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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...)

BWW Reviews: Broadway Sacramento Goes WICKED
by Harmony Wheeler - May 27, 2012

Seven is the perfect number. Thursday night marked my seventh time seeing the hit musical "Wicked." Here's the countdown: Twice in San Francisco in high school, once in New York as a high school graduation present, three times in Chicago to see a family friend in the cast, and, now, once in Sacramento where the mind blowing show - as so many have called it - plays through June 17 at the Community Center Theater. (more...)

BWW Interviews: POTTED POTTER's Dan Clarkson & Jeff Turner
by Caryn Robbins - May 25, 2012

The hilarious duo chat with BWW about saving a nightly theater seat for JK Rowling and the pressures of performing a Harry Potter piece in front of some of the world's most obsessive fans. (more...)

InDepth InterView Tony Awards Edition: Jeff Calhoun - Part 2: NEWSIES & What's Next
by Pat Cerasaro - May 25, 2012

Today we are kicking off the 2012 InDepth InterView Tony Awards Series with the director/choreographer of the hottest hit of the 2011-2012 theatrical season, NEWSIES, that was recently awarded with a boatload of Tony Award nominations, in addition to a short-running show that has a very vocal group of advocates and supporters that also received a handful of Tony noms, BONNIE & CLYDE - the passionate and visionary Jeff Calhoun. Discussing all aspects of his mega-hit with Disney's NEWSIES and his success d'estime with Frank Wildhorn's BONNIE & CLYDE, as well as all about his years spent developing both, Calhoun illustrates his process and sheds some light on many aspects of the creation of the wildly different vehicles, as well as his opinions on the theatrical environment of today. Additionally, Calhoun outlines his experiences working with NEWIES and BONNIE & CLYDE breakout stars Jeremy Jordan and Laura Osnes - both Tony nominees - as well as his many years spent as an associate choreographer for legendary Tony-winning master director Tommy Tune creating many remarkable musicals such as GRAND HOTEL and THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES. Plus, Calhoun conveys his infectious enthusiasm for his craft and discusses what drives him to create while also sharing his humbled appreciation for the recognition of both his new musicals this season by the Tony Award committee and reflecting on his vast multitude of experiences in the theatre so far in his career - everything from starring in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS and MY ONE & ONLY on Broadway to choreographing THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES and BUSKER ALLEY with Tommy Tune and transitioning into directing/choreographing with the hit revivals of GREASE, BIG RIVER, PIPPIN, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (with Graciele Daniele), BELLS ARE RINGING, as well as GREY GARDENS and the rest. All of that and much, much more in this career-spanning conversation with one of Broadway's best! (more...)

THE LAST SALOON, PSA: THE BUDGET SHOW and More Continue Bats Theatre's Comedy Festival thru May 19
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2012

BATS Theatre is in the final week of its International Comedy Festival. Hayley Sproull and her piano are currently tuning up in the theatre for the opening of Miss Fletcher Sings the Blues. Also opening this week is WIT returning with their crazy new improvised Western The Last Saloon and the return of 2010 favourites Public Service Announcements with a brand new show satirising all things political. I had a sneak peek at rehearsals last week and (just like In Real Life) Winston is back. (more...)

THE MAKING OF A WOMAN Comes to Brighton Fringe, May 5-23
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 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...)

Theatre de la Ville-Paris to Launch RHINOCEROS US Tour - LA, Berkeley, Ann Arbor - this Fall
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2012

David Eden Productions has announced initial details of a major US tour, presenting on September 21 and 22, 2012 the American premiere engagement of the Theatre de la Ville-Paris production of Rhinoceros, by Eugene Ionesco, directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, in Los Angeles at Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA), with subsequent presentations to follow in Berkeley at Cal Performances on September 27, 28, and 29 (matinee), and in Ann Arbor at University Musical Society (UMS) on October 11, 12, and 13. (more...)

David Schwimmer and Amy Ryan Team Up for Playwrights Horizon's DETROIT this Fall
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2012

Lisa D'Amour's play Detroit premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre in 2010, directed by Austin Pendleton, and was scheduled to open on Broadway in the 2011/12 season. (more...)

THE LAST SALOON, PSA: THE BUDGET SHOW and More Continue Bats Theatre's Comedy Festival thru May 19
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2012

BATS Theatre is in the final week of its International Comedy Festival. Hayley Sproull and her piano are currently tuning up in the theatre for the opening of Miss Fletcher Sings the Blues. Also opening this week is WIT returning with their crazy new improvised Western The Last Saloon and the return of 2010 favourites Public Service Announcements with a brand new show satirising all things political. I had a sneak peek at rehearsals last week and (just like In Real Life) Winston is back. (more...)

Theatre Under The Stars to Present YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, 7/17-22
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2012

Theatre Under The Stars will continue its tradition of performing free to the public each summer with its presentation of Yankee Doodle Dandy. The production recounts the life of showman George M. Cohan, the first giant of American musical theatre, as he experiences the trials and tribulations of the entertainment industry. (more...)

Henry Winkler to Star in Broadway Porn Comedy Opposite Cheyenne Jackson?
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2012

The actor Henry Winkler, best known as the Fonz from Happy Days, may star opposite Cheyenne Jackson as an ageing porn star in THE PERFORMERS, a new comedy about the porn industry by David West Read. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Matthew Morrison on His New Movie, Snuggies, Breakdancing, and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2012

Matthew Morrison recently sat down with Nikki Novak from Young Hollywood to talk about his upcoming star-studded movie with Cameron Diaz, What to Expect When You're Expecting (opening Friday, May 18). He also discussed accents, being in a gang when he was younger, bowling, and he answers questions from Twitter fans. (more...)

NBC Reveals Its 2012-13 Primetime Schedule
by TV News Desk - May 14, 2012

NBC announced today an ambitious new primetime lineup for the 2012-13 primetime season that combines one of the top-quality returning lineups on television with a new fall edition of the red-hot musical competition 'The Voice' and a crop of six new scripted series in the fall and four at mid-season. (more...)

THE LAST SALOON, PSA: THE BUDGET SHOW and More Continue Bats Theatre's Comedy Festival thru May 19
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2012

BATS Theatre is in the final week of its International Comedy Festival. Hayley Sproull and her piano are currently tuning up in the theatre for the opening of Miss Fletcher Sings the Blues. Also opening this week is WIT returning with their crazy new improvised Western The Last Saloon and the return of 2010 favourites Public Service Announcements with a brand new show satirising all things political. I had a sneak peek at rehearsals last week and (just like In Real Life) Winston is back. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Brian D'Arcy James Talks SMASH Season Finale, THE BIG C, 54 Below Concert & More
by Pat Cerasaro - May 12, 2012

Today we are continuing BroadwayWorld's ongoing interview series with the stars and creative team of NBC's hit musical drama series SMASH with a Broadway/Hollywood leading man who first made his mark on the stage creating a role in the Tony Award-winning TITANIC after having appeared in BLOOD BROTHERS and CAROUSEL and who has since starred in productions as diverse as SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, NEXT TO NORMAL, SHREK and many more - the jovial and multi-talented Brian d'Arcy James. Discussing all aspects of his role on SMASH as well as cluing us in on what we can expect from Monday's highly awaited season finale, d'Arcy James and I also take a look back at his career onstage thus far and he shares fond recollections of working on TITANIC, SWEET SMELL, SHREK, NEXT TO NORMAL, TIME STANDS STILL and THE WILD PARTY Off-Broadway as well as offers his observations of his collaborators and co-stars in each endeavor. Plus, Brian also reveals his other current TV project: his character arc on Showtime's dramedy THE BIG C, starring his TIME STANDS STILL co-star Laura Linney and previous John Benjamin Hickey, that begins this Sunday and continues through the rest of this month. Additionally, we also discuss his upcoming 54 Below concerts June 26-30 - as well as his thoughtful and candid opinions on some of his favorite songwriters and his own songs. Plus, comments on his film roles in HBO's GAME CHANGE, FRIENDS WITH KIDS, an upcoming short film - and much, much more! (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 Brick Theater, Inc., Presents FOURTH ANNUAL GAME PLAY, 7/6-28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2012

The Brick Theater, Inc. will present their fourth annual GAME PLAY festival. Performances run in repertory schedule from July 6 through July 28 at The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (more...)

Discovery Channel Premieres New Interactive Series HEAD GAMES Tonight, 6/3
by TV News Desk - Jun 3, 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 tonight, June 3, 2012. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Macha Monkey's SWEET NOTHING is Fringe Theater at its Best
by Jay Irwin - Jun 3, 2012

I have to say I love it when a playwright takes a genre and turns it on its head. Even more so when they have an amazing gift for words and storytelling as is very evident in Stephanie Timm's "Sweet Nothing, a (grim) fairytale" currently having its Northwest premiere at Annex Theatre from Macha Monkey Productions. With the sweetness of a fairly tale combined with the stark coldness of reality, Timm manages a haunting sensuality wrapped up in a thoroughly engaging story of lost innocence. (more...)

Theatre Under The Stars Will Present YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, 7/17-22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2012

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) will present the high-stepping musical Yankee Doodle Dandy from July 17 - 22, 2012 at 8:15 p.m. each night. This production recounts the life of the first giant of American musical theatre, George M. Cohan, and marks TUTS' 45th summer of free musicals at Miller Outdoor Theatre (6000 Hermann Park Drive). A dynamic showbiz saga, Yankee Doodle Dandy offers an intimate portrayal of the trials and tribulations of "the man who owned Broadway." (more...)

InDepth InterView Tony Awards Edition: Joe DiPietro - Part 2: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, THE TOXIC AVENGER & What's Next
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 1, 2012

Today we are talking to a two-time Tony Award winning lyricist and book writer who was responsible for the 2010 Best Musical winner, MEMPHIS, and who has since written the libretto of the Gershwin revue NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET and received a well-earned Tony nomination for his efforts; one of the show's ten nods - Joe DiPietro. In this concluding portion of our conversation, DiPietro and I break down the process of creating NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT and he comments on the starry cast - including Matthew Broderick, Kelli O'Hara, Judy Kaye and Estelle Parsons - and the process of collaboration in bringing the 2012 Tony Awards top nominee to the Broadway stage. Additionally, DiPietro fills us in on the future for THE TOXIC AVENGER and its tentative Broadway plans, as well as the upcoming West End mountings of MEMPHIS and, hopefully, NICE WORK - and, a look ahead to his next David Bryan collaboration, CHASING THE SONG, as well. Plus, a glance back at his work on I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT NOW CHANGE, F*CKING MEN and ALLEGRO and his favorite current pop acts. (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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