Jessie Mueller Will Lead Waitress To Broadway

11887914_984204771599891_8940222474658707419_nOne of the most anticipated new musicals of the season has announced its beloved lead who led the show during its out-of-town tryout will bring the show to Broadway later this season. While many may not have known the American Repertory Theatre 10 years ago, it’s impossible to ignore the regional theatre that has produced some of the best Broadway revivals and new works in recent years. This season, they’re collaborating with one of the best known musicians in the music business to bring a brand new musical to Broadway. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Jessie Mueller will lead Waitress to Broadway this spring!

Waitress is a new musical that  features music and lyric by Sara Bareilles with a book by Jessie Nelson. Based on the motion picture by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, whose stuck in a small time life and a marriage lacking love. When the nearby county’s baking contest offers her a chance at recognition, Jenna finds herself weighing a chance at escape against her commitments. She must decide herself what the true recipe for happiness as local customers, co-workers and more offer their opinions as well.

0008_150801_artwaitressdress_wide-7320e2dfe51ebf25f1a2add23dbc2cfa76e537a2-s900-c85Producers of the Broadway bound Waitress musical confirmed today that Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller (Pictured Right) would recreate her leading role from the American Repertory Theatre’s sold out run of the production earlier this year. The production is slated to hit Broadway later this season taking up residence at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Producers also officially announced dates noting the show would begin previews March 25th, 2015 and officially open April 24th. With the cut off date for the 2015-16 season being April 26th, Waitress will be one of the last productions to open this season.

At this time no official casting, besides Mueller, have been announced for Broadway. At the A.R.T. run of the show, the cast included Mueller as Jenna, Jeanna de Waal as Dawn, Drew Gehling as Dr. Pomatter, Dakin Matthews as Joe, Keala Settle as Becky, Eric Anderson as Cal, Jeremy Morse as Ogie and Joe Tippett as Earl. The ensemble included Charity Angel Dawson, David Jennings, Corey Mach, Ragan Pharris, Cullen R. Titmas and Stephanie Torns. Emily Afton and Ben Sidell served as swings for the production.

Diane Paulus, new Director of the ARTThe Broadway production will be helmed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pictured Left) with choreography by Chase Brock. The rest of the creative team includes Scott Pask as scenic designer, Suttirat Larlarb as costume designer, Ken Posner as lighting designer and Jonathan Deans as sound designer. The production is produced by Barry and Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick.

Take A First Look At Waitress

Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as Waitress heads to Broadway this spring! Plenty of more details ranging from casting to the production’s official artwork are still to come! We can’t wait to see what this new musical is cooking up for this season! For more information, visit Waitress The Musical‘s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter(Copyright Note;Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) 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! 



First Preview of Thérèse Raquin Halts Following Audience Member Disruption

1.174529Interruptions from the audience on Broadway are too frequently becoming a part of our theatre-going experience. Whether it be texting, phone calls or simply talking patrons, it seems as though we cannot go to the theatre anymore without some type of outside world experience barging its way into the experience we’ve wished to step into for 2 hours. However, another type of disturbance, not often seen, halted the first preview of a new Broadway show last night. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that last night’s first preview of Thérèse Raquin came to a halt following a disruptive audience member!

Keira-Knightley-27During last night’s first preview of Thérèse Raquin, it is reported an audience member disrupted the performance just moments after it began as he professed his love for film star Keira Knightly who is making her Broadway debut in the production. According to multiple accounts on social media, the young man stood in the aisle between the upper and lower mezzanine shouting to Knightly on stage about marrying him and his love for her. He was reportedly carrying a bouquet of flowers as well. An usher reportedly asked the man to sit down, which he did but continued to speak loudly.

Security and a male usher arrived moments later and forcibly removed the man but not before he was able to throw the flowers from the mezzanine to the stage. Security was able to hold back the man who continued to resist them removing him from the theatre. Gabriel Ebert, another actor in the production, reportedly kicked the flowers into the wing following them landing on the stage. The removal received applause from the audience and just a moment later, it was announced over the god mic “We’re going to take a little hold here”. It is believed the hold occurred to insure safety for the cast and crew with the flowers thrown onstage. It is reported the house lights never came up and just moments later, the production continued on for the rest of the evening uninterrupted.

Roundabout Theatre Company has released the following statement following last night’s incident;

“Roundabout takes the safety of their actors and audiences very seriously and extra security will be added beginning tonight. For obvious reasons, we cannot comment on the exact nature of the additional security measures.”

Multiple accounts from the theatre stated that the actors, including Knightly who was addressed by name, never broke character during the disruption. Audience members believed at first the man was a part of the production but quickly realized it was something more once the actors onstage did not respond to him. Overall, there was much applause for the Thérèse Raquin team for their handling of the situation.

shia-labeouf-1024The disturbance is, oddly enough, nothing new to Studio 54 and theatre productions taking place there. Just this past summer, a disturbance interrupted a performance of An Act Of God starring Jim Parsons. And how could we possibly forget when film star Shia LaBeouf was taken from Studio 54 in handcuffs following his disruption of Cabaret starring Alan Cumming? LaBeouf ended up pleading guilty to disorderly conduct following that incident. It seems as the infamous nightclub turned theatre has been home to a list of odd interruptions and disturbances over the past year.

Luner on Theatre is thrilled to hear that no audience members, cast or crew were hurt during the interruption at last night’s first preview of Thérèse Raquin. We have no doubt how serious Roundabout is taking last night’s incident and will provide further security at Studio 54 to ensure everyone involved with Thérèse Raquin is safe at all times. Thérèse Raquin is now in previews and officially opens on Broadway October 29th, 2015. For more information, visit Roundabout Theatre Company’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter(Copyright Note;Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) 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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Tony Time: The Tony Awards May Move To Lincoln Center

tony-2015-horizontal-rgb-72dpiIf you think house hunting in New York City is bad, try doing that for all of Broadway under one roof. The 2016 Tony Awards are on the move as the search for a potential home, should Radio City Music Hall officially become unavailable, is underway! With a plethora of theaters located throughout New York, options are definitely on the table as move elsewhere looks ever more certain. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that The Tony Awards are considering a move to Lincoln Center for the 2016 Awards Ceremony!

The New York Times is keeping tabs on the Tony Awards as they actively explore several new venue options for the 2016 awards ceremony throughout New York City. The search comes just a month following an announcement from Radio City Music Hall that the Rockettes New York Spectacular would return in 2016 except this time for a summer time as opposed to the spring. The times reports that in addition to The Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side, the Tony Awards have explored the David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center in Midtown and the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. According to several individuals who asked to remain anonymous, officials are hoping to lock in the 2016 ceremony location official within the month.

Let’s down the potential locations we’ve mentioned above;

8684072598_99278b3da4_bThe David H. Koch Theatre as Lincoln Center is a stunning theatre used for ballet, dance and theatre which opened in 1964. The theatre seats roughly 2,586 people with a broad orchestra section surrounded by four large balconies and one smaller fifth balcony. The theatre has been undergoing a renovation since 2008 when David H. Koch pledged $100 million dollars over the course of 10 years. While the theatre is best known as being home to the New York Ballet, the theatre did originally house Broadway productions helmed by the now deceased Music Theatre of Lincoln Center Company. Productions such as The King And I, Carousel, Annie Get Your Gun,Show Boat and South Pacific all played the theatre throughout the 1960’s.

Kings TheaterKings Theatre in Brooklyn is a movie-palace type theatre that opened in 1929 and closed in 1977. While the theatre sat empty for decades, a complete renovation began in 2010 and was just recently completed with the theatre opening this past January to the public. The theatre seats roughly 3,000 people and originally presented shows that combined movies and live vaudeville acts. The theatre converted to just feature films as vaudeville declined and eventually closed its doors. However, the theatre just recently underwent a $95 million dollar renovation to restore the theatre to a full functioning performing arts center. The interior spaces have all been restored to their original splendor while the stage technology has met modern-day operations.

NYT2009021118564738CThe Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side is a movie-palace type theatre that opened in 1929. The theatre seats roughly 2,829 people and originally was intended as a silent film theatre. However, with a delay in opening the actual venue to the public, the Beacon’s first film was a talking feature as silent films had already outdated themselves. The theatre switched to live performances in 1976 and has presented hundreds of artists in concert since. The theatre recently underwent a $10 million dollar renovation. It is often considered the sister of Radio City Music Hall. The Beacon is no stranger to the Tony Awards having hosted the 2011 and 2012 ceremonies when Radio City Music Hall was unavailable. The theatre was believed to be the backup incase such an event ever happened again although that has not officially been stated.

There are all of the currently known contenders for the 2016 Tony Awards ceremony!

Each venue comes with its own pros and cons. I don’t think there is any argument that each venue is more than beautiful enough to host the ceremony. I mean, take a second look at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn! That being said, each venue currently seats about half of what Radio City Music Hall does. A move to a smaller venue will definitely mean fewer tickets for industry officials and more than likely no tickets for fans who often fill the upper balconies of Radio City. Kings Theatre is far from Midtown where all the Broadway theatres are located and many casts move back and forth between performances and rehearsals for the ceremony. Lincoln Center is closest, counting Radio City out entirely, and a beautiful new space the Tony Awards could call home. The Beacon is also just as suitable and has proven itself before. However, it is located around 10 blocks further north than Lincoln Center.

As previously promised, Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as the Tony Awards search for a new home for 2016! We should remind you that while many have considered Radio City completely out of the picture, representatives from the awards ceremony have reminded us that “negotiations are ongoing”. For complete Tony Awards coverage, visit Luner on Theatre’s Tony Time Page! For more information, visit The Tony Awards Official Website,Facebook Page or Twitter(Copyright Note; Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) 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! 



New Harry Potter Play Will Hit London In Two Parts

CPsnTdOWoAASX8_For those who didn’t live through the years the Harry Potter book series was released, it’s almost impossible to explain the phenomenon in words. After finishing one book, readers would find themselves waiting months, often years to learn what happened next to Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts. While it didn’t take long for the popular book series to hit movie theaters, when the last Harry Potter film premiered (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2) many wondered what was next. Could it possibly all be over? What would become of the wizard world J.K. Rowling brought into the hearts of so many? Prepare yourself Potter fans. The Boy Who Lived is back in a brand new stage adaptation heading to London in 2016 with a new story you’ve never heard before. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that the highly anticipated Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will play London in two parts!

palace-theatre-in-shaftbury-london-united-kingdom+1152_12934424863-tpfil02aw-6232J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved Harry Potter series, announced this past week that due to the “epic nature of the story”, the upcoming stage production of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will be presented in two parts. The two-part drama is intended to be seen either in order on the same day (Matinee followed by the Evening Performance) or on two consecutive evenings. The production will debut in Summer 2016 at London’s Palace Theatre (Pictured Right). At this time, no official date has been released for when performances will begin or when the show will officially open.

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child is a new play being penned by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany based on an original new story by Rowling. Little is known about the new play except for the fact that the cherish books (All seven of them) and the characters from them have all been accounted for in this new story never before told. Jack Thorne is a writer for television, film, radio and theatre. Some of his theatre credits include Hope, Let The Right One In, The Solid Life of Sugerwater, Bunny and When You Cure Me across England. John Tiffany (Pictured Below Left) is a Tony and Olivier Award winning director who is best known for his work on Once and The Glass Menagerie.

Tiffany, in an interview on Pottermore, explained just how unique working on this type of new story has been saying,

4.175718“I’ve never worked on anything quite like this before. Usually in theatre you’re adapting existing material or creating an entirely new play. With the Cursed Child we have been given the unique opportunity to explore some of the most cherished books and beloved characters ever written, yet work with J.K. Rowling to tell a story from that world that no one yet knows – it’s exhilarating. It shares a scale and ambition with all the Harry Potter stories so in order to do this justice we have decided to present the play in two parts.” (Pottermore)

Aside from those mentioned above, the rest of the creative team for Cursed Child is already in place! Steven Hoggett is set to provide movement to music by Imogen Heap while Martin Lowe acts as musical supervisor. When it comes to the technical side of the team, Christine Jones is scenic designer, Katrina Lindsay is costume designer, Neil Austin is lighting designer and Gareth Fry is sound designer. Also on board for the production is Jeremy Chernick to provide special effects and Jamie Harrison to provide illusions. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

JK-Rowling-PhotosJ.K. Rowling truly needs no formal introduction, but we do believe she deserves a mention in this article! After all, she is the author of the Harry Potter series which has sold over 450 million copies and been translated into 78 different languages. The book series has not only won multiple awards but is the best-selling book series in history. The last four books of the series are the fastest selling books in history. The Harry Potter films, all based off of the books, are the second highest-grossing film series in history. Universal Studios in Florida has launched a Harry Potter World theme park and overall, the entire Harry Potter brand is worth over $15 billion dollars. Not bad at all for the woman who began writing the series in various cafes in England.

For those of you worried about Harry’s life coming to the stage, have no fear. One quote specifically stuck out to us in John Tiffany’s Pottermore interview that assured us this production is not only in the right hands but truly being taken care of.

“There are many people working on this production who grew up with the books, or discovered them with their kids. And it’s been thrilling and humbling to hear them say ‘We never thought we’d get Harry back. But he’s here…’” (Pottermore)

The wizarding world of Harry Potter is back this summer in London as the highly anticipated Harry Potter And The Cursed Child heads to the stage! Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as more production details, casting and more becomes available to us! In the meantime, we’ll be polishing up our potions and spells! For more information, visit Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter(Copyright Note;Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this postAnd of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!



Disney’s The Hunchback Of Notre Dame Will Release Cast Album

hunchbackbway.jpg.pagespeed.ce.ipX6fceoycWhile Disney and Hunchback fans could not be more disappointed earlier this year hearing the beloved new stage version of the musical would not head to Broadway, some good news is still in store! While we may not be able to visually relive the beauty of this production, we will be able to hear it thanks to the Ghostlight Label, known for bringing so many Broadway albums to audiences! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Disney’s The Hunchback Of Notre Dame will release a cast recording this fall!

Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a musical that features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Peter Parnell. Based on Victor Hugo’s novel of the same title, the musical tells the story of Quasimodo, who is locked away in the bell tower of Notre Dame, away from the rest of the world. His eagerness to escape and experience the outside world only thrives once he sets his sights until the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda. However, his master Phoebus won’t have him going anywhere if it’s up to him. The musical will incorporate the Oscar-nominated score from the Disney 1996 animated film. This brand new productions is set to bring to life the orchestral and choral power of this story in a new intimate retelling of it featuring an incredible score by two of America’s most acclaimed musical theatre composers.

hbackprodpmp_hunchback_2This past week, cast members from the American premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame gathered to record a cast album for the production which will be released November 20th, 2015. While the CD is not being billed as a cast album but more as a soundtrack to the production, it will feature the talent that appeared on stage during the show’s American debuts. The Hunchback of Notre Dame made its American premiere last season first on the West coast playing La Jolla Playhouse in fall 2014 before heading to the East coast playing Paper Mill Playhouse in spring 2015. While many hoped the production would continue on to a life on Broadway, Disney has ruled that out (Although never officially count anything out) and instead will license the new production to regional theaters across the country.

Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 11.17.28 AMThe Hunchback cast recording will feature Michael Arden as Quasimodo, Patrick Page as Dom Claude Frollo, Ciara Renée as Esmeralda, Andrew Samonsky as Captain Phoebus de Martin and Erik Liberman as Clopin Trouillefou. The ensemble featured will include Julian Decker, Mary Joe Duggan, Ian Patrick Gibb, Beth Kirkpatrick, Samantha Massell, Neal Mayer, Nora Menken, William Michals, Anise Ritchie, Vincent Rodriguez III, Richard Ruiz, Joseph J. Simeone, Jeremy Stolle and Dashaun Young. Composer Alan Menken posted a photo (left) on instagram with the ensemble and music team earlier this week while recording.

While we can’t help but be disappointed The Hunchback of Notre Dame will not head to Broadway, we are thrilled that a cast album will be hitting stores soon! Pick up your copy on November 20th, 2015! Don’t forget, if you are interested are licensing a production of this show in your town or local theatre, you can do that too! For more information on the production, visit Musical Theatre International’s Official Website(Copyright Note;Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this postAnd of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!



American Psycho Finds Theatre And Sets Dates For Spring 2016

5Broadway’s latest new musical looks like a killer good time! Another new musical has lined itself up for the 2015-16 season on Broadway and this one is definitely one of a kind! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that American Psycho will officially play Broadway this spring!

American Psycho is a new musical featuring music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik and a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The musical is based on the novel by Brett Easton Ellis. The musical follows the story of Patrick Bateman, a young man living the life in 1980’s Manhattan. He has money, looks, style, status and one huge secret. In public, he and his friends take pride in buying designer clothes and eating at exclusive restaurants. In private, Patrick takes pride in another type of rule. Everything begins to change when people, including those closest to him, keep disappearing.

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Producers of the new American Psycho musical confirmed the production would indeed bow on Broadway this spring. The confirmation came as it was announced the musical would find its home at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on 45th street. Previews will officially begin March 24th, 2016 and no official opening night date has been set yet. American Psycho had its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre in London from December 2013 to February 2014. The musical was originally slated to make its American premiere Off-Broadway in early 2015 at Second Stage Theatre. However, that run was scraped when producers decided they would streamline the show directly to Broadway.

Benjamin-Walker_GettyImages.jpg.644x3000_q100As previously announced, American Psycho will be led by Benjamin Walker (Pictured Left), best known for playing the title role in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. He will star in the serial killer role as Patrick Bateman. Rupert Goold, whose work can be seen this Fall as he helms King Charles III‘s transfer to Broadway, is set to direct with Lynne Page as choreographer. American Psycho will be presented on Broadway by Act 4 Entertainment (David Johnson & Jesse Singer), Jeffrey Richards, and Jerry Frankel in cooperation with Edward R. Pressman.

In a statement to the press, Goold beamed with excitement as he looked ahead to working with Walker on stage saying,

“I’ve been a huge fan of Ben’s work on stage and screen and am really looking forward to working with him on American Psycho. He is an enormous talent and I think audiences will be utterly seduced by his dangerous charisma and extraordinary stage presence. He’ll make a killer Patrick Bateman.” 

Producer Jeffrey Richards expressed his enthusiasm as well to work with Walker on the upcoming production saying,

“Ever since Ben ignited the musical theatre with his startling and superb performance in Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, I had hoped to work with him again. When Jerry Frankel and I were offered the opportunity to join David Johnson and Jesse Singer of Act 4 Entertainment in presenting American Psycho, my first thought was that the most charismatic and sexy actor for the role of Patrick Bateman would be Benjamin Walker. The gift of collaborative partners is that we were all in agreement and so for that matter, as I found out, was the entire creative team.” 

Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as American Psycho heads to Broadway this spring! Check back as further creative team, casting and more becomes available to us! We are looking forward to this production making its American premiere with a team an excellent artists already represented well on Broadway this season! A sneak peek from the London production is located at the bottom of this article! Get ready to have a killer good time on Broadway this spring! For more information, visit American Psycho’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter(Copyright Note; Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this postAnd of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!



New Marquees Of The Fall 2015 Broadway Season

Luner on Theatre brings you an exclusive look at the new marquees on Broadway this Fall!


Hamilton at The Richard Rodgers – Officially Open


Spring Awakening at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre – Officially Open


The Gin Game at The John Golden Theatre – Officially Opens October 14th, 2015


Dames At Sea at The Helen Hayes Theatre – Officially Opens October 22nd, 2015


Sylvia at The Cort Theatre – Officially Opens October 27th, 2015


Therese Raquin at Studio 54- Officially Opens October 29th, 2015


King Charles III at The Music Box – Officially Opens November 1st, 2015


On Your Feet! at The Marquis Theatre – Officially Opens November 5th, 2015


Allegiance at The Longacre Theatre – Officially Opens November 8th, 2015


A View From The Bridge at The Lyceum Theatre – Officially Opens November 12th, 2015


China Doll at The Gerald Schoenfield Theatre – Officially Opens November 19th, 2015


The Illusionists: Live On Broadway at The Neil Simon Theatre – Officially Opening TBD


School Of Rock at The Winter Garden Theatre – Officially Opens December 6th, 2015


The Color Purple at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre – Officially Opens December 10th, 2015


Fiddler On The Roof at The Broadway Theatre – Officially Opens December 20th, 2015

Several other productions slated to open later this fall or in the earlier winter did not have their marquees up when these photos were taken. Luner on Theatre will continue to update this post as well as bring you first looks at any new Broadway marquees as they appear in New York this season. 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!