Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Broadway Touring Productions Get a TV Spotlight on Lifetime Morning Show by Gordon Cox

Broadway Across America and Lifetime morning show “The Balancing Act” have teamed for a series of six TV segments that will highlight Broadway titles that are currently on the ro…

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Historic Tony Win Propels Broadway’s ‘Lady Day’ into Profit by Gordon Cox

Broadway play-with-music “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” powered by a lead performance that won Audra McDonald a historic sixth Tony win, has recouped its $2.6 mi…

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London Theater Review: Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Gordon Cox

Two trajectories determine Benedict Andrews’ in-the-round production of “A Streetcar Named Desire”: the tragic arc of Gillian Anderson’s remarkably vivid Blanche, and that of the n…

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Off Broadway Review: ‘Mala Hierba’ by Gordon Cox

Second Stage really knows how to show a girl a good time, the proof being its excellent track record of producing vital work by important women playwrights. Chalk up another win with “…

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Broadway Box Office: ‘Of Mice and Men’ Breaks $1 Million in its Final Week by Gordon Cox

Midsummer tourism brought another big-money week to Broadway with 11 shows raking in more than $1 million apiece, including James Franco-Chris O’Dowd starrer “Of Mice and Men,&…

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Lea Michele Books ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Role by Shelliweinstein

“Glee” star Lea Michele will be joining “Sons of Anarchy” for a guest role in the show’s upcoming final season. Michele will play Gertie, a truck stop waitress …

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mary-Louise Parker Joins ‘The Blacklist’ Season 2 by Maane Khatchatourian

Mary-Louise Parker has joined the cast of “The Blacklist,” NBC announced at Comic-Con on Saturday. The Emmy winner will have a recurring role in the drama’s upcoming second season.…

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Will ‘Shakespeare in Love’ Brave Broadway? by Gordon Cox

Everybody loves the new West End adaptation of “Shakespeare in Love.” Everybody, that is, except the New York Times. The July 23 opening of “Shakespeare in Love” in L…

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Heather Graham to Star Off Broadway in Neil LaBute’s Hollywood Comedy by Gordon Cox

Heather Graham will play a movie star in Neil LaBute’s Off Broadway play “The Money Shot,” the Hollywood comedy getting its world premiere this fall from MCC Theater. Terr…

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

West End Review: Disney’s ‘Shakespeare in Love’ by Gordon Cox

Can an adaptation be too faithful? Directed with verve by Declan Donnellan across, up and down Nick Ormerod’s versatile Elizabethan theater set, the 28-strong cast of this grand screen-to-…

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Paul Williams Debuts a Love Song He Wrote for Elaine Stritch (Exclusive Audio) by Ramin Setoodeh

Stritch was buried next to her husband John Bay at a small service

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Broadway’s ‘Of Mice and Men,’ Starring James Franco, Will Play Movie Theaters by Gordon Cox

NT Live, the National Theater’s successful series of cinema broadcasts of theater performances, has tapped its first Broadway title with “Of Mice and Men,” the Broadway r…

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

‘Bullets Over Broadway’ Musical Shot Down By Disappointing Sales by Gordon Cox

“Bullets Over Broadway,” the musical based on Woody Allen’s 1994 comedy, will call it quits in August after a disappointing five-month run. With a book by Allen (based on t…

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‘Fun Home’ Star Sails to ‘Unsinkable Molly Brown’ Revival by Gordon Cox

Beth Malone, one of the stars of last season’s Off Broadway hit “Fun Home,” will take on the title role in the Denver Center Theater Company’s upcoming revival of …

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Broadway Box Office: Ten Shows Top $1 Million in Weekly Grosses by Rick Kissell

New house records for “Beautiful” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” were among the highlights of a big week at the Broadway box office, which saw a whopping 10 shows to…

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hank Azaria to Lead Cast of Comedy from ‘Family Guy’ Producers by Whitney Friedlander

“The Simpsons” vet Hank Azaria is heading across the border and will be the lead voice role in “Bordertown,” Fox’s new animated series created and written by &…

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris May Join ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ by Maane Khatchatourian

Neil Patrick Harris’ wish to appear in “American Horror Story: Freak Show” is co-creator Ryan Murphy’s command. Harris told EW Radio that he penned a letter to Murphy asking …

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Elaine Stritch Remembered: Her Brittle Surface Masked a Fragile Heart by Gordon Cox

The billowy white blouse. The black stockings. The oversized sunglasses. The hat. And that famous croak of a voice. When people say there was no one like Elaine Stritch — and everyone …

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Woody Allen Ditched His Own After Party for ‘Magic in the Moonlight’ by Ramin Setoodeh

The most honest conversations at a movie premiere often happen in the bathroom, which was the case for Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight.” At the after-party on the Upper East Side…

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Mel Brooks Recalls His First Mention in Variety in 1952 by Debra Birnbaum

Even the “2000 Year Old Man” had to start somewhere. Back in 1952, 26 year-old Mel Brooks was just another struggling comedy writer, penning sketches for a revue — albeit one backed by…

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

One of the Final Interviews With Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch by Ramin Setoodeh

Elaine Stritch, who died on Thursday at 89, sat down with me in February to talk about “Just Shoot Me,” the documentary about her life as a legendary stage and screen actress. Wh…

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‘Sid Made Us Laugh’: Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Billy Crystal Remember Sid Caesar at Paley Center by Shelliweinstein

Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Billy Crystal and Eddy Friedfeld took to the Paley Center Wednesday to salute the late, great Sid Caesar in a panel discussion full of love and laughs following the…

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Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel List Studio City Abode by Mark David

SELLER: Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel LOCATION: Studio City, CA PRICE: $2,995,000 SIZE: 4,931 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Stage and screen actors Taye Diggs and I…

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No One Played Offstage at Comfort-Centric TCA Awards by Malinasaval

In 2001, a frail Sid Caesar walked with assistance to the stage to accept his Television Critics Assn. Career Achievement Award, looking out at a ballroom filled with critics and Hollywood b…

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Elaine Stritch, Acerbic Tony and Emmy Winner, Dies at 89 by Variety Staff

Actress Elaine Stritch, star of Broadway hits including “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” and “Show Boat,” who was nominated for multiple Tonys and Emmys, winning three of the latter, has …

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Premiere Pays ‘Loving Tribute’ to Firefighters, Says Dane Cook by Marc Graser

Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue” touched down on Hollywood Boulevard outside the El Capitan Theatre on July 15 for the animated film’s premiere, with Dane Cook returning to voice…

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Holler If Ya Wanna Buy Eric Gold’s Beach House by Mark David

Eric Gold — Ellen DeGeneres’ former manager and one of the producers of “Holler if Ya Hear Me,” the much-ballyhooed Broadway musical based on the life of Tupac Shakur — shelled out…

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Bryan Cranston to Star in HBO Films’ ‘All the Way’ Adaptation by Debra Birnbaum

Bryan Cranston is going “All the Way” with HBO Films. The studio has acquired the rights to the Tony Award-winning play starring Cranston as President Lyndon Johnson, which also…

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Broadway KO’s ‘Rocky’ Musical by Gordon Cox

Underdog contender “Rocky” couldn’t triumph over Broadway, where soft sales have led producers to post an Aug. 17 closing notice for the big-budget musical based on the Os…

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Joely Richardson Goes Solo in Off Broadway’s ‘The Belle of Amherst’ by Gordon Cox

Joely Richardson, the English actress best known to U.S. audiences for her role in FX series “Nip/Tuck,” will take on Emily Dickinson in an Off Broadway production of  “…

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Neil Patrick Harris Propels ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ to a Profit by Gordon Cox

Powered by a Tony-winning performance from Neil Patrick Harris, Broadway musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” has recouped its $5 million capitalization costs in about 15 weeks, …

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