In the most exciting Broadway news I’ve heard in a long time, Disney’s Aladdin has an opening date. Aladdin will begin shows in Toronto in November of this year before beginning previews in early 2014 for Broadway.
Is Jason Segel behind this? Or perhaps this is just his dream come true. With Aladdin coming to Broadway in 2014, Disney Theatrical Productions is exploring the idea of bringing The Muppets to the stage. The talks are in the early stages but on May 31st a handful of people involved with the potential project put on a showcase to determine whether or not a live stage show with Muppets would be possible.
Upon hearing the news that Mary Poppins will be ending its run on Broadway, fans of Disney on Broadway wondered what would take the place of the hit musical. Joining the legendary runs of The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, Disney is giving fans Aladdin. Set to hit the Broadway stage in Spring of 2014, the musical is playing a pre-Broadway performance at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto from November 13 to January 12th, 2014. No word yet on who will be cast in the musical but someone please check Lea Salonga’s schedule.
I am so excited about this! I definitely want to get tickets asap. 2014 seems like an eternity away.
Great news for fans of this hit Broadway musical. Elf: The Musical is returning to Broadway just in time for the holidays. Starting November 9th, 2012, the show will run for a limited 9 week engagement until January 6th, 2013. The show will star Jordan Gelber as Buddy and Wayne Knight (Seinfeld, Jurassic Park) as Santa. Check out this new commercial for the musical! Get your tickets now!
ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his step-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Deadline reports that Darren Criss is in talks to take over for Daniel Radcliffe in the Broadway production of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. If the deal is made, Darren will join the cast in January and miss only one episode of Glee.
The news is brimming with symbolism – the young actor who portrayed Harry Potter in viral online videos to step in for the actor who played the boy wizard on the big screen. I hear that Darren Criss, breakout star of Fox’s hit dramedy Glee, is poised to make his Broadway debut, succeeding Daniel Radcliffe as the lead in the Broadway musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Negotiations between Criss and the musical’s producers, Craig Zadan & Neil Meron and Broadway Across America, are expected to begin shortly after Glee co-creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy and the series’ producing studio 20th Century Fox TV gave Criss their blessing for the stint. (I hear Murphy even encouraged the actor, who made his processional stage debut at age 10, to fulfill his Broadway dream).
If a deal is made, Criss will replace Radcliffe when the Harry Potter star finishes his run in early January to return to movies. Criss will do a 3-week stint in addition to 2 weeks of rehearsals in December, missing a total of an episode and a half of Glee. Additionally, I hear that Criss may make his feature debut opposite Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening in Imogene for American Splendor helmers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini as the Glee producers have agreed to accommodate him for that too the same way they have let other cast members do movies during Glee production, including Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Dianna Agron. This caps a remarkable 8-month rise for Criss from a YouTube celebrity as the star of A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel to a bona fide TV star with Glee and now – a Broadway leading man. How To Succeed has already been doing very well at the boxoffice, grossing over a $1 million every week, with its ticket sales going through the roof since the recent opening of the final Harry Potter movie starring Radcliffe. With his huge following, Criss’ turn could rival that. Criss emerged as the star of this year’s Glee summer tour, with his performances getting huge ovations and screams from female fans. Along with other Glee castmates, Criss is headed to Comic-Con for a panel moderated by my colleague Michael Ausiello this weekend where the upcoming 3D Glee concert movie will be showcased by clips of some of Criss’ performances. As for How to Succeed, the search continues for a permanent replacement of Radcliffe as well as an actor to succeed fellow star John Larroquette.
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