Luis Fonsi introduced down the home at Clive Davis ’ Grammy social gathering Saturday, performing his infectious hit “Despacito.”
I hear that among the many VIPs impressed with Fonsi’s vocal chops and stage charisma was Andrew Lloyd Webber, who’s in search of a Judas for NBC’s upcoming broadcast of “Jesus Christ Famous person Reside in Live performance.”
John Legend can be singing the title function. Sara Bareilles, now enjoying to sold-out homes in her Broadway present “Waitress,” has signed up for Mary Magdalene. And, in an impressed little bit of casting, Alice Cooper, 69, ought to make for an imperious — and scary — King Herod, ruler of Judea. (Cooper sang Herod on the 1996 soundtrack album with the London forged.)
However up to now there’s no Judas Iscariot. And it’s a giant half. Judas’ songs embody “Heaven on Their Minds,” “Damned for All Time” and “Famous person.”
Ben Vereen famously originated the function on Broadway in 1971. Others who’ve performed historical past’s biggest betrayer embody Josh Younger, in a 2012 Broadway revival, and Tim Minchin, the “Matilda” songwriter who was sensational in a manufacturing that toured Australia a couple of years in the past.
The function requires a tenor.
Lloyd Webber caught Fonsi twice final weekend — at Davis’ social gathering and the following evening on the Grammys. Although Fonsi and “Despacito” misplaced to Bruno Mars and “That’s What I Like,” the Grammy crowd clearly appreciated him and his music.
And he’s bought an enormous younger fan base that will absolutely tune in to see him as Judas.
I noticed him at Davis’ social gathering, and I feel he’d be terrific. I don’t know if he can act — his credit in that division are somewhat skinny. However director David Leveaux, a Broadway vet, ought to be capable to coax a reliable efficiency out of him. And there’s little doubt he can deal with a rock rating.
“Jesus Christ Famous person Reside in Live performance” airs April 1, Easter Sunday. The present can be carried out in entrance of a reside viewers on the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg. Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who wrote the lyrics, can be within the viewers.
One other half Fonsi may play in the future is Che in Lloyd Webber and Rice’s “Evita.” The present marks 40 years since its unique Broadway manufacturing subsequent 12 months, and I hear rumbles that there could also be a giant live performance bash, most likely at an NYC theater.
Patti LuPone gave “Evita” an enormous raise on the Grammys, stopping the present along with her rendition — within the unique key, in case you please — of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.”
All these bands that have been leaping up and all the way down to bells and whistles and flashing lights might be taught a factor or two from a performer who mesmerized Madison Sq. Backyard with solely her pipes and her performing.
She’s going to absolutely be a part of a 40th anniversary live performance. And if Fonsi doesn’t make the lower, I’ve to say that Mars was wanting very Che-ish on Grammy evening in these sun shades.
Give him a beret and cigar, and — voilà! — you’ve bought “A New Argentina.”
Broadway’s powerbrokers descended on the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Seaside this week for the Broadway Throughout America convention.
BAA, as the corporate is named, owns theaters all around the nation and invests in most Broadway productions. The convention, full of Tony voters, is a showcase for the brand new crop of performs and musicals.
Tina FeyGetty ImagesTina Fey charmed everyone at a panel for “Imply Women,” which begins previews March 12 on the August Wilson Theatre.
“She’s enjoying the Tony recreation very properly,” a supply says.
Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez carried out some new songs for the upcoming stage model of Disney’s “Frozen,” a delicate reminder that a lot of the rating is new, so it ought to be made eligible for a Tony Award.
And, courtesy of “Summer season: The Donna Summer season Musical,” there was a dinner and a disco social gathering on the Fontainebleau on Wednesday evening.
Robert Wankel, the president of the Shubert Group, and Paul Libin, who simply retired from Jujamcyn Theaters, have been busting some Tony Manero strikes to “Unhealthy Women.”
If anybody has footage, please ship them my manner.
Preserve your eye on “Goldstein,” by songwriter Michael Roberts and playwright Charlie Schulman. The title character of this new musical writes a tell-all memoir about his household. It turns into a finest vendor however then the household activates him, claiming a lot of the e-book is a lie.
Like “Rags” combined with a contact of “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Goldstein” covers 90 years of the Jewish immigrant expertise in New York. It begins performances in March on the Actors Temple Theatre.