The Broadway.com Show- 3/2/18: John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Mark Rylance & More
Welcome. To the broadway.com show, filmed in New York City's historic thrill, building, I'm Ryan Lee Gilbert and I'm Paul one Turek this week we chat with John Legend Sara Bareilles and Brendan Victor Dixon as they prep for Jesus Christ Superstar live, hangout, with Joshua Jackson and the stars of Broadway's children of a lesser God and more and later we sit down with Oscar, and Tony winner, mark Rylance who fills us in on his Broadway bow in farinelli, and the king but first let's get started with the news what's, the buzz Paul. Loved, movie musicals, so do we the, greatest showmen which has earned over a hundred and sixty million dollars making it the fourth most successful, movie musical ever will, be released digitally on March 20th could have Broadway stage adaptation, be far behind, certainly, an Oscar, win on Sunday night for the show's viral, sensation, song this is me written by bench passuk and justin paul and performed, by broadway favorite Kiowa subtle could help get that in motion meanwhile. Stephen Schwartz whose wicked is expected on the big screen in 2019. He's writing a new movie musical about the life of Hans Christian, Andersen, which also had to die on Broadway no, word on a timeline for that film The Hollywood hottie and salt Al Gore is in talks to star Hans, Christian, Andersen's, stories would make great, musicals, they already are The Little Mermaid The, Snow Queen which is frozen and The Ugly Duckling which is basically like every musical not this one Ansel Elgort is not an ugly duckling. Marissa. Jaret Winokur who, won the 2003. Tony for her performance, as Tracy Turnblad in hairspray, was crowned the champion, of CBS's, first, season of Celebrity Big Brother when. Ocher was selected, the winner by a jury that included all of the previously, eliminated houseguests. And took home that 250, thousand, dollar grand prize with, her house BFF, Ross Matthews by her side and then, other fabulous female, Tony winner news Kristin, Chenoweth will succeed John Lithgow as the star of the upcoming second. Season of NBC's anthology. Comedy series trial and error Chenoweth. Will play an heiress named Lavinia, Peck Foster, who is accused of murdering her husband and stuffing him inside a suitcase the, premiere date for the season two of trial and error will be announced, at a later date I already, know she didn't do it in this fort but nothing how would she stuff someone in a suitcase she travels by bubble she can do anything.
Now. Here's some diva casting, that is solid as a rock. Valerie, Simpson of the legendary R&B, duo Ashford, & Simpson is getting, ready to hold down the Cook County Jail when she takes over the role of Mama Morton in Chicago, on March 12 also joining the company at the Ambassador, Theatre that night is Chaz Lamar Shepard in the role of slick suave sexy, Billy Flynn Shepard, made his Broadway debut as Harpo in the color purple on Broadway and has also been seen as Curtis as in Curtis was supposed to love me in the national tour of Dreamgirls, also featured in Chicago, Broadway's longest running American musical. Are beyond, come out a keen as Roxie Hart and Murph a right as Velma Kelly Evan, Harrington as Amos heart and Arlo as Mary sunshine director. Michael Arden's acclaimed, Broadway revival, of Lynn Ahrens and Steven Flaherty's, once on this island will, launch a North American tour in the fall of 2019, the. Touring production will play Los Angeles's, Ahmanson, Theatre with, additional, cities and casting, to be announced at a later date of course you can still catch once on this island Broadway coms top show of 2017. At the Circle in the Square Theatre meanwhile. The first international. Production of the tony-winning musical, dear Evan Hanson will, begin performances, in March 2019. At Toronto's, Royal Alexandra. Theatre the original, Broadway production team, including, composers bench passuk and Justin Paul writer, Steven, Levinson and director Michael Bryce will, rewrite, to launch the production, Broadway. Audiences, are chanting Jerry Jerry. And, have demanded a longer, run for Jerry Springer the Opera at Pershing Square signature, Center the Stewart Lee Richard Thomas musical, about the talk show phenomenon, will, now play through April first replacing, Terrence Mann for the extension is Lucille Lortel Award, winner Matt McGrath as Springer joining, will Swenson as his buddy Satan another, off-broadway news Juan castano and odd to blanks in wood will headline Lucy Thurber's transfers, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre starting, April theft Emma gear will join Tatiana maslany Blair, Brown and Susan poor for and Tracy Letts has married Paige Marlowe, at second stage this June and at home at the zoo, extended, for a second, time at Signature Theatre that, means Katie Finneran Robert Sean Leonard and Paul sparks will now dig into Edward Albee's one acts home light and the Zoo Story for, an extra week through March 25th, Dariush, Kashani who was last seen in Lincoln Center theatres tony-winning, play Oslo, has, joined the cast of David yes beckon Itamar Moses's new Broadway musical the, band's visit Kashani, took over the lead role of too thick the conductor, of the Egyptian, police band at the center of the show story on March, 1st replacing, original cast member Tony Shalhoub who has taken a temporary, leave from the production to film the second season of Amazon's the marvelous, mrs. Mazal but, Shalhoub is scheduled, to return to the band's visit or select performances. Beginning, in May at the Ethel, Barrymore theater.
When. We come back we head downtown to get the scoop on Pulitzer, finalist Jordan, Harrison's new play the amateurs, meet, the new stars of Sweeney Todd and more. This. Week on Broadway comm The Phantom of the Opera vlogger, Ali Walt, share some amazing advice in her final episode Amy, and the orphans fresh-faced jammie Brewers strikes a pose and more. Hey. I'm Casey Levy and I'm patty Mirren and you're, watching the rod Wacom show. Welcome. Back NBC's. Upcoming, broadcast, of Jesus Christ Superstar live, in concert, airs on Easter Sunday we recently caught up with John Legend, Sara Bareilles and more to see why this take on Tim Rice and here to Lloyd Webber's timeless rock musical, is going to be heaven, for audiences. I'm. Playing Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar I mean what, could be more exciting it's, such a great show such, an iconic character to play I'm excited, to be part of it glad they asked me to do it it's a brave project, it's a beautiful. Show. That, I think audiences, if they are not familiar with it I think it, will really resonate it's, very timely it's this. Incredible. Historical. Story that has you know interpreted, through, the, lens of the, humanity, of all of these characters and I'm. Just I feel very privileged that I get to be in the room to be in the rehearsal room it's almost as if you. You're. Reintroduced. To the music, as. It. Was. Originally, experienced, and there is a directness, and you, know extraordinary. Artistry, in the way these actor. Performers, are doing, this and. It just it, gives you the thrill of hearing, this fantastic, school for the first time Jesus, Christ superstars performers, and directors, shared why this live broadcast is going to be one for the ages it's, a kind. Of fabulous. Moment. Of utter recklessness. To. Release, this, extraordinary. Beast you know live, through. A television screen, with. All the elements that are coming to bear in this particular version of it which you know involve making. Music. Front, and center as well as the emotional narrative, and an, alive. Audience, you know rocking, it out with Jesus one of the things that we, were laughing about last night is there's this this is probably one of the few venues where you get to place John. Legend and Alice Cooper together in the same space as performers, and yet that kind, of polarized, opposite, is what makes it so endearing as a project to see them play off against each other this show in particular world, war well in this format, I. Think this is a confluence, of elements, Easter, this, Passion Play and the way it's written and it's designed that I think will make the telecast I. Think. Is gonna be probably, the best one of these live musical, telecast to date because I just think what, they've, learned as producers, and what they're bringing together here, won't make it one of the most dynamic experiences.
So Far it's been so much fun to watch the. Evolution each one is so different from, the one before and I really appreciate, that they, they're trying to sort. Of crack the code and and. To. Do you know to do something like Sound of Music and then to do something like Jesus Christ Superstar like what, a range like what a what. A love for the medium of theatre what a love for, you. Know the intention, of bringing, these musicals, and this music into the homes of people who don't, live around the corner from Broadway it's you know it's really beautiful. Well. Met off Tony winning drama children of a lesser God returns, to Broadway this spring in a new revival directed, by kenny leon joshua, jackson and lauren leadoff start the center of this remarkable, love story that starts, in school for the death we've, chatted with the cast and director leon about this new production. Children. Of a lesser God is about a young woman named Sarah Norman who has lived at a deaf school since, she was a child and she meets a teacher that, she falls in love with and the, story is about the, two of them learning to navigate their, love the idea of. Representation. And the idea of allowing, people, who have been cut, out by, the society, that they live in and giving, them for, lack of a better word voice it just so happens that the world in the play caught up to each other it's, so relevant right. Now in our society in, this political climate in, this, generation. Everyone. Has their own opinions, and beliefs and values, and everyone. Believes they're right and I think this play. Emphasizes. That we really need to start listening and I think that's a good reminder for everyone right now Marc medoff what. 40 years ago he wrote a play when. He wrote it 40 years ago it was really just letting the hearing community. Know what, was up with the deaf community and now. We, and, another generation, get. To see what that plate means to, us it's about how we really don't listen to each other how we talk over each other and beneath all that is a beautiful, love story so you always want to get a good love story in there before she was cast in the revival Radloff was hired to tutor Leon in sign language, children. Of a lesser God marks both read love and Jackson's, Broadway, debuts, you know that was a spiritual, intervention you know with me working with Lauren as as my, ASL, teacher and I. Was like wow I kept, being exposed. To how great she was and how much presence, he had and how much charisma it feels unreal on the, way here today I was just breathing, it in and looking around me, at Times, Square I can't, believe this is happening I mean to come to Broadway's on every actors bucket list but to bring something like this it's, an amazing, honor feeling. I mean it's just overwhelming I think, that when people see, this play, what. They're going to see is a love story, it. Is a sweet, reminder. To look at the people in their own lives and. Accept. Them for who they are. Pulitzer. Finalist - Jordan Harrison is premiering his new play the amateurs, about a ragtag, group of pageant, players attempting. To outrun the Black Death in 14th, century Europe, at auth Broadway's vineyard, theatre starring, a talented troupe of stage favorites, including, Michael Cyril Creighton, Kyle, Beltran, Quincey Tyler Bernstein and Greg Keller the amateurs, is a bold fourth wall breaking experience. About the purpose of art and the role of the artist in times of disaster we, recently spoke with Harrison, and Creighton about, the play and my audiences, will want to tag along with these medieval performers.
The. Amateurs is about a group of 14th century pageant. Players trying. To outrun the Black Death and they're performing, the morality play Noah's Flood and, as. They watch the people around them, die. There they're, sort, of inspired to invent the first human, character, it is. Deceptively. Simple, as far as the the storyline. But, so, full, of, gravitas. And sort, of beauty, and intricate. Sort of details that as, whole piece it is it is not simple. It is a epic. Monster it's fitting because the play is about this traveling group of players and we assemble this cast of like the usual, suspects, of downtown theater there's this dimension, in which they're playing themselves, and a lot of the cool special effects, of the play are actor, operated, so they really become these. People dragging their theater card around in front of us this productions, players portray, multiple, characters, in fact Creighton takes on the role of playwright, Harrison, himself playing, a version of the playwright is a little daunting, we. Did cut my hair and shave off my beard so I would be more playwright like it's daunting but it's also really exciting because, Jordan is a very interesting, person, it's been really wonderful to sort of observe him in rehearsals, and sort of take what I can from his personality, and meld it with my own idea of what the performance is when people walk out of my plays they're usually like, filled with questions and debates I do like, the thought that they might leave thinking about how, human. Beings became, as three-dimensional, as we are now that we that, it didn't. Always feel the same way to be inside the skull of a human being like that the, notion of the self is something that evolved, over time and was in response to two, things happening, the conversation, doesn't end here in the theatre the conversation, goes out with. You at the bar or on the street, so. I think it's gonna I think it's gonna start really healthy. Interesting, conversations, and I think you'll you'll. Never know what, this play is about until, you do you, know. Stephen. Sondheim and he willeth Sweeney Todd tells, the story of the demon barber, who collaborates, with a conniving pie shop owner on a quest for revenge tom. Says Murr and Sally Ann Triplett are currently playing the lead roles of Sweeney and mrs. Lovett in a thrilling immersive, off-broadway production. We, headed down to the pie shop to get a taste of what excites them about taking on these larger-than-life, musical, theater roles at the intimate, Barrow Street Theatre. You. Know I saw the production last July I think like most people in the theater I know Sweeney, Todd like the back of my hand just, from years, of listening, to and reading, the score along the liner notes along with listening, to it and as I was watching this production, it's, so different, that, emotionally. I was unprepared. For anything that happened next I was on the edge of my seat going what, what. Is he going to do what is she going to do I had no idea and. It. Was one of the most exciting I think, one of the most exciting theatrical, experiences, I've ever had this production of course is, unlike. Any. Other production, of Sweeney Todd or unlike, any other production, of most shows the. Kind of the fifth element for, me and, I'm. Sure for all of us is that that, first night where, people. Are just literally, inches away you, can you, can smell, them it's sort of slightly, verging.
On Horror, I guess, but. Then in. Amongst. All, that you. Have people. That are just looking for, love those. Sesemann and triplets are playing ruthless, characters, it's a total love fest backstage, from, day one we sort of been on the same page we, have the same. Crazy. Inappropriate. Sense of humor. We. Both work in pretty, much the same way and. I. Love. It we have a very similar sense of humor and, I. Feel like we work, in the same way. We have the same, pattern. Of working, a. Couple. Of steps forward one step back like, not, sure I'm. Gonna be any good at this and we, kind. Of I feel like we're kind of holding, hands and walking towards. It at, the same pace there's. A beautiful, wonderful amazing, man. And I'm very lucky that he is my Sweeney, this, production of Sweeney Todd is also, known for the delicious pie and mash served prior to each performance, we, are sesemann triplet if they recommend, the pre-show meal, the pies that you have beforehand, are, nothing. Like. Pie. Mesh that you would have at home pyon mush at home is like babe kind, of like baby food really. But. Here, they're five-star. They are so delicious I could have eaten four oh my god do, I recommend, the pie. Yeah. We. All came to see the show a couple of weeks ago. To see this wonderful cast that is actually leaving Hugh Panero and Carolee Carmelo, and I, had the pie I think. I died a little it was so, delicious. I'm. Hoping. To, have another one soon I don't know. When. We return stage, and screen Royal Mark Rylance tells, us all about Broadway's, farinelli, and the king. One. Of the most celebrated actors, of his generation Oscar. Winner and three-time, Tony winner mark Rylance is back on Broadway in farinelli, and the king written, by his longtime collaborator, and wife Claire, van kampen I sat down with the actor to talk about his Broadway returns, and what's on the horizon. Mark. Thank you so much for coming here and doing this how, is it going over at the Belasco theater, your Broadway home oh yeah I suppose it is yeah it's going pretty well really, well warm. Audiences, and some of the costs go out at the beginning you know and talked with the with. The audience because we like to feel people. To feel welcomed, and feel, they're in the same room with us I know. They're meeting a lot of people coming back to the third, or fourth or even fifth time, I. Mean I say a lot that meeting some people who are doing it but, there's, a very embracing feeling. From the audience well, once again the audience is on stage with you just, like with your Shakespeare double bill how. Does that affect you on stage because I feel like sometimes you're really getting some energy from the people, who are on stage with you it's a bit like I'm shooting. A close-up, and a wide shot at the same time in a film so. It keeps. You on your toes you, know you you're aware that there are people very near as near as we are know, and there are people who are very far away so, you are you need to be real for both of those groups, of people kind, of essential. And simple, for the people far away and and obviously it loud enough and express it enough and true. Enough for the people up close how, do you find your way into a character, that's mad. That, has mental illness. Difficult. For myself you. Um you. Say the things that are there to be set and do, the things that are there to be done and. Then you connect with those needs, those. Desires, and, in if you are a shy, person nor. Yourself quite self-critical, as I am you, you immerse yourself in the in, the person's needs how. Does it feel for you to be that close to such magnificent. Singing it shakes me it actually physically. Shakes. Me and once reminded that sound, is a, is a penetrating, force that it can there, was all commercials, where they shattered, crystal, glass is a a high, note from a good singer, but, it um, it literally, shakes the cells of my body because. The vibration, is so intense, it's, quite emotional actually, it's, quite an emotional feeling, different. Than being on a roller coaster but but, similar in some way you feel you're. Having a physical sensation, as. Well as the tune being very, beautiful and emotional but, you get after. After, many hundreds of performances, you get used to the tunes even great tunes, though actually still some of them move me these are so beautiful but, what what never loses, its power is the actual vibration, and the, reminder that we are all just made. Up of vibrating, cells do, you relate. To the. King as an outsider, he's French he's. In Spain and you grew, up in America but you're a British and then you hadn't we went back I'm wondering if there's any kind of personal, relationship that you feel about, that yeah my mother was always an outsider, she was always drawn to.
Alternative. And outside. Interests. And causes, and things like that and I've I've inherited. That, from her and you're, right maybe it was to do with us being. Immigrants. And immigrants, and so, yes. I did always I was always aware that I was an Englishman, in America, when I lived in Milwaukee and, up in Connecticut, and then, much to my surprise when I went back to London I thinking. I was going home to my homeland I was I was, very American. They considered, me very American and I had, deep American. Attitudes. America. America, is much, more. Much. More keen on new ideas. The. English. Are wary of new ideas that the old ideas, have lasted so long because they're good ideas where I change them um, but. America's, feels. Part of its deep. Character, I think is the embracement of new of, progress, and new ideas do. You feel in doing. This play with your wife wrote and it's her first produced, play and. It feels to me like it was a dream come true for her to have the play produced do, you feel like you well, for anyone really yes but to have your first play produced and then, and, in the West End that you got to experience, this sort, of journey together and do. It together is. That fun for you to do yeah. We've always done that that's a longtime collaborators, of course yeah that's we've been married 29 28. 29, years now, and from, the start. We. We. Were always thrilled, by imagining, different. Kind of theatrical events. And going to the theatre and then, we've been lucky enough and, in those days we, just, made up our own things and left. Hand to mouth to certain degree because our own things were not necessarily. Mainstream. Or popular, and and does, so it's been an interesting progression, took. Towards some finding. People like Sonia Freedman who supports. Our work so, thoroughly and and building. Up our own experience, in our knowledge and our. Attraction. To reach more people with something, of that we consider, beautiful or funny or, fulfilling. Speaking. Of reaching, a lot of people soon. After farinelli, and the king ends, its limited engagement mmm. Ready player one well, open in theaters oh yeah this, couldn't be more different from farinelli, in the king which has no. Amplification, and candlelight, and is very organic and then you have this very. Computerised. Very. Studio. Heavy. Film, tell. Me about working on that yeah, it has a lot of motion capture, which is a and Steven you, know being one of the great classic, American, directors it can make a film like bridge, of spies or, like the post which. Is a very classic traditional. Film in the form Billy Wilder, and all that kind of with moving cameras and everything quite. Classic. And natural but he's also very fascinated. By technology and. What. Can be done as we move towards some simulation.
Of Life through, technology, you, have an interesting history with Steven Spielberg don't, you where you, were. Offered a film and turned it down a long time ago and now you seem to be his go-to expert. You've done several things with him he, has a number of go-to actors, that he works with and I think Tom Hanks is much. More as than new rights, to that title than I do, we've become very good friends III. I, love them I I haven't done, so much film I've always gone to lots and lots of films and so, we have a shared love of old, films, and new films and all that but yes I did turn him down when I was. 27. And that led you to more theater work didn't it it was because I there, was a theater, project, I was. You were deciding between tell. Me how, excited are you to return to Shakespeare's, Globe and do, a fellow with Andre Holland this summer very, very excited, particularly to work with Andre yeah he's just a wonderful actor and a lovely man and I think it's gonna be a very moving of fellow well, we have to get going but before we do what. Will you be doing on Oscar, night this, year I'm, actually gonna be playing I'll II bought at the Velasco theatre, there's, a group, of actors down, doing a play called hanged men in. New York at the moment and one, of them has been an accompanying with. Me before and they're coming down to challenge, us, to. Her to an Ivy ball tournament, in, the theatre which is a game we play backstage, so. You'll just be cheering on your Dunkirk colleagues in your mind you won't be watching the broadcast no I don't think I'll be watching, well. Mark thank you so much for coming in you're, wonderful and farinelli in the king thanks thanks yeah I think well we have four weeks left and yeah. It's a it's a it's a really a unique, unusual, piece I've never been in anything. Like it before we're. Having a very nice time the audience is really propelling. Us into more, humour and more depths, and, experiences. In the play so we're, having a very nice time with wonderful. Well thank you so much okay. When. We come back a look at kc levy performing, the new frozen tune monster. Hey. This is Jake shears currently, in kinky boots and you were watching the broadway.com show. Thank. You for watching in the broadway.com, show, we leave you with Pacey Levy's delightfully, high drama performance, of monster, from Broadway's, frozen, see you next week. Cannot be, a monster.