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InDepth InterView: Eric McCormack Talks Gore Vidal's THE BEST MAN, Shakespeare, New TV Series & More
by Pat Cerasaro - May 5, 2012

Today we are talking to an Emmy Award-winning actor perhaps most well-known for his title role in the iconic and ground-breaking millennial NBC sitcom hit, WILL & GRACE, who can now be seen eight times a week on Broadway playing a pivotal role in the starry revival of Gore Vidal's politically-themed satire, THE BEST MAN - the affable Eric McCormack. Shining a spotlight on his theatrical roots at the Straford Shakespeare Festival in Canada all the way up to his small-screen sensation in WILL & GRACE and, now, his forthcoming new dramatic series, PERCEPTION, McCormack illustrates all aspects of his career and generously offers his insights, observations and shares his lessons learned over the course of his near-thirty-year career onstage and onscreen. In addition to all of that, McCormack outlines his experiences sharing the stage with titanic talents such as James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Candice Bergin and the rest of the ensemble of THE BEST MAN, as well as sharing his thoughts about the relevance and poignancy of the play today, more than a half decade after its premiere, and what it says about our society, then and now, in addition to expanding on the play's pertinent political themes and their exploration in the classic drama. Plus, McCormack clues us in on his own favorite plays and musicals, initial theatrical inspiration, his stint portraying the eponymous THE MUSIC MAN, future career plans and first news about his new TNT series, PERCEPTION - all of that and much, much more! (more...)

THE MAKING OF A WOMAN Comes to Brighton Fringe, Now thru May 23
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2012

THE MAKING OF A WOMAN, created and perfomed by Grégoire Aubert and accompanied by Ellen Campbell, plays at the Iambic Arts Theatre, 38 Regent Street, from tongith, May 5 to May 23 as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: James Van Der Beek Chats About Role on ABC's APARTMENT 23
by TV News Desk - May 1, 2012

Dawson's Creek alum James Van Der Beek can now be seen playing himself on the new ABC comedy series DON'T TRUST THE B---- IN APARTMENT 23. On the half-hour comedy, Van Der Beek plays a 'heightened version' of himself. (more...)

292 Theatre to Present IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL, 3/7
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2012

In a tiny house of just twenty seats, 292 Theatre offers a beautiful production of In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel, a play which has been staged in New York only twice before. The production will run from March 7th-31st and is directed by Charles Schick & Regina Bartkoff. (more...)

Disney XD to Premiere ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, 4/1
by TV News Desk - Mar 5, 2012

The epic storytelling of Marvel - full of action, adventure and humor, along with complex, courageous and aspirational characters - will be introduced to a new generation of kids and families through a dedicated programming block, Marvel Universe, premiering SUNDAY, APRIL 1 on Disney XD. (more...)

292 Theatre to Present IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL, 3/7
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2012

In a tiny house of just twenty seats, 292 Theatre offers a beautiful production of In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel, a play which has been staged in New York only twice before. The production will run from March 7th-31st and is directed by Charles Schick & Regina Bartkoff. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - Norbert Leo Butz & More on 4/2 SMASH
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2012

On the April 2nd episode of NBC's musical drama SMASH entitled 'Hell on Earth', the team begins their pursuit of a marquee star, as Eileen (Anjelica Huston) charges Tom and Julia (Christian Borle and Debra Messing) with finding a title for the newly reinvigorated musical. Broadway vet Norbert Leo Butz guest stars as himself. (more...)

THE MAKING OF A WOMAN Comes to Brighton Fringe, May 5-23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2012

THE MAKING OF A WOMAN, created and perfomed by Grégoire Aubert and accompanied by Ellen Campbell, will play at the Iambic Arts Theatre, 38 Regent Street, from May 5 to 23 as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival. (more...)

Saint Sebastian Players Present FIGMENTS 4/27–5/20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2012

To conclude its 31st season, the Saint Sebastian Players present the farce Figments, which celebrates writer's block and the power of the imagination, written by Billy St. John. Performances take place April 27-May 20. Did David die? Will Louise be able to stop Winston from killing Veronica? If only playwright Rick Jacobs could get past his massive case of writer's block…not to mention the interruptions from his upstairs neighbor Loni, who he is secretly and desperately in love with, and his typical Jewish mother, who constantly criticizes and cleans. As this farce unfolds, we meet the "figments" of Rick's imagination-his fantasy versions of himself, Loni, his mother and more-as well as the characters from his stalled play. Eventually, the people and the "figments" help Rick resolve the issues in his life-on the page and In Real Life. (more...)

Norbert Leo Butz Joins Cast of NBC Drama Pilot COUNTRY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2012

As first reported on Deadline.com, two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz has joined the cast of Jason Katims' NBC drama pilot COUNTRY, starring Jason Ritter. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Art Imitates Life as an Idea Doesn't Quite Come to Fruition in FEBRUARY HOUSE
by Lauren Yarger - Mar 2, 2012

The idea is a good one -- both In Real Life, where editor George Davis dreams of running a boarding house for artists in Brooklyn, and and in the theater, where book writer Seth Bockley brings the residents' stories to the stage, but a lack of practical planning in both cases fails to bring the ideas to full fruition. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Will Butler, On Becoming Eugene Morris Jerome in Circle Players' BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2012

Will Butler is pretty jazzed up about playing Eugene Morris Jerome in Circle Players' upcoming production of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs which might be due, in part, to the fact that he's pretty certain he's got all the lines down pat. But the real reason he's excited is that Brighton Beach marks his return-it's kind of a comeback for the young actor-to the Nashville stage since his "senior capstone project" at Belmont University in 2010. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Belmont's HAIRSPRAY is a Shiny, Sparkling Musical Theater Triumph
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 17, 2012

This spring's sparkling, stellar production of Hairspray-the musical tale of one Tracy Turnblad, a "stout" girl who loves to dance and loves people no matter their shape, size, color or way of life-is as entertaining a production of the hit musical as you could ever hope to see. Led by a crazy talented bunch of youthful performers (if this were the 1930s, you can bet your bottom dollar they'd be requisitioning somebody's barn for a colorful musical spectacle) who perform their collective heart out for enthusiastic audiences, the production is satisfying on every level. (more...)

BWW EXCLUSIVE: SMASH Scoop! Anjelica Huston & Megan Hilty Clue Us In On BOMBSHELL, Bernadette, Bollywood, Bleached Blondes & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 16, 2012

Yesterday, I had the exceptional privilege of talking to Oscar-winning stage and screen star Anjelica Huston and Broadway sensation Megan Hilty all about the new NBC musical series SMASH and their roles in it, and, while both their complete Spotlight On SMASH InDepth InterViews will be coming in full next week, we have some breaking news to share with you now that is certain to excite the many SMASH fans here on BroadwayWorld and beyond! (more...)

Review Roundup: DEATH OF A SALESMAN Starring Hoffman, Garfield & More - All the Reviews!!
by Review Roundups - Mar 15, 2012

Let's see what the critics had to say about the new Broadway production of Arthur Miller's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece DEATH OF A SALESMAN directed by eight-time Tony Award® winner Mike Nichols and starring Academy Award® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman, Obie Award winner Linda Emond as Linda Loman and Andrew Garfield, making his Broadway debut as Biff Loman. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Will Butler, On Becoming Eugene Morris Jerome in Circle Players' BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2012

Will Butler is pretty jazzed up about playing Eugene Morris Jerome in Circle Players' upcoming production of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs which might be due, in part, to the fact that he's pretty certain he's got all the lines down pat. But the real reason he's excited is that Brighton Beach marks his return-it's kind of a comeback for the young actor-to the Nashville stage since his "senior capstone project" at Belmont University in 2010. (more...)

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars - Robert Petkoff!
by BWW - Jan 27, 2012

Welcome to THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As With Your Favorite Broadway Stars. Want to know what hooked them to a career in the theater? Their dream roles? Their Broadway crushes? Read on! In this next edition, we caught up with Emily Skinner of the former hits, BILLY ELLIOT, THE FULL MONTY and SIDE SHOW! (more...)

LEVEL UP Debuts as Cartoon Network's #1 Live-Action Series Premiere
by TV News Desk - Jan 26, 2012

The series premiere of Level Up (Tuesday, Jan. 24, 8-8:30 p.m.), Cartoon Network's newest live-action comedy, beat all previous network records as the #1 live-action series premiere, charting double and triple-digit delivery gains across all targeted kids and boys demos vs. the same time period last year, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research. (more...)

Bad Girl Island To Be Available on DVD and Internet VOD 1/24
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2012

BAD GIRL ISLAND is a supernatural thriller about murder, temptation and mystical forces on an exotic island in the Bermuda triangle starring veteran actor James Brolin (Catch Me If You Can, Amityville Horror), Antonio Sabato Jr. (The Big Hit, "General Hospital") and AnnaLynne McCord ("90210", The Haunting of Molly Hartley). (more...)

Matthew Morrison Working on Second Solo Album!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2012

According to Billboard, Broadway favorite and GLEE star Matthew Morrison will soon release his second solo album with Adam Levine's 222 Records. Morrison's first album, which featured the talents of Gwyneth Paltrow, Elton John, and more, was released last summer. No release date has been announced. (more...)

Two Muses Theatre of West Bloomfield Presents LOVE LETTERS 2/7-14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2012

The new non-profit professional theatre "Two Muses" continues to celebrate romance in February with "Love Letters," a play by A.R. Gurney, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Three separate casts from different generations will read and write their letters in three separate shows. (more...)

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Present FOREVER PLAID
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2012

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres will resurrect its ever-popular 50s musical classic, FOREVER PLAID, opening Tuesday, January 10, in the Fireside Theatre. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Matt Doyle On PRIVATE ROMEO, SPRING AWAKENING, GIANT, New Solo EP & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 27, 2012

One of the top-tier performers of a promising new generation of young stars on Broadway, Matt Doyle has appeared in both dramatic musicals and plays in establishing a versatile stage and screen career ranging from a multi-episode arc on GOSSIP GIRL to starring in SPRING AWAKENING on Broadway, as well as the recent revival of BYE BYE BIRDIE, in addition to his most recent New York credit, the highly acclaimed WAR HORSE at Lincoln Center. Equally at home in musicals and straight drama, Doyle's most recently released film venture is an intriguing and compelling independent feature showcasing his WAR HORSE co-star and fellow InDepth InterView participant Seth Numrich with a stylish and intense military school-set adaptation of ROMEO & JULIET titled PRIVATE ROMEO that, fortunately for all of us, also allows Doyle the chance to sing. Having studied at the Royal Academy in London, Doyle was perfectly prepared for his Shakespearean role in PRIVATE ROMEO and that training was also was influential to his success in the aforementioned musicals and plays he has starred in, as he generously fills us in on many memorable moments in his career to date and even shares his most recent experiences doing Michael John LaChiusa's GIANT. Exciting projects coming up next include a sequel to his 2011 EP, DAYLIGHT, titled - appropriately enough - SUNSET, as well as roles in theatre pieces currently in development. Plus, Doyle and I discuss sharing the stage with the starry original cast of SPRING AWAKENING such as GLEE stars Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff and much, much more! (more...)

Baltimore Playwrights Festival Announces Play Reading Marathon, 2/25
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2012

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival (www.baltplayfest.org) announces a public play-reading marathon to take place on Saturday, February 25th, at Red Branch Theatre, 9130-I Red Branch Road, Columbia, MD 21045, (410) 997-9352, www.redbranchtheatre.com. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Will Butler, On Becoming Eugene Morris Jerome in Circle Players' BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 21, 2012

Will Butler is pretty jazzed up about playing Eugene Morris Jerome in Circle Players' upcoming production of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs which might be due, in part, to the fact that he's pretty certain he's got all the lines down pat. But the real reason he's excited is that Brighton Beach marks his return-it's kind of a comeback for the young actor-to the Nashville stage since his "senior capstone project" at Belmont University in 2010. (more...)

MamaDrama Reports: A Twitter Party for ASSISTANCE
by Erin Leigh Peck - Feb 21, 2012

Did you ever have a boss who made your life a living hell? Do you have memories of being an assistant that will stay with you for the rest of your life? Are they pent up inside you, waiting to be shared with others? Was your experience reminiscent of the movie 'Swimming with Sharks'? (more...)

Matthew Morrison to Co-Host LIVE! WITH KELLY, 2/21
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2012

Syndicated morning show 'LIVE! WITH KELLY' announced the lineup of co-hosts and guests who will join host Kelly Ripa for five shows from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii, during the week of February 20-24. Among those joining Ripa will be Broadway veteran Matthew Morrison. (more...)

John Tartaglia- Helmed BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE Reading in the Works
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2012

As BroadwayWorld previously announced, Gerald Goehring, Michael F. Mitri and Dorothy Berloni are developing BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, a new Broadway musical based on the popular 2000 novel by Kate DeCamillo. Casting for a developmental reading is currently underway and set to take place in early March. This is set to be followed by an out of town engagement and Broadway production, the timing of which will be confirmed at a later date. (more...)

Baltimore Playwrights Festival Announces Play Reading Marathon, 2/25
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2012

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival (www.baltplayfest.org) announces a public play-reading marathon to take place on Saturday, February 25th, at Red Branch Theatre, 9130-I Red Branch Road, Columbia, MD 21045, (410) 997-9352, www.redbranchtheatre.com. (more...)

Carol Kane & More Join Jessica Hecht, Jim Parsons & Charles Kimbrough in Roundabout's HARVEY This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2012

Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Don Gregory, has announced the full company for the new Broadway production of Mary Chase's Harvey starring Jim Parsons (Elwood P. Dowd), Jessica Hecht (Veta Louise Simmons), Charles Kimbrough (William R. Chumley, M.D.), Larry Bryggman (Judge Omar Gaffney), Carol Kane (Betty Chumley), Peter Benson (E.J. Lofgren), Tracee Chimo (Myrtle Mae Simmons), Holley Fain (Ruth Kelly, R.N.), Angela Paton (Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet), Rich Sommer (Duane Wilson), Morgan Spector (Lyman Sanderson, M.D.) and directed by Scott Ellis. (more...)

Two Muses Theatre of West Bloomfield Presents LOVE LETTERS 2/7-14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2012

The new non-profit professional theatre "Two Muses" continues to celebrate romance in February with "Love Letters," a play by A.R. Gurney, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Three separate casts from different generations will read and write their letters in three separate shows. (more...)

BWW Interviews: BECOMING BRITNEY Star and Creator Molly Bell Talks about Retro Dome Production
by Harmony Wheeler - Feb 14, 2012

Molly Bell came up with the idea of creating 'Becoming Britney,' a musical about Britney Spears, when she was pregnant with her 5-year-old son, Ryder. She started writing while he napped and wrote music bouncing him in her arms. In addition to putting the show together and the hours spent rehearsing at the theatre, Molly also manages to find time to teach cardio dance as a group instructor and works with corporations (including Netflix Corporate and Ebay Corporate) as a as a choreographer and instructor for various team building and creativity workshops. (more...)

292 Theatre to Present IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL, 3/7
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2012

In a tiny house of just twenty seats, 292 Theatre offers a beautiful production of In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel, a play which has been staged in New York only twice before. The production will run from March 7th-31st and is directed by Charles Schick & Regina Bartkoff. (more...)

Matthew Morrison to Co-Host LIVE! WITH KELLY, 2/21
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2012

Syndicated morning show 'LIVE! WITH KELLY announced the lineup of co-hosts and guests who will join host Kelly Ripa for five shows from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii, during the week of February 20-24. Among those joining Ripa will be Broadway veteran Matthew Morrison. (more...)

READER FEEDBACK: ICEMAN COMETH at Fells Point Corner
by Daniel Collins - Feb 1, 2012

A Mr. Mark Squirek -- a non-facebook subscriber but an individual with an evidently keen interest in theater -- sent me this response to a recently posted review of Eugene O'Neill's THE ICEMAN COMETH, now at the Fells Point Corner Theater. To post responses to BWW reviews requires facebook membership (it's a way to eliminate anonymous, hateful postings), but not everyone has joined the millions taking the facebook plunge. I was impressed enough with the detail and depth of this letter to include it as a READER FEEDBACK column. I will say that I am a member of the ICEMAN cast, so I believe it only right to note that here. In any event, here is Mr. Squirek's comments. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Dating Disasters with the Cast of I LOVE YOU BECAUSE
by Kelly Cameron - Apr 6, 2012

The cast of the Canadian Premiere of I Love You Because are a close-knit bunch, and they're currently having a blast performing this heartwarming show about love and friendship in NYC each night at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. At the opening night party, BWW spoke with all six cast members and got them to dish on their dating disasters, and what ensued was an evening of scandalous hilarity! (more...)

Investigation Discovery Announces 2012-2013 Original Programming Slate
by TV News Desk - Apr 5, 2012

Investigation Discovery enters the 2012-13 upfront season with another record year of success, maintaining its title as the fastest-growing network in television1 and capitalizing on that momentum with the largest slate of original programming in network history. (more...)

Natlie Morales to Host DATELINE's 'My Kid Would Never Do That' Series Beg. 4/15
by TV News Desk - Apr 4, 2012

Reported by Natalie Morales, DATELINE's My Kid Would Never Do That series premieres on Sunday, April 15 at 7p/6c. With the help of parents and child behavior experts, DATELINE's hidden cameras capture children as they make critical choices about stranger safety, drunk driving, cheating and discrimination. Parents and experts watch as the surprising, revealing scenarios unfold and share tips that will help children prepare for these situations In Real Life. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Matthew Morrison & Kristin Chenoweth Named Most Beautiful People
by Stage Tube - Apr 30, 2012

Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison are featured in People Magazine's most recent World's Most Beautiful People. In the video below, Morrison shares sweet and funny secrets about his former Glee pal. Click below to check it out! (more...)

Discovery Channel Premieres New Interactive Series HEAD GAMES, 6/3
by TV News Desk - Apr 30, 2012

Have you ever wondered what exactly it is that makes us human? Discovery Channel invites you to find out in the new interactive series HEAD GAMES where both viewers and on-screen subjects are challenged with brain games, mind puzzles and social experiments. The new three-part series is slated to air Sundays at 10PM ET/PT beginning June 3, 2012. (more...)

Saint Sebastian Players Present FIGMENTS, Now thru 5/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2012

To conclude its 31st season, the Saint Sebastian Players present the farce Figments, which celebrates writer's block and the power of the imagination, written by Billy St. John. Performances take place tonight, April 27, through May 20. Did David die? Will Louise be able to stop Winston from killing Veronica? If only playwright Rick Jacobs could get past his massive case of writer's block…not to mention the interruptions from his upstairs neighbor Loni, who he is secretly and desperately in love with, and his typical Jewish mother, who constantly criticizes and cleans. As this farce unfolds, we meet the "figments" of Rick's imagination-his fantasy versions of himself, Loni, his mother and more-as well as the characters from his stalled play. Eventually, the people and the "figments" help Rick resolve the issues in his life-on the page and In Real Life. (more...)

BWW Reviews: CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE'S CHLOROFORM DREAMS - Anti-Hero and Leander
by Duncan Pflaster - Apr 26, 2012

Lunar Energy Productions presents Katherine Sherman's noir fairy-tale 'Christopher Marlowe's Chloroform Dreams' at the Red Room. (more...)

Stratford's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Begins Previews
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2012

Beatrice and Benedick's merry war of wit and wordplay is fought on the Festival stage with the comedy Much Ado About Nothing. The production, directed by Christopher Newton, starts previews tonight at the Festival Theatre. (more...)

FLASH: Sixteen Going On Sixty - THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 20, 2012

Today we are saluting one of the most beloved Broadway scores of all time, created by the formidable show business songwriting dynasty of Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein - THE SOUND OF MUSIC. While the original 1959 Broadway production was well-received and won Mary Martin a Tony Award for her winsome Maria, the property has gone on to win over generations the world over thanks in no small part to the 1965 Robert Wise feature film version starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. On Monday, Carnegie Hall will be presenting a special concert version of the family- friendly show starring Laura Osnes, Tony Goldwyn and Brooke Shields. Be sure to check out my comprehensive conversation with Brooke Shields, who will be playing the Baroness, available here, and, also, stay tuned to BroadwayWorld for my upcoming InDepth InterView with the Maria of the concert presentation, rising Broadway superstar Laura Osnes. So, what exactly is it about THE SOUND OF MUSIC that has won over audiences of all ages for more than fifty years and set hearts aflutter and souls stirred? Is it the dramatic story of a family torn apart by death and war only to be brought back together again when least expected by a kindly maternal nun? Is it the slice of life depiction of the family dynamic and how we can all relate to one or many facets of it therein? Is it the ensuing romance between Maria and Captain Von Trapp and their delicately portrayed courtship (particularly when considering the ravishing duet added for the film, "Something Good")? Or, is it that classic Rodgers & Hammerstein score - containing a dizzying assortment of standards that have gone on to become ingrained in our ears, minds and hearts, as well as made a fixture of pop culture itself - "Do-Re-Mi", "My Favorite Things", "Edelweiss", "The Lonely Goatherd", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", the title song and beyond. AMC's hit series MAD MEN even featured one of the most beloved SOUND OF MUSIC duets on a recent broadcast as an ironic episode capper all too befitting of the moment (and, given the 60s setting of the series, era) - Betty Draper mischievously sneaking an extra bowl of ice cream set to the strains of "I Am Sixteen Going On Seventeen". Between the MAD MEN song reference, the ongoing SOUND OF MUSIC film singalongs occurring every week (with many patrons coming in costume and with props, ala ROCKY HORROR) around the world and the countless professional and amateur productions that crop up every year, as well as the glitzy Carnegie Hall concert on Monday, THE SOUND OF MUSIC has never gone out of style - it shall forever remain sixteen, even when the show itself is not too far away from hitting sixty. (more...)

Matilda Scribe Tim Minchin to Join Cast of CALIFORNICATION
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2012

Deadline.com reports that Australian musician, actor, and comedian Tim Minchin will appear in a recurring role on the upcoming season of Showtime's CALIFORNICATION. He will portray 'Atticus Fetch' described as 'Bowie, Bono and Lennon all rolled up into one charming yet mad-as-a-hatter rock star.' (more...)

Steve Carrell and Toni Collette Set to Join THE WAY, WAY BACK Film
by Movies News Desk - Apr 18, 2012

Variety reports that Steve Carrell and Toni Collette have been cast in the new film, THE WAY, WAY BACK. Directed by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, the story is about a teenage boy who struggles with his cheating stepfather (played by Carell) and uncaring mother (played by Collette) during a summer vacation. (more...)

SOUND OFF: SMASH Digs Deeper
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 17, 2012

"Now, there's a movie star!" quoth Eileen (Anjelica Huston) of Rebecca Duvall (special guest star Uma Thurman) following her breathy and spastic performance of a new Julia/Tom musical number for the Marilyn Monroe-based musical-within-the-show on SMASH - BOMBSHELL - titled "Dig Deep". While last night's "The Movie Star" episode of NBC's musical dramedy series SMASH was light on the musical numbers - only Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Rebecca managed a musical moment - the drama was dense and delectable, with the rapport between the motley crew of characters comprising the enterprise improving by the week (and it started strong). Yet, despite the best efforts of Eileen, Tom (Christian Borle), Julia (Debra Messing) and Derek (Jack Davenport) in attempting to create a new version of the Marilyn musical that showcases her best (and limited) abilities. Rebecca is a tentative talent who lacks a lot in the vocal and dance departments - to say the least - yet it is undeniable that she also possesses a certain air of a star - perhaps because she is one; on SMASH (as In Real Life, given Thurman's A-list status), a big one. Portraying the movie star trying out a Broadway show for the first - and, most likely, last - time, Thurman brings a caustic, nutsy vibe to the seemingly bipolar screen siren - "36-ish", meaning more like 40-ish in actuality - and gives gravitas to the cartoonishly written role. Just as the Marilyn musical has shown its astonishing, chameleon-like adaptability in its iterations starring Karen and Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) - not only in its star, but also in its style, sound, mood, conception and musical arrangements - now BOMBSHELL is being retrofitted for Rebecca. But, at what cost? Stripping the show of its big Broadway leading lady musical potential and showing off the supporting cast to take the focus off of the shaky star at the center, BOMBSHELL's "Dig Deep" yet again gave the simply astounding songwriting duo responsible for the songs of the shows-within-the-shows on SMASH (including all of the BOMBSHELL songstack heard and seen so far, as well as the glimpses at the previous Tom/Julia collaborations, HEAVEN & EARTH and THREE ON A MATCH) "Dig Deep" was a WEST SIDE STORY-esque hot jazz song complete with the syncopation and stylization implicit in the best songs of the Actors Studio era which the 50s-set scene set out to depict (Lee Strasberg and all). (more...)

Natlie Morales to Host DATELINE's 'My Kid Would Never Do That' Series Beg. 4/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2012

Reported by Natalie Morales, DATELINE's My Kid Would Never Do That series premieres on Sunday, April 15 at 7p/6c. With the help of parents and child behavior experts, DATELINE's hidden cameras capture children as they make critical choices about stranger safety, drunk driving, cheating and discrimination. Parents and experts watch as the surprising, revealing scenarios unfold and share tips that will help children prepare for these situations In Real Life. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Osborne & Eppler's SOUTHERN FRIED NUPTIALS Walks Down the Aisle in Bethlehem UMC Premiere
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 15, 2012

Granted, most of my research can be credited to two plays by J. Dietz Osborne and Nate Eppler (known professionally as the eponymously named Osborne and Eppler, in the spirit of Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Kaufman and Hart and George and Ira…Gershwin…which sorta ruins the sound of my sentence, but what can you do?), an impressive and noteworthy Nashville playwriting team, who seemingly have cornered the theatrical market on such Dixiefied ceremonies and celebrations in their comedies Southern Fried Funeral (which was debuted by Franklin's Bethlehem Players in 2010) and Southern Fried Nuptials (now onstage at Bethlehem Methodist Church in its world premiere production). I'll be sure to include them in the footnotes when my findings are published. (more...)

Disney XD to Premiere ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, 4/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2012

The epic storytelling of Marvel - full of action, adventure and humor, along with complex, courageous and aspirational characters - will be introduced to a new generation of kids and families through a dedicated programming block, Marvel Universe, premiering SUNDAY, APRIL 1 on Disney XD. (more...)

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