Jordyn’s Buzz – March 3rd, 2023

News broke this week that Kristen Bell is headed back to Netflix to star in a new scripted comedy series. The series doesn’t yet have a title, but it will follow “the unlikely relationship between an irreverent, outspoken, agnostic woman and an unconventional rabbi.”

Despite numerous articles having been written about this series, that is the only information on the series thus far, but I will keep you updated as new information is released.

The long awaited arrival of Back to the Future the Musical on Broadway is almost upon us and we have our first casting announcements rolling out. 

On GMA on Wednesday morning, they announced who our Marty McFly will be and we are in for a treat! Star of Almost Famous: The Musical, Casey Likes will be playing Marty! Although Michael J. Fox is an icon and he will forever leave large shoes to fill, I know Casey won’t disappoint. 

Casey is only 21 years old, but has already led a Broadway company during Almost Famous’ run in San Diego and on Broadway, and he is talented beyond talented. I saw him twice on Broadway this past winter and I was blown away by his talent.

Check out the video below to see the announcement on GMA.

We also know Doc Brown will be played by Tony award winner Roger Bart and Hugh Coles will be playing George McFly. 

The show opened on the West End in London, and both Bart and Coles starred in that original production before heading to Broadway. I don’t know much about the musical’s plot and what they’ve chosen to take or omit from the film, but in regards to the music, they’ve said that there is new music in the musical, but iconic songs such as The Power of Love and Johnny B. Goode will be included in the stage production.

The show will begin previews on June 30th at the Winter Garden Theatre and open officially on August 3rd. Check out the official Back to the Future Musical website here for more info.

There is also a new Stranger Things stage play headed to the West End in London called Stranger Things: The First Shadow. 

The show takes place 25 years prior to the Netflix Series we know and love and it will take you on a journey that will set the groundwork for the series we know today.

There is no release date yet, but it’s set to open later this year after Paul Mescal’s show A Streetcar Named Desire closes, which, if you haven’t seen but are in London, don’t miss your chance! Paul Mescal (co-lead in Hulu’s Normal People) is a star!

There aren’t many more details that have been released yet about the show, but the description across the board is as follows: Hawkins, 1959: a regular town with regular worries. Young Jim Hopper’s car won’t start, Bob Newby’s sister won’t take his radio show seriously and Joyce Maldonado just wants to graduate and get the hell out of town. When new student Henry Creel arrives, his family finds that a fresh start isn’t so easy … and the shadows of the past have a very long reach. Brought to life by a multi-award-winning creative team, who take theatrical storytelling and stagecraft to a whole new dimension, this gripping new adventure will take you right back to the beginning of the Stranger Things story — and may hold the key to the end.”

With a fanbase as large as the Stranger Things fan base, it is expected to be an overnight success and will likely head to the US following its London debut. 

Lastly, KISS has announced their final tour ever, closing out their career with a tour of the US and concluding shows at Madison Square Garden. Check out this article for more info!

See you back here next week for another edition of The Buzz!

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