Monday, July 22, 2024

Broadway: Ariana Grande’s “Wicked” Boyfriend Joins “Spamalot,” Angelina Jolie Will Be An Insider for “The Outsiders” Musical


I never heard of Ethan Slater before he allegedly dumped his wife for singer Ariana Grande. The two of them star in the coming movies of “Wicked,” whether we like it or not.

Now Slater has joined the cast of Broadway’s “Spamalot’ revival. He’ll play the dual roles of The Historian and Prince Herbert, originated by Christian Borle in the premiere production years ago. More importantly, Christopher Fitzgerald has been announced as Patsy. James Monroe Iglehart and Leslie Kreizter are also featured, along with Michael Urie. They don’t have a Lancelot yet.

Previews begin on Halloween and the show opens two weeks later. Will Slater and Ariana still be a thing by then? Who knows? One of them may say, “Thank you, next.”

Elsewhere, the classic teen film “The Outsiders” is being made into a musical. Danya Taymor, niece of Julie, is the director. The show already had a run this winter at the La Jolla Playhouse. No dates or casting yet but Angelina Jolie is sticking her name on it as a “producer.” This means she’ll come to opening night. Maybe. Will she be finished with her divorce from Brad Pitt by then? Who knows? The tabs say it won’t end until all her children are 40 or older.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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