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Broadway Casting With Bernadette Peters, Phillipa Soo, Alison Pill and More

Broadway Casting With Bernadette Peters, Phillipa Soo, Alison Pill and More

The Broadway world is a buzz with the news that the legendary two-time Tony Award®-winning Bernadette Peters, capping a 60-years-long career of triumph after triumph as “the most accomplished musical comedy star of her generation” (The Washington Post), will take on the title role in the most successful and beloved Broadway production of the year: Hello, Dolly!. Ms. Peters will begin performances Saturday evening, January 20, 2018, prior to a Thursday, February 22 opening night.

Bette Midler, who received universal raves and every Broadway acting honor for her performance as Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly!, including the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical, will play her final performance on Sunday, January 14.

In a statement, Ms. Peters said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to continue in the tradition of the incomparable Bette Midler, Carol Channing, and all of the other wonderful actresses who have played Dolly Levi, and I look forward to joining this wonderful company at the Shubert.”

Ms. Midler said, “I cannot imagine leaving Dolly Levi in better hands than those of Bernadette Peters. She has created more historic roles in more legendary musicals than any living Broadway star, and most of the dead ones, too. I cannot wait to see her in the show from my very expensive premium seat in Row G which I know I will have to pay for.  She is joining the greatest group of people I have ever worked with, and when my run in this amazing show — and in this amazing part — is over, I will miss all of them more than I can express. I know they will take care of her the way they have taken care of me — with the heart and generosity they have shown me since day one of rehearsal.”

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Renee Fleming

Renee Fleming

The upcoming Broadway revival of Carousel got even starrier. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s 1945 musical will star Tony winner Jessie Mueller as Julie Jordan, Tony nominee Joshua Henry as Billy Bigelow, Betsy Wolfe, currently starring as Jenna in Waitress, as Carrie Pipperidge, Alexander Gemignani (King George in Chicago’s  Hamilton) as Enoch Snow, Margaret Colin as Mrs. Mullin and opera star Renée Fleming as Nettie Fowler, marking her first role in a Broadway musical.

Jack O’Brien, will direct and New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck will choreograph; Amar Ramasar and Brittany Pollack (both dancing for NY City ballet) will take on Jigger and Louise.

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Phillipa Soo

Phillipa Soo

Phillipa Soo (Hamilton, Amélie)and Marton Csokas (Loving, The Lord of the Rings) have joined the cast of The Parisian Woman on Broadway. They join the previously announced Uma Thurman, Josh Lucas, and Blair Brown. Beau Willimon the House of Cards writers new play will debut at the Hudson Theatre beginning November 7, for a November 30 opening.

 

The Parisian Woman is inspired by Henry Becque’s late 19th century comedy La Parisienne and will be directed by Amélie director Pam MacKinnon. A tale of drama and politics set in present-day Washington, D.C., Thurman and Lucas will play a power couple angling to secure an important judicial post.

Soo will play the role of Rebecca, and Csokas, making his Broadway debut, will play Peter. The Parisian Woman was commissioned and developed by The Flea Theater in New York City and was originally produced by South Coast Repertory.

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Allison Pill

Allison Pill

Alison Pill completes the powerhouse trio of actors at the center of the Broadway premiere of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece Three Tall Women, which will play the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street) next spring.  Ms. Pill joins the previously announced stars, two-time Academy Award® winner Glenda Jackson and Tony Award® and three-time Emmy Award® winner Laurie Metcalf, in a production directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello.  Beginning preview performances on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Three Tall Women opens on Thursday, March 29.

Alison Pill received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play for her Broadway debut in The Lieutenant of Inishmore.  Her other Broadway appearances include The House of Blue Leaves, The Miracle Worker, and Mauritius. Off-Broadway credits include This Wide Night, reasons to be pretty, the American premiere of Blackbird (Lucille Lortel Award nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, Drama League Award nomination), On the Mountain (Lortel nomination), and the American premiere of The Distance From Here, for which she and her co-stars won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance.  She was last on stage in the Geffen Playhouse’s production of Wait Until Dark.  On television, she will next be seen in “American Horror Story: Cult.”  She recently starred in the ABC drama “The Family.”  She was a series regular on the acclaimed HBO series “The Newsroom” and the second season of the HBO drama “In Treatment.”  Other credits include NBC’s “The Book of Daniel” and the ABC miniseries “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.”  Last fall, Ms. Pill starred in the political thriller Miss Sloane.  Her other film credits include Zoom; Hail, Caesar!; Snowpiercer; To Rome With Love; Midnight in Paris; Goon; Scott Pilgrim vs. the World; Milk; Dan in Real Life; Dear Wendy; and Pieces of April.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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