The musical inspired by the life of the deceased pop icon Michael Jackson has found its title, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough. Still in development after a reading in June of last year, the musical, named after Jackson’s classic song from the 1979 album Off The Wall, will incorporate the Jackson music catalog.
Focusing on Jackson’s career in his 20s–30s, Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage is attached as the book writer and Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph.
Announced by the Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage, the highly anticipated musical will have an out of town run in Chicago starting October 29th and running through December 1st, 2019 at Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre (formerly the Oriental Theatre) before transferring to Broadway in 2020.
Harry Belafonte Life Story Bound For Broadway
The Broadway stage rights for the life story of the 91-year-old great American singer, songwriter, actor and activist, Harry Belafonte, have been obtained by Broadway producer Ken Davenport (Once On This Island, Spring Awakening)
A timeline, creative team, and casting for the as-yet-untitled new musical to be announced at a later date.
Belafonte made his Broadway debut in John Murray Anderson’s Almanac in 1953 for which he won a Best Featured Actor in a Musical Tony Award. His Broadway credits include 3 for Tonight, Moonbirds, a special concert entitled Belafonte at the Palace, & Asinamali!
Harry Belafonte said, “The live theater opened up so many worlds for me as a young man. From the moment I saw professional actors on stage, I knew I could find a way forward in life as a performer and as an activist. Will humility, it brings me great joy that my story will now become a stage production that I hope will inspire audiences to follow their own dreams.”
Ken Davenport said, “Harry Belafonte is one of the most influential and respected Americans of the past century. I’m excited to be working with Mr. Belafonte to bring his powerful life story, about a son of immigrants who made a profound impact on the lives of Americans and millions of people around the world, to the theatrical stage. An outspoken Civil Rights and political activist, Mr. Belafonte has been confidante and advisor to President John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Dr. Martin Luther King, among many other leaders. To this day he remains a leading advocate for humanitarian causes. Harry Belafonte is also beloved for his unparalleled career as an acclaimed Academy Award, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning producer, actor and singer of many best-selling hit recordings including “The Banana Boat Song,” “Matilda” and “Jump in the Line.”
Audra McDonald Returns To Broadway In Frankie & Johnny Revival
Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Shuffle Along, Lady Day) will return to Broadway to star in a revival of Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, this May, according to Deadline. She will be joined by Michael Shannon as her “Johnny”; the two-hander production will be directed by Arin Arbus who is making her Broadway directorial debut.
The strictly limited engagement will hit the Broadway stage at a Shubert theater that has yet to be announced and will play for 16-weeks beginning previews in May. The engagement marks McNally’s 80th birthday.
The play, a two-hander, is about a pair of co-workers trying to figure out how they wish to relate to each other after a satisfying sexual encounter.
The previous Broadway staging in 2002 starred Edie Falco, and Stanley Tucci and the movie version starred Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer in 1991. The play originally premiered Off-Broadway in 1987 starring Kathy Bates and F. Murray Abraham.
The Frankie and Johnny creative team will include Riccardo Hernandez (Sets), Emily Rebholz (Costumes), Natasha Katz (Lighting), Nevin Steinberg (Sound), J. Jared Janas (Hair, Wig, and Makeup), Laurie Goldfeder (Production Stage Manager) and 101 Productions, Ltd. (General Manager).