Here's a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.
Spend Your Fall Friday Nights With Kristin Chenoweth
Well now we know what we'll be doing on Friday nights this fall! PBS has announced the 11 weekly programs that will feature in its Arts Fall Festival. Hosted by Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth, the series will begin on September 26 with the previously reported Sweeney Todd, starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel. Just some of the other broadcasts that we're looking forward to include The Nance with Nathan Lane on October 10, San Francisco Opera’s Porgy & Bess on October 17, Michael Feinstein at the Rainbow Room with Christine Ebersole on October 31, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats (?!) on November 21 and the Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home concert on November 28.
Weird Al Yankovic Approached to Write for Broadway
Weird Al Yankovic, the parody singer behind such gems as “Eat It,” has been approached to pen Great White Way tuners. Yes, you read that right. “I've gotten some offers to do some writing for some possible Broadway musicals,” Yankovic told The Wrap. “There's different things I can do with my kind of sensibility and do the same type of comedy but branch out.” Wonder if he’s a fan of Forbidden Broadway?
How to Hang With Broadway Stars at a Bar
Want to hang with Broadway stars in a bar? Now’s your chance. Danny Mastrogiorgio and Jennifer Mudge, who play Paulie and Gloria respectively in Rocky, will take over the bar at the Glasshouse Tavern on July 27 at 10PM to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Busy that night? Never fear, as part of the Broadway Bartenders initiative, for three-weeks only, cast members from participating shows will serve drinks (including show-themed cocktails) to Great White Way fans and fellow cast members alike. Learn more here.