Jacobi Hall, Chloe Davis, Kayla Pecchioni, Dwayne Clark, Hailee Kaleem Wright, Jay McKenzie, Jamal Christopher Douglas, Karen Burthwright, Sidney Dupont and Joshua Keith in Chicago’s production of “Paradise Square”
(Photo: Kevin Berne)
Here’s a quick recap of the stories you might have missed recently.
Paradise Square Set new dates on Broadway
The new musical Place du Paradis, who recently completed their pre-Broadway run at The James M. Nederlander Theater in Chicago has changed its Broadway dates. Preview performances will now begin at the Barrymore Theater on March 15 with an opening night slated for April 3. It was originally announced that performances would start on February 22 and open on March 20. Moisés Kaufman directs and Bill T. Jones choreographs the show, which was designed by Larry Kirwan. Paradise Square will star Joaquina Kalukango, Chilina Kennedy, John Dossett, Sidney DuPont, AJ Shively, Nathaniel Stampley, Gabrielle McClinton, Jacob Fishel and Kevin Dennis.
John Logan and Chris Evans at work on Gene Kelly Film
Tony’s winning scribe John Logan is writing and producing a new film about Gene Kelly based on an original idea by movie star and Broadway alum Chris Evans, according to Deadline. Evans was cast to play Kelly in the film, which tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who works the MGM field in 1952 and begins to form an imaginary friendship with legendary movie star Gene Kelly. Logan, who won a Tony for his play Red, is currently pictured on Broadway with Red Mill! Musical comedy. He is also a three-time Oscar nominee for his original screenplays for Gladiator and The aviator and its scenario adapted for Hugo. Evans, famous for playing Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, made his Broadway debut in 2018 Lobby hero.
Black Theater Coalition announces new directors
T. Oliver Reid, Warren Adams and Reginald “Reggie” Van Lee have announced new leadership within the Black Theater Coalition. The organization, which was created “to establish a sustainable and ethical roadmap to increase employment opportunities for black theater professionals,” hired Lico Whitfield as program director and Olivia Jones as as executive director. The John Gore organization and BTC have joined forces to create a comprehensive paid scholarship program for junior and senior undergraduates as well as recent college graduates interested in pursuing a career in commercial theater.
Antonio Banderas brings A choir line Return to Spain
Five six seven eight! Antonio Banderas brings A choir line back to Spain. The 2019 production of the Teatro del Soho Caixabank will return to the Teatre Tívoli in Barcelona from April 23. Co-directed and produced by Banderas, the production played the venue in February 2020. Manuel Bandera will appear as Zach, a role Banderas played at the show’s premiere. Course. As previously reported, Banderas is directing and currently playing the role of Bobby in a Spanish-language production of Society.