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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Stephen Sondheim to Be Saluted at Grammys by Rachel Zegler, Cynthia Erivo, Ben Platt, Leslie Odom Jr. (EXCLUSIVE) by Marc Malkin

Send in the tears: Stephen Sondheim is due to be remembered in song at the upcoming Grammy Awards by Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt and Rachel Zegler, sources tell Variety. The pe…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:22PM
Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Renée Zellweger’s ‘Miraculous’ Transformation for ‘The Thing About Pam’ Was ‘Surreal and a Little Scary’ by Marc Malkin

Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety.” From “Bridget Jones’ Diary” to “Judy,” Renée Zellweger knows a thing or two about transformation. The two-time Oscar winner’s la…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:17PM
Wednesday, February 9, 2022

‘Ted Lasso’ Star Hannah Waddingham Wants to Play a Superhero ‘That Absolutely Busts Everyone’s Balls but Looks Fabulous Doing It’ by Marc Malkin

Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety.” Add Hannah Waddingham to the list of actors who would love to be in a superhero movie. “Why do you think I’ve done sci-fi things in the p…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:24AM
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

‘Power of the Dog’ Star Jesse Plemons Reveals the Time Benedict Cumberbatch’s Method Acting ‘Pissed Me Off’ by Marc Malkin

Jesse Plemons says Benedict Cumberbatch’s Method acting as the gruff Phil Burbank while shooting “The Power of the Dog” definitely intensified their on-camera dynamic. “It creates a …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:26PM
Sunday, October 24, 2021

Inside ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ Reopening on Broadway by Marc Malkin

The chandelier inside the Majestic Theatre, Broadway’s most beloved ghost light, rose again on Friday evening as “The Phantom of the Opera,” the longest running show in Broadway histor…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:12PM
Thursday, October 14, 2021

Playwright Keenan Scott II’s ‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ Makes Broadway History by Marc Malkin

On Wednesday evening in New York City, Anna Wintour, Huma Abiden, Joel Gray, Don Lemon, Phylicia Rashad, Kenny Leon and a host of New York theater luminaries filed into the Golden Theatre on…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:25AM
Friday, September 3, 2021

‘Hadestown’ and ‘Waitress’ Reopen on Broadway, Sara Bareilles Honors Nick Cordero by Marc Malkin

Broadway took its next step toward reopening Thursday night, carefully and deliberately on the backs of two shows telling stories of fear and resilience. “Hadestown,” the 2019 Tony-winni…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:09PM
Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Josh Groban, Ariana DeBose and Adrienne Warren Perform at Premiere of Broadway Doc ‘The Show Must Go On’ by Marc Malkin

The chandelier inside the Majestic Theater — the iconic gold fixture that plummets into the audience as the “The Phantom of the Opera” reaches its act one climax — is still dark, and…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:59PM
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Kate Beckinsale Still Hoping for an ‘Underworld’-‘Blade’ Crossover Movie: ‘What a Duo That Would Be’ by Marc Malkin

Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety.” Kate Beckinsale is “highly” doubtful that another “Underworld” will be made, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t up for playing Selen…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:10AM
Thursday, July 15, 2021

Josh Gad Addresses LeFou’s Sexuality on Disney Plus’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Prequel Series: ‘Expect the Unexpected’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Marc Malkin

Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety.” Queer Disney fans raised a rainbow flag in 2017 when it was revealed that in the Bill Condon-directed live-action adaptation of the animated …

SOURCE: Variety at 11:10AM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Lin-Manuel Miranda on Premiering ‘In the Heights’ in Washington Heights: ‘You Can Hear the Mister Softee Truck as We Speak’ by Marc Malkin

The Tribeca Festival screening of “In the Heights” on Wednesday was the first major movie event to take place in New York City since the COVID-19 pandemic. And what a celebration it was.…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:09PM
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

‘In the Heights’: Daphne Rubin-Vega Talks Playing a Queer Character and Recalls Starring in ‘Rent’ 25 Years Ago by Marc Malkin

Daphne Rubin-Vega’s face may be on an “In the Heights” billboard on 41st Street in Times Square, but her son isn’t so impressed. “He is 16, so I am not the coolest person at all on…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:45AM
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Tina Fey Cracks Scott Rudin Joke, Jane Krakowski Covers Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland During Roundabout Theatre Gala by Marc Malkin

It may not have been a full Broadway production, but the Roundabout Theatre Company nonetheless knows how to welcome live theater back to New York City. The 56-year-old performing arts organ…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:48PM
Saturday, June 5, 2021

‘In the Heights’ Director Jon M. Chu on Film’s In-Person LALIFF Screening: ‘Like I’m Waking Up From Some Crazy Dream’ by Marc Malkin

“It’s going to be Washington Heights that is going to show the world how to get up again,” declared director Jon M. Chu as he addressed the audience ahead of the special preview screen…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:40PM
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

How Hosting the MTV Movie & TV Awards May Have Saved Leslie Jones From Getting COVID (EXCLUSIVE) by Marc Malkin

Welcome to this week’s “Just For Variety“… Leslie Jones didn’t exactly run to get a COVID vaccine. “When it first came out I was like, ‘I’m not taking that shit,’” the fo…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:54AM
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Actors Fund Study Details Devastating Impact of COVID-19 on Entertainment Industry by Marc Malkin

A new survey conducted The Actors Fund sheds more light on COVID-19’s impact on the entertainment industry. The organization surveyed 7,163 people who sought its assistance during the pand…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:30AM
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Glenn Close Talks Wanting to Play Cruella Again and Her New Jazz Album (EXCLUSIVE) by Marc Malkin

Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety.” Emma Stone may be taking on the role of Cruella de Vil in Disney’s “Cruella,” but that doesn’t mean Glenn Close is done playing the D…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:15PM
Saturday, May 1, 2021

‘Pose’ Final Season Premiere Kicks Off Hollywood’s Return to the Red Carpet by Marc Malkin

In what Hollywood hopes is a sign that live events are finally on the rebound, FX and 20th Television launched the third and final season of “Pose” with a red carpet premiere Thursday ni…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:30AM
Thursday, April 29, 2021

Timotheé Chalamet’s Harry Styles Costume From ‘SNL’ Sells for Nearly $5,000 at Actors Fund Auction by Marc Malkin

Going once. Going twice. Sold! Timotheé Chalamet’s costume he wore to play Harry Styles on “Saturday Night Live” has sold for $4,725 during Christine Baranski’s celebrity auction on…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:58AM
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Timotheé Chalamet’s Harry Styles Costume From ‘SNL’ Up for Sale in Actors Fund Auction by Marc Malkin

It was this week a year ago that Christine Baranski, Meryl Streep and Audra McDonald went viral with their boozy rendition of “Ladies Who Lunch” during a virtual birthday celebration for…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:19PM
Monday, April 26, 2021

Patrick Dempsey Talks Final Appearance on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and Singing for the First Time in the ‘Enchanted’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE) by Marc Malkin

Patrick Dempsey has left the “Grey’s Anatomy” building…again! While the actor appeared on last week’s episode when Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) dreams of her and Derek finally having th…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:10PM
Monday, April 19, 2021

Oscar Attendees Will Not Wear Face Masks During Telecast (EXCLUSIVE) by Marc Malkin

The Academy is not asking Oscar attendees to wear face masks while cameras are rolling during the live ceremony on April 25. The news was announced on Monday morning during a Zoom meeting wi…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:03PM

Tony Nominee Jeremy O. Harris on Redirecting Awards Campaign Budgets to ‘People Who Needed Them Most’ by Marc Malkin

Broadway, still shuttered, finds itself at the crossroads of several economic and political crises. Just this month, an exposé on Scott Rudin re-illuminated the industry’s long codependen…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:23AM
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Jameela Jamil Talks ‘I Weigh’ Podcast and Surviving the ‘Ugliest Smears’ Against Her by Marc Malkin

Jameela Jamil is celebrating the one-year anniversary of “I Weigh,” the podcast offshoot of her activist mental health organization of the same name. Guests have included Billy Porter, D…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:44AM
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber Talks Working With the ‘Brilliant’ Emerald Fennell on ‘Cinderella’ Musical by Marc Malkin

  Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety“… With the West End set to reopen in May, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cinderella” musical, with a book by freshly minted Oscar nominee Em…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:50AM
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Why the Oscars Should Be a Fundraiser for COVID Relief by Marc Malkin

Now that Oscar noms are in and planning for the 93rd Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre and Union Station is underway, I’m hoping the next announcement we hear is that the evening will se…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:10PM
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Talks New Cookbook and Returning to Broadway by Marc Malkin

Move over, Martha Stewart. Jesse Tyler Ferguson has just released his first cookbook, “Food Between Friends,” with co-author Julie Tanous. The 272-page tome includes recipes for garlicky…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:58PM
Monday, March 15, 2021

Hollywood Publicists Advise Clients Not to Work With HFPA Until Group Implements Diversity Changes (EXCLUSIVE) by Marc Malkin

  Less than a week after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association circulated a letter to Hollywood publicists insisting it was committed to diversifying and addressing longstanding criticism…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:26AM
Friday, March 12, 2021

Inside Liza Minnelli’s 75th Birthday Celebration With Barbra Streisand, Kristen Chenoweth and Shirley MacLaine by Marc Malkin

A year to the day since Broadway shuttered, Liza Minnelli celebrated her 75th birthday — but not over post-show drinks with Joan Collins, in a limo in Paris with John Waters, or at her chi…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:11PM
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Liza Minnelli’s 75th Birthday Party Will ‘Give You Goosebumps,’ Producer Promises by Marc Malkin

Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety”… We’re just a couple days away from Liza Minnelli’s birthday, which is March 12. As I first told you, the Hollywood legend — and Varie…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:31PM
Thursday, March 4, 2021

Ann Reinking Scholarship Created for Young Dancers Moving to New York City by Marc Malkin

The late Ann Reinking is being honored with a scholarship in her name. The $5,000 grant from Off the Lane will be awarded annually to a young dancer moving to New York City to help them in t…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:56PM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards