Odds & Ends: Krysta Rodriguez & Steve Kazee Tapped for Pilots & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Krysta Rodriguez, Steve Kazee & More Board PilotsSome Broadway favorites have booked (more) gigs for the small screen. Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Krysta Rodriguez and Once Tony winner Steve Kazee will lead pilots for NBC and CBS, respectively. Rodriguez, an NBC alum from Smash, will play the daughter of John Lithgow’s character in The Trail, reports Deadline. In the comedy, Rodriguez’s character returns to her hometown to help her dad after he’s accused of murdering his wife. Meanwhile, Kazee will star opposite Sarah Shahi in Drew, based on the Nancy Drew series. He’s set to play Ned, a New York Times reporter and Nancy’s ex. Additionally, Tony nominee Kate Levering has boarded NBC’s pilot of their Cruel Intentions reboot. The Broadway alum will play Annette Hargrove, played on screen by Reese Witherspoon.Michael Urie to Host Drama Desk AwardsStage and screen alum Michael Urie will host the 2016 Drama Desk Awards. The 61st annual ceremony is set for June 5 at the Town Hall. “This year, to add more excitement, we’re calling it Drama Desk: LIVE!,” Urie joked in a statement. Nominations for the awards, which honor Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway, will be announced on April 28 at Feinstein’s/54 Below.Chita Rivera & More Join Broadway Backwards LineupChita Rivera will pay a visit to this year’s Broadway Backwards, benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Center. The Broadway legend, alongside her Edwin Drood co-star Stephanie J. Block, The Color Purple’s Danielle Brooks, Finding Neverland star Laura Michelle Kelly and Tony nominee Tony Sheldon, join a starry lineup that includes the previously announced Tony Yazbeck, Tituss Burgess, Beth Malone, Telly Leung, Brad Oscar and more. Tony winner Julie White will host this year’s concert, which is set for March 21 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.Actors Fund Gala to Honor Estefans, Nicholaw & MoreThis year’s annual Actors Fund gala will honor Oscar winner Michael Douglas, Emilio and Gloria Estefan (whose bio-musical On Your Feet! currently plays the Marquis Theatre), Tony-winning director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw, who will have four shows on Broadway once Tuck Everlasting opens this spring, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, and prima ballerina Cynthia Garegory. They each will receive the Fund’s Medal of Honor at the ceremony, which is set for April 25 at the Marriott Marquis. A roster of special guests and performers will be announced at a later date.Michael C. Hall Weds Morgan MacgregorBroadway alum and Emmy nominee Michael C. Hall married Morgan Macgregor on February 29 at New York City Hall, a spokesperson confirmed to the Associated Press. The two began appearing together publically in 2012 and have attended several Broadway opening nights—a handful of them his own—since. Hall last appeared on stage in New York Theatre Workshop’s Lazarus, featuring the music of the late David Bowie. Congratulations to the happy couple!P.S. Check out this musical number from February 29’s episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It’s strikingly similar to a tune you can hear in a certain show at the Imperial Theatre! Krysta Rodriguez(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more