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Laurie Metcalf to star in 'Virginia Woolf,' and more theater news

"Sea Wall/A Life" moving to Broadway; "Stars in the Alley" set for May 10.

Laurie Metcalf will be back on Broadway next

Laurie Metcalf will be back on Broadway next spring as Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Photo Credit: AP Invision/Richard Shotwell

THE SHOW “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

THE DEAL Laurie Metcalf, who is playing Hillary Clinton in “Hillary and Clinton,” will return to Broadway next spring in a revival of the Edward Albee classic. Eddie Izzard, Russell Tovey and Olivier winner Patsy Ferran will co-star in the show, which will be helmed by “Hillary and Clinton” director Joe Mantello. This will mark the fourth year in a row in which Metcalf has starred on Broadway following “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” “Three Tall Women” and “Hillary and Clinton.” “Virginia Woolf,” one of the best-known modern American dramas, has received Broadway revivals in 2005 (with Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin) and 2012 (with Amy Morton and Tracy Letts).

THE SHOW “Stars in the Alley”

THE DEAL The annual free outdoor concert in the Theater District’s Shubert Alley will be held on May 10 at 1 p.m., rain or shine. Casts from more than 20 Broadway shows will participate, including “Ain’t Too Proud,” “Beetlejuice,” “Be More Chill,” “The Cher Show,” “Kiss Me, Kate,” “The Prom,” “Tootsie,” “Oklahoma!” and “Hadestown.” Shubert Alley is located between Seventh and Eighth avenues and 44th and 45th streets.

WHAT The 2019 Tony Awards Challenge

THE DEAL While Broadway fans have long been able to make their own Tony Awards predictions on websites like, the Tony Awards itself is getting in on the game with the 2019 Tony Awards Challenge. After the Tony nominations are announced on April 30, people will be able to make award predictions in an interactive game format at Players who correctly guess all 26 categories are eligible to win free Broadway tickets for a year.

THE SHOW “Sea Wall / A Life”

THE DEAL The back-to-back monologue plays that enjoyed a sold-out run at the Public Theater earlier this year will make the move to Broadway’s Hudson Theatre this summer. Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal will reprise their respective roles as a father dealing with loss and another preparing for the birth of his child. Previews are set to begin July 26 before the Aug. 8 opening. The limited run goes through Sept. 29. — Daniel Bubbeo


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