Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Big (and Little) Screen Broadway News

Several pieces of news have been released in the last several days about film and TV adaptations of Broadway material that I wanted to bring to your attention.  The teams behind the big screen adaptations of The Last Five Years and Annie, as well as the live TV version of Peter Pan, have all made big announcements, so the only question left is -- where do I begin?

I think the best place to start is with perpetual Tony bridesmaid (and friend to this blog) Kelli O'Hara.  It was announced yesterday that she will be joining NBC's live television broadcast of Peter Pan.  The five-time Tony nominated actress (Bridges of Madison County, Nice Work if You Can Get It, South PacificThe Pajama Game, and The Light in the Piazza) will be joining the cast as Mrs. Darling, the mother of Wendy, Michael, and John Darling.  As previously reported, both Mr. Darling and Smee will be played by Tony-winner Christian Borle, continuing the tradition of casting two roles together to save money, since the two characters never appear on stage (or screen) together -- though the actor playing Mr. Darling traditionally doubles as Captain Hook, not Mr. Smee.  Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook and Allison Williams (of Girls fame) will play the titular character.  The production will air live on NBC on December 4th.

Next up on the docket is the upcoming film version of The Last Five Years.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie version of Jason Robert Brown's hit musical from the early 2000's was picked up for distribution by Radius, which is planning to release the film on Valentines Day, 2015.  The film adaptation stars Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick in roles originated by Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott.  Ms. Scott will also appear in the film, along with Mr. Brown.

The last major piece of news I have for you all today is that the artwork for the upcoming remake of Annie has been released and can be found here.  The film will star Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan, Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Bobby Cannavale, and Rose Byrne, and will be released on Christmas Day.

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