Behind the Curtain: Denzel confirms he'll do 'A Raisin in the Sun,' more
‘A Raisin in the Sun’
Following weeks of speculation, Denzel Washington himself confirmed to The Associated Press that he will come back to Broadway next season in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 drama “A Raisin in the Sun,” which was revived a decade ago with Sean “Diddy” Combs as Walter Lee Younger (the role made famous by Sidney Poitier). Washington, who is 58 years old, is rather old to be playing Walter Lee, who is supposed to be 35.
LaChanze to join Idina Menzel in ‘If/Then’
Since its announcement, few details have been released about the upcoming Broadway musical “If/Then” other than that it will star Idina Menzel as a woman moving to New York to restart her life. I was even starting to wonder whether it was a one-woman musical. It was confirmed Monday that LaChanze, who won a Tony for her performance in “The Color Purple,” will play Menzel’s neighbor.
Michael Shannon to do Ionesco drama at TFANA
Theatre for a New Audience, which will inaugurate its new theater in Brooklyn this fall with a staging of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” helmed by Julie Taymor, has unveiled the rest of its season, which will include a new production of Eugene Ionesco’s “The Killer” featuring Michael Shannon, and “King Lear,” directed by Arin Arbus. The company went so far as to announce its 2014-15 season, which will include Christopher Marlowe’s “Tamburlaine Parts I and II,” Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” and a new play by Peter Brook.
Sondheim doc to air on HBO in December
“Six by Sondheim,” a documentary about the legendary composer that focuses on how he created six of his greatest songs, including “Send in the Clowns” and “Being Alive,” will air on HBO in December. It will include performances by Audra McDonald, Darren Criss, Jeremy Jordan and America Ferrera.
‘Killer Joe’ is coming to B’way
Tracy Letts’ dark drama “Killer Joe,” which was an Off-Broadway hit in the 1990s, will come to Broadway for the first time next year in a new production directed by Pam MacKinnon, who staged the recent revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” which starred Letts as George.
Carney to exit ‘Spidey’; Are you the next Peter?
Reeve Carney, who has played Peter Parker in “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” since the very first preview nearly three years ago, will finally depart the production on Sept. 15. Despite rumors that the show could close sometime next season, open auditions to find Carney’s replacement will be held in Los Angeles and New York. The New York audition will be held Aug. 19 at Stage 48 & Sky-Lounge (605 W. 48th St.).
Diana DeGarmo at “Kinky Boots” ... Melanie Brown at “Cinderella”