New York: Industry News 9/15/17


♦ As expected, the National Theatre production of Tony Kushner’s two-part, Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Angels in America, starring Nathan Lane as Roy Cohn and Andrew Garfield as Prior Walter, will make the move from London to New York early next year. With direction by Marianne Elliott, the production begins performances at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre Feb. 23, 2018 for an 18-week run, with an official opening set for Mar. 21. The two parts—Millennium Approaches and Perestroika—will perform in rep, with the full London company, minus Russell Tovey, repeating their performances.

Billy Crudup

♦ Tony Award winner Billy Crudup is set to star in the world premiere of Obie winner David Cale‘s new play, Harry Clarke, as part of the Vineyard Theatre’s 35th Anniversary season. Directed by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman, Cale’s sexually charged and wickedly funny one-man thriller follows a shy Midwestern man who moves to New York City and poses as charming cockney Londoner Harry Clarke. Harry Clarke is produced in association with Audible, the world’s largest seller and producer of digital spoken-word entertainment. The show runs Oct. 26-Dec. 3. 

♦ After originating the roles of Lola and Charlie respectively, Kinky Boots stars Billy Porter and Stark Sands will return to the production on Sept. 26 for a limited engagement through Jan. 7, 2018 only. “We’re so excited that the schedules have aligned for this to happen,” producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig said in a joint statement. “It’s rare that we get to welcome an original star back to a show almost five years into its run, so to get to welcome both Billy and Stark back together is a thrill for all of us!” Since it’s opening on Apr. 4, 2013, Kinky Boots has played more than 1,750 performances at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

♦ After bidding farewell to its longtime home at 41 White St. last fall, The Flea Theater has finally moved into its brand-new performing arts complex at 20 Thomas Street in TriBeCa. The official grand opening has been set for Sept. 28. The new Flea features three performances spaces: The Sam, a large black-box named for talent agent Sam Cohn; The Pete, an intimate indoor-outdoor performance space named for late playwright A.R. Gurney; and The Siggy, a below-ground theatre that uses arches dating back to the building’s origins in the 1700’s, named for Flea founder Sigourney Weaver.

Lisa Lampanelli

Lisa Lampanelli‘s comedy, Stuffed, about women and their relationship with food, weight and body image, will make a return engagement to Off Broadway this fall in a new production at the Westside Theatre. Following a world premiere engagement at the WP Theater last year, Lampanelli is currently reworking the show while adding additional material by Ashley Austin Morris. Lampanelli, who starred in the original production, will return to the play, with additional casting to be announced at a later date. Jackson Grace Gay also returns to direct, with an open-ended run set to begin Oct. 6.

Desperate Measures, a new musical by Peter Kellogg and David Freidman, inspired by Shakespeare’s Measure of Measure, will be presented by the York Theatre Company as part of their 2017-18 season. With direction by and choreography by Bill Castellino, the show begins previews on Sept. 19, ahead of an official opening on Oct 1.

Stephen Adly Guirgis

♦ IN BRIEF: The cast of Signature Theatre’s upcoming production of Stephen Adly GuirgisJesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train will feature Erick Betancourt, Reg E. Cathey, Ricardo Chavira, Stephanie DiMaggio, and Victor Rasuk; Betsy Wolfe will play Carrie Pipperidge alongside Alexander Gemignani‘s Enoch Snow in the Broadway revival of Carousel opening at the Imperial Theatre on Apr. 12; the 42nd St. home of The Pearl Theatre Company, which was forced to close its doors after 33 seasons, will go on the auction block Sept. 26; Brian Tyree Henry joins Chris Evans and Michael Cera in Second Stage’s production of Lobby Hero opening Mar. 26 at the Helen Hayes Theatre, the Off-Broadway company’s new Broadway venue; John McDonagh will star in the world premiere of his own play, Off the Meter, On the Record, at the Irish Repertory Theatre, with direction by Ciarán O’Reilly; the Broadway Green Alliance will host an e-waste drive in Times Square on Wed., Sept. 20 beginning at 11AM.

Written by Richard Hart


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