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Leighton Meester Chats OF MICE AND MEN & Compares Theatre Versus Film
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 24, 2014

Recognizable small screen star and mainstage newcomer Leighton Meester discusses her role in the new Broadway production of John Steinbeck's OF MICE AND MEN as well as comments on the differences between theatre and film as part of a new interview. (more...)

VIDEO: Franco, O'Dowd & Meester Chat OF MICE AND MEN on 'The View'
by TV News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

James Franco, Chris O'Dowd and Leighton Meester stopped by ABC's THE VIEW this week to talk about being on Broadway for the first time in 'Of Mice and Men.' (more...)

2014 Drama League Award Nominations Announced - Shows, Stars & More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 23, 2014

Co-Hosts Judith Light and Christopher Sieber announced the nominations for the 2014 Drama League Awards, including Distinguished Production of a Play, Distinguished Production of a Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Revival of a Musical, and the much coveted Distinguished Performance Award. The 2014 Drama League Nomination announcement begins the month of celebrations leading up to the 80th Annual Drama League Awards, which will be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway) on Friday, May 16, 2014 at noon hosted by Broadway veteran Jesse Tyler Ferguson. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside BC/EFA's 2014 Easter Easter Bonnet Competition with Franco, Karimloo, Karl, Mueller & More!- Part One
by Jennifer Broski - Apr 23, 2014

The generosity of theatre fans during six weeks of fundraising by 57 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies helped push the 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition to another record high, raising $4,532,129 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the celebration below! (more...)

28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition Raises $4.5 Million for BC/EFA!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

The generosity of theatre fans during six weeks of fundraising by 57 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies helped push the 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition to another record high, raising $4,532,129 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (more...)

Tony Winner Daisy Eagan Pens Blog About Ben Brantley's OF MICE AND MEN Review
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

Just last week, James Franco was making headlines for speaking out against New York Times theatre critic Ben Brantley, because of negative remarks in his review of Of Mice and Men. Now, another Broadway star is speaking out about his review, but in this case, because of what he says about 'Curley's' wife', played in the Broadway show by Leighton Meester. Tony winner Daisy Eagan writes in her blog post, titled 'Ben Brantley is asking for it.': (more...)

Elizabeth Rodriguez to Join Chazz Palminteri in World Premiere of UNORGANIZED CRIME at the Elephant Theatre, 5/3-31
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Unorganized Crime, LLC announces that Tony Award-nominated actress Elizabeth Rodriguez (Broadway's The Motherfucker With the Hat) will star opposite Academy Award-nominee Chazz Palminteri ( "A Bronx Tale," "Bullets Over Broadway") in the world premiere play, Unorganized Crime, written by Kenny D'Aquila and directed by David Fofi. Unorganized Crime will now preview on Saturday, May 3 at 8pm; Sunday, May 4 at 7pm; Tuesday, May 6 and Wednesday, May 7 at 8pm and will open on Thursday, May 8 at 7pm and run through Saturday, May 31 at the Elephant Theatre, 1076 N. Lillian Way. (at Santa Monica Blvd., one block west of Vine) in Hollywood. (more...)

Scoop: THE MINDY PROJECT on FOX - Tuesday, May 6, 2014
by TV Scoop - Apr 21, 2014

Get all the scoop on THE MINDY PROJECT, airing on FOX on Tuesday, May 6, 2014! (more...)

Scoop: THE MINDY PROJECT on FOX - Tuesday, April 29, 2014
by TV Scoop - Apr 21, 2014

Get all the scoop on THE MINDY PROJECT, airing on FOX on Tuesday, April 29, 2014! (more...)

BC/EFA's 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition Kicks Off Today at Minskoff Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Broadway veterans will share the stage with celebrated newcomers as Bryan Cranston, Fran Drescher, James Franco, Idina Menzel,Denzel Washington and more than 200 of Broadway and off-Broadway's most talented performers come together for the 28th AnnualEaster Bonnet Competition. Presented by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, this year's Easter Bonnet Competition(#bcefabonnets) will be held Monday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 22. (more...)

Scoop: THE MINDY PROJECT on FOX - Today, April 22, 2014
by TV Scoop - Apr 21, 2014

Get all the scoop on THE MINDY PROJECT, airing on FOX on today, April 22, 2014! (more...)

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Monday, April 21, 2014 - 'AUTUMN', ANNAPURNA, Anti-Piracy and More!
by Jessica Showers - Apr 21, 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: THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN opens on Broadway, ANNAPURNA opens off-Broadway and more! (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: April 12 - April 18
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 18, 2014

Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week or you're just in the mood for a recap, BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures' is here to satisfy your end-of-the-week fix! Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to The West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more. Highlights this week include a look at the opening night curtain calls for LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL, THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN, and OF MICE AND MEN - plus a peek into the festivities at this year's Olivier Awards and a look at the cast of WATER BY THE SPOONFUL in action! (more...)

Idina Menzel, Bryan Cranston, James Franco & More Set for BC/EFA's 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition, 4/21-22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2014

Broadway veterans will share the stage with celebrated newcomers as Bryan Cranston, Fran Drescher, James Franco, Idina Menzel,Denzel Washington and more than 200 of Broadway and off-Broadway's most talented performers come together for the 28th AnnualEaster Bonnet Competition. Presented by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, this year's Easter Bonnet Competition(#bcefabonnets) will be held Monday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 22. (more...)

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Friday, April 18, 2014 - Michael Urie Doc, VIOLET and 'INISHMAAN' Open and More!
by Jessica Showers - Apr 18, 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: XXXX (more...)

Photo Flash: ABSINTHE Celebrates Third Anniversary at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, the captivating acro-cabaret variety show, ABSINTHE, celebrated its third anniversary at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Following a full standing ovation during the show's finale, ABSINTHE's eccentric producer - The Gazillionaire - took the stage to address the crowd, expressing gratitude for the community's ongoing support of the show. At the conclusion of his speech, the company was presented with a commemorative Spiegeltent-shaped cake onstage featuring The Gazillionaire, his zany assistant Penny Pibbets and her infamous sock puppets, and ABSINTHE's 'Green Fairy' Melody Sweets. In conjunction with the anniversary celebration, the ABSINTHE tent was adorned with red and white LED lights, beautifully illuminating the outside of the venue. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

BWW TV: Chatting with James Franco, Chris O'Dowd and the OF MICE AND MEN Cast on Opening Night!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 17, 2014

The new Broadway production of Of Mice and Men has officially arrived on Broadway! FeaturingJames 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's Richard Ridge was at the after party to chat with the full company about the production, and you can check out what Franco, O'Dowd, and the rest of the gang had to say below! (more...)

New York Times Critic Ben Brantley Responds to James Franco's Jab
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: Inside OF MICE AND MEN's Opening Night Theatre Arrivals!
by Walter McBride - Apr 17, 2014

The red carpet was filled with Broadway stars last night, as they gathered for opening night of Of Mice and Men, featuring James Franco, Chris O'Dowd, and Leighton Meester. BroadwayWorld was on the red carpet at the Longacre Theatre and you can check out photos from the star-studded theatre arrivals below! (more...)

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