Friday, February 23, 2018

Common, Pasek and Paul, Diane Warren Reveal Inspiration Behind Oscar-Nominated Songs by Kirsten Chuba

On Thursday night, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Variety teamed up for a panel highlighting some of this year’s Oscar contenders for best original song. Held at the L.A. Film Schoo…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Broadway Review: Bernadette Peters in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ by Gordon Cox

Bernadette Peters’ return to Broadway puts the “doll” back in “Hello, Dolly!” Tiny, trim, and in terrific voice, the Tony Award-winning diva tops off previous triumphs like “Mack…

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Television Academy Sets New Standards of Professional Conduct by Debra Birnbaum

Following the lead of the film academy and other Hollywood guilds, the Television Academy has established its own new code of ethics and standards of professional conduct. Chairman Hayma Was…

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Taye Diggs Joins April Blair-Spencer Paysinger Pilot at CW by Joseph Otterson

Taye Diggs has been cast in a major role of The CW’s upcoming drama pilot inspired by the life of football player Spencer Paysinger, Variety has confirmed. In the pilot, a rising high…

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Kristin Chenoweth to Star in ‘Trial and Error’ Season 2 at NBC by Joseph Otterson

Kristin Chenoweth is joining the sophomore season of “Trial and Error” at NBC. Chenoweth will play suspected killer Lavinia Peck-Foster, who is described as the first lady of Eas…

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Saoirse Ronan Struggles With Intimacy in ‘On Chesil Beach’ Trailer by Kirsten Chuba

Saoirse Ronan’s next film is here, following the success of awards-season favorite “Lady Bird,” and it takes her far away from early-2000s Sacramento. In the new “On …

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‘Baby Driver’ Director, Crew Prepped to the ‘Millisecond’ Before Production Began by Shalini Dore

“ ‘Baby Driver,’ is not just an action film. It’s more like an action musical,” says its writer-director Edgar Wright. “The key is actually not that it is edited to the music, bu…

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Drew Cohen Named Global CEO of Music Theatre International by Ariana Brockington

Drew Cohen has been appointed to the newly created position of global chief executive officer at Music Theatre International, one of the theater industry’s major theatrical licensing a…

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‘Hamilton’ Alum Brandon Victor Dixon Joins NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live’ by Joseph Otterson

Brandon Victor Dixon has been cast as Judas in NBC’s upcoming live staging of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” the network announced Thursday. Dixon won a Tony in 2014 as a produc…

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Korean Stage Director Lee Yoon-taek Accused of Rape by Patrick Frater

Lee Yoon-taek, artistic director of Yeonheedan, one of South Korea’s top theater groups, has been accused of sexual violence, including rape. The case is the latest scandal as the #MeToo c…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lupita Nyong’o to Star in Trevor Noah Biopic ‘Born a Crime’ by Dave McNary

Lupita Nyong’o will star in the Trevor Noah biopic “Born a Crime,” portraying the mother of the host of “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.” The movie is an adaptatio…

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‘Shape of Water’ Ripped Off 1969 Play, Lawsuit Alleges by Gmaddaus

The son of playwright Paul Zindel filed a lawsuit on Wednesday alleging that “The Shape of Water” was based on Zindel’s 1969 play, “Let Me Hear You Whisper.” Da…

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Behind the Scene: How Pasek and Paul’s ‘Greatest Showman’ Anthem ‘This Is Me’ Became a Smash Hit by Jenelle Riley

It’s been a good year for Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the songwriting and composing duo better known as Pasek and Paul. After landing an Academy Award for their song, “City of Dreams” …

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Off Broadway Review: ‘Kings’ With Aya Cash, Gillian Jacobs by Gordon Cox

Representative Sydney Millsap is the kind of politician we all want to be, if we absolutely must be politicians. A Gold Star widow with the high ethical standards of an old school Texas Demo…

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Russell Simmons Says He Is ‘Closed for Spiritual Maintenance’ Following Sexual Harassment Allegations by Kirsten Chuba

Russell Simmons is “temporarily closed for spiritual maintenance” following sexual misconduct allegations him that surfaced in the fall. In an Instagram post Tuesday, the cofound…

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Original ‘Angels in America’ Reclaimed the Stage for Ambitious Theater (Column) by Alex Stedman

I don’t think I’d heard a word about “Angels in America” before I saw it in London. I had seen one play of Kushner’s, “A Bright Room Called Day,” and panned it. But I certainly…

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Academy Awards Seek to Polish Image of Tainted Industry by Jenelle Riley

When the Academy Awards were first handed out 89 years ago, Variety reported at the time that the planning for the dinner and ceremony at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood took about a week o…

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Disney Theatrical’s Thomas Schumacher Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Gordon Cox

Former employees have accused Thomas Schumacher, the president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions and the president of the Broadway League, of sexual harassment and misconduct. Sc…

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‘Hamilton’ Star Phillipa Soo Joins CBS Drama Pilot ‘The Code’ by Joseph Otterson

Phillipa Soo has been cast in the upcoming CBS drama pilot “The Code,” Variety has learned. The tells the story of the military’s brightest minds as they take on our country…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Stagecraft Podcast: Behind the Scenes With Cast, Creators of ‘Frozen’ by Gordon Cox

How do you know expectations are high for a Broadway musical? When audience members arrive in costume. That’s what the stars and creators of “Frozen” faced in Denver, where…

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‘Angels in America’: Inside Broadway’s Big Bet, Led by Andrew Garfield With Renewed Relevance by Alex Stedman

Andrew Garfield sits in the break room of a Brooklyn rehearsal complex extolling the virtues of a quilt. “That quilt is maybe my favorite piece of art,” he says of the Names Project AIDS…

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

D.C. Theater Review: ‘Chess’ by Gordon Cox

It’s been 30 years since the musical “Chess,” noted for its engaging score and inscrutable book, survived on Broadway for a scant two months. Could a high-profile revival finally be in…

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Anne Hathaway in Talks to Star in Dee Rees’ ‘The Last Thing He Wanted’ by Leo Barraclough

Anne Hathaway is in negotiations to star in “Mudbound” director Dee Rees’ “The Last Thing He Wanted,” based on the Joan Didion political thriller. Elevated’s Cassian Elwes will p…

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Weinstein Co. Board Fires COO David Glasser for Cause by Gmaddaus

The board of the Weinstein Company voted on Friday to fire David Glasser, the company’s chief operating officer. Glasser was set to become CEO of the company under a new ownership grou…

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Harry Connick Jr. Talk Show to End After 2 Seasons (EXCLUSIVE) by Daniel Holloway

Harry Connick Junior’s daytime talk show is drawing to a close. “‘Harry’ is ending it’s run after two seasons,” a spokesperson for NBCUniversal Domestic Telev…

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London Theater Review: ‘Boys and Girls’ With Carey Mulligan by Gordon Cox

Carey Mulligan started her career on the main stage of London’s Royal Court — playing a narcoleptic schoolgirl in Kevin Elyot’s family drama “Forty Winks.” Fourteen years o…

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How ‘Disaster Artist’ Writers Created Story of Friendship for Director-Star James Franco by Tim Gray

A24’s “The Disaster Artist” is all about defying expectations. The 2003 Tommy Wiseau film “The Room” was a fiasco, but became an enduring hit. And in his 2017 movie about the makin…

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Saoirse Ronan, ‘Three Billboards’ Triumph at IFTA Film and Drama Awards by Robert Mitchell

Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan took home the best actress prize at the Irish Film and Television Academy’s Film and Drama Awards, which took place in Dublin on Thursday night. Ronan’s win f…

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Jeff Daniels to Star in Aaron Sorkin’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ on Broadway by Gordon Cox

Jeff Daniels will headline the cast of the upcoming Broadway adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” leading an ensemble that will also include Celia Keenan-Bolger, Stark Sands, G…

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s’ Vincent Rodriguez III Reflects on Road From Musical Theater to Musical Comedy on TV by Danielle Turchiano

A graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA), Vincent Rodriguez III cut his teeth on musicals such as “Hello, Dolly” and “Peter Pan,” the latt…

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Neil LaBute Out as Playwright-in-Residence at Off Broadway’s MCC Theater by Gordon Cox

MCC Theater, the non-profit, Off Broadway theater company where Neil LaBute has been a playwright-in-residence for several years, has abruptly terminated its relationship with the writer-dir…

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