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Theater News: Jake Gyllenhaal, Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Michael Urie, Broadway Bounty Hunter and A Soldier’s Play

Theater News: Jake Gyllenhaal, Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Michael Urie, Broadway Bounty Hunter and A Soldier’s Play

Jake Gyllenhaal Photo Nina Robinson

Academy Award-nominated Jake Gyllenhaal not only will produce but star in an upcoming screen adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home. Gyllenhaal is producing the film through his production company, Nine Stories Productions. Tony Award-winning director of the original production, Sam Gold, will helm the project.

Gyllenhaal was also listed as producer on Broadway’s Slave Play and the upcoming revival of Caroline, or Change.

The Cast of “Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.”TopRow: (left to right)–Bronson Norris Murphy, Angel Lozada, Jeremy Landon Hays, Dave Schoonover;Middle Row: (left to right) –Kara Haller, Mauricio Martinez, Amy Justman, Andrew Kober, Nicholas Edwards;Bottom Row: (left to right) –Rema Webb, Mamie Parris, JoAnn Hunter (director/choreographer), Alex Finkle, Alyssa Giannetti.Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse begins the new year with the world premiere production of Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and written with Richard Curtis.  Performances begin Thursday, January 30, 2020, and will continue through Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ).  Opening Night is Sunday evening, February 9, 2020 at 7:00pm.

Directed and choreographed by JoAnn M. Hunter (School of Rock, Paper Mill’s Cinderella), with music direction by Sam Davis (Prince of Broadway), the cast features Nicholas Edwards (Frozen), Alex Finke (Come From Away), Alyssa Giannetti (Love Never Dies),Jeremy Landon Hays (The Phantom of the Opera), Kara Haller (School of Rock), Amy Justman (Company), Andrew Kober (School of Rock, Paper Mill’s Cinderella), Angel Lozada (NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar), Mauricio Martinez (On Your Feet!), Bronson Norris Murphy (Love Never Dies), Mamie Parris (School of Rock, Cats), Dave Schoonover (Love Never Dies, Paper Mill’sCinderella), and Rema Webb (Escape to Margaritaville).

Michael Urie during the 2019 Drama Desk Awards at Steinway Hall on June 2, 2019 in New York City.

Michael Urie will present HAPPY BIRTHDAY DOUG – a new comedy  written and performed by Drew Droege (the Internet’s “Chloë,” “Drunk History,” “Bob’s Burgers,” upcoming RuPaul’s “AJ and the Queen” on Netflix) – will be performed at SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street, between 6th Avenue and Varick Street in Manhattan) for a limited run from Thursday, February 6 to Sunday, March 1, 2020. Opening night is set for Thursday, February 13. 

The play isdirected by Tom DeTrinis (Bright Colors And Bold Patterns) and produced in association with Zach Laks. For tickets and information, please visit HappyBirthdayDoug.com

Cast of Broadway Bounty Hunter Photo by Matthew Murphy

Ghostlight Records announced it will record the new musical comedy Broadway Bounty Hunter for an original cast album to be released later this season. Featuring music and lyrics by Tony Award Nominee Joe Iconis (“Smash,” Be More Chill, The Black Suits), who also co-wrote the book with Lance Rubin (Denton Little’s Deathdate), and Jason SweetTooth Williams (Be More Chill), the show is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Werner (The Book of Mormon Supervising Associate Director) and stars Screen Actors Guild Award winner Annie Golden (HairAssassins, “Orange is the New Black”) in the title role. The album will be produced by Joe Iconis and Charlie Rosen, and co-produced by Geoffrey Ko and Ian Kagey, with Jennifer Ashley Tepper serving as executive producer.

Kenny Leon directs the revival of Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning crime drama A Soldier’s Play, which began previews at American Airlines Theatre on Broadway December 27. The production is set to officially open January 21, 2020.

Tony nominee David Alan Grier (The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess) and Broadway alum Blair Underwood (A Streetcar Named Desire) star in the whodunit. The play follows Davenport, a tenacious investigator, who must race against his white leadership to unravel who murdered Waters on a Louisiana Army base. 

Jerry O’Connell (Seminar), Billy Eugene Jones (The Mountaintop), Jared Grimes (After Midnight) and Lee Aaron Rosen (Angels in America) as Captain Wilcox join in. Making their Broadway debuts are former NFL All-Pro defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha as Private First Class Melvin Peterson.

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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, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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