In the News: Donna Murphy Joins Gossip Girl Reboot, Lin-Manuel Miranda and More Set for New Theatre-Themed Philanthropy Podcast, More
Plus: Watch the new trailers for Hulu’s The United States vs. Billie Holiday (penned by Suzan Lori-Parks) and Season 2 of Snowpiercer (starring Daveed Diggs and Lena Hall).
Read on for some recent theatre headlines you may have missed in today’s news.
Janie Dee Will Star in a Streaming Production of Terence Rattigan’s All On Her Own
Olivier Award winner Janie Dee (Carousel, Follies, The Boyfriend) will appear in a new digital production of All On Her Own by Terence Rattigan. The one-person play centers on Rosemary, who, alone at midnight in London, shares a sinister yet heartbreaking secret. The piece was created for television in 1968 and was most recently seen at the Garrick Theatre in 2015 starring Zoe Wanamaker. Performances are available to stream February 16–21. Visit AllOnHerOwn.com for tickets and more information.
Donna Murphy to Appear in Gossip Girl Series Reboot
Tony Award winner Donna Murphy (most recently seen on Broadway in Hello, Dolly!) steps into the role of private school headmistress in the HBO Max reboot of the teen drama Gossip Girl, OK! Magazine reports. Joshua Safran, who was a writer and executive producer on the original 2007 CW series, is showrunner for the reboot, which will follow a whole new group of young Manhattan socialites. The reboot promises a more diverse cast than the original, but just as much scandal. Filming has begun, but no release date is set.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Gloria Estefan Among First Guests on Broadway Gives Back
A new podcast from Jan Friedlander Svedsen and the Broadway Podcast Network launches this month, focusing on the intersection of Broadway and philanthropy. Svedson hosts The Broadway Gives Back Podcast with a bevy of Broadway activists and humanitarians on the guest list, including Judith Light, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Luis and Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’s Tom Viola and Danny Whitman with Gavin Creel, and Dan Pallotta of Pallotta TeamWorks. The podcast is available at BPN.fm or wherever you get your podcasts.
Playwrights Horizons Transforms Its Facade Into a Public Art Space
Artist, activist, and writer Avram Finkelstein and two-time Tony-winning set and costume designer David Zinn, in collaboration with Playwrights Horizons, have launched a new public art series to be housed in the theatre’s 42nd Street building facade. Artists Jilly Ballistic, Ken Gonzales-Day, Dread Scott, and more to be announced will create installations for the space as part of Playwrights Horizons’ new Lighthouse Project series, an exploration of the definition of playwriting and how a theatre building can be used. “This year, this theatre is celebrating its 50th anniversary under remarkably strange circumstances: a global pandemic, a historical reckoning, and a constitutional crisis… Fortunately, Avram and David brought their idea to Playwrights Horizons: to use the frontage of our theatre, depressingly silent during these times, as a platform to engage with the city through public art,” says Artistic Director Adam Greenfield. For more information on Lighthouse programming, visit PlaywrightsHorizons.org. Work from street and subway artist Jilly Ballistic premieres January 19.
Plus: Check out new trailers for two upcoming small screen projects with theatre ties: the second season of TNT’s Snowpiercer (featuring Tony winner Daveed Diggs and Lena Hall) and Hulu’s The United States vs. Billie Holiday (penned by Suzan Lori-Parks and featuring Andra Day as the title blues legend). The titles premiere January 25 and February 26, respectively.