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Arts News Round-Up - Mariah Carey, Aaron Tveit, and more!

December 1, 2022

WOW! It has been a busy couple of weeks for performing arts news so we are excited to round-up the hottest news and give you the low down to keep you in the know!


Mariah Carey Joins Producing Team of ‘Some Like It Hot’ On Broadway

Quoted from a statement from Mariah Carey: “When Neil Meron shared this new take on the beloved film, I knew I had to be a part of it. To see how this show continues to expand on the film’s legacy—pushing boundaries, promoting inclusion, celebrating diversity—I’m proud to help bring Some Like It Hot for today’s world to new audiences.” 

Her contributions to the show as a producer will support the overall production and opportunities for it to be seen by more audiences!

Carey has also mentioned how she is a huge Marilyn Monroe fan! Carey says, “She’s been an important touchstone throughout my life, so much so that I acquired her treasured baby grand white piano at an auction." The piano that belonged to Monroe's mother Gladys Pearl Baker, was sold when Gladys Baker was institutionalized. The piano was a very important piece of Monroe’s life, so much so that she spent time searching for it to repurchase it. The piano story inspired Marc Shaiman and fellow Some Like It Hot lyricist Scott Wittman's "Second Hand White Baby Grand," which was written for the fictional musical Bombshell in the hit NBC show Smash

Carey’s new collaboration with the musical reunites her with composer and lyricist Marc Shaiman, whom she worked with on her 2017 hit single “The Star”. As well as working as producer and co-writer of Carey’s 2010 Christmas Album Merry Christmas II You


Nicole Kidman Donates $100k for Broadway Cares at The Music Man

Nicole Kidman gave $100,000 in an auction of Hugh Jackman’s hat worn in the hit Broadway musical The Music Man. The auction came about during the Red Bucket speech given at the end of the curtain call on November 26th. 

Quoted from a statement by Broadway Cares executive director Tom Viola: “Broadway Cares is blessed with friends across Broadway. But we have no greater champion than Hugh Jackman. This extraordinary gift from his pal Nicole Kidman is by far the largest donation for any one auction item ever. That’s 20,000 meals and 2,000 doctor visits this holiday season for those living with HIV/AIDS, struggling with COVID-19, or facing other life-threatening challenges, donations made at The Music Man, all across Broadway, Off-Broadway, and at national touring productions will provide meals and medication, health care and hope this holiday season.”


Longest Running Play In The World The Mousetrap Set To Arrive On Broadway

After 70 years in London, the Agatha Christie murder mystery, The Mousetrap, is set to arrive on Broadway in 2023!

Although details about the upcoming Broadway run are minimal, we do know that the show’s British producer, Adam Spiegel, is collaborating with Tony Award-winning producer Kevin McCollum to bring The Mousetrap to the states. According to their website, it will be a limited engagement and when asked for elaboration, the producers are keeping everything close to their chest. But don’t you worry! We’ll let you know the minute we hear updates via @RedCurtainAddict.

A tidbit that we did find out is that Spiegel says the New York version will end the same way as the London production. More on this coming soon…! 


Phantom of the Opera Extends Broadway Closing Date

There is good news for Phantom of the Opera fans! Due to an increase in ticket sales following the initial closing announcement, the show will now close April 16, 2023. 

The news came as a surprise to casual Broadway fans, but many on social media had been speculating since the initial closing announcement that they could foresee the show extending that date at least once. 

However, if we can get more of this longest running Broadway show, we will take it! It is the last Hal Prince directed show and at the time of closing, the show will have been on Broadway for 35 years! 


Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert

The 26 year tradition penned as “The most glamorous New Year’s concert in Chicago”, the Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert is perfect for all ages. 

Based on Vienna's beloved Neujahrskonzert, experience the romance of operetta, the glamor of ballroom dance, and the delicate beauty of ballet as you waltz you into a triumphant New Year. The celebration will showcase European singers and dancers and a full symphony orchestra.

The evening will be conducted by Gregory Vajda, and will feature Monika Rebholz, soprano and Brian Cheney, tenor. Stay tuned for more updates about the performance as they are announced!


Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book and Oscar Winning Film, 'The Hours' Is Now An Opera

This anticipated opera tells the powerful story of three women from different eras who each grapple with their inner demons and their roles in society. The opera stars Renee Fleming in her star return to the Met, beloved soprano Kelli O’Hara, and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDinato.

The Hours is based on Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name — which inspired the Academy Award-winning movie starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman.

You can catch this incredible story now through December 15th at the Metropolitan Opera House. If you’re local to NYC or traveling to the big apple soon, make sure to put it on your list!


Aaron Tveit Returning to Tony Award Winning Role in Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Tony Award-Winning Aaron Tveit will be returning to Moulin Rouge! The Musical starting January 17th for a 12-week limited run! He’s returning as Derek Klena temporarily exits the show for his run in Sunset Boulevard at the Kennedy Center. So if you missed Aaron Tveit’s Tony Award-winning run, you can’t miss his return to the role of Christian!

Joining the Broadway cast on February 7th, coming from the national tour are David Harris, who plays The Duke and Andre L Ward, playing Toulouse Lautrec.

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