Disney's 'Frozen' coming to Broadway, plus more theater buzz
THE SHOW "Sweeney Todd"
THE DEAL Tony winner and former "Smash" co-star Christian Borle, who will soon be appearing in the City Center Encores! production of "Little Me," will also play the narcissistic barber Pirelli in the New York Philharmonic's March staging of "Sweeney Todd." Other new casting includes Jay Armstrong Johnson as Anthony, Jeff Blumenkrantz as The Beadle, Philip Quast as Judge Turpin and Erin Mackey as Johanna. Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson lead the production as Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett.
THE SHOW "Frozen"
THE DEAL As if you couldn't already guess, Disney will make a stage version of the animated film musical "Frozen," as revealed by Disney exec Bob Iger in an interview with Fortune. Based on the time it took for the stage versions of "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King" to materialize after their film debuts, "Frozen" could be on Broadway about four years from now.
THE SHOW "The Realistic Joneses"
THE DEAL The new work by experimental playwright Will Eno about two suburban couples that scored great reviews during a regional run at Yale Repertory Theatre will play Broadway in the spring. The cast includes Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei. It will be directed by Sam Gold ("Fun Home").
THE SHOW "Romeo and Juliet"
THE DEAL The fall Broadway production of "Romeo and Juliet" with Orlando Bloom, which shuttered early due to low ticket sales, will be a movie. As part of BroadwayHD, a new venture to bring the New York stage to movie theaters, the show will be screened across the country, starting in February.