Odds & Ends: Frances Ruffelle to Lead Wild Party & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Frances Ruffelle to Lead The Wild Party in LondonTony winner Frances Ruffelle will headline Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party in London. Directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, it will be the inaugural production at The Other Palace, formerly the St. James Theatre, when it reopens in February 2017 as the newest addition to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatres Group and a home for new musical theatre. The composer was inspired to purchase the venue after the experience he had premiering his Broadway hit School of Rock at New York’s Gramercy Theatre. Set against a backdrop of Manhattan decadence and 1920’s excess, The Wild Party is scheduled to run February 11, 2017 through April 1 and will officially open on February 20.Legal Drama Over Hamilton MerchandiseIt’s a case of say no to this. A lawsuit was filed on October 7 regarding unofficial Hamilton merchandise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, HamiltonCo, the hit’s production entity, is suing GearLaunch and SunFrog claiming that they are retailing unauthorized merchandise. We will keep you posted.Main Stem Alum Gerry McIntyre Fights DeportationBroadway vet Gerry McIntyre, whose Great White Way credits include Anything Goes and Once on This Island, is facing deportation. A GoFundMe post reveals that he may be forced to return to Grenada, where he hasn’t been since he was four-years-old, despite the fact he is gay and homosexuality in the country is punishable by up to a 10-year jail sentence. Renowned law firm Wildes and Weinberg, which has represented clients including Melania Trump and John Lennon, has taken on the case. McIntyre’s trial is currently scheduled for September 2017.Jessie Mueller & Harry Connick Jr.’s On Stage MishapBack in 2011, Tony winner Jessie Mueller starred alongside Harry Connick Jr. in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Check out below as the pair talk about an awkward Broadway moment they shared on his new talk show, Harry. Mueller is currently headlining Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Frances Ruffelle in ‘The Wild Party.'(Photo: Fern Berresford ) P.S. Watch as stage and screen star Sarah Paulson gets put on the spot by Jimmy Fallon and reveals her hidden love of Salt-N-Pepa songs by rattling off a verse of “Shoop” with The Roots on The Tonight Show.center_img View Commentslast_img

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