Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tony Awards: What You Didn’t See on TV by Stuart Oldham

The Tony Awards celebrated the best of Broadway during a ceremony that was packed with music, dance and celebrations of the theater world’s diversity with calls for more diversity, too. Bu…

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‘Peaky Blinders’ Composer Antony Genn Talks About the Show’s Innovative Music in Hilarious MIDEM Chat by Jem Aswad

Even in the current golden age of innovative television, the popular British crime drama “Peaky Blinders” has set a daring standard for its use of music, with original songs by Nick Cave…

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Bryan Cranston Calls Out Trump at Tony Awards: ‘Media Is Not the Enemy’ by Rebecca Rubin

Bryan Cranston took a moment to get political during Sunday night’s Tony Awards, blasting the president’s stance on the state of journalism. “The media is not the enemy of the people. …

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Tony Winner Rachel Chavkin Says Broadway Needs More Women Directors by Rebecca Rubin

“Hadestown” director Rachel Chavkin, who won her first Tony Award on Sunday night, used her acceptance speech to make a call for greater diversity and representation on Broadway. “Ther…

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TV Review: The 2019 Tony Awards by Danvariety

The last time James Corden hosted the Tony Awards, the CBS late-night host was understandably subsumed by events onstage and off; not merely were his last bits on the Tonys stage, in 2016, o…

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Level Forward Makes Splashy Tony Awards Debut With ‘Oklahoma,’ ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ by Cynthia Littleton

Level Forward, the production entity launched last year by Abigail Disney and Adrienne Becker, is a winner in this year’s Tony Awards derby even before the trophies are handed out on Sunda…

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Listen: Why Tony Rehearsals Make James Corden Cry by Gordon Cox

James Corden has spent the last week prepping to host the Tony Awards — and rehearsals keep threatening to make him cry. Listen to this week’s podcast below: “We had maybe 100 people a…

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Tony Awards: Full List of Winners (Updating Live) by Pat Saperstein

The 73rd Tony awards are under way in Manhattan. Winners in each category are bolded. Best Musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations Beetlejuice Hadestown The Prom …

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Tony Awards 2019: Celia Keenan-Bolger, Bertie Carvel Win Featured Actor Awards by Brent Lang

Celia Keenan-Bolger won best featured actress in a play for her performance as Scout in the blockbuster hit “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Bertie Carvel earned a best featured actor in a pl…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

London Theater Review: ‘White Pearl’ by Gordon Cox

Playwright Anchuli Felicia King dismantles the Asian market in this misfiring satire at London’s Royal Court Theatre. “White Pearl” makes a case that those seeking to make inroads into…

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Marisa Tomei Starring in Broadway Revival of ‘The Rose Tattoo’ by Brent Lang

Marisa Tomei will star in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ “The Rose Tattoo.” The Oscar-winning actress will play Serafina, a part previously performed by the likes of Maure…

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Variety, PBS SoCal Announce Lineup for Season 10 of ‘Variety Studio: Actors on Actors’ by Dnissen01

Variety and PBS SoCal have announced the actor lineup and schedule for Season 10 of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.” The first two episodes of the Emmy Award-winning series will premi…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

‘Rocketman,’ ‘Pain and Glory’ Generate Oscar Chatter at Cannes by Brent Lang

The Cannes Film Festival is intended to celebrate the best of cinema. It’s the favored venue for world-class auteurs such as Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodóvar, Ken Loach, and Hirokazu Kore…

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On the Scene at Pollstar’s Impact 50 Party With Agents for Billy Joel, Ed Sheeran, More by Shirley Halperin

Oak View Group co-founders Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff were among the luminaries on hand to mark Pollstar’s inaugural Impact 50 list recognizing the executives shaping the present and fut…

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Blackbird Presents Names Joe Litvag President of Live Entertainment by Jem Aswad

Concert and film producer Blackbird Presents announced today that industry veteran Joe Litvag has joined the company as a partner and president of live entertainment. In this newly created p…

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Gabrielle Carteris Seeking Re-Election as SAG-AFTRA President by Dave McNary

SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris will seek re-election as the union’s top national officer and the head of the ticket for the Unite for Strength and United Screen Actors Nationwide f…

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Tim Blake Nelson Waxes Philosophical on Writing a Play About Socrates by Terry Flores

Despite Tim Blake Nelson’s knack for playing folksy characters in films such as “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” in his soul lurks the heart of a classicist. Nelson, who stars in HBO’…

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Harvey Weinstein Trial Documents to Remain Sealed by Gmaddaus

A New York State appeals court on Thursday unanimously upheld a judge’s decision to bar the public from a critical hearing in the Harvey Weinstein rape case. On April 26, Justice James Bur…

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TodayTix Banks $73 Million to Boost Theater and Arts Ticketing App by Todd Spangler

TodayTix, a Broadway-born mobile ticketing start-up, is looking to expand into a bigger global media and transaction enterprise with a capital infusion of $73 million led by private-equity f…

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ Hip-Hop Musical From Solvan ‘Slick’ Naim in the Works at Netflix by Dave McNary

Solvan “Slick” Naim is developing an untitled hip-hop movie musical based on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” for Netflix. The streaming service announced the project on Th…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

London Theater Review: ‘Death of a Salesman’ by Gordon Cox

August Wilson famously disavowed the idea of an all-black “Death of a Salesman.” In 1996, he declared any such staging “an assault on our presence and our difficult but honorable histo…

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Paradigm Hires Ashley Hanley, Promotes Trio to Agent in New York by Dave McNary

Paradigm Talent Agency has hired Ashley Hanley as a talent agent, and promoted three New York-based trainees to agent: Valerie Champeau (talent), Katelyn Dougherty (book publishing) and Rach…

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LAGFF’s 2019 Lineup Includes Olympia Dukakis Documentary by Peter Caranicas

The documentary “Olympia,” a revealing look at the life and career of Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis, will join the other films screening at the 13th annual Los Angeles Gr…

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Terry Bradshaw Apologizes for ‘Offensive Comments’ at Fox Upfront by Cynthia Littleton

“Fox NFL Sunday” host Terry Bradshaw has apologized for “offensive comments” he made about actor-comedian Ken Jeong during Fox’s upfront presentation in New York on Monday. During …

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New Fox Looks Like Work in Progress at Upfront (Analysis) by Cynthia Littleton

Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier has taken to saying that the relaunch of the broadcast network following the historic Disney-21st Century Fox transaction has turned Fox into a “start…

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‘Umbrella Academy’ Star Emmy Raver-Lampman Buys Sherman Oaks Modern Farmhouse by James McClain

Though she began her career in musical theatre — performing on Broadway and national touring productions, most notably as part of the original ensemble cast of “Hamilton” — Emmy Rave…

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‘Macbeth’ Getting Dark-Comedy Retelling With Off Broadway’s ‘Scotland, PA’ by Mnichols999

Macbeth is getting a modern makeover. William Shakespeare’s classic is being reimagined as the dark comedy stage musical “Scotland, PA,” set to premiere next fall. Roundabout Theatre C…

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Listen: Santino Fontana on How Broadway’s ‘Tootsie’ Was Adapted For Our Times by Gordon Cox

Broadway’s “Tootsie” has turned into one of this season’s Tony Awards frontrunners, winning raves for its deftly funny update of potentially problematic source material — and for a…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Concert Review: Ariana Grande Makes Staples Center a Curvy, Colorful Nightclub by Chris Willman

Whatever else it may be, Ariana Grande’s Sweetener World Tour is not a “get to know your superstar” affair. On record, Grande has ably followed Taylor Swift down the trail of openly au…

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Listen: Why Aaron Sorkin Cut His Favorite Scene From ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Gordon Cox

Aaron Sorkin remembers treasuring a favorite scene in the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and in the 1962 movie version that starred Gregory Peck. But you won’t find that scene in his h…

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Lady Gaga Strips Through Four Outfits on Met Gala Red Carpet by Dnissen01

Lady Gaga busted into the 2019 Met Gala with an extravagant Brandon Maxwell outfit–well, outfits. Like a Russian nesting doll, Gaga took off one layer after another. The Oscar-winning sing…

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