Wake Up With BWW 2/12: First Look at FALSETTOS Tour, Ben Platt Tour Dates, and More!

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Time to catch up on the latest Broadway news!

Rehearsals kicked off yesterday for the Broadway engagement of Hadestown! In honor of the big day, we learned the full cast list.

Ben Platt has announced the details of his much-anticipated North American tour. With stops throughout the US and Canada, the tour will come in support of Platt’s debut solo LP Sing to Me Instead, set to arrive everywhere Friday, March 29th. Including on the tour will be a stop at New York’s Beacon Theatre on May 14th, and a show at LA’s iconic Dolby Theatre on May 24th.

Laura Benanti is extending her run in My Fair Lady! Benanti will continue to play Eliza Doolittle through Sunday, July 7 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

Welcome to Falsettoland! We have your first look at the National Tour of Falsettos, starring Nick Adams as “Whizzer,” Nick Blaemire as “Mendel,” Eden Espinosa as “Trina” and Max von Essen as “Marvin,” with Audrey Cardwell as “Cordelia,” Bryonha Marie Parham as “Dr. Charlotte,” and Thatcher Jacobs and Jim Kaplan sharing the role of “Jason.”

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1) Full Cast Announced for HADESTOWN on Broadway; Rehearsals Begin Today!

Today, producers Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold, and Tom Kirdahy announced complete casting for Hadestown, the new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell, developed with innovative director and Tony Award nominee Rachel Chavkin.. (more…)

2) Ben Platt Announces North American Tour
by TV News Desk

Grammy®, TONY®, and Emmy® Award-winning artist Ben Platt today announces details of his highly anticipated North American headline tour, set to kick off May 3rd at Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL. With stops throughout the US and Canada, the tour will come in support of Platt’s debut solo LP Sing to Me Instead, set to arrive everywhere Friday, March 29th. The run will feature support from Wrabel and Ben Abraham and include a stop at New York’s Beacon Theatre on May 14th, culminating with a show at LA’s iconic Dolby Theatre on May 24th (full itinerary enclosed).. (more…)

3) BWW Review: CHITA RIVERA, Cadogan Hall
by Aliya Al-Hassan

At 86, Chita Rivera could easily justify putting her feet up a little. She first performed in London back in 1958 in the iconic role of Anita in West Side Story and has never stopped since. She returned to the capital this weekend for two one-off concerts, chronicling her life and amazing career. The word legend is overused these days, but Rivera can truly justify the title. She has been nominated 10 times for a Tony Award, which is the joint record for number of nominations. In 1984 she starred in The Rink with Liza Minnelli and won her first (of two) Tony Award for her role as Anna and in 2018 she received the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.. (more…)

4) Laura Benanti Extends Run in MY FAIR LADY Through July!

Broadway has grown accustomed to her face, and we just can’t get enough. Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Andre Bishop) has announced that Laura Benanti, who recently garnered rave reviews for her performance as Eliza Doolittle, will continue in that role in its award-winning production of Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY, directed by Bartlett Sher, through Sunday, July 7 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). . (more…)

5) Photo Flash: Get A First Look At FALSETTOS on Tour
by BWW News Desk

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Falsettos on tour! Check out the photos of the tight-knit family below!.(more…)

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Today’s Call Sheet:

Josh Groban’s ‘Bridges’ concert with Idina Menzel heads to cinemas nationwide today only!

Multi-platinum award-winning singer, songwriter and global superstar Josh Groban‘s critically acclaimed, sold out performance from New York’s famed Madison Square Garden, which recently marked the end of his Fall arena Bridges Tour, comes to cinemas nationwide on February 12th in collaboration with global event cinema distributor, Trafalgar Releasing and Warner Bros. Records.

Joining Groban on stage at this very special concert is Tony-Award winning, multi-platinum recording artist and actress, Idina Menzel as well as Grammy-Award winner and Billboard chart topper Jennifer Nettles.

Set Your DVR…

Daniel Radcliffe will appear on CONAN tonight!

What we’re geeking out over: Lin-Manuel Miranda to Guest Star on BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Lin-Manuel Miranda will guest star on the NBCcomedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, according toEntertainment Weekly.

Miranda will be featured in THE MARCH 7 episode, titled “The Golden Child,” playing David Santiago, brother of Amy (Melissa Fumero) and her rival.

Miranda is a huge fan of the NBC comedy, even going so far as rallying behind the show when was canceled by FOX earlier this year after five seasons. Miranda teamed up with Mark Hamill, Sean Astin, Seth Meyers, and Patton Oswalt to help save the show. They even dubbed themselves “The Guardians of the 99.” NBC quickly swooped in to pick up the show for a 13-episode sixth season, and later added five extra episodes.

What we’re listening to: THE GREAT COMET’s Brittain Ashford Releases Single Featured in SHADOW GIRL

Brittain Ashford took to Twitter to announce that her single, “For the First Time” will be featured in the film “Shadow Girl.”

“Shadow Girl” centers on a young woman who has faded to the point of becoming invisible and must find her way back into the world. After more than a decade of solitude and making a living in the shadows as a paparazzi photographer, she meets a disgraced MMA fighter working as a bouncer and discovers that it was one of her tabloid photographs that caused his downfall, and that she must restore him to his former GLORY if she wants to regain a foothold in the world around her.

Social Butterfly: Laura Benanti’s ‘Benania’ Makes Feinstein’s/54 Below Debut With A Sondheim Classic

Last night, Laura Benanti‘s take on First Lady Melania Trump, aka Benania, officially made her cabaret debut on the Feinstein’s/54 Below stage!

See Benania in all her glory singing a retooled version of the Sondheim classic, “Send In the Clowns” giving her audience the inside scoop on life in the White House.

See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!

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