tl;dr for June 19th
- It's official, a new revival of "Kiss Me, Kate" by the Roundabout Theatre Company will play Studio 54 beginning February 14th; Kelli O'Hara stars with direction by Scott Ellis and choreography by Warren Carlyle; no additional casting announced yet
- "The Band's Visit" staged a coup at the Tony Awards, now it's also poised to recoup its $8.5 million capitalization by the end of the summer; Sasson Gabay, Israeli star of the 2007 film, steps into the role of Tewfiq, which won Tony Shalhoub a Tony Award, starting June 26th
- Jukebox musicals are courting top talent: Obie and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage ("Sweat", "Ruined") is penning the book for a just-announced, Broadway-bound bio musical about Michael Jackson; meanwhile, Kennedy Prize winning playwright Dominique Morisseau ("Paradise Blue", "Pipeline") has written the book for the Temptations musical, "Ain't Too Proud", which will play D.C., Los Angeles, and Toronto, eyeing Broadway
- The New Group announced its 2018-2019 season, a highlight including "Clueless: The Musical" based on the 1995 film and featuring an all-female creative team
- Looking for a good summer read? I recommend "Something Wonderful", a new biography of Rodgers and Hammerstein by Todd Purdum, and "American Theatre Wing, An Oral History", edited by Patrick Pacheco
- Must read: the Dramatists Guild sent a powerful letter to CBS , criticizing the marginalization of writers at the Tony Awards. I co-sign.