Wednesday, January 18, 2012

When It Rains, It Pours

Some days are slow news days, but when it comes, it really comes. Lots of news has broken overnight, including the opening of the opening of the newest entry in the Broadway season, The Road to Mecca; the announcement of the Tony Awards ceremony date, complete casting for the upcoming transfer of Ghost: the Musical, and more Julie Taymour / Spider-Man news (she's being sued is the short version). I also had the great pleasure of interviewing Stacy Keach yesterday, so I have the results of that to post later on this week. I wanted to let you all know that I am slowly but surely getting on top of all this news and will be releasing articles over the course of the week.

I will start today with the easy stuff: the casting notice and the Tony ceremony date. I will type up the interview and read the Road to Mecca reviews for tomorrow and Friday, and get to the Julie Taymour news as time permits.

The most exciting news of the day is the announcement of the Tony Awards ceremony date. Mark your calendars for Sunday June 10, 2012. The awards show will air on CBS and will be held at the Beacon Theatre, the second year that the awards show will be held there.

Starting with Ghost, adapted from the 1990 movie of the same name, will star original London headliners Caissie Levy and Richard Fleeshman as Molly and Sam with newcomers Bryce Pinkham as Carl Bruner and Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Oda Mae Brown. The complete cast includes Tyler McGee, Lance Roberts, Moya Angela, Jason Babinsky, Michael Balderrama, James Brown III, Stephen Carrasco, Jeremy Davis, Sharona D’Ornellas, Josh Franklin, Albert Guerzon, Afra Hines, Carly Hughes, Karen Hyland, Alison Luff, Vasthy Mompoint, Jennifer Noble, Joe Aaron Reid, Constantine Rousouli, Jennifer Sanchez, Daniel Watts and Jesse Wildman.

The musical, directed by Matthew Warchus, begins preview performances will begin on March 15, 2012 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, and opening night is set for April 23. Ghost features a book by Bruce Joel Rubin (adapted from his screenplay for the hit 1990 film starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg) and a score by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. The show features choreography is by Ashley Wallen, set and costume design by Rob Howell, musical supervision and arrangements by Christopher Nightingale, illusions by Paul Kieve, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Bobby Aitken and projection design by Jon Driscoll. The musical also features the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody,” which became the love theme of the movie.

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