Anna D. Shapiro News

James Franco Calls Out Ben Brantley for New York Times Review of OF MICE AND MEN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, the new Broadway production of Of Mice and Men officially opened last night, April 16, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre, to mostly positive reviews from the critics. James Franco, who stars as George in the play, wasn't satisfied with a review by New York Times theatre critic Ben Brantley. Franco recently wrote a comment about the review from his official Instagram account (which has since been removed), which was captured by Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson. Franco writes: Sadly Ben Brantley and the NYT have embarrassed themselves. Brantley is such a little bitch he should be working for Gawker.com instead of the paper of record. The theatre community hate him, and for good reason, he's an idiot. (more...)

Photo Coverage: OF MICE AND MEN Cast Arrives on Broadway- Inside the Opening Night After Party!
by Walter McBride - Apr 17, 2014

The new Broadway production of Of Mice and Men has officially arrived on Broadway! Featuring James Franco, Chris O'Dowd, and Leighton Meester, and with direction by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, the show just opened last night, April 16, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the after party below! (more...)

BWW TV: On the Red Carpet for OF MICE AND MEN's Opening Night!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 17, 2014

All of Broadway's biggest stars converged at the Longacre Theatre last night to celebrate the Broadway opening of Of Mice and Men, directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro and starring James Franco, Chris O'Dowd, and Leighton Meester. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on the red carpet to chat with the evening's biggest guests before the curtain went up, and below, you can check out interviews with Valisia Lekae, Denis O'Hare, James Earl Jones, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul & more! (more...)

Photo Coverage: James Franco, Chris O'Dowd & OF MICE AND MEN Company Take Opening Night Bows!
by Walter McBride - Apr 17, 2014

Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, the new Broadway production of Of Mice and Men, featuring James Franco, Chris O'Dowd, and Leighton Meester, just opened last night, April 16, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre. BroadwayWorld was on hand for all of the opening night festivities and below, you can check out photos from the curtain call! (more...)

Review Roundup: OF MICE AND MEN Opens on Broadway - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Apr 16, 2014

Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, the new Broadway production of Of Mice and Men officially opens tonight, April 16, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

STAGE TUBE: MURDER FOR TWO Welcomes OF MICE AND MEN to Broadway!
by Stage Tube - Apr 16, 2014

In the below video, listen to the writers of MURDER FOR TWO as they play you one of the songs they absolutely 100% wrote from the new Broadway hit, Of Mice and Men! (more...)

James Franco and Chris O'Dowd Star in OF MICE AND MEN, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco and Chris O'Dowd make their Broadway debuts in Of Mice and Men, a new production directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro. Of Mice and Men, one of the greatest and most enduring American classics, has not been seen on Broadway in 40 years. (more...)

Sara Gmitter's IN THE GARDEN: A DARWINIAN LOVE STORY Makes World Premiere at Lookingglass Theatre, Now thru 6/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Continuing its 26th Season, Lookingglass Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story, by Artistic Associate Sara Gmitter and directed by Jessica Thebus. In the Garden runs today, April 16 - June 15, 2014 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. The Press Opening is Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.. (more...)

Bruce Norris Joins Steppenwolf Theatre Company Ensemble
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

The Steppenwolf Theatre Company Ensemble has announced its newest member, playwright Bruce Norris. Among his many accomplishments, Norris is the author of The Qualms, playing July 3 - August 31 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre. Since 2000, Steppenwolf has produced seven of Norris's plays, including Clybourne Park and the world premieres of A Parallelogram, The Unmentionables, The Pain and the Itch, We All Went Down to Amsterdam, Purple Heart and The Infidel. (more...)

BWW TV: Watch Highlights of James Franco, Chris O'Dowd & More in OF MICE AND MEN on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 15, 2014

Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, the new Broadway production of Of Mice and Men is currently in previews, ahead of an official opening night tomorrow, April 16, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a sneak peek at this all-star production, featuring James Franco, Chris O'Dowd, and Leighton Meester! (more...)

James Franco to Star in Justin Kelly's MICHAEL
by Movies News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

ames Franco will star in Justin Kelly's upcoming film MICHAEL, based on the New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis (more...)

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - Susan Boyle, Richard Jay-Alexander and More!
by Jessica Showers - Apr 09, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Ovation will air its special on Susan Boyle tonight! (more...)

Revival of THIS IS OUR YOUTH, Starring Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin, to Open in June in Chicago; Heads to Broadway in August!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

The Chicago Tribune just announced that THIS IS OUR YOUTH by Kenneth Lonergan is headed to Chicago, then Broadway this summer, guided by producer Scott Rudin and directed by Anna D. Shapiro. It will star Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at James Franco, Chris O'Dowd & Leighton Meester in Broadway's OF MICE AND MEN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, the new Broadway production of Of Mice and Men is currently in previews, ahead of an official opening night on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at this all-star production, featuring James Franco, Chris O'Dowd, and Leighton Meester! (more...)

Curtain Up! BroadwayWorld Shines a Spotlight on 2014's New Plays
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 30, 2014

Only on Broadway it is normal to spot Walter White and Harry Potter within blocks of each other. That's right, this season's stunning slate of plays has brought with it a slew of stars from Bryan Cranston to Daniel Radcliffe, Audra McDonald to James Franco, Tyne Daly to Denzel Washington. In just weeks, a whole new group of productions will have officially opened- adding ten new plays to the Broadway roster. Ranging form literary classics to brand new works, this spring's new plays include: A Raisin in the Sun, Act One, All the Way, Casa Valentina, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Mothers and Sons, Of Mice and Men, The Realistic Joneses, and The Velocity of Autumn. Below, BroadwayWorld profiles all of the new plays from the 2014 season! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: OF MICE AND MEN's Leighton Meester Covers Fleetwood Mac with Dana Williams
by Stage Tube - Mar 28, 2014

Of Mice and Men star Leighton Meester is at home onstage, on-screen, and apparently in front of a microphone. Check out a video of her dueting on Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams' with Dana Williams! Could a musical be in her future? (more...)

Photo Coverage: James Franco, Chris O'Dowd & Leighton Meester Take First Bows in OF MICE AND MEN
by Walter McBride - Mar 20, 2014

Directed by Tony Award-winner Anna D. Shapiro, the new Broadway production of Of Mice and Men began performances last night, March 19. The strictly limited engagement that will officially open on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). BroadwayWorld was on hand for the very first curtain call and you can check out photo coverage below! (more...)

OF MICE AND MEN, Starring James Franco and Chris O'Dowd, Begins Tonight at the Longacre Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

Directed by Tony Award-winner Anna D. Shapiro, the new Broadway production of Of Mice and Men begins performances tonight, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, and will officially open on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). (more...)

'A Little Piece of a Great Big Soul' Meet the Full Cast of Broadway's OF MICE AND MEN, Beginning Tomorrow!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 18, 2014

Directed by Tony Award-winner Anna D. Shapiro, the new Broadway production of Of Mice and Men begins performances tomorrow, Wednesday, March 19, 2014 and will officially open on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the full company, plus watch interviews with the cast and get a sneak peek at the play below! (more...)

OF MICE AND MEN Announces Broadway Rush Policy!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

Directed by Tony Award-winner Anna D. Shapiro, the new Broadway production of Of Mice and Men begins performances tomorrow, Wednesday, March 19, 2014 and announces a student rush policy for the strictly limited engagement that will officially open on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). A limited number of $35 student tickets (inclusive of a $2 facility fee) will be available for each performance when the box office opens for that day's performance(s) with student identification. Patrons are limited to one ticket per person. (more...)

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