The Broadway Collection News for November 2013

November brings a very exciting time to New York City! The Holidays are on the horizon and soon the city will be filled with so much winter charm! For travelers who are traveling to New York this holiday season, mark your calendars for some great events including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the NYC Marathon and of course the opening of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical! This month is teeming with other fun festivals and events as well that you can check out here:

Wicked just celebrated their 10 year anniversary, and to celebrate they will be transforming the American Airlines terminal at JFK into the land of Oz! On November 30th, the “World of WICKED” will be installed in the terminal, featuring a replica of Glinda’s bubble and a special “Behind the Emerald Curtain” museum display. How exciting for those who are flying on that day!

This month, Broadway will see Beautiful: The Carole King Musical open for previews. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann and becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack for a generation. The group minimum for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is 10 and the show will open for previews on November 21, 2013 with an official opening of January 12, 2014.

Spotlight on Broadway – an interactive website and multi-media project featuring the history of Broadway – has officially launched with 40 videos that chart the evolution of Broadway’s 40 official theaters and honor the thousands of men and women who have worked on Broadway. Developed by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, in partnership with The Broadway League, each video was filmed inside one of the Broadway theaters and features insightful interviews with some of Broadway’s most legendary performers and creative professionals. The Website is very easy to use and a great tool for tool operators, agents and tourists alike. Users can even use the website to do their own walking tour through the theatre district!

We also have a ton of new cast announcements for The Broadway Collection member shows:

Tony and Emmy Award nominee Ron Raines will return to Broadway as Daddy Warbucks in the new Broadway production of Annie on December 10. Australian superstar Anthony Warlow will play his final performance as Daddy Warbucks on Sunday, December 8.

Alli Mauzey has returned to the role of Glinda in the Broadway production of Wicked. Ms. Mauzey previously played the role on Broadway and on National Tour.

Stage Entertainment USA and Sylvester Stallone have announced casting for the two leading roles in the upcoming musical, Rocky. Andy Karl will step into the ring as iconic boxer Rocky Balboa and Margo Seibert will make her Broadway debut as Adrian in the new Broadway musical.

The casting has been announced for Les Miserables, which returns to Broadway beginning Saturday, March 1 at the Imperial Theatre. Joining the cast of the new Les Mis are Ramin Karimloo (West End and current acclaimed Toronto star of Les Misérables, and The Phantom of the Opera and Love Never Dies in London) as Jean Valjean; Will Swenson (Tony Award-nominated star of Broadway’s Hair and Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Javert; Caissie Levy (West End and Broadway star of Ghost and Hair and Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked) as Fantine and Nikki M. James (Tony Award winner for The Book of Mormon) as Eponine.

Tags: Annie, Beautiful, Les Miserables, Rocky, Wicked the Musical