On this week’s episode, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical finishes its Broadway run, Starlight has announced auditions for The Wizard of Oz, Bruce Springsteen heads to Netflix, and Steven Spielberg takes on movie-musicals.
Donna Summer Musical Posts Broadway Closing Notice, With Tour to Follow
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical has announced its “Last Dance” at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre with plans to close its Broadway run at the end of December. Fans of the Disco Queen need not worry, though, as Summer plans to hit the road in September 2019 on a national tour. Summer: The Donna Summer Musical follows the Grammy Award-winning artist from her Boston roots on the journey that led her to superstardom, and is packed with more than 20 of her hits like “Hot Stuff” and “She Works Hard for the Money.” Check thedonnasummermusical.com for a list of tour dates, with more stops to be announced soon.
Audition for The Wizard of Oz
Audition information has been announced for The Wizard of Oz, Starlight’s only self-produced musical of the 2019 AdventHealth Broadway season. This family-favorite will kick off the season June 10 and run through June 16 under the stars, and Starlight is looking for performers of all ages to be a part of the production. Auditions will be held January 11, 12 and 13 for various age groups. Check kcstarlight.com/auditions for more information.
Springsteen on Netflix, Where Everyone Can Get a Ticket
The Boss is headed to Netflix! Bruce Springsteen’s one-man show played to sold-out houses on Broadway this year - so many in fact that he extended his original eight-week run at the Walter Kerr Theatre three times. Springsteen on Broadway is billed as a solo acoustic performance written and performed by Bruce Springsteen under the lights of Broadway. It is an intimate night with Bruce, his guitar, a piano and his stories, and now, you can enjoy his incredible performance from the comfort of your couch.
Steven Spielberg to Bring Cats, West Side Story & The Color Purple to the Silver Screen
Steven Spielberg is arguably one of the most successful directors, writers and producers in the film industry to date, with iconic titles like “Back to the Future,” “Jurassic Park,” “Saving Private Ryan” and many more on his resume. Now, he’s ready to take on the movie musical and plans to dive in head first with film adaptations of CATS, The Color Purple and West Side Story. The cast of CATS is star-studded, with celebrities like Taylor Swift and Jason Derulo already signed on to the project, while West Side Story is holding an open call for its Maria. The Color Purple is in early stages of development, but Quincy Jones and Oprah will both co-produce alongside Spielberg. We can’t wait for these musicals to hit the silver screen, and will bring you updates as we hear them!