Kristin Chenoweth Wants It All, NPH Buys His Bras at the Mall & More Lessons of the Week!

Star Files View Comments Kristin Chenoweth It’s almost time for Friday happy hour (oh, who are we kidding, we started drinking before lunch), but before the tipsy weekend Netflix binge begins, it’s time to revisit the interesting, wacky and completely ridiculous things we’ve learned over the last seven days. Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…Leonardo DiCaprio Is a Broadway GentLeo, you have every excuse in the world to butt in line, frontsies or backsies. Instead, you waited at the Gentleman’s Guide bar like a real mensch. As a reward, we offer you any role on Broadway you want! Hurry up.Idina Menzel Rules, Beyonce DroolsFrozen star Idina Menzel’s response after kicking Queen B down to number two on the Billboard charts? “I’m sorry, Beyonce!” She didn’t sound too sorry, but let’s be serious: “Let It Go” is probably Bey’s favorite too.The Les Miz Cast Sucks at FrenchOK, we’re not expecting Ramin Karimloo, Will Swenson and the stars of Les Miserables to be fluent en francais, but everyone knows the “e” in “Enjolras” is a nasal vowel. Well, everyone who watches Show People.Joneses Might Feature James EarlAfter chatting with the star-studded cast of The Realistic Joneses, we still have no idea what this play is about. If James Earl Jones doesn’t do the “turn off your phone” announcements as Darth Vader, we’re gonna be seriously disappointed.Magic Carpets Have SeatbeltsBefore the stars of Aladdin take the old magic carpet for a spin, they have to do one very important thing: buckle up. That way, if they run into Mary Poppins, Peter Pan or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, they can still file an insurance claim.Shh! Jessie Mueller Can Hear YouIn her video blog, Jessie Mueller politely told off the snack-eating, water-bottle-crinkling audience members sitting in the front row at Beautiful. Sorry, Jessie, but your gorgeous singing really makes us want potato chips.Three Chenoweths Are Better Than OneKristin Chenoweth has a trifecta of awesome stage roles in the works: Dolly in Hello Dolly!, Lily Garland in On the Twentieth Century (with Peter Gallagher!?) and Olive in a Pushing Daisies spin-off musical. All of the above, please!The FCC Can’t Bleep Elaine StritchElaine Stritch has been saying whatever the f*ck she wants for the last 89 years, but Kathie Lee and Hoda were f*cking shocked when the legendary leading lady dropped a surprise live F-Bomb on TV’s Today. F*ck yeah, Stritch!Audra McDonald Needs a New Tony ShelfThe five-time Tony winner will sing the blues as Billie Holiday in Lady Day on Broadway this season, and something tells us there’s a nice shiny award in it for her (cut to every other leading lady on Broadway this season yelling an Elaine Stritch-style F-bomb).Neil Patrick Harris Shops at Forever 21If the new cover of Time Out New York is any indication, Hedwig star Neil Patrick Harris is stocking up on bras for his Broadway return. Namely, bandeaus. We think he picked up this interesting ivory ensemble at Forever 21. Well, at least the price is right. read more

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Broadway.com Predicts the Tony Nominees for Performances in Musicals

first_img ALSO POSSIBLE Colin Donnell, Violet; Jake Epstein, Beautiful; Hunter Foster, The Bridges of Madison County; James Snyder, If/Then BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUT IN THE MIX FRONTRUNNERS Left to Right: Adam Jacobs, Aladdin — Saddled with a cartoon costume, Jacobs is the warm and sunny center of a huge production, winning the hearts of audiences (and Princess Jasmine) while singing and dancing with aplomb. Steven Pasquale, The Bridges of Madison County — As the ultimate object of desire, Pasquale manages to be both sexy and self-effacing, and he and Kelli O’Hara kill Jason Robert Brown’s challenging score. Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder — An ideal foil for the antics of co-star Jefferson Mays, Pinkham makes us root for a murderer with his debonair performance as rags-to-riches hero Monty Navarro. Will Swenson, Les Miserables — Javert can be a thankless part, but Swenson infuses the unyielding Inspector with power and moral fervor, going toe to toe with Ramin Karimloo and making us see “Stars” in a new light. FRONTRUNNERS BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUT BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL FRONTRUNNERS Left to Right: Courtney Reed, Aladdin — Spunky Princess Jasmine is brought to life by raven-haired Reed, who sings and spars charmingly with her long-suffering father, Aladdin and every other guy who crosses her path. Michelle Williams, Cabaret — Three-time Oscar nominee Williams offers a daring take on Sally Bowles, emphasizing the singer’s kewpie-doll vulnerability and pulling out the stops in an emotional rendition of the title song. IN THE MIX Left to Right: Danny Burstein, Cabaret — The sweetest Herr Schultz imaginable, Burstein is superb at conveying the Jewish fruit seller’s romantic ardor and blindness to the looming danger of the Nazis in 1930 Berlin. Jared Grimes, After Midnight — Star dancers have a history of cracking the featured actor category, and show-stopping tapper Grimes, who moves with the grace of Fred Astaire, could find himself among this year’s chosen. Anthony Rapp, If/Then — Rapp does double duty as Idina Menzel’s nerdy BFF Lucas, falling in love with different people in the show’s two scenarios and keeping the audience involved throughout. Bobby Steggert, Big Fish — Before his current dramatic role in Mothers and Sons, Steggert sang the role of wistful Will Bloom, who longs to reconnect with his father (Norbert Leo Butz) before it’s too late. IN THE MIX Left to Right: Sutton Foster, Violet — What a gift to see Foster show a new side of her talent as Violet’s wounded yet resourceful title heroine, a moving, vanity-free performance that puts her in contention for Tony #3. Jessie Mueller, Beautiful — Mueller channels Carole King in a way that’s believable but totally her own—and her warm and winning star turn in this hit bio musical is a shoo-in for a Tony nod. Kelli O’Hara, The Bridges of Madison County — Will a fifth Tony nomination be the charm for O’Hara? Her acclaimed, gorgeously sung performance as lovestruck farm wife Francesca is operatic in scope. BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL Left to Right: Nick Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway — A “star is born” performance pushes Cordero toward a Tony nod as a bodyguard with a natural gift for play doctoring and the grace to lead a Susan Stroman dance number. Joshua Henry, Violet — Would a rural southern white woman in 1964 really fall in love with a black soldier she met on a bus? Uh, yeah, if the soldier could act and sing as gloriously as Joshua Henry. James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin — Light on his feet and able to channel the entire Disney catalog, Iglehart’s sensational, sure-to-be-nominated Genie leads musical numbers that must be seen to be believed. BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL Kate Baldwin, Big Fish — The calm center of this short-lived musical, Baldwin movingly conveyed love and pain as Sandra Bloom, a heroine caught between a volatile husband and wounded son.center_img It’s our favorite time of year—Tony season! There’s only one more day until we find out who will be nominated for this year’s trophies, and the Broadway.com staff has spent countless hours analyzing this year’s rough competition. After days of deliberation (and a few office fistfights), we present a list of our predictions—and trust us, it wasn’t easy. We’ve created a Tony forecast, including frontrunners, hopefuls and a Broadway.com Shoutout to actors we hope the nominators will remember. Check out our Tony Awards cheat sheet for performances in musicals! ALSO POSSIBLE Mary Bridget Davies, A Night With Janis Joplin; Krysta Rodriguez, First Date FRONTRUNNERS View Comments ALSO POSSIBLE Eric Anderson, Soul Doctor; Zach Braff, Bullets Over Broadway, Norbert Leo Butz, Big Fish; Zachary Levi, First Date Jarrod Spector, Beautiful — Composer Barry Weil could be a one-joke (hypochondria) role, but Spector deserves awards-season love for his witty portrait of a 1950s-era man secure enough to work with strong women. Left to Right: Linda Emond, Cabaret — Forget a pineapple: It’s a Tony nomination for Emond’s quietly shattering portrayal of Frau Schneider, the landlady who turns her back on love to remain safe from the rising Nazis. Anika Larsen, Beautiful — Larsen is pitch perfect as wisecracking songwriter Cynthia Weil, performing pop hits with gusto and painting a touching portrait of friendship with Jessie Mueller as Carole King. Lisa O’Hare, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder — As Edwardian-era golddigger Sibella, O’Hare turns in an amusing portrait of a narcissist that’s likely to catch the eye of Tony nominators. BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUT Left to Right: Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch — Who would’ve guessed that a transgender East German rock goddess would turn out to be the role Harris was born to play? Ecstatic reviews make the former host an instant Tony favorite. Andy Karl, Rocky — He’s thrilling in the boxing ring, but the key to Karl’s performance as Rocky Balboa is the romantic yearning and heartfelt quest for greatness he brings to an iconic role. A knockout! Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder — In a series of quick changes, Tony winner Mays plays eight members of the doomed D’Ysquith family, the kind of virtuoso comic juggling act Tony nominators can’t resist. Idina Menzel, If/Then — In this unusual new musical, Menzel deserves Tony love for pivoting between two versions of the same character with ease while performing diva-worthy power ballads for an adoring audience. BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL Left to Right: Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch — In a season packed with female impersonators, Hall goes the other way as Hedwig’s loyal hubby Yitzak, nailing the show’s rock score and going glam at curtain call. Adriane Lenox, After Midnight — Bawdy, boozy Tony winner Lenox is a sassy delight singing “Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night” and more in Broadway’s re-creation of the Cotton Club. Marin Mazzie, Bullets Over Broadway – Three-time Tony nominee Mazzie is on familiar ground as a vain diva (see: Kiss Me, Kate) and she parries perfectly with a starry ensemble as Helen “Don’t Speak” Sinclair. Margo Seibert, Rocky — There can be no Rocky without Adrian, and newcomer Seibert shows the strength behind the character’s shyness, anchoring the show’s love story with a gorgeously sung performance. Lauren Worsham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder — Worsham combines an operatic soprano and off-kilter sensibility as Phoebe D’Ysquith, the only family member safe from murderous Monty Navarro. BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUT Ramin Karimloo, Les Miserables — It’s hard to imagine anyone delivering a more intense, charismatic and beautifully sung Jean Valjean than Karimloo, who gives Les Miz a jolt of adrenaline and earns a Tony aisle seat. ALSO POSSIBLE Fantasia Barrino, After Midnight; Amber Iman, Soul Doctor; Nikki M. James, Les Miserables; LaChanze, If/Then; Caissie Levy, Les Miserables; Cass Morgan, The Bridges of Madison County; Helene Yorke, Bullets Over Broadway IN THE MIXlast_img read more

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Second Stage’s Season Will Include Plays by Terrence McNally & Neil LaBute

first_img The Way We Get By follows Beth and Doug, two people who wake up together following a drunken wedding reception they both attended. Forced to question how much they really know about each other and how much they care about what other people think, the two face a very awkward encounter revolving around love, lust and the whole damn thing. In Lips Together, Teeth Apart, a brother and sister and their spouses spend a Fourth of July weekend in a Fire Island beach house. Thrown into a gay paradise, they do their best to enjoy themselves despite their prejudices and insecurities. Second Stage Theatre has announced two shows for its 2014-15 season. Tony winner Terrence McNally’s acclaimed comedy Lips Together, Teeth Apart will receive its first New York production in 23 years, under the direction of Peter Dubois, beginning October 7. Additionally, the world premiere of Tony nominee Neil LaBute’s The Way We Get By will debut in summer 2015. View Comments McNally, who received a Tony nomination this season for Mothers and Sons, has won Tony Awards for Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class, as well as for the books to the musicals Ragtime and Kiss of the Spiderwoman. He was a 1994 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his play A Perfect Ganesh. LaBute received a Tony nomination for Reasons to be Pretty; his other plays include The Shape of Things, Fat Pig, Some Girl(s), In a Dark House and Reasons to be Happy.last_img read more

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Sunny Afternoon’s John Dagleish on Bringing the Kinks Party to the West End

first_imgAmid a busy month for musical upgrades to the West End from smaller playhouses elsewhere, the Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon stands apart as a celebration of some of the most enduring songs in British rock and pop. Kinks frontman Ray Davies has been directly involved in director Edward Hall’s production and is played in a career-making performance by John Dagleish, making his West End debut. The amiable star spoke to Broadway.com one recent afternoon about playing a living legend, blacking out a gap in his teeth, and his determination not to miss a single performance of the show, opening October 28 at the Harold Pinter Theatre. But you didn’t train in musical theater? Not at all. I went to the Drama Centre in north London which was known in the industry as the “trauma center.” [Laughs.] It was a very classical school, we didn’t do musical theater at all. But the truth is I have sung all my life, so that when this came around, it was such a gift. I got the phone call and went, “Yes, yes, yes!” Were you concerned in advance about how the songs would slot into the show? I was hoping they weren’t going to be crowbarred in, the way they are in some jukebox musicals, but as soon as I read Joe Penhall’s script, I thought, “This is definitely going to work.” The songs are so observational about what was happening around Ray at the time rather than just being the “let’s hold hands” or “be my baby” kind of stuff that was big in the ’60s. These take a much more introspective view of things. Were you at all concerned about capturing him physically? Well, I did take it upon myself to get some stuff to black out a gap in my teeth [a signature trait of Davies] because we couldn’t have someone saying in the show “that’s quite a gap” when there wasn’t one. I’m also very aware that he was rakishly thin, so I’m trying to get in shape. In fact, I have gone down a couple of belt buckles. I don’t know of another workout as good as this. Do you think Sunny Afternoon could translate to an audience who knows nothing about the Kinks? Absolutely. The wonderful thing about the music is that it’s universal, and I think even if you had no idea that these songs were written by the Kinks, there would still be a song there that someone recognizes. Everywhere I go, I seem to hear the music of the Kinks haunting me—wonderfully haunting me. It’s a demanding assignment, so how are you pacing yourself? I don’t know that I can pace myself, since it’s a difficult show to do half-assed. It’s like a roller coaster ride that you can’t get off, and it’s very difficult to come offstage without feeling as if you’ve left everything out there. You end up just trusting that your body is going to hold up. Were you surprised to be offered the role? I was, though I started out in amateur dramatics doing musicals when I was really young, so I kind of feel with this show as if I have completed a circle. It’s a credit to the creatives who put this together that they wanted actors who could sing rather than musical theater people who could act—not to put those guys down at all, by the way, because they are incredible. And then there are the inevitable standards, of course, that the audience is waiting for. Yes, there are a lot of people who say that “Waterloo Sunset” is their favorite song of all time, and we kind of build towards it in the show to the extent that you can feel the audience bristling with anticipation. That’s always a hair-on-the-back-of-my-neck kind of moment.center_img Has it been daunting to have had Kinks frontman, Ray Davies, directly involved with the show from its inception? It was at first for sure. I remember the first few days of the workshops staring at him and thinking, “All these songs have come out of this man’s head!?” [Laughs.] But I think it gives the show a lot of integrity to have Ray involved and I feel like it stops what I’m doing from being an impersonation or a copycat performance. What Ray wanted was someone to do the role that is written in the script rather than an impersonation of him. Do you see a life for this show in the States? Oh God, yes, we have such fun with the American side of things in the show that I think it would go down really well over there. I think we would storm Broadway to be honest. That would be one helluva journey! Given that you’re a musical theater newbie, do you ever go to musicals, or is this world entirely new to you? I do—maybe not as much as I see straight plays, but I’ve always enjoyed a musical and it’s the thing that got me into acting in the first place: the classic musicals that I grew up with and loved, like West Side Story and that kind of thing. Sunny Afternoon, first staged at the Hampstead Theatre Off West End, is hitting the big-time! How has the transition been? From our first night [at the Pinter Theatre] everything has been ten times bigger. A bigger audience, a bigger reaction, a bigger party. It’s odd to think that at the end of this week, with us still in previews, I will have done more than a third of the shows that we did at Hampstead during the entire run. Are you too young to have been a Kinks devotee yourself? My parents steeped me in ‘60s and ‘70s music so I knew most of the big songs, but what’s been great has been getting to know some of the lesser-known songs, like “I Go To Sleep,” which is such a haunting and beautiful love song, and Lillie [Flynn], who sings it, has such a beautiful voice. View Commentslast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: James Lipton Exclusively on Former Student Bradley Cooper & More

first_img Exclusive: James Lipton on Former Student Bradley Cooper Inside the Actors Studio’s James Lipton recently spoke to Broadway.com about his former student, Bradley Cooper, and the Oscar nominee’s upcoming opening night in The Elephant Man. “I was his Dean. I auditioned him. I admitted him to our world. You bet I’ll be there!” In true #TBT spirit, watch the pair in 1999 with Sean Penn, below. Seven years later Cooper won a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for his Great White Way debut in Three Days of Rain—dreams can come true! James Corden & Wife Julia Welcome Second Child Congratulations to Tony winner, Into the Woods star and future Late Late Show host James Corden and his wife Julia. According to BBC News, the pair welcomed daughter Carey into the world on October 27. Named after her Mum’s maiden name, Carey is little sister to three-year-old Max. Broadway Alums Tapped for Paper Mill’s Elf A number of Broadway vets have boarded Paper Mill’s previously announced Christmas production of Elf. James Moye (Bullets Over Broadway) will play Buddy, with Kate Fahrner (Wicked) as Jovie, Paul C. Vogt (Chicago) as Santa, Heidi Blickenstaff (The Addams Family) as Emily Hobbs, Robert Cuccioli (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Walter Hobbs, Cleve Asbury (How to Succeed) as Mr. Greenway and Jessica Sheridan (Sister Act) as Deb. Directed by Eric Ankrim, the production will run November 26 through January 4, 2015. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.center_img View Comments Andrew Keenan-Bolger & More Lead Sondheim’s Saturday Night The first New York revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Saturday Night will take place as part of the York Theatre Company’s fall 2014 Musicals in Mufti series. Directed by Stafford Arima, with a book by Julius J. Epstein, the cast will include former Newsies stars Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Ben Fankhauser, along with Lindsay Mendez (Wicked) and Margo Seibert (Rocky). Don’t miss the limited engagement, which will play November 8 through November 16 at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s.last_img read more

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Elf: The Musical to Play Limited West End Engagement

first_imgElf: The Musical is heading to London! The production will begin performances on October 24 at the West End’s Dominion Theatre and play a limited ten-week engagement over the holiday season, ending on January 2, 2016. Opening night is set for November 5. Casting will be announced soon.Based on the 2003 film of the same name, Elf is the story of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Raised among Santa’s elves, Buddy is unaware that he’s actually human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. To find his true identity, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City.With music by Matthew Sklar, a book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin and lyrics by Chad Beguelin, this production will feature direction and choreography by Morgan Young, set design and costumes by Tim Goodchild and lighting design by Tim Lutkin. The 2010 and 2012 Broadway productions were directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw. View Commentslast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Josh Gad May Join Harry Potter Spinoff & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Josh Gad May Join Harry Potter SpinoffTony nominee and Frozen fave Josh Gad may soon be a Muggle no more. According to Variety, the Book of Mormon star is on the short list to take on the character of Jacob in the Harry Potter big screen spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Also vying for the role is The Office’s John Krasinski. Gad, who is also set to appear in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, would join Tony and Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, who will star as Newt Scamander, as well as singer-songwriter Alison Sudol as Queenie. The film follows Newt’s journey in early 20th century New York as he searches for mystical creatures.Margo Martindale Heads to The Good WifeThe Good Wife is officially the new Law and Order. Tony nominee and Emmy winner Margo Martindale will appear in the seventh season of the CBS series, beginning this fall. She’ll take on the recurring role of Willa Eastman, a campaign operative who hides her smarts and guile behind a false folksy charm. Martindale earned a Tony nod for her Broadway debut in the 2003 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and won an Emmy for her performance in Justified. She joins a cast that includes fellow Broadway alums Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming and Zach Grenier. The season premiere is slated for October 4.In the Heights to Cross el Océano AgainIt won’t be long now! The Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights will return to London this fall. The musical, created by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, will play the King’s Cross Theatre from October 3 through November 1. The production, directed by Luke Sheppard and choreographed by Drew McOnie, previously played a sold-out run at the Southwark Playhouse in 2014.Jennifer Hudson Crashes a Gay Weddings & SlaysNothing makes us cry more than a beautiful weddi…OH LOOK, it’s incoming Broadway star and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson! Hudson, who will play Shug Avery in the revival of The Color Purple this fall, made a surprise appearance at the wedding of Chris and Scott Lindsey at the W Hotel in Dallas, Texas (Hudson is an ambassador for “Turn It Up for Change,” a Human Rights Campaign and W Hotels initiative). Immediately following the pronouncement, the curtain falls and Hudson rocks the crowd with “I Still Love You.” Take a look at the clip from Page Six below, and congratulations, newlyweds! Jennifer Hudson Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

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Joshua Bergasse Tapped to Helm Broadway-Aimed Hazel

first_img View Comments We previously reported that Hazel was in the works and it’s now been announced that the musical will make its world premiere in Chicago. Directed and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse (Smash, On the Town), the Broadway-aimed production will play March 31, 2016 through May 29 at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace. Opening night is scheduled for April 6.Based on the cartoon by Ted Key about a maid working for a middle-class family, the tuner will feature a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. Klea Blackhurst (Everything the Traffic Will Allow), is set to take on the title role.It’s the 1960’s, a time of great change for America, but not all of the Baxter family is on board. And what George Baxter finds not so funny about his wife joining the work force and his maid taking over his household and his life—is a laugh riot. Hazel asks the question: can a simple maid debone a turkey, save a marriage, uncover a matter of national security and lead a conga line? She can if she’s Hazel!No word yet on whether Lucie Arnaz, who helmed a workshop of Hazel last year, is still involved with the project.last_img read more

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Lessons of the Week: Idina Menzel, Ariana Grande & More!

first_img Star Files View Comments Idina Menzelcenter_img We sense a presence…a presence we haven’t felt since…last year? Happy Friday, everyone! Before you head off to your big weekend plans (if you’re like us, those inlcude watching this video on loop), make sure you’re caught up on everything that happened on the Great White Way these past seven days. We learned plenty, from a long lost Star Wars musical to the story behind a certain Tony winner’s biceps. Take it all in with 2016’s first Lessons of the Week!Luke Skywalker Almost Had Jazz Hand(s)A long time ago—before Lin was writing songs for The Force Awakens, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams were George Lucas’ only hope at bringing Star Wars to Broadway. The duo behind Bye Bye Birdie recorded a handful of demos (orchestrated by Jason Robert Brown!) before the project was scrapped. Wait, guys, bring this back! We know just the pair to breathe life into “Han’s Your Man” and “My Star.”Ariana Grande’s Not Afraid of AnythingShe may have bang banged into the room (and into our hearts), but never forget that Ariana Grande is a Broadway baby through and through. The singer made her Broadway debut in Jason Robert Brown’s 13 in 2008, and earlier this week, she gave a surprise performance with the famed orchestrator of the Star Wars musical (he’s done some other things). Who needs donuts when you have show tunes…and a killer Carolee Carmello impression?Christian Borle’s Arms Are MethodRemember Peter Pan Live!, that magical time when a bunch of Newsies jumped around and Christian Borle DEBUTED THOSE HUGE ARMS? Did you know there was a very specific reason why you noticed them then? The Something Rotten! Tony winner revealed that the muscle was part of an elaborate backstory for Smee, whom he viewed as a sort of bodyguard-turned-meathead. We’re not entirely sure that came through, but we’re not complaining.Muhammad Ali Is EquitySomething has changed within us; something is not the same. That’s because we wrote about sports. No, Idina’s not singing at the Super Bowl again (but Beyoncé is!). Former NFL star Eddie George steps into Chicago next week, but he’s not the first athlete to hit Broadway. In fact, Muhammad Ali starred in the musical Buck White in the ‘60s. It only lasted seven performances, but thanks to Ed Sullivan and the Internet, you can still watch the boxing legend sing like a bee.Idina Menzel Is a “Proud” Ice QueenSpeaking of Idina (no, she’s still not singing at the Super Bowl), the Tony winner’s not the only ice queen in town. We’re of course talking about People Magazine’s 2012 Sexiest Man Alive: Channing Tatum. The Hollywood hunk channeled his inner Elsa on Lip Sync Battle this week, and it gave Idina chills. Yes, the storm that is Frozen still rages on, thanks to a few buckets of snow and a whole lot of white spandex. Why wouldn’t Idina be proud?Joaquina’s Gonna Let You Finish, But…It’s January, and the Lead Actress in a Musical Tony category is already nuts. There’s no shortage of talent, but if The Color Purple star Cynthia Erivo doesn’t win, expect a Kanye moment from Joaquina Kalukango. The actress revealed on #LiveAtFive that she is not above storming the Beacon Theatre stage if her co-star’s name isn’t called. We suspect it’s moot, but we also kind of want to hear Erivo sing “Shake It Off.”We’ll Drop Out For Boyz II MenWith some tight harmonies, three angels are about to send us back to high school, the ‘50s and ‘90s all at the same time. Boyz II Men will take a break from promising to make love to you and instead sing doo-wop to Carly Rae Jepsen. The R&B trio have been tapped to play Teen Angel(s) in Fox’s Grease: Live, joining our favorite one-handed clapper, Julianne Hough and more. Babies, don’t blow it!Zachary Quinto Will Be RebornZachary Quinto is a versatile actor, but this is another level. While talking up his off-Broadway show Smokefall, he explained that he starts as a narrator figure named Footnote, goes on to play a fetus, then finishes off as the son of the fetus he played in the previous act. Again: grammatical annotation, unborn collection of cells, adult male…. in the same show. Take that, Cherry Jones!Tony Yazbeck’s World Is Upside DownMaybe he just has a thing for ships—both Navy and pirate. Tony Yazbeck will take on the role of J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland. Don’t cry for Matthew Morrison, though: the still-bearded Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner will appear in both Younger and The Good Wife. Yazbeck starts performances on January 26, which is just enough time to grow some scruff of his own and perfect that accent.Alex Brightman Will Keep You Sugared UpAlex Brightman gave us a glimpse of his exclusive coffee shop in the first episode of Hard Rock Life, and if watching Alex, Sierra Boggess and company drink hot beverages and eating pastries gives you FOMO, you’re in luck. This week, the School of Rock star surprised early birds in the rush line with a box of donuts. Alex, we are literally across the street. And love donuts. Sugar Daddy, bring it home.last_img read more

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Jeremy Shamos, Kate Walsh & More Set for If I Forget

first_img Related Shows Star Files View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 30, 2017 If I Forgetcenter_img The cast is now set for the premiere of If I Forget, a new play by Dear Evan Hansen book writer Steven Levenson. Among those taking center stage in the Roundabout off-Broadway production are Tony nominees Jeremy Shamos and Maria Dizzia, as well as TV favorite Kate Walsh.The Daniel Sullivan-helmed staging will begin performances on February 2, 2017 at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, where it is set to open officially on February 22. The cast will also feature Tony nominee Larry Bryggman (Proof), Tasha Lawrence (Good People), Gary Wilmes (Chinglish) and Seth Steinberg in his New York stage debut.Shamos most recently appeared on Broadway in Noises Off; his additional credits include a Tony-nominated performance in Clybourne Park, as well as Glengarry Glen Ross and The Assembled Parties. Dizzia earned a Tony nomination for In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) and recently starred in The Layover off-Broadway. Walsh starred as Dr. Addison Montgomery in Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy; her additional credits include The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Bad Judge.The play takes place in July 2000, immediately following the failed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks at Camp David. Three adult siblings (Shamos, Dizzia and Walsh) and their families gather in a D.C. suburb of DC for their father’s 75th birthday. When it’s revealed that the middle son, a Jewish studies professor, is at work on a book that is both dedicated to his Jewish WWII veteran father and argues an incendiary point about American Jews, Israel, and the Holocaust, familial responsibility quickly resorts to familial resentment.The production will feature set design by Derek McLane, costumes by Jess Goldstein and lighting design by Kenneth Posner. Jeremy Shamos(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Gary Wilmeslast_img read more

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