► The Lincoln Center Theater revival of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady has found its cast. Two-time Emmy nominee Lauren Ambrose will play Eliza Doolittle and “Downton Abbey” alum Harry Hadden-Paton will play opposite her as Professor Henry Higgins. In addition, Diana Rigg will return to the Broadway stage in the role of Mrs. Higgins while Norbert Leo Butz will take on the role of Alfred P. Doolittle. Bartlett Sher directs. Performances begin Mar. 15, 2018 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, with an official opening set for April 19. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
► Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin‘s world-premiere stage adaptation of Harper Lee‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will get the Broadway treatment in a production starting Dec. 13, 2018 at a theater to be determined. Tony winner Bartlett Sher is on board to direct. No other creative team members or cast has been announced. (NOTE: this is a brand-new stage adaptation of Lee’s book, completely unrelated to Christopher Sergel‘s 1990 version recently staged in London’s Regent’s Park Theatre and at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.)
► Second Stage Theater has announced that it will present the world premiere of Greg Pierce‘s new play, Cardinal, as part of its 2017-18 season. The play takes place in Rust Belt America where small town rivalries threaten the future of the local community and its inhabitants. Previews begin Jan. 2018 in the Tony Kiser Theater. Kate Whoriskey directs. Cardinal joins the previously announced revival of Torch Song by Harvey Fierstein directed by Moisés Kaufman and starring Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl, as well as the New York premiere of Tracy Letts’ Mary Page Marlowe, directed by Lila Neugebauer. This year also marks Second Stages’ inaugural Broadway season at the Hayes Theater (formerly the Helen Hayes) with Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero starring Chris Evans and Michael Cera followed by the Broadway premiere of Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men.
► ACROSS THE POND: Amy Winehouse’s family is planning to turn her life story into a musical in the West End featuring her biggest chart hits; Cate Blanchett, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anna Wintour have been announced as co-hosts of this year’s London Evening Standard Theatre Awards alongside the paper’s owner Evgeny Lebedev; NY’s Public Theater and London’s National Theatre will collaborate on “Public Acts,” a U.K. arts initiative designed to create extraordinary acts of theater and community.
► After two successful runs at The Duke on 42nd Street last year, Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, will take up residence at Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater this fall. The play, which chronicles the experiences of high school girls as they go through their daily soccer warm-ups, will begin previews Nov. 1 ahead of an official opening Nov. 20. Under the direction of Lila Neugebauer, the show will feature original cast members Tedra Millan, Sarah Mezzanotte, Mia Barron, Brenna Coates, Jenna Dioguardi, Samia Finnerty, Midori Francis, Lizzy Jutila and Susannah Perkins. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
► This year, the Theater Hall of Fame will induct actors Audra McDonald, Marin Mazzie, and Matthew Broderick, playwrights Arthur Kopit and Tina Howe, director Oskar Eustis, producer Daryl Roth and the late theatre critic Ernie Schier. The 47th Annual Theater Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held Nov. 13 at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre. Five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman will handle the hosting duties.
► IN BRIEF: Lesli Margherita plays Cindy Lou Who in the world premiere of Matthew Lombardo’s Who’s Holiday! at the Westside Theatre Upstairs beginning Nov. 20; the current revival of Hello, Dolly! will release its cast album on Nov. 17; Jason Danieley has boarded the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of Pretty Woman in the role of Philip Stuckey; The Play That Goes Wrong is currently Broadway’s longest running play; Jeremy Shamos is replacing Meteor Shower’s Alan Tudyk, who is leaving the show due to creative differences; in response to high ticket demand, the Transport Group has added three performances of David Greenspan‘s solo version of O’Neill’s Strange Interlude; Lincoln Center has sent long-gestating plans for the renovation of David Geffen Hall back to the drawing board; Broadway’s Come From Away has recouped its $12 million capitalization costs in only eight months.
Written by Richard Hart