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Arts News Round-Up - Amanda Seyfried, Ben Platt and more!

January 13, 2023

2023 is starting off HOT with arts news so we are excited to give you the low down to make sure you stay in the know!


Theatrical Favorites Won Big at the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards

The 80th annual Golden Globe Awards took place January 10, 2023 and some of our favorite theatrical and musical artists won big!

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama was awarded to Cate Blanchett for Tár, while Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama was awarded to Austin Butler for Baz Luhrmann's Elvis! Angela Bassett received the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture award for her performance in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, this award marked the first time an actor has received a major award for their appearance in a Marvel film.

The Wicked movie’s newly cast Michelle Yeoh won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for the film Everything Everywhere All at Once, and Amanda Seyfried (one of our favorite musical movie actresses) won Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or a Motion Picture Made for Television for her portrayal of Elizabeth Holmes in The Dropout.


New York City Center’s Parade Hits Broadway this Spring

Parade, the Jason Robert Brown-Alfred Uhry musical was revived last fall at New York City Center. The production starred Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond and will take the move to Broadway for a limited engagement. 

The engagement will begin February 21st at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre and will close August 6th with an opening date of March 16th!

The musical is a dramatization of the 1913 trial and imprisonment, and 1915 lynching, of Jewish American Leo Frank in Georgia. Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond reprise their roles as Lucille and Leo Frank respectively under Michael Arden’s direction. 


David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s Disco Musical Heads to Broadway

The acclaimed Here Lies Love immersive disco musical about Imelda Marcos will premiere on Broadway this summer. 

With music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim under the direction of Alex Timbers the Broadway Theatre will be transformed into an immersive disco dance club. Here Lies Love is based on the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos and the People Power Revolution of the Philippines. 

The show comes from a decade long collaboration between David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, it has been quite a journey for this show to get to Broadway. The musical began as a 2010 concept album, then making its world premiere as a stage musical Off Broadway at The Public Theater in 2013. The show returned to the Public in 2014-2015 before debuting at London’s Royal National Theatre in 2014, and most recently was produced at Seattle Repertory Theatre in 2017.


Leads of Upcoming Broadway Musical New York, New York Announced

Broadway’s new Kander & Ebb musical has found its stars! Colton Ryan (Girl From the North Country) will play Jimmy Doyle alongside Anna Uzele (Six) playing Francine Evans. 

The stage musical is inspired by the 1977 Martin Scorsese film starring Robert De Niro and Liza Minelli. The story is set in 1946 when post-war New York is on the mend. Per the synopsis, “Francine Evans, a young singer just off the bus from Philadelphia encounters New York native Jimmy Doyle, a brilliant but disillusioned musician looking for his “major chord” in life: music, money, love. The odds of both achieving all three are slim. But if they can make it there, they can make it anywhere.”

The musical includes a book by David Thompson co-written by Sharon Washington under the direction of five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. The production has released two recordings of songs from the show: A Kander & Ebb classic “But The World Goes ‘Round” sung by Anna Uzele as well as a new song “Music, Money, Love” sung by Colton Ryan. 


Amanda Seyfried Teases New Musical Project

Amanda Seyfried won at the Golden Globes this past week for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or a Motion Picture Made for Television for her portrayal of Elizabeth Holmes in The Dropout. However, her absence from the evening has garnered a lot of attention.

Seyfried took to social media to explain her absence saying, “It is a true honor to have been a part of [the Globes], and I had to miss it because I am working on something that is magic, and it’s a musical, so I’m finally getting to do something that I’ve never really done.” 

Social media has been going crazy speculating what it could be, but all we know is that we are very excited and waiting in anticipation for any further news!

UPDATE: Amanda Seyfried and Evan Rachel Wood are workshopping a Thelma & Louise musical adapation!

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