Now that I’ve swept up the broken pieces of my heart, I can share with you some recent theater news.
Let’s start with the bad news. I call it bad because (as I may have mentioned) I’m a huge fan of Jeremy Jordan, and it’s been just about a year since I first saw him at Paper Mill Playhouse during the initial run of Newsies. I knew when he landed a role on NBC’s Smash that it was very possible he could decide to leave Newsies. Jeremy is going to be playing his last performance as Jack Kelly on September 4 in order to maintain his sanity (and some kind of sleep schedule) while filming Smash.
(Don’t worry, friends, I bought tickets for that night after I heard the news so I can silently cry into a tissue as I watch him sing on stage once again.)
The good news is — a recent college graduate named Corey Cott, who has been the Jack Kelly standby for the past month, is going to be taking his place. In fact, he represented Newsies during the Broadway in Bryant Park performance last week.
Even though this is a little bittersweet for me, at least I can still tune into Jeremy’s debut on Smash in the winter. And of course, lots of luck to Corey with his new role!
…in other record breaking type news
As of today (August 15) at 2pm, The Lion King will officially become the 5th longest-running show in Broadway history! This performance will be the 6,138th since the show opened in 1997.
And not to be forgotten, but as of August 3, Mary Poppins became the 24th longest-running show.
It’s been a busy summer for Disney’s Broadway shows!
So little time, so much to see…