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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Can-Can at Paper Mill Playhouse (Photos)

Paper Mill Playhouse is kicking off its 2014-15 season! Literally! Can-Can, which features music and lyrics by Cole Porter with a book by Abe Burrows, has come to life at Paper Mill Playhouse! The musical tells the story of Pistache, a Parisian cafe who decides to allow the scandalous can-can dance into her business. Only usually seen in the Montmartre dance halls during the 1890s, her defiance of the law has the chance to not only end her business but her love life as well. This production features a reworked script by the legendary David Lee, best known for his work with Frasier, and Joel Fields, best known for his work on Ugly Betty. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you a first look at the Broadway bound production of Can-Can at Paper Mill Playhouse!

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Can-Can is the first production of the Paper Mill Playhouse 2014-15 season! The show is currently scheduled to run until October 26th, 2014! The production is directed by David Lee and choreographed by Patti Colombo! The rest of the Paper Mill season includes Elf, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame and the world premiere of Ever After. Thank you to Matt Murphy for the photos used in this blog post! For more information, visit Paper Mill Playhouse’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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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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