Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lea Michele, Darren Criss, Seth MacFarlane Croon Broadway Favorites at Center Theatre Group Gala by Malinasaval

Lea Michele, Darren Criss, Seth MacFarlane and acclaimed actress and playwright Dominique Morrisseau (“Ain’t Too Proud”) were among the performers who stole the show at Monday night’…

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘Tootsie’ by Gordon Cox

The new Broadway adaptation of “Tootsie” is old-fashioned and proud of it — and it’s a surefire crowd-pleaser, in this musical spin on the 1982 film comedy with Santino Fontana in th…

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Listen: The ‘Dumb Joke’ Hidden in ‘White Noise’ by Gordon Cox

Suzan-Lori Parks’ new play “White Noise” tackles a host of urgent, hot-button topics, including racism and slavery — but, according to the playwright, there’s also a “dumb joke…

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Variety Hires Mackenzie Nichols as Staff Writer by Ramin Setoodeh

Mackenzie Nichols is joining Variety as a staff writer based out of New York. Nichols will be covering movies, TV, and theater. She previously worked as a freelance writer whose work has bee…

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‘Field of Dreams’ Turns 30: Why the Baseball Classic Still Holds a Special Place in America’s Hearts (and Heartland) by Pat Saperstein

Humphrey Bogart never said, “Play it again, Sam” in the 1942 Oscar-winning classic “Casablanca.” In fact, no one says it in the movie. And the mysterious voice in the adored 1989 fan…

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Georgia Engel, ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ Star, Dies at 70 by Erin Nyren

Georgia Engel, who played the soft-spoken Georgette Baxter on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” died Friday in Princeton, N.J. She was 70. John Quilty, Engel’s friend and executor, told the…

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London Theater Review: Maggie Smith in ‘A German Life’ by Gordon Cox

How helpful are warnings from history? Two years ago, in February 2017, Amazon briefly sold out its entire stock of Hannah Arendt’s 500-page treatise, “The Origins of Totalitarianism.”…

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Jennifer Lawrence Picks Next Movie: A Drama With Acclaimed Theater Director by Justin Kroll

Jennifer Lawrence will star in an untitled film for IAC FILMS and A24 to be directed by acclaimed theater director Lila Neugebauer, who will make her feature film debut. The script was writt…

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Can Netflix Have It Both Ways With Its Planned Purchase of the Egyptian Theatre? by Alex Stedman

Netflix is a digital disruptor that’s done more than almost any company to upend the media business, and yet so much recent chatter about the streamer revolves around movie theaters. Last …

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge’s ‘Sea Wall/A Life’ Heads to Broadway this Summer by Jordan Moreau

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge head to Broadway this summer in a limited run of “Sea Wall/A Life.” The show, comprised of two solo monologues, will begin its performances at the Hudso…

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Alan Wasser, Tony-Winning Broadway General Manager, Dies at 70 by Jordan Moreau

Alan Wasser, a veteran Broadway general manager who received an honorary Tony Award, died from complications from Parkinson’s disease in New York on Sunday. He was 70. Wasser founded Alan …

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Broadway Review: ‘Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus’ With Nathan Lane by Gordon Cox

Nathan Lane and Kristine Nielsen, two of the funniest people on the face of the earth, play street cleaners tasked with carting away the dead after the civil wars that brought down the Roman…

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Broadway Review: Adam Driver, Keri Russell in ‘Burn This’ by Gordon Cox

The ache for an absent artist permeates Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This,” now receiving a finely-tuned Broadway revival that features incendiary performances by Adam Driver and Keri Russel…

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Casts Broadway and ‘Dance Mom’ Stars by Dnissen01

Steven Spielberg’s upcoming “West Side Story” remake has announced a cast of Broadway alums — and a few TV dance stars — to fill out the ranks of the new Sharks and Jets.  Mike Fa…

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Broadway Review: Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow in ‘Hillary and Clinton’ by Gordon Cox

If anyone could play Hillary Clinton, it’s Laurie Metcalf – and here she is, in Lucas Hnath’s “Hillary and Clinton,” giving a performance that feels painfully honest and true. And …

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Why John Lithgow Worried About Starring in Broadway’s ‘Hillary and Clinton’ by Marcmalkin

When Lucas Hnath first conceived of “Hillary and Clinton” in 2008, he was writing for and about a very different America. Now, a total reimagining of the show has made its way to Broadwa…

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Broadway Review: ‘All My Sons’ With Annette Bening by Gordon Cox

Don’t be fooled by the placid backyard setting, neighborly small talk and father-son joviality at the start of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s blistering revival of Arthur Miller’s …

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Broadway Review: ‘Hadestown’ by Gordon Cox

“Hadestown” triggered a lot of buzz when this wholly American show (which came to the stage by way of a concept album) premiered at Off Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop in 2016. Ar…

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‘Hadestown’ Took 12 Years to Get to Broadway, But It’s More Relevant Than Ever by Dnissen01

When “Hadestown” was first staged as a tiny, DIY theater project in Vermont, those involved could never have predicted that it was the start of a twelve-year journey to Broadway – or h…

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Patton Oswalt, David Simon, Danny Zuker, More WGA Members Post Termination Letters by Dave McNary

High-profile members of the Writers Guild of America, including Patton Oswalt, David Simon, Shawn Ryan, Michael Schur, John August, Amy Berg, Danny Zuker and many more have gone public with …

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Laurie Metcalf, Eddie Izzard, Starring in Broadway Revival of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ by Brent Lang

You are cordially invited to George and Martha’s for an evening of fun and games. Laurie Metcalf and Eddie Izzard will play the battling, boozy couple at the heart of Edward Albee’s mast…

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‘Les Miserables’ Team Talks Importance of Victor Hugo’s Tale as ‘Story for the World’ by Danielle Turchiano

When Victor Hugo wrote the 1900-page tome “Les Misérables” in 1862, he gave the world a transcending and sweeping tale that dissected the division of class while breathing life into com…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Looking Back at the ‘Fosse/Verdon’ Dancing Legends That Inspired FX Series by Terry Flores

On April 9, FX debuts “Fosse/Verdon,” about two people who may not be household names, but are certainly in the Pantheon to those who love musicals. In the Jan. 25, 1950, issue, Variety …

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Composers Converse as Season Two of ‘Score: The Podcast’ Launches by Jon Burlingame

“Score: The Podcast” is perhaps the most popular of the many film-music series in the audio marketplace. Helmed by Oscar-nominated composer Robert Kraft and Emmy-winning news producer Ke…

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Disney’s Bob Iger, Alan Horn to Co-host Fundraiser for 2020 Senate Democrats by Ted Johnson

Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger is co-hosting and event next week with Chuck Schumer and a series of Democrats seeking reelection in 2020, as the party hopes to win back the majori…

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Disney Flexes Brand Muscle and Investment Capabilities in Unveiling Disney Plus by Cynthia Littleton

Disney has thrown down the content gauntlet. The company capped a three and a half hour investor presentation on its plans to move aggressively into the direct-to-consumer arena Thursday wit…

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Film News Roundup: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ Casts Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera by Dave McNary

In today’s film news roundup, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera and Aaron Eckhart get major roles, Donna Langley is a commencement speaker, and the Brittania Awards are set for Oct. 25. CASTIN…

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Marvel ‘What If’ Animated Show, ‘Frozen II’ Docu-Series Headed to Disney+ by Cynthia Littleton

Disney+ is planning a number of behind-the-scenes production documentary series, making the most of its investment in content for the upcoming streaming services. Disney+ is also planning a …

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Disney+ to Launch in November, Priced at $6.99 Monthly by Todd Spangler

Disney+ will launch in the U.S. on Nov. 12, 2019, and will be priced at $6.99 per month, the company announced. The subscription VOD service represents Disney’s next major foray into the v…

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Motown — Busier Than Ever in 2019? TV Specials, Broadway Musicals Reload the Jukebox by Chris Willman

Motown has almost certainly never had more ancillary projects happening at once in the realms of TV and theater than it does in 2019. Among the offshoots keeping the catalog alive in multipl…

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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Limited Series ‘Lake Success’ in Development at HBO by Joseph Otterson

Jake Gyllenhaal will star in and executive produce a limited series based on the Gary Shteyngart novel “Lake Success” that is currently in development at HBO, Variety has learned. Shoul…

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