Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Broadway Review: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Paramour’ by Gordon Cox

Somebody should have warned Cirque du Soleil Theatrical that it would be an iffy business trying to bring Broadway to Broadway. “Paramour” is an ambitious departure from the comp…

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Drones Make Theater, Not War in Broadway ‘Paramour’ by Gordon Cox

In Cirque du Soleil’s first Broadway show, “Paramour,” it’s not just the acrobats who take flight. It’s the lampshades. In a romantic moment when two characters…

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Nicole Kidman to Adapt Off-Broadway Vampire Drama ‘Cuddles’ by Justin Kroll

Nicole Kidman and her shingle, Blossom Films, has optioned the film rights to the Off-Broadway vampire drama “Cuddles.” Penned by playwright Joseph Wilde, the thriller examines …

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1970s Indie Film ‘Hester Street’ to be Adapted for Stage by Gordon Cox

Producers Michael Rabinowitz and Ira Deutchman have optioned the stage rights to the 1975 indie-film success “Hester Street,” planning to produce a New York theatrical adaptation…

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Off Broadway Review: ‘Hadestown’ by Gordon Cox

Hell looks a lot like New Orleans in director Rachel Chavkin’s stunning production of “Hadestown,” singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell’s ravishing music-theater piece at New Y…

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Broadway’s ‘Tuck Everlasting’ to Close by Gordon Cox

Struggling at the box office and essentially shut out of the nominations for the Tony Awards, Broadway musical “Tuck Everlasting” has proven fleeting, with producers announcing …

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Dolly Parton Will Guest Star as Singing Chicken In ‘Lily’s Driftwood Bay’ by Brian Steinberg

Dolly Parton has sung about many things: steadfast love (“I Will Always Love You”), humble beginnings (“Coat of Many Colors) and the drudge of the working life (“9 to…

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Monday, May 23, 2016

2016 Obie Awards: ‘The Humans,’ ‘Eclipsed’ Score; ‘Guards at the Taj’ Wins Play Prize (FULL LIST) by Gordon Cox

Tony Awards nominees “The Humans” and “Eclipsed” both scored trophies at the Off Broadway-centric Obie Awards, which gave its top playwriting prize to Rajiv Joseph&…

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Idina Menzel Responds to Campaign to Give ‘Frozen’s’ Elsa a Girlfriend by Maria Cavassuto

Idina Menzel, the “Let It Go” belter and voice of “Frozen’s” Elsa, responded to the #GiveElsaAGirlfriend social media campaign that calls on Disney producers t…

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Lily Rabe’s SXSW Winner ‘Miss Stevens’ Sells to The Orchard by Dave McNary

The Orchard has acquired all North American rights to Julia Hart’s directorial debut “Miss Stevens,” starring Lily Rabe in the title role. Rabe (“American Horror Story…

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Broadway Blasts to Record Highs for 2015-16 Season by Gordon Cox

White-hot from the buzz of its newly minted megahit “Hamilton” and the enduring popularity of crowdpleasers including “The Lion King” and “Wicked,” Broadw…

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David Mamet, Rebecca Hall Join 2016-17 Season at Atlantic Theater Company by Gordon Cox

David Mamet’s first play following the bad-buzz magnet “China Doll” has been added to the 2016-17 season at the Atlantic Theater Company, the Off Broadway troupe that Mame…

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‘Beauty and the Beast’: Watch the First Trailer for Emma Watson’s Live-Action Remake by Dave McNary

Disney has released the first trailer for its live-action “Beauty and the Beast” with just a glimpse of Emma Watson as Belle arriving at the Beast’s castle, saying “H…

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

What ‘All the Way’ Says About Politics Today — And Even About Donald Trump by Ted Johnson

Jay Roach, the director of HBO’s “All the Way,” said that the movie shows a “striking difference” between the “can-do-ism” of the 1960s and the R…

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Friday, May 20, 2016

‘Hamilton,’ ‘The Humans’ Win 2016 Drama League Awards (FULL LIST) by Gordon Cox

“Hamilton,” “The Humans” and Lin-Manuel Miranda were among the winners of the 2016 Drama League Awards, which anointed a quintet of winners that are also in the runni…

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sara Ramirez Leaving ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ After More Than 10 Years by Elizabeth Wagmeister

“Grey’s Anatomy” star Sara Ramirez, who plays Dr. Callie Torres on the long-running ABC medial drama, is leaving the show. The news of her departure comes on the night of &…

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Ariana Grande Previews New ‘Dangerous Woman’ Album for Vevo Concert by Seth Kelley

“I don’t know what to say y’all, I’m too excited,” Ariana Grande blushed between songs during an intimate performance to preview her new album, “Dangerous Woman,̶…

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Lucie Arnaz: Network Executives Still ‘Don’t Care’ About Diversity by Katie Van-Syckle

The Paley Center for Media honored the contributions of hispanic Americans to the television landscape, for the first time, at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan on Wednesday night. The night…

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sutton Foster to Star in ‘Sweet Charity’ at Off Broadway’s New Group by Gordon Cox

Sutton Foster will star in a new production of “Sweet Charity,” kicking off a 2016-17 season at Off Broadway’s The New Group that also will include the American premiere of…

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Off Broadway Review: ‘Indecent’ by Paula Vogel by Gordon Cox

Here’s a sure bet for the regional theater circuit — a play about a play that shocked Broadway and landed both the show’s producer and its leading man in jail. “Inde…

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

U.K. Stage Giant Ambassador Theater Group Gets New Leadership by Gordon Cox

Ambassador Theater Group, the largest theater owner-operator in the U.K. and a company in the midst of expanding its New York footprint, has tapped new leadership as its founding leaders and…

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David Hyde Pierce to Join Bette Midler in Broadway ‘Hello, Dolly!’ by Gordon Cox

David Hyde Pierce has signed on to co-star with Bette Midler in the upcoming Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!” The brewing production, from producer Scott Rudin, has also locke…

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Broadway Box Office: Big Losses Counter Small Gains by Gordon Cox

A lot of productions posted minor gains at the Broadway box office last week — but those rises were countered by some big, unavoidable losses at a few individual titles, including R…

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August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ to Play Broadway for First Time by Gordon Cox

“Jitney,” the August Wilson play about unlicensed cab drivers in the 1970s, will make its Broadway debut this season in a new production from Manhattan Theater Club, which has ad…

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‘Shuffle Along,’ Jane Krakowski Win 2016 Astaire Awards (FULL LIST) by Gordon Cox

Broadway musical “Shuffle Along” dominated the 2016 Astaire Awards, which honor choreography and dance performance on stage and on film. The show picked up trophies for male danc…

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Off Broadway Review: ‘Daphne’s Dive’ by Pulitzer Winner Quiara Alegria Hudes by Gordon Cox

Fresh-faced Samira Wiley, a SAG winner as Poussey Washington in “Orange Is the New Black,” is a captivating young actor. (That smile is a traffic-stopper.) In “Daphne’…

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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Takes Stake in Apple Worth More Than $1 Billion by Leo Barraclough

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has revealed it has taken a stake in Apple valued at more than $1 billion. Berkshire Hathaway said in a regulatory filing Monday that it has held 9.81 m…

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Connecticut Theater Review: Charles Aznavour and Alfred Uhry’s ‘My Paris’ by Gordon Cox

The brush strokes are broad in “My Paris,” the predictable bio-tuner of Belle Epoque artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, now premiering at Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Conn. The chanso…

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Alan Cumming Lists Full Floor Co-op in New York City’s East Village by Mark David

SELLER: Alan Cumming LOCATION: New York City, NY PRICE: $2,200,000 SIZE: 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Scottish-born showbiz hypenate and art world iconoclast Alan Cumming hois…

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Lupita Nyong’o in Talks to Star in Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ by Justin Kroll

Lupita Nyong’o is in talks to play the love interest of Chadwick Boseman’s superhero in Marvel’s “The Black Panther,” sources confirmed to Variety. “Creed…

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Cannes Gossip: Donald Sutherland is the Coldest Member of the Jury by Ramin Setoodeh

Donald Sutherland might win the award for most complaints at a Cannes press conference. “I can tell you I’m freezing up here,” he said on Wednesday afternoon, teeth chattering in the a…

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