JEFFERSON HAS LEFT THE BUILDING
By the end of this week, Tony winner Daveed Diggs (Thomas Jefferson) will have departed the smash hit Hamilton. Of the show’s original principals, only Renee Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler) remains- and she has also announced an imminent departure in the fall. Will the absence of the firecracker Original Broadway Cast quash the frenzy surrounding this show? It seems unlikely, as tickets continue to go for exorbitant prices. But more instrumental is that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s team has marketed the piece itself as “the star,” ensuring its continued success even with different actors.
JELLICLES CAN AND JELLICLES DO
In other theatre news, the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical Cats began preview performances on Broadway this week. UK songstress Leona Lewis replaced the planned Nicole Scherzinger in the role of Grizabella and now leads an ensemble cast at the Neil Simon Theatre. Will you be making a new “memory” this year?
WHO YOU GONNA CALL?
The girl power remake of Ghostbusters opens in nationwide cinemas this week. Controversy has followed this film ever since its announcement, mostly because the original is considered such a classic. The trailer for this new incarnation notoriously became the most-disliked movie trailer on YouTube; early reviews have been mixed to positive. The very game cast includes super-comediennes Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. Ultimately, we’ll all have to wait until the weekend is out in order to gauge how the box office treated the film!
PIKACHU, BLESS YOU
Finally, the newest sensation that took over the city this week was the release of “Pokemon Go,” a brand new mobile app that brings the fantasy of the Pokemon series into our world. The technology behind it is pretty awesome; using GPS services, it identifies the player’s location and tailors catchable Pokemon to the region/terrain. (For example, a sea creature Pokemon will be found near the water.) Pokemon are seen “on Earth” through your device’s camera, and you can try to nab them for your team! The game’s download statistics are staggering, particularly in urban areas like ours. Gotta catch ’em all- but do it safely!