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Broadway Beat: ‘The Nanny’ Musical Adaptation Announced, ‘West Side Story’ Cast Replacement, More

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|by Amy Sapp |

Plus, ‘Sing Street’ musical headed to Broadway

‘Sing Street,’ a musical based on the 2016 film of the same name, comes to Broadway in March (Photo: ‘Sing Street’)

‘Sing Street,’ a musical based on the 2016 film of the same name, comes to Broadway in March (Photo: ‘Sing Street’)

Television’s The Nanny to Receive a Stage Adaptation
Fans of the legendary 1990s television sitcom, The Nanny, should start planning their trips to Manhattan. Fran Drescher has announced plans for a Broadway-bound musical adaptation of the show, with a score from the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creative team of Emmy Award winners Rachel Bloom and Adam Schlesinger. Drescher will write the book alongside Peter Marc Jacobson. No casting or production dates have been announced at this time.

West Side Story’s Ben Cook Exits Production Due to Injury
Understudy Dharon E. Jones will officially assume the role of Riff in the Broadway revival of West Side Story this season, while Ben Cook (Mean Girls) will depart the show due to an injury sustained during a recent performance of the Ivo Van Hove-directed revival. The news comes in the wake of leading man, Isaac Powell’s, temporary absence from the show due to a separate injury at the Broadway Theatre. West Side Story has previously pushed its Opening Night from Feb. 6 to Feb. 20, postponing the date until Powell can return to the role of Tony.

Sing Street Coming to Broadway
Beginning on Mar. 26, the musical adaptation of Sing Street will play the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway. The show most recently saw an extended Off-Broadway run at the New York Theatre Workshop. The musical is based on the film from 2016 of the same name by director and writer John Carney. Most of the Off-Broadway cast will reprise their roles on Broadway, including Brenock O’Connor as lead protagonist Conor. The show examines the power of song in Dublin, Ireland in the 1980s, and follows Conor, a teen whose family is unraveling in the midst of the country’s recession, and his quest to start a band at his new school.

Trevor: The Musical Moving Off-Broadway
This season, Trevor: The Musical will move Off-Broadway to Stage 42 after a successful run in Illinois back in 2017. The show finds its source material from the Oscar Award-winning short film of a 13 year-old named Trevor, who navigates finding his own identity as he becomes a teenager. The show opens Off-Broadway in April. After the release of the original film, The Trevor Project — which remains a crisis and suicide prevention organization for the LGBTQ community today — was launched.

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