Friday, April 24, 2015

Lena Dunham, Glenn Close Honored at Variety’s Power of Women NY Lunch by Ramin Setoodeh

Lena Dunham opened her speech at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon with a not-so-shocking declaration. “It will surprise nobody in this room that I identity as a feminist,” Dunham said…

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Fran Drescher Q&A: ‘Nanny’ Actress Talks ‘Cinderella,’ Octogenarians and Meditation

Fran Drescher, fan-beloved star and creator of “The Nanny,” has taken to the stage, reprising her role as the wicked stepmother in “Cinderella” at L.A.’s Ahmanson Theater after…

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Cleveland Playhouse to Receive 2015 Regional Theater Tony Award

Cleveland Playhouse, which is heading into its 100th season in 2015-16, will take home the 2015 Regional Theater Tony Award. The regional Tony, presented every year during the Tony Awards, h…

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‘King and I’ Star Kelli O’Hara Recalls Big Break in ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ by Tim Gray

Kelli O’Hara, who just opened on Broadway in “The King and I,” first gained mention in Variety in the 1999 national tour of Frank Wildhorn’s “Jekyll and Hyde,” where she moved fr…

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Live From Variety’s Power of Women: New York Event by Variety Staff

Variety’s 2015 Power of Women: New York event is honoring Glenn Close, Lena Dunham, Whoopi Goldberg, Rachel Weisz and Kim Kardashian West for their philanthropic efforts. Follow along …

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New York Mayor’s Office, Teamsters Team Up for Community Grants by Gordon Cox

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the Theatrical Teamsters Local 817 have partnered to award three “Made in NY” grants to support community-based organiza…

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Broadway Review: ‘Airline Highway’

They really know how to throw a party in New Orleans. The rowdy bash in Lisa D’Amour’s “Airline Highway” is a real blowout, and the disorderly partygoers seem to be h…

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Broadway Review: ‘The Visit’ Starring Chita Rivera

“My God, it’s even worse than I remembered.” What an entrance line! And Chita Rivera relishes every nuance of it in her elegant turn as the mysterious woman in “The…

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‘Anastasia’ Musical Heads to the Stage Next Year

A new stage musical version of “Anastasia,” the story of the youngest daughter of the last emperor of Russia, will premiere next year at Hartford Stage with a team of Broadway ta…

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Drama Desk Nominations: ‘Hamilton’ Leads the Polls (FULL LIST)

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Off Broadway buzzmagnet “Hamilton” dominated the Drama Desk Awards nominations, with the musical landing 13 bids on the organization’s 2015 list.…

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New 99 Seat Theater Rules Could Affect About Half of L.A.’s Intimate Theaters by Gordon Cox

Theater union Actors’ Equity Association has taken the latest step in its controversial bid to restructure the employment arrangement for actors working in Los Angeles theaters of 99 seats…

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‘Actors Studio’ Welcomes ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’ at Bravo’s Tasting Event by Elizabeth Wagmeister

The cast of “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” joined James Lipton Tuesday evening for a mock edition of “Inside the Actors Studio” to discuss Bravo’s first-…

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‘Something Rotten!’ Opening Earns Mid-Show Standing O by Gordon Cox

What’s better than a standing ovation at the end of a Broadway show? A standing ovation halfway through the first act. Just ask the cast of musical comedy “Something Rotten.̶…

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Student Loan Debt, Flat Wages Causing Youth to Ditch Theaters, Says AMC Chief by Brent Lang

Money worries — not gaming or YouTube — are responsible for the decline in younger moviegoers, AMC Entertainment CEO Gerry Lopez told Variety this week at CinemaCon. Over the past five y…

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Nicole Kidman to Star on West End in ‘Photograph 51′

Nicole Kidman will return to the West End this fall in the U.K. premiere of “Photograph 51,” Anna Ziegler’s play about the female scientist who had a crucial role in the d…

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Broadway Review: ‘Something Rotten’

More than reviews or word of mouth or the cheeky ads and poster art, what’s really going to sell “Something Rotten!” is “A Musical,” the production number from …

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Patrick Morganelli’s ‘Hercules vs. Vampires’ Brings Cult Film to LA Opera

Glancing through LA Opera’s 2015 schedule, one encounters a host of familiar names, from Verdi to Mozart and Rossini. Sandwiched between them, however, is a most unusual engagement that st…

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Disney Set to Dominate as it Unleashes Full Power of Pixar, Marvel and ‘Star Wars’ by Brent Lang

Walt Disney Chairman Bob Iger has shown a willingness to write big checks, plunking down nearly $16 billion to purchase Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm. This marks the first year these big bets …

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Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones to Star in Broadway ‘Gin Game’

Cicely Tyson, the 90-year-old actress  whose last Broadway outing earned her a Tony, will co-star with James Earl Jones in a new Broadway production of “The Gin Game.” The duo w…

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Broadway Review: ‘Doctor Zhivago’

Making a musical of “Doctor Zhivago” (based on the 1957 novel by Boris Pasternak, by way of the 1965 David Lean movie with Omar Sharif and Julie Christie) seems like a bold under…

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Stanley Tucci Rounds Out Cast of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Justin Kroll

Stanley Tucci has closed a deal to join the cast of Disney’s live-action retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Tucci will be playing Cad…

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Mandy Patinkin Praises His ‘Riveting’ ‘Teacher’ Claire Danes at P.S. 122 Gala by Jasmin Rosemberg

Before Claire Danes was one of the most celebrated actresses of her generation, she was just another performer looking for a break. Her first gig came at the age of six when she played a duc…

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Ewan McGregor to Play Lumiere in Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ by Justin Kroll

Ewan McGregor is in negotiations to play Lumiere in Disney’s live-action retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” that stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Luke Evans is also on b…

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Variety’s 2015 Power of Women Issue by Variety Staff

In its 2015 Power of Women New York issue, Variety honors five women who are using their clout to bring attention to worthy causes. The honorees: Whoopi Goldberg, Rachel Weisz, Kim Kardashi…

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Drama League Nominations: Bradley Cooper, Helen Mirren, Jake Gyllenhaal (FULL LIST) by Gordon Cox

Bradley Cooper, Helen Mirren, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor, Elisabeth Moss and Bill Nighy are all in competition — in the same category — for the 2015 Drama League Awards. For …

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Theater Chief Says 2015 Will Be ‘Year of Women’ at Box Office by Brent Lang

Women and family audiences will help drive 2015 to record-breaking box office numbers, predicted National Association of Theatre Owners President and CEO John Fithian in a speech to exhibito…

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Movie Musical ‘Lucky Stiff’ to be Released by Abramorama and The Orchard by Gordon Cox

Distributors Abramorama and The Orchard have teamed up to release “Lucky Stiff,” a movie musical starring a slew of Broadway talent, this summer. Broadway regular Christopher Ashley (“…

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‘Groundhog Day’ Musical to Bow in Matthew Warchus’ First Season at London’s Old Vic

The musical version of “Groundhog Day” as well as starring stage turns for Ralph Fiennes (in Henrik Ibsen’s “Master Builder”) and Timothy Spall (in Harold Pinter’s “The Caretak…

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced by Variety Staff

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on Monday, with Stephen Adly Guirgis winning the drama prize for his play “Between Riverside and Crazy.” Author Anthony Doerr won t…

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Broadway Review: ‘Living on Love’

Renee Fleming is an illustrious opera star who has sung more than 50 leading roles in the world’s great opera houses. The diva is also a jolly good sport for her enthusiastic send-up …

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3 World Premieres in San Diego Old Globe’s 2015-16 Season

San Diego’s Old Globe theater has announced its upcoming season, which will includes three world premieres, two plays by Shakespeare and the theater’s staple production of Dr. Se…

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