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Here's a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.
David Bowie's Lazarus Will Release Cast Album
Michael C. Hall, Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper and the company of the late David Bowie's Lazarus are in the process of recording a cast album. “His passing certainly informs the experience of this recording session and will inform the experience of performing the show as we continue to do it,” Hall told the New York Times. No word yet on when the record will be released; Lazarus is scheduled to play a limited engagement at New York Theatre Workshop off-Broadway through January 20.
A Wicked Honor for David Stone
Wicked’s producer David Stone will be honored at Second Stage Theatre’s 37th anniversary gala celebration on May 2. Stone has collaborated with the off-Broadway company on several occasions, including the Main Stem transfers of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Next to Normal. Directed by James Lapine, the evening is set to feature stars who have appeared in Stone’s productions over the years and will be held at the suitably fancy Cipriani 42nd Street.
The Prom, From Casey Nicholaw & More, to Bow in GA
We're keeping a close eye on this show—it comes from Casey Nicholaw, whose Broadway credits include Aladdin, Something Rotten!, The Book of Mormon and the upcoming Tuck Everlasting. The Tony winner will direct and choreograph the world premiere of new musical The Prom at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA this August. With a book by Tony winner Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Chad Beguelin (Aladdin), music by Matthew Sklar (Elf), and lyrics by Beguelin, the show is based on an original concept by Jack Viertel, following a student who becomes an instant outcast—and a national headline—when her high school cancels the prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend. Additional information including casting and full creative team will be announced later.
Rosie O'Donnell Eyeing Dance Moms for B'way?
Interesting tidbit from Rosie O'Donnell's website. Responding to a question about Dance Moms, the honorary Tony winner replied that she wants to make a Broadway musical out of the Lifetime reality series. O'Donnell wrote that she would like to star as Abby Lee, with "K-Cheno" as Lead Mom. Sounds like a fabulous idea to us!
Kristin Chenoweth to Reunite With Alan Cumming
Speaking of the self-proclaimed pocket diva, Kristin Chenoweth will join Alan Cumming as a special guest at his headlining debut at Carnegie Hall on February 8. The Tony-winning pair recently, of course, served as co-hosts for the 2015 Tony Awards. As previously announced, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs with Friends is set to also feature Darren Criss, Ricki Lake and the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. Due to an injury she sustained over the Christmas holiday, Chita Rivera will no longer be on the bill; we all here at Broadway.com continue to wish her a swift recovery.