Dave Malloy’s Octet, Norm Lewis-A Soldier’s Play, The Karate Kid Musical-John Cardoza; MusicCares Honors Joni Mitchell,Bill Pullman/David Harbour, Kinky Boots-West End, John Gabriel Borkman, SIX, The Parent Trap, Broadway Grosses
The Karate Kid: the Musical (book by Robert Mark Kamen, music/lyrics by Drew Gasparini) announced complete cast and creatives as it readies for its world premiere at Stages St. Louis beginning Mary 25. Cast includes Canadian actor Jovanni Sy as Chojun Miyagi, John Cardoza (Jagged Little Pill) as Daniel LaRusso, Kate Baldwin (Hello,Dolly!) as Lucille LaRusso, Alan H. Green (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as John Kresse, Jake Bentley Young as Johnny Lawrence, Jetta Juriansz as Ali Mills, Luis Pablo Garcia as Freddie Fernandez. www.thekaratekidthemusical.com
Dave Malloy’s Octet received 9 Drama Desk Noms & 5 Lucille Lortel Noms and a win for Best Musical at its run at Signature Theatres in 2019. Reprising their 2019 performances will be Adam Bashian, Kim Blanck, Alex Gibson, Justin Gregory Lopez, J.D. Mollison, Margo Seibert and Kuhoo Verma, with understudy Nicole Weiss at Berkeley Repertory Theatre for a run April 20-May 29. www.berkeleyrep.org
Norm Lewis takes to the road in the North American tour of A Soldier’s Play as Roundabout Theatre Company launches the 20 week tour that begins in December 2022. Additional casting to be announced.
Broadway vets Billy Porter, Sara Bareilles, and Cyndi Lauper will perform at the 31st annual MusiCares Person of the Year benefit gala honoring Joni Mitchell. The event takes place April 1 at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.
Bill Pullman and David Harbour to star in a new Theresa Rebeck play at London’s West End Ambassadors Theatre. The play will be directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel and will run from June 15 to September 4.
London’s West End will see revivals of Cyndi Lauper & Harvey Fierstein’s Kinky Boots produced by the New Wolsey Theatre and Queen’s Theatre, directed by Tim Jackson in September. Simon Russell Beale will play the title role in Henrik Ibsen 1896 play John Gabriel Borkman, in a new version by Lucinda Coxon at London’s Bridge Theatre, directed by Nicholas Hytner.
Six the Musical will be staged at Hampton Court Palace this summer. The history remix based on the lives of the Queens of Henry VIII will be presented June 19 & 20, 2022.
The Parent Trap inspired musical – after a 5 year csting search – has found its three sets of identical twins who have been cast for Identical, the upcoming musical adaptation of Erich Kästner’s novel, ‘The Parent Trap.’
*The Broadway League will resume reporting grosses for individual shows starting March 22 reports League President Charlotte St. Martin, with a more optimistic look at Broadway. This season, the League broke from tradition and publicly released grosses as collective totals for all shows, rather than on a show-by-show basis. On March 22, the League will release grosses for all weeks from the 2021-2022 season. The League previously said it would not release grosses in this manner due to the uneven comparisons to previous seasons.