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Theatre News: Leopoldstadt, Lempicka, SuperYou, Jesus of Suburbia, Jamie deRoy & Friends and Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot

Theatre News: Leopoldstadt, Lempicka, SuperYou, Jesus of Suburbia, Jamie deRoy & Friends and Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot

Leopoldstadt London ProductionMarc Brenner

From London Tom Stoppard’s Olivier Award-winning Leopoldstadt is headed to Broadway. With 38 in their cast, four members of the original West End company will make the transfer with the addition of  Caissie Levy, Brandon Uranowitz, Seth Numrich and David Krumholtz. Twenty-three of the cast members will be making their Broadway debuts. Patrick Marber, who directed the West End staging, will direct the Broadway production

Leopoldstadt’s limited engagement begins previews Wednesday, September 14, with an official opening on Sunday, October 2, at the Longacre Theatre.

In the meantime look for Into the Woods at the St. James Theater and  The Kite Runner at The Hayes in July.

Lempicka, the sweeping new musical celebrating the gripping true story of renowned artist Tamara de Lempicka, has just released its third single, “Stay” performed by Amber Iman with lyrics by Carson Kreitzer, music by Matt Gould, orchestrations by Cian McCarthy, music supervised, arranged, and conducted by Remy Kurs – listen here. Lempicka, directed by Tony Award-winner Rachel Chavkin and with choreography from Raja Feather Kelly, is now playing at the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse (Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director) prior to a Broadway run.

Amidst the violence of the Russian Revolution, a young painter named Tamara de Lempicka and her aristocrat husband are forced to abandon their luxurious lifestyle and flee to the dubious safety of Paris. Relying on her raw talent and relentless ambition, Tamara claws her way from penniless refugee to in-demand portraitist, earning a place among Parisian high society. Her world is upended once again when she meets Rafaela, a free spirit from the city slums, who introduces Tamara to a new world of decadence and passion. Torn between her new muse and her husband, fighting to leave her mark on an ever-changing world, Tamara must discover the depths of her own strength to survive.

Spanning decades of political and personal turmoil and told through a thrilling, pop-infused score, Lempicka boldly explores the contradictions of a world in crisis, a woman ahead of her era, and an artist whose time has finally come.

Lempicka is running at La Jolla Playhouse through July 24. For more information, please visit www.LaJollaPlayhouse.org.

The anthemic rock musical SuperYou by by Filipino American composer and writer Lourds Lane has announced full casting for the viral sensation’s Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall concert debut on July 20 and 21, 2022. Featuring a modern score packed with power-ballads and rock anthems, SuperYou is the touching story of a woman remembering the power of her own voice.  Chris McCarrell (The Lightning Thief) and Tony Award nominee and Astaire Award winner Elizabeth Parkinson (Movin’ Out) complete the cast of Broadway and Off-Broadway stars: Kennedy Caughell (Paradise Square), Brie Cassil (The Marvelous Wonderettes), Carrie Compere (The Color Purple), Ty Deran (Kinky Boots), Lydia Ricks (Matilda the Musical), Justin Sargent (Rock of Ages), and the show’s creator, Lourds Lane. Rock singer Militia Vox (the band Judas Priestess) completes the cast as a swing. Also performing will be a powerhouse all-female band of Broadway musicians: Wendy Bobbitt Cavett (Come from Away), Julianne Merrill (A Strange Loop), Beth Callen (A Strange Loop), Michelle Osbourne (Six), and Emma Ford (Paradise Square).

At the Green Room 42 on July 8th. Michael Anthony Theatrical celebrates American Idiot which follows the story of Jesus of Suburbia, a lower-middle-class American adolescent anti-hero. The concept album was dubbed as one of the most popular punk rock opera albums ever, expressing the disillusionment and dissent of a generation that came of age in a period shaped by tumultuous events such as 9/11 and the Iraq War. In order to accomplish this, the band used unconventional techniques for themselves, including transitions between connected songs and some long, chaptered, creative compositions presenting the album themes.

Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of André Bishop) announced  their upcoming production of Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot.  Featuring a book by Academy and Emmy Award winning writer Aaron Sorkin, based on the original book by Alan Jay Lerner, and direction by Bartlett Sher,Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot will now begin performances on Thursday, March 9, 2023 and open on Thursday, April 13, 2023 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street).

Based on “The Once and Future King” by T.H. White, Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot 1960 follow up to My Fair Lady, is a story about the quest for democracy, striving for justice, and the tragic struggle between passion and aspiration, between lovers and kingdoms. This epic and timely tale features the iconic characters King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, and Sir Lancelot as well as the beloved original score with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe which includes “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “What Do the Simple Folk Do?” and the title song “Camelot.”

Casting and design team for Lincoln Center Theater’s new production of Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot will be announced at a later date.

Lincoln Center Theater gratefully acknowledges Lynne and Richard Pasculano’s visionary leadership support of Camelot. LCT’s production of Camelot is also generously sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation

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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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