THE SHOW “Eclipsed”
THE DEAL “Eclipsed,” which starts previews next month on Broadway with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) in the cast, is waging a campaign to bring 10,000 young women who are not regular theatergoers to see the play. Danai Gurira’s intense drama depicts Libyan women during the country’s civil war. It was also announced this week that television personality Alani “LaLa” Anthony has signed on as one of the producers.
THE SHOW “Grease”
THE DEAL Don’t look for John Travolta on Fox’s upcoming live broadcast of “Grease.” The movie star, who rose to fame as Danny Zuko in the original 1978 film version, told E! News that he was asked to take part in the broadcast but passed. However, other alumni from the film including Didi Conn (Frenchy) and Barry Pearl (Doody) will make cameos.
WHAT 54 Below
THE DEAL In recent months, 54 Below has presented concerts of both well-known and rarely-seen musicals, but now the venue (spearheaded by programming director Jennifer Ashley Tepper) will produce concerts of 10 new musicals that are still being developed. Titles include “Be More Chill” (songs by Joe Iconis) and “Sleepy Hollow” (book by actor Hunter Foster). “Part of the idea is to give audiences (from industry to fans) a real insider look at the shows,” Tepper said.
THE SHOW “Finding Neverland”
THE DEAL Kelsey Grammer is extending his stay in “Finding Neverland.” The actor, who originated the role of Captain Hook last spring and returned to the show this week, will stick around until March 26. Matthew Morrison, who plays “Peter Pan” creator J.M. Barrie, is leaving the show Sunday, and will be replaced by Tony Yazbeck (“On the Town”).
THE SHOW “Hamilton”
THE DEAL The Broadway musical “Hamilton” will be the subject of a documentary on PBS in the fall. Based on footage taken by filmmaker Alex Horwitz over a two-year period, it will depict Lin Manuel-Miranda and the cast as the show is being developed. PBS previously aired a documentary about Manuel-Miranda’s breakout musical “In the Heights.”