Olvia Wilde Added to Broadway Adaption of 1984

Olivia Wilde is all set to make her huge Broadway debut. Wilde will be starring in 1984 which is based on the classic novel. The original story of 1984 is one that requires great actors. The plot of 1984 is of a man dealing with the world that is driving him insane. I won’t reveal specific story spoilers for those who are unfamiliar with this tale. However, the initial showings of 1984 on Broadway have made quite an impact. This play has received great reviews, notably, high praise has been received for the talent of the actors. 1984 originally ran in the United Kingdom but now it is headed for the United States. If you want to know more about the United Kingdom production, click here to see their official website.


Wilde will play the iconic character of Julia in the Broadway production of 1984. However, Wilde won’t be playing her role anywhere within the United Kingdom. The American adaption of this play will begin its run in New York. I won’t reveal too much but Julia is whom the main character develops a love for. Julia has a big part in the story of 1984 making it a great opportunity for Wilde. However, anyone who has seen her films knows that Wilde certainly has talent. The inclusion of Wilde into 1984 was a great casting choice.


Fans who are eager to catch 1984 on Broadway will have some waiting to do. It appears that previews for 1984 will begin in May. However, theater goers will have to wait until June when 1984 officially opens. Overall, this story is a classic one that can do well on any stage. This play features great actors that I believe will add even more star power to an already amazing story. I know that many people will be awaiting the beginning of this play. It is currently unknown how long 1984 will be running for.


Jason Sudeikis Cast in Stage Production of Dead Poet’s Society

The off-broadway adaptation of Dead Poet’s Society, set to open for previews in October of this year, has just had one of its leads announced. Jason Sudeikis will star in the role originated by Robin Williams, professor John Keating.


Dead Poet’s Society will be Sudeikis’ Off Broadway debut. He is most well-known for his near-decade of experience on Saturday Night Live and has earned credits for numerous other TV shows including 30 Rock andThe Last Man on Earth. He has two upcoming movies with other big-name actors that are sure to generate more visibility.


Though he has no prior Broadway experience as a performer, Sudeikis is a well-known fan of musicals such as Wicked.


Screenwriter Tom Schulman will adapt the script for stage, and Tony Award winner John Doyle will direct. Between the two of them, the production looks to be highly promising. Schulman’s screenplay earned him an Academy Award in 1989, and earned a nomination for Best Picture. Both the director and several actors were nominated for a host of other awards as well.


Director John Doyle won a Tony for his work on the revival of The Color Purple. His other Broadway credits include Sweeney Todd and Company. Doyle is the new Artistic Director for the Classic Stage Company, where Dead Poet’s Society will open officially in November. Later this season, the company is also planning an Off Broadway Revival of Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures.


Like the Dead Poet’s Society movie, the play will center on an innovative new teacher at a boy’s boarding school who teaches the young men to appreciate poetry and practice non-conformity. The movie involved a powerful coming-of-age story and starred several not-yet-famous actors, including Ethan Hawke and Robert Sean Leonard. Robin Williams starred famously as the new teacher whose methods were so unconventional.


No other casting announcements have been made yet, but further details about casting and scheduling are expected in the coming weeks.


Review of 2016 Musicals

Let’s take a look of Huffington Posts picks for the best musicals of 2016. This is a mixed bag regarding subjects and genres. Overall, Broadway was rated highly in variety and craft, with these five chosen as the most outstanding.


Best Musicals of 2016:


Starting down the countdown at number 5, “Waitress” makes a showing as an intense and moving show. Starring Jess Mueller and a score from newcomer Sara Bareilles, this piece would have been amazing in any case. Do be aware that Mueller leaves the show in early 2017.


Next, at number 4 in the countdown, is “Falsettos.” This show revives William Finn’s masterwork and reportedly didn’t have a strong start. Once the cast found its groove, it quietly became a hit with its intimate and shattering storyline. The cast of features Broadway regulars, including Stephanie J. Block, Christian Borle, and Andrew Rannells, some of whom gave their richest performance to date in this show.


At number 3, we have “Dear Evan Hansen.” This is a gratifying example of Broadway audiences embracing serious shows. “Dear Evan Hansen” launched real Broadway success for Justin Park and Benj Pasek. It features what Huff Post called one of the best ensemble casts in many years. Laura Dreyfuss and Ben Platt are the young people caught in the middle of a serious story of unintended deception accompanied by desperate loneliness and, ultimately, acceptance.


Almost in the top slot, at number 2, is “She Loves Me.” This sparkling revival is widely felt to belong among the best musicals ever written. Then, it doesn’t hurt that the cast attained near perfection. Scott Ellis glued it together with his comic direction. The production has been effectively recorded for TV broadcast, and it will now serve as a delightfully accessible show for many years.


For the top pick of the year, “Natasha”, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812,” wins the number 1 slot. This show is based on “War and Peace.” This show had truly innovative staging. Josh Groban has a terrific voice, but his acting can be stiff. However, the great appeal of “The Great Comet” is the work itself. Dave Malloy’s piece is rich in melody and character, an adept adaptation of Tolstoy’s epic masterpiece.