amBroadway | COVID cancellations persist, Joaquina Kalukango will join ‘Into the Woods’ and more

Cancellations due to COVID still persist

During December 2021, the Omicron variant wreaked havoc among the theater community, forcing numerous Broadway shows to cancel performances during the industry’s most financially lucrative time of year. About a year later, some Broadway and Off-Broadway shows again find themselves having to cancel performances due to positive COVID tests. In particular, the new Broadway musical “KPOP” had to delay its official premiere by a week to Sunday, November 27. Off-Broadway, Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Plays for the Plague Year” at the Public Theater had to go. on hiatus amid previews, and the Transport Group’s revival of Edward Albee’s “A Delicate Balance” was forced to cancel its final performances.

‘Chess’ and ‘Your Own Thing’ will receive one-night concerts

The cult 1980s musical “Chess,” which injects sweeping romance, Cold War politics and hard rock into a game of championship chess, will receive a one-night-only performance on Broadway December 12 to benefit the Entertainment Community Fund (formerly the Actors Fund). The cast will include Darren Criss (“Glee”), Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Ramin Karimloo (“Funny Girl”) and Solea Pfeiffer (“Almost Famous”). In 2003, “Chess” was given a one-night benefit performance on Broadway with Josh Groban, Norm Lewis, Sutton Foster and Raul Esparza.

Coincidentally, on the same night, the Red Bull Theatre, the Off-Broadway company known for its productions of rarely seen dramas of Shakepearean contemporaries, will present a one-night concert production of “Your Own Thing,” an Off-Broadway rock musical. 1968 Broadway. Based on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” with a cast that includes Santino Fontana (“Tootsie”) and siblings Lilli Cooper and Eddie Cooper.

Jessica Chastain to headline ‘A Doll’s House’

Oscar winner Jessica Chastain, who last appeared on Broadway a decade ago in a revival of “The Heiress,” will headline a new production of Henrik Ibsen’s historical drama “A Doll’s House” this spring on Broadway. It will be directed by Jamie Lloyd (“Betrayal,” “Cyrano”) and will use a new translation/version by Amy Herzog. The production was originally scheduled to begin rehearsals in London in 2020, but was delayed by the pandemic.

Kalukango will play the witch in ‘Into the Woods’

The acclaimed Broadway revival of “Into the Woods,” which will end its extended limited run on January 8, has seen a host of high-profile replacement actors, including Cheyenne Jackson, Stephanie J. Block, Sebastian Arcelus and Denee Benton. (who took over as Cinderella this week). Now comes the news that Joaquina Kalukango (who recently won a Tony Award for her outstanding performance in the musical “Paradise Square”) will play the witch beginning December 16. Currently, Patina Miller and Montego share the role of the witch. Glover. Unfortunately, Heather Headley, who played the witch when this production opened in May at City Center Encores!, has not played the role on Broadway.

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