Broadway News Round-up: Cast Announcements, Debuts, Extensions, and Tonys

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In Broadway news this week, there's good news for shows like Holler If Ya Hear Me, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. Plus, the countdown till the Tony nominees is on!

Holler If Ya Hear Me Gets a Star

Last July, it was announced a musical based on the music of Tupac Shakur would be heading to Broadway. Alas, there was no date, just a vague time frame and the knowledge that Tupac's music was the catalyst behind the production. Recently, the show not only got a firm debut date (June 19, 2014, with previews beginning May 26, 2014), but the cast was announced, too. Renowned slam poet, singer, and actor Saul Williams will take the title role in Holler If Ya Hear Me, alongside other Broadway veterans, such as Christopher Jackson (After Midnight), Saycon Sengbloh (Fela!), and Ben Thompson (Matilda). Tonya Pinkins, John Earl Jelks, Joshua Boone, and Dyllon Burnside round out the cast.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Debuts

Hedwig and the Angry Inch makes its debut tonight, April 22, 2014, at Belasco Theatre, starring Neil Patrick Harris. Harris plays a German transgender rocker in this cult-classic musical. The show has already been wildly popular, attaining worldwide success since its Off-Broadway debut in 1998. But Harris in the lead role has garnered even more attention — it'll be the actor's first project after "How I Met Your Mother." More than that, Harris has become a household name in the theater world, making several appearances in shows such as Rent, Company, and Cabaret, as well as playing host at the Tonys four different times.

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill Extends Its Run

Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill has extended its limited engagement; the show, which was supposed to end on June 1, 2014, will now run through August 10, 2014. Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill opened at The Circle in the Square on April 13, following previews that started March 25 — and it's already garnered rave reviews. Award-winning Audra McDonald stars as Billie Holiday as she performs one of the last times in her career at a bar in Philadelphia. McDonald's resume previously included roles in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, A Raisin in the Sun, and Ragtime.

Tony Nominees Announced Soon

Broadway fans will be excited to know that this year's Tony nominees will be announced next week, April 29! Johnathon Groff and Lucy Liu will reveal the names in a live webcast on TonyAwards.com starting at 8:30 a.m. EST. Be sure to tune in!

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