Thursday, April 24, 2014

Broadway Review: ‘Cabaret’ Starring Michelle Williams and Alan Cumming by Gordon Cox

Alan Cumming owns the debauched role of the Emcee in this redux of the dazzling 1998 revival, but Michelle Williams falters in her early scenes as Sally Bowles.

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James Earl Jones Takes Back Broadway in ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ by Gordon Cox

James Earl Jones will return to Broadway this fall in a revival of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s “You Can’t Take It With You.” Scott Ellis helms the comedy about …

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Amanda Seyfried Joins Hugh Jackman in Warner’s Peter Pan Movie by Justin Kroll

Amanda Seyfreid rounds out the cast of Warner Bros.’ Peter Pan movie, where she will play the role of Mary. She joins Levi Miller, who will play Peter Pan; Hugh Jackman, who will play …

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Monty Python Stage Show to Play in Movie Theaters Worldwide by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Picturehouse Entertainment has nabbed the international distribution rights to broadcast Monty Python’s final live show at London’s O2 Arena on July 20 to movie theate…

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Sundance Theater Lab to Develop New Plays by Pulitzer Winners Annie Baker, Doug Wright by Gordon Cox

New plays by Pulitzer winners Annie Baker and Doug Wright are among the nine in-development stage projects tapped for the Sundance Institute’s 2014 Theater Lab. Baker, who just picked up t…

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Broadway Review: Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Casa Valentina’ by Gordon Cox

The inspiration for Harvey Fierstein’s “Casa Valentina” was a discreet sanctuary in the Catskills where manly men (with wives and children and other baggage) could get thei…

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

‘Frozen’ Beats ‘Lion King’s’ Record of Most Weeks at No. 1 on U.S. Album Chart by Whitney Friedlander

It’s no fairy tale: Disney’s “Frozen” has broken the record for the most number of weeks atop the U.S. album chart by the soundtrack for an animated picture. The album logged its 11t…

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London Theater Review: ‘Privacy’ at the Donmar Warehouse by Gordon Cox

Crackerjack comic timing was the last thing anyone expected from an alarming play about 21st-century concerns over data, secrecy and power. But it’s all over James Graham’s dazzler “Pr…

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Neil Patrick Harris Wanted the Heels Higher for Broadway’s ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ by Gordon Cox

You could forgive John Cameron Mitchell for feeling a sense of ownership of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” the 1998 musical he and Stephen Trask wrote. He also created the title r…

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‘An Act of God,’ Based on a David Javerbaum Book, Gears Up for Broadway by Gordon Cox

Producer Jeffrey Finn (“Seminar,” “Scandalous,” “Dead Accounts”) will shepherd new play “An Act of God” to Broadway, where the show — ba…

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Broadway Review: ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ Starring Neil Patrick Harris by Gordon Cox

Harris channels Iggy Pop and Lou Reed by way of the Ramones, not to mention his inner Rockette, in this spectacular revival of the 1998 musical.

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Power of Women NY Honoree: Idina Menzel by Maane Khatchatourian

Summer camp was always a magical time for future Broadway star Idina Menzel. “I loved being able to reinvent myself during the summer, and not be judged by the same group of kids I saw in …

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Power of Women NY Honoree: Susan Sarandon by Maane Khatchatourian

Some celebrities have one charity they offer their name or their time to. Susan Sarandon is virtually awash in them. At any given time, she’s involved with Habitat for Humanity, City Harve…

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Power of Women NY Honorees: It Takes Muscle, Grit and Guile to Get Noticed by Variety Staff

When you think of the brilliant, bad-ass women in entertainment and media in New York, it’s hard to know where their quirky genius begins and the city ends. From Clare Boothe Luce to Helen…

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Power of Women NY Honoree: Sarah Jessica Parker by Maane Khatchatourian

When Sarah Jessica Parker says she plans to help inject a modern, fresh feeling into the New York City Ballet by marrying the worlds of fashion and ballet, it’s a wild idea that immediatel…

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Catherine Hardwicke to Helm Rachel Weisz Starrer ‘Miss You Already’ by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Catherine Hardwicke will helm comedy drama “Miss You Already,” which is to star Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette. Morwenna Banks has penned the script, which centers…

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‘The Book Of Mormon’ Scores Top Honors at D.C.’s Helen Hayes Awards by Gordon Cox

A touring production of Broadway hit “The Book of Mormon” and local revivals of “Hello Dolly!” and “Glengarry Glen Ross” were each multiple winners April 21 at the Helen …

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THIS NEEDS A NEW AUTHOR: TRISH DEITCH. SHE IS NOT IN SYSTEM New York City Remains a Hotbed of Rule-Breaking Women in the Entertainment Biz by Carolehorst

When you think of the brilliant, bad-ass women in entertainment and media in New York, it’s hard to know where their quirky genius begins and the city ends. From Clare Boothe Luce to Helen…

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Meryl Streep Gets Serenaded and Called a Nun at the O’Neill Theater Center Gala by Gordon Cox

“We all think it’d be wonderful to be praised as much as Meryl Streep is, but actually I think it must be a nightmare.” So said “Angels in America” writer Tony …

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Geffen Playhouse Adds World Premiere, West Coast Bows to Lineup by Andrea Seikaly

The Geffen Playhouse has announced four additional plays for the eight-play 2014-15 season. The shows joining the lineup include the co-world premiere of the Geffen commissioned “Switzerl…

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Broadway Box Office: ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ ‘Cinderella’ Get All Hopped Up on Easter by Gordon Cox

The Easter Bunny brought a whopper of a basket to Broadway last week, as the overlap of the holiday with Gotham schools’ spring break schedule resurrected sales so boffo they wouldn…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stew, Suzan-Lori Parks and a Beastie Boy Pack the Public Theater’s 2014-15 Slate by Gordon Cox

A new musical from the writer-composer and director behind Tony winner “In the Heights,” another by the creatives of Off Broadway-to-Broadway transfer “Passing Strange,&#…

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Broadway Review: ‘Violet’ Starring Sutton Foster by Gordon Cox

With Idina, Hedwig, and Sally Bowles in town, is it possible for a modest musical heroine like “Violet” to survive on Broadway?  Let’s hope so, because helmer Leigh Silver…

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Daniel Radcliffe Goes Deeper and Darker in Broadway’s ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ by Gordon Cox

Before audience members at the April 20 opening of Broadway’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan” could congratulate Daniel Radcliffe on his performance, they had to get a stupid q…

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Broadway Review: ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ Starring Daniel Radcliffe by Gordon Cox

In “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” Martin McDonagh’s sublime tragi-comedy about life on Ireland’s desolate Aran Islands, there are two old biddies who desperately dote on…

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WATCH: Mark Ruffalo’s Voice Is a Cure in ‘The Normal Heart’ Trailer by Maane Khatchatourian

The promos for Ryan Murphy’s HBO drama keeping getting more and more powerful. The first full trailer shows Mark Ruffalo, his onscreen partner Matt Bomer and Julia Roberts fight to rai…

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Friday, April 18, 2014

James Franco’s Ex-Manager, Accounting Firm Sued for Diverting Actor’s Commissions by Ted Johnson

Miles Levy, former manager to James Franco, has been sued by his business partners in what is described as a scheme to divert the actor’s commissions to one of Levy’s own compani…

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New Memoir Remembers Legend Ethel Merman by Gordon Cox

Everyone knows Mama Rose’s first line in 1959’s “Gypsy.” It’s “Count four before you start, Louise!” Or at least it was. But one day in rehearsal Ethel Merman crossed it out fo…

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Broadway Review: ‘Act One’ Starring Tony Shalhoub by Gordon Cox

Moss Hart has a lot to answer for.  Just think how many future brain surgeons and rocket scientists were lost, lured to Gotham to pursue a theater career after reading “Act One,”…

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L.A. Theater Review: ‘Ruth Draper’s Monologues’ Starring Annette Bening by Gordon Cox

Chutzpah isn’t the first trait you’d associate with the elegant, patrician Ruth Draper (1884-1956), intimate of Shaw and Henry James and creator of precisely observed monodramas on the f…

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Playwright Eric Dufault Nabs PONY Fellowship and the N.Y. Apartment That Comes With It by Gordon Cox

The Lark Play Development Center and Playwrights of New York have named scribe Eric Dufault as the 2014-15 recipient of the PONY Fellowship, the hefty annual grant program that has a track r…

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