Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently.
Will Smith Embarking on Five-City Tour to Support New Memoir
Grammy winner and Academy Award nominee Will Smith is West End-bound. The star is releasing his memoir Will on November 9 and will embark on a five-city tour with Will: An Evening of Stories with Friends. The tour will launch in Smith’s hometown of Philadelphia on November 8 and includes stops in Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles and London’s Savoy Theatre on November 18. Smith is expected to open up about his life, tracing his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness and human connection are aligned. Joined by special guests to be announced, this will be an unforgettable evening sharing the profound journey that self-knowledge brings. Smith’s stage-related credits include being a producer on the Tony-nominated musical Fela! in 2010 and playing the Genie in the 2019 live-action remake of Aladdin.
Watch The Latest West Side Story Trailer
The newest West Side Story teaser will make you want to put on your dancing shoes. It prominently features Tony nominee and former vlogger Ariana DeBose in the role of Anita. Featuring newcomer Rachel Zegler as Maria, the latest trailer also shows off Tony winner David Alvarez as Bernardo, Tony nominee Mike Faist as Riff, Rita Moreno as Valentina and Ansel Elgort as Tony. Check it out below, and see the film in theaters beginning on December 10.
BC/EFA Announces Virtual Guests & More for Broadway Flea Market
New auction lots and virtual guests have just been announced for Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction. As previously reported, the fan-favorite event will once again take place live and in person on the streets of New York City on October 3 beginning at 10AM ET. The day-long, outdoor celebration is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The live auction, led by Dear Evan Hansen alums Will Roland and Sky Lakota-Lynch, will take place beginning at 5PM ET in the Times Square pedestrian plaza between 45th and 46th Streets. The first lots now available for pre-bidding include private Zoom conversations with David Byrne, André De Shields, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Patti LuPone, Rob McClure and more. The autograph table and photo booth moves online again this year with one-on-one video chats with Broadway favorites, including Shoshana Bean, Ben Crawford, Gavin Creel, Claybourne Elder, Drew Gehling, Javier Muñoz, Eva Noblezada, Lindsay Pearce, Nik Walker and more. Fewer flea market tables will be featured this year to allow for spacing. Among the shows that will be represented with merchandise at flea market tables are Aladdin, Freestyle Love Supreme, Hadestown, Hamilton, The Lion King and more.