Odds & Ends: Darren Criss to Release Holiday Album A Very Darren Crissmas & More | Buzz broadway
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Here’s a quick recap of the stories you might have missed recently.
Darren Criss Wants To Sing You This Holiday Season
Broadway alumnus Darren Criss is vacation-ready! His first holiday album, A very Darren Crissmas, will be released on October 8. The 12-track folding genre album features guest appearances by Adam Lambert, Evan Rachel Wood and Lainey Wilson. The first single, “Happy Holidays / The Holiday Season”, will be available to stream on September 8th. Click here to pre-order and get a preview of what to expect from the album by watching the trailer below!
Complete Casting Set for Broadway’s Thoughts of a colored man
Keenan Scott II Thoughts of a colored man found its full Broadway cast. The play will be directed by Steve H. Broadnax III and will premiere at the Golden Theater on October 31. Newly announced cast members include Bjorn DuPaty and Garrett Turner, who are joining as liners. The previously announced cast includes Dyllón Burnside, Bryan Terrell Clark, Da’Vinchi, Luke James, Forrest McClendon, Tristan Mack Wilds and Keith David. Thoughts of a colored man weaves speech, slam poetry and rhythm into a mosaic of the inner lives of black men. It will be the first play in Broadway history to be written, directed, performed and produced by black artists.
Bradley Whitford and François Battiste will play Scrooge in A Christmas Carol Visits
Two award-winning actors will play the classic role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the upcoming Tony-nominated Jack Thorne’s previously announced touring productions. A Christmas Carol. Emmy winner Bradley Whitford will play the role in the production playing Los Angeles and Las Vegas with stops in Spokane, Washington and Phoenix, Arizona, while Obie winner Francois Battiste will play the role of the San Francisco-based production. Directed by Matthew Warchus, this scenic reinterpretation of classic Charles Dickens history is currently nominated for five Tony Awards.
Find out who joins Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley in London Cabaret
Willkommen! Casting is over for the next one in London Cabaret rebirth with Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley. Joining the host of Redmayne and Buckley’s Sally Bowles are Omari Douglas as Cliff Bradshaw, Liza Sadovy as Fraulein Schneider, Elliot Levey as Herr Schultz, Stewart Clarke as Ernst Ludwig and Anna -Jane Casey as Fraulein Kost. The set will include Josh Andrews, Emily Benjamin, Sally Frith, Matthew Gent, Emma Louise Jones, Ela Lisondra, Theo Maddix, Chris O’Mara, Daniel Perry, Andre Refig, Christopher Tendai, Bethany Terry, Lillie-Pearl Wildman and Sophie Maria Wojna. The production directed by Rebecca Frecknall will begin on November 15. Cabaret includes music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Joe Masteroff. Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, it takes place in Berlin as the Nazis rise to power and the relationships forged in the seedy Kit Kat Klub.
Theater critic Andy Propst has died at 56
Beloved theater critic and biographer Andy Propst passed away on September 6 after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 56 years old. Known for creating AmericanTheaterWeb.com, a first online home for US nonprofit theaters, Propst has served as a theater critic and reporter for Behind the Scenes, The Village Voice, TimeOut and TheaterMania. His biography of Cy Coleman You fascinate me so much was released in 2015, followed by They Made Us Happy: Betty Comden & Adolph Green Musicals & Movies andThe 100 most important people in musical theater, both released in 2019.