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Tony Winner Viola Davis joins hunger games Prequel
Two-time Tony winner joins Lionsgate’s hunger games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents. Weekly entertainment reports that Viola Davis boarded the project as Volumnia Gaul, the head gamemaster of the tenth annual Hunger Games and a cruel, calculating adversary to a young Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth). The prequel tells the story of an 18-year-old Snow before he becomes the tyrannical President of Panem. As stated earlier, West Side Story Stars Rachel Zegler and Josh Andres Rivera will play impoverished District 12 female tribute Lucy Gray and Sejanus Plinth, a close friend of young Snow. The adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel will debut in theaters worldwide on November 17, 2023. Francis Lawrence, who directed three of the four hunger games movies, returns to the helm. Lionsgate’s four-movie franchise, which starred Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, grossed more than $3 billion worldwide when it wrapped in 2014.

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Erika Henningsen will star in joy the musical
Stage favorite and former Broadway.com vlogger Erika Henningsen is set to headline a new show. She will star in the world premiere of joy the musical, who will play at the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey from December 7-30. The musical is based on the real life of Joy Mangano, the entrepreneur, inventor, best-selling author and self-taught millionaire who created the Miracle Mop. Directed by Casey Hushion with choreography by Joshua Bergasse, the new musical features a score by AnnMarie Milazzo, musical supervision by Andy Einhorn and book by Ken Davenport. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

New cast announced for London cursed child
New stars will be performing magic from October at the Palace Theater in London. From October 13, the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will welcome Sam Crane as Harry Potter, Frances Gray as Ginny Potter and Thomas Grant as Albus Potter. Thomas Aldridge and Michelle Gayle continue as Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger and Grace Wylde will play their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley. James Howard continues as Draco Malfoy and Adam Wadsworth will play his son Scorpius Malfoy.

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