Daily Rehearsal: Jonathan Groff, Sanaa Lathan join 'Boss'

February 7, 2012

1. Clybourne Park will apparently go on; Jordan Roth (president of Jujamcyn Theaters, owner of the Walter Kerr theater) released a statement last week where he said “It is a true privilege for all of us at Jujamcyn to bring such a fiercely provocative and wildly funny work to Broadway audiences. Clybourne Park is on. We’ll see you there!” Cool.

2. Relatively recent addition to Luna Negra, artistic director Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, was profiled in Chicago Magazine. Laura Molzahn points out that Sansano's had a big role in pushing the company to a more European style from their original Latin American flare under founder Eduardo Vilaro. You can see Sansano's influence featured in Luna Negra's first big piece, Carmen.maquia, at the Harris Theater in March.

3. Boss has hired from the theatrical pool again, but one that's larger than the city it shoots in. Jonathan Groff (of Glee, Spring Awakening) and Sanaa Lathan (of looking beautiful, especially with Simon Baker in Something New) join as Kelsey Grammer's staffer and chief of staff, respectively. Where will they hang out upon a move, temporary or not, to the second city? Where should they hang out?

4. I Made America will be at the aptly named and appropriately chosen Rebel Bar and Grill on February 17 (the Friday before President's Day) celebrating George Washington, with Thomas Jefferson making an appearance. What is I Made America? "A transmedia comedy show about six founding fathers kidnapped from their time to be used as props in the upcoming 2012 election. After discovering the differences between these men and today’s politicians (on top of their foolishness) they are cut off, leaving them penniless, unemployed and alone in Chicago." Highjincks insue.

5. Black Box Acting has started a second school, joining The Studio, called The Academy, a nine-month acting conservatory program. Applications accepted starting today through April 20, for class in September. "The Academy is nine-months of blood, sweat and tears that will revolutionize a student's acting process," said Black Box Co-Founder Audrey Francis in a statement. Well alright then.

Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.