatre

Disgraced Officially Opens October 23rd, 2014

The Last Ship at The Neil Simon Theatre

The Last Ship at The Neil Simon Theatre

The Last Ship Officially Opens October 26th, 2014

Side Show at The St. James Theatre

Side Show at The St. James Theatre

Side Show Officially Opens November 17th, 2014

A Delicate Balance at The John Golden Theatre

A Delicate Balance at The John Golden Theatre

A Delicate Balance Officially Opens November 20th, 2014

Elephant Man at The Booth Theatre

Elephant Man at The Booth Theatre

Elephant Man Officially Opens December 7th, 2014

Honeymoon In Vegas at The Nederlander Theatre

Honeymoon In Vegas at The Nederlander Theatre

Honeymoon In Vegas Officially Opens January 15th, 2014

Several other productions slated to open on Broadway this Fall have not yet received their marquees and are currently excluded from this post! Luner on Theatre will bring you updated photos of the Broadway marquees as they arrive!  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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Lindsay Lohan In Rehearsal With Speed The Plow (Photos)

Lohan in London! Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan is set to make her stage debut in just one week in David Mamet’s Speed The Plow in London’s West End. She plays the role of Karen, a temporary secretary, who derails the dreams of producers of Bobby, played by Richard Schiff, and Charlie, played by Nigel Lindsay, who have secured a big star to appear in their show. However, Karen comes up with a new story that is so terrible it leads both of them to resort to desperate measures. Luner on Theatre brought you Lohan’s first tweet from rehearsals as she kicked off this journey a few weeks ago. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you a first look at Lindsay Lohan in rehearsal for Speed The Plow in London’s West End!

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Speed The Plow is set to begin performances in just one week on September 24th, 2014 at London’s Playhouse Theatre. An official opening has been set for October 2nd. The production is playing a strictly limited engagement through November 29th only. The play is directed by Lindsay Posner. Thank you to the site LOHAN 4 FANS for the photos used in this blog post. For more information, visit Speed The Plow’s Official Website or Facebook PageAnd 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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The Hills Are Alive! New Sound Of Music Tour Will Hit The Road In 2015

the-sound-of-music-poster-artwork-julie-andrews-christopher-plummer-eleanor-parkerSo long, Farewell? More like Hello! Welcome back! One of America’s favorite pieces of musical theatre has just announced it’s setting a return date for the stage! While you may know this piece best from its film adaptation starring the incredible Julie Andrews, just about every American has seen or experienced The Sound of Music at one point in their life. And if they haven’t, the time has arrived.Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that The Sound of Music will come to life in a brand new National Tour that is set to launch in September 2015!

79857NETworks Presentations in collaboration with the Rodger and Hammerstein Organization have proudly announced they will present The Sound of Music in a brand new national tour that will kick off in September 2015! NETworks producer Ken Gentry along side Rodger and Hammerstein president and executive director Ted Chapin (Pictured Right) announced the exciting news as well that the tour would kick off in Los Angeles and go on to play for multiple touring seasons as it plays multi-week and week-long engagements across the country.

Jack+O+Brien+Catch+Can+Broadway+Rehearsal+Itw63A7e13llBesides Los Angeles, no official list of cities has yet to be announced for the tour. Casting for the production will also be announced at a later time. Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien (Pictured Right) is set to direct the tour. At this time, the rest of the creative team includes Douglas Schmidt as scenic designer, Natasha Katz as lighting designer and Ken Travis as sound designer. More creative team members will be announced at a later point in time.

In a statement, O’Brien talked about his excitement for bringing to life this new project;

“The Sound of Music has been in our ears for decades, as it deserves to be: but it might be time to look once more, and more closely, at this remarkable work which, I feel, begins to reveal itself as deeper, richer, and more powerful than ever before. It’s no longer ‘your mother’s familiar’ Sound of Music we’re trotting out. We are tearing off the varnish of the past of one of the great, fresh glories of our theatre-going experience! This is an opportunity we’ve all longed to create!”

President and executive director Ted Chapin only added to O’Brien’s statement noting his excitement in the upcoming project as well saying;

“The Sound of Music continues to be the world’s most beloved musical. When Ken Gentry suggested a major national tour, I not only agreed, but was willing to roll up my sleeves and do whatever I could to make a new stage production that would re-engage today’s theatre-going public. The show was originally created for Broadway, and seeing it on stage only reinforces the power of the story and the score. And with Jack O’Brien at the directorial helm – well, we simply couldn’t do better. Landing somewhere between The Coast of Utopia and Hairspray (shows for which Jack won the Tony), his production will be smart, focused, and surprising. I can’t wait.”

The Sound of Music Live! - Season 2013The news of a brand new tour for the beloved The Sound of Music is such exciting news for the theatrical world! As both respected gentlemen mentioned above, this is one of the most beloved American musicals of all time. Made so iconically famous by its songs “Sixteen Going On Seventeen”, “My Favorite Things” and “So Long, Farewell” just to name a few, The Sound of Music has filled the hearts of theatre lovers and Americans since it’s debut in 1959. It has remained so popular that just last year, NBC produced a LIVE television event of the musical starring Carrie Underwood and numerous other stars. While you may not be a fan of classic Broadway musical theatre, it is hard to not be a fan of this fantastic work. I look forward to The Sound of Music relaunching on the road and I only hope I get the chance to experience this production the brand new take O’Brien and Chapin have planned for it!

Luner on Theatre will be sure to keep you updated on the upcoming national tour of The Sound of Music! A list of cities the show will visit as well as the casting for the production have yet to be announced so we still have plenty to cover. Until then, so long, farewell! For more information, visit The Sound of Music’s Touring Website on NETworks, NETworks 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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Raise You Up: First National Tour of Kinky Boots (Photos)

Broadway’s Tony Award winning best musical is strutting its stuff on the road! Kinky Boots, which features music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, is a musical based on the 2005 film of the same title which was inspired by a true life story! It tells the story of a struggling British shoe factory which is having trouble selling the mens dress shoes it is known for. It’s new owner, Charlie, decides to team up with a drag queen, Lola, and produce custom footwear for drag queens and kings. In the process, the two find they are more alike than they originally imagined. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you an exciting first look at the brand new national tour of the Tony Award winning Best Musical, Kinky Boots!

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The brand new national tour of Kinky Boots kicked off last week in Las Vegas at The Smith Center! Now the production is set to make its way across the U.S. stopping in numerous cities such as San Diego, Portland, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Memphis, Chicago and Boston just to name a few! Be sure to check out if Broadway’s 2013 best musical plans on stopping in your home town! Thank you to Mathew Murphy for the photos used in this blog post! For more information, visit Kinky Boots 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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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Recoups on Broadway

Beautiful_Cast_RecordingRecouping on Broadway is no easy business! Actually, most Broadway shows never go on to recoup! With the cost of producing musical theatre rising every single day, musicals on Broadway can now range between $7 to $15 million dollars to produce as their initial investment. However, there are certain shows that become box office gold! Connecting with the audience, containing material they wanna see and bringing to life musical theatre at its finest, Broadway has seen it’s fair share of hits. We have no doubt in saying the latest member to join this club is a musical that opened not even a year ago.  Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Beautiful: The Carole King musical has recouped on Broadway!

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is a jukebox musical that features the music of Carole King with a book by Douglas McGrath. The musical tells the story of Carole King, originally Carol Klein, who was just a girl from Brooklyn with a passion for music. The story begins as she fights her way into the business as just a young teenager and follows her as she becomes a superstar writing hits for some of the biggest names in the business by her twenties. However, when her marriage and personal life hit the rocks, we finally discover the true voice of Carole King. Beautiful tells the story of Carole’s marriage to husband and fellow song-writer Gerry Goffin, her friendship with best friends Cynthia Weil and Barr Mann and her journey to becoming one of the most iconic performers of a generation.

Beautiful the MusicalProducers of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical proudly announced that the production has recouped its entire $13 million dollar investment! The musical began previews on Broadway last November and opened in January 2014 to strong acclaim. The musical was nominated for seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. The production went on to win two Tony Awards including one for Jessie Mueller, who portrays King in the stage adaptation of her life. Beautiful is the very first musical of the 2013-14 season to recoup its investment on Broadway.

In a statement to the press, producer Paul Blake said:

Beautiful has become a bona-fide phenomenon and we couldn’t be more pleased and proud.”

Aldwych_Theatre_2Just last week, the production announced Beautiful would not only head out on a U.S. National Tour but it would also cross the pond to make its West End debut in London. The UK premiere of Beautiful will begin performances February 10th, 2015 at The Aldwych Theater (Pictured Left). The production will officially open there on February 25th. As for the U.S. Tour, it will kick off September 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island at the Providence Performing Arts Center. The production will play a 12-week limited engagement in Chicago following it’s kick off. Other cities on the US tour have yet to be announced yet.

Beautiful — The Carole King MusicalStephen Sondheim TheatreCurrently on Broadway, the cast includes Tony Award winner Jessie Meuller (Pictured Right) stars as Carole King, Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin, Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann and Anika Larsen as Cynthia Weil. The ensemble includes Jeb Brown, Liz Larsen, Ashley Blanchet, Andrew Brewer, E. Clayton Cornelious, Joshua Davis, Alysha Deslorieux, Kevin Duda, James Harkness, Carly Hughes, Sara King, Rebecca LaChance, Douglas Lyons, Gabrielle Reid, Rashidra Scott, Sara Sheperd, Yasmeen Sulieman, Daniel Torres, Melvin Tunstall and Alan Wiggins.

Beautiful — The Carole King MusicalStephen Sondheim TheatreCongratulations to Beautiful on the exciting news of recouping on Broadway! Many productions that hit Broadway will never recoup. Actually, most Broadway musicals do in fact lose money in the end. However, whenever any production recoup, we find it a cause for celebration! I was lucky enough to see Beautiful last December before it officially opened and fell in love with the show. It is absolutely wonderful and has such a great heart at the center of it. Beautiful is a Broadway jukebox musical for a new generation. It takes music, beloved by a generation, and throws it to the stage in one of the best jukebox musicals to ever come to Broadway. I’m excited London and many across the U.S. will also have a chance to experience this production as it makes its way into theatrical venues across the nation and world!

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical can currently be seen on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on 43rd Street! And if you can’t make it to New York to see this spectacular production, have no fear! It will be hopping across the pond in just a couple of months only to be followed by it making its way out on the road for the rest of the U.S. to experience! For more information, visit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’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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