Hollywood stars dominated the Tony Awards, and walked away with many of the prizes, so it’s small wonder that the infiltration of movie stars into next Broadway season continues. New York papers report today that Hugh Jackman read the title role in Stories About McAlary, Norah Ephron’s new play about Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaperman Mike McAlary. This brings up hopes that Jackman would headline a Broadway run. (I worked with Mike at the start of my newspaper career at New York Newsday. The crime reporter was as close to Wolverine as we had at that tabloid. Jackman doesn’t much resemble Mike, but did well in the role of a gruff cop very well alongside Daniel Craig in A Steady Rain.) Hugh would certainly give the production an event-quality feel and strong advance sale. Mike Nichols directed Jackman, Sarah Paulson and Richard Kind in the reading. Jackman, currently starring in Real Steel, hasn’t committed to the play and he has several other stage projects percolating including Houdini, with Danny Elfman composing…
Star Trek and Heroes star Zachary Quinto is part of the cast of a revival of Tony Kushner’s masterwork, Angels in America, the Signature Theatre Company production that opens October 28. Quinto will play Louis Ironson, and stars with Robin Bartlett, Christian Borle, Bill Heck, Zoe Kazan, Billy Porter, Robin Weigert and Frank Wood. The latter plays the Roy Cohn role. Michael Greif directs.
Among the other event caliber openings is a revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with a post-Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe, and The Book of Mormon, the musical hatched by Avenue Q’s Bobby Lopez with South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.