Playbill Presents Little Shop's Audrey II Auditions to be Hedwig!
With The Encores! Off-Center production of Little Shop of Horrors wrapped up, Audrey II is once again out of work. What's a poor plant to do but seek out another role? Just in the nick of time, Hedwig and the Angry Inch comes calling — they will need a new Hedwig once Taye Diggs finishes up his run in the show, after all! Will Audrey II land the role?
Laura Benanti, Norm Lewis and Jared Grimes helped the U.S. State Department with an early 4th of July celebration at Madrid’s Conde Duque with Celebrating New York City. Over 3,000 ex-pats and Spaniards were in attendance as the trio performed classic numbers from West Side Story, Les Misérables, Company and more. The one-night-only concert was conducted by Finding Neverland’s Mary-Mitchell Campbell and was produced by Harvey Weinstein by special invitation from James Costos, the U.S. Ambassador to Spain.
Recent reports suggest that Spring Awakening is headed back to Broadway. The acclaimed Deaf West Theatre and Forest Of Arden production just wrapped its run at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, CA and could be on the move. The production featured a cast of deaf, hard of hearing and hearing actors and musicians who performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English. Read the Playbill story.
The 2015 International Thespian Festival was held in Lincoln, Nebraska June 22-27. The weeklong "immersion experience" for middle school and high school students includes workshops, performances and technical programs. This year's festival kicked off with "The Music Of Menken: Audrey, Ariel, Aladdin... and Alan." Menken was unable to attend, but invited the production's Artistic Director J. Jason Daunter to his home for an extensive interview. In this clip, Menken reveals the secrets of writing for Little Shop of Horrors and illustrates by singing some of the show's most famous tunes. See what's up with the Encores! Off-Center production of Little Shop.
On June 29, Seth Rudetsky and husband James Wesley's Voices for the Voiceless packed the St. James Theatre as Megan Hilty, Darren Criss, Tituss Burgess, Eden Espinosa, Lilla Crawford, Rachel Crow ("The X Factor") and many more took the stage to support You Gotta Believe. Over $500,000 was raised for this organization that finds adoptive parents for kids aging out of the foster care system. Highlights from the evening include tunes from Wicked, Funny Girl, and The Sound of Music as well as pop hits made famous by the Commodores and Rachel Platten. See a Photo Call.
Audra McDonald recently performed a concert at Carnegie Hall with music director and pianist Andy Einhorn, bassist Mark Vanderpoel and drummer Gene Lewin. The audience was in for a special treat that night as she reached into her songbook and brought out a stunning version of "Rainbow High" from the iconic Evita.
Broadway Sings for Pride celebrated its 5th anniversary with a few special treats. Here, Frenchie Davis and a multitude of Rent cast members from productions that spanned the globe performed the moving "Seasons of "Love." See Davis bring down the house when she sings from The Wiz.
On June 22, Broadway Sings for Pride celebrated its 5th year with a host of Broadway performers singing pop and show tunes. In this reel of highlights, they run through songs by Madonna, Elton John, Eminem and Rihanna and from shows including Funny Girl and Songs for a New World. See Frenchie Davis bring down the house when she sings from The Wiz.
"American Idol" and Rent star Frenchie Davis performed before a capacity crowd at Broadway Sings for Pride on June 22. Her take on "Home" from The Wiz brought the house down. See more highlights from the show.