This Week in Theater News

Angela Tricarico


  • Hello, Dolly! Lines up an all star cast! As previously announced, Bette Midler will take on the iconic role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in the revival of Hello, Dolly!. Acting opposite is  David Hyde Pierce as Horace Vandergelder. The remaining cast was announced last Friday. The company includes Broadway veterans Gavin Creel, Kate Baldwin, Taylor Trensch, Jennifer Simard, Will Burton and Melanie Moore in principal roles. Hello, Dolly! is set to open on April 20th at the Shubert Theater.
  • Farewell To The Renaissance! Broadways Something Rotten is set to close on January 1, 2017 after 742 performances at the St. James Theater. The show follows the Bottom brothers on their quest to out-write Shakespeare, who is depicted as a leather clad Renaissance rock star currently the musical stars Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti as Nick and Nigel Bottom and Will Chase as Shakespeare.
  • More Casting News! Jake Epstein of Degrassi fame will return to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as Gerry Goffin, the role he created when the show opened in 2014. Epstein was most recently seen on the New York stage in the off-Broadway show Straight. Catch him on stage beginning September 22!  Jersey Boys welcomes two new principals just weeks after announcing their closing date; Nicolas Dromard will be returning as Tommy DeVito and Drew Seeley joins the cast from tour as Bob Gaudio. Seeley is known infamously as the actor who sang for Zac Efron in the first High School Musical film. Finally, a few months after closing on Broadway, The King and I announced their full national tour cast. Laura Michelle Kelly, coming off the full run in Finding Neverland, will lead the cast as Anna Leonowens, and opposite her will be Jose Llana as the King of Siam. Llana played the role on Broadway on two separate occasions. The tour launches November 1 in Providence, RI.


There are no openings or closings on Broadway this week.

In Connecticut: Tickets are on sale now for the national tour stop of Wicked in Wallingford! The tour, led by Amanda Jane Cooper and Jessica Vosk, will be in Connecticut November 30 through December 11.