Jerry O’Connell has been added to the long list of stars in the upcoming Broadway production of Joe DiPietro’s "Living on Love" starring Grammy Award-winning opera singer Renée Fleming. Previously announced cast members include Anna Chlumsky and Douglas Sills.
Anna Chlumsky, who is currently acting alongside James Earl Jones in You Can’t Take It With You, and Douglas Sills will join opera star Renee Fleming in her Broadway debut in Living on Love. Other cast members announced included Broadway stars Blake Hammond and Scott Robertson.
Select theaters around the nation will be participating in a live, high-definition broadcast of "The Merry Widow" starring opera singer Renée Fleming. "The Merry Widow" is a Metropolitan Opera operetta by Franz Lehár featuring Fleming as the beguiling femme fatale Hanna, who captivates the Paris social seen. Susan Stroman, known for her Broadway productions including the Tony Award-winning musicals "Crazy for You," "Contact" and "The Producers," directs and choreographs the show. Other performers featured include baritone Nathan Gunn as Hanna’s lover Danilo, tenor Alek Shrader as the young nobleman Camille de Rosillon and baritone Sir Thomas Allen as the Baron Zeta. Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, best known for her acclaimed performances in "South Pacific" and "The Light in the Piazza," makes her Met debut as the Baron’s coquettish wife Valencienne.
Grammy Award-winning opera singer Renée Fleming will make her Broadway debut this spring in a new play titled "Living on Love," a comedy based on none other then an opera diva, according to "The New York Times." In "Living on Love," Fleming will play opera singer Raquel De Angelis, whose conductor-husband starts to fall for a woman hired to ghostwrite his long-delayed autobiography. She retaliates by hiring her own ghostwriter but also gets romantically attached. Fleming will only sing a little in the play, some improvised a cappella. “I’ve spent my life singing tragic characters, so to be able to make people laugh is an extraordinary joy,” said Fleming. Written by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro ("Memphis"), Living is based on the play "Peccadillo" by Garson Kanin.
Perhaps this is what the genre needs: a classical heavyweight like Renée Fleming pivoting from the "specifically European template" of opera and branching into other kinds of performing. This time, Fleming has her eyes on Broadway. An avid fan of all kinds of music, Fleming never pegged herself strictly as an opera singer. In an interview at Little Rock, the singer revealed that she was into all sorts of other genres — even learning Joni Mitchell in her youth. Seemingly hesitant to admit her affinity for anything not opera, she continued her hopes to star on Broadway in a production of "Living on Love," a farce she also performed this past summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts. She also went on to cite that she grew up listening and singing all different styles — everywhere from country-western to performing with a jazz trio. With some guitar skills under her belt, too, Fleming fancied singing troubadours like Joni Mitchell — maybe she has a protest song in her, too.
Soprano Renée Fleming will play diva Raquel De Angelis in the world premiere of 'Living on Love' at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.