Frank Langella Inks With ICM Partners & Circle Of Confusion
EXCLUSIVE: Frank Langella has returned to ICM Partners and has additionally signed with Circle of Confusion for management. He had been at Paradigm since May 2014.
The Oscar nominee and three-time Tony winner is shooting HBO’s LBJ film All The Way starring Bryan Cranston as the president; Langella plays LBJ’s mentor Sen. Richard Russell. Langella will next be seen opposite Viggo Mortenson in Captain Fantastic and starring alongside Billy Crudup in Youth In Oregon. He also… Read
Stephen King’s ‘End Of Watch’ Gets June Pub Date From Scribner
CBS’ Simon & Schuster imprint will publish the final volume in Stephen King’s Bill Hodges trilogy on June 7, 2016. End Of Watch follows Mr. Mercedes (2014) and Finders Keepers (2015). An audio edition will be released simultaneously by Simon & Schuster Audio. David E. Kelley is developing a TV limited series for Sonar Entertainment based on Mr. Mercedes.
In End Of Watch, Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the mass murder described in Mr. Mercedes, has been in the Traumatic… Read
Clive Owen Leads Electric Broadway Revival Of Pinter’s ‘Old Times’ – Review
Maybe Harold Pinter was yanking the actor’s chain when he told him to “just do it,” rather than fret about what Old Times meant. If the famously mysterious playwright did know, he wasn’t about to share the intelligence with some actor, even if that actor was Anthony Hopkins. This was in 1984 and Hopkins was starring in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of the play, a three-hander about — well, about what we can only speculate. And speculate some more.
In a season… Read
Bob Saget Will Preach The Gospel of Broadway’s ‘Hand To God’
Broadway’s Tony-nominated puppet show (well, the one that didn’t win) will go out with a bang: Bob Saget will step into the role of Pastor Greg in Hand To God as it enters the last months of its run at the Shubert-owned Booth Theatre. Producer Kevin McCollum says the television personality and stand-up (whose version of “The Aristocrats” is considered by comedy connoisseurs to be the nastiest version of the word’s nastiest joke) will take over for Marc Kudisch… Read
Sex, Rebellion & The Sexual Revolution Outed In ‘Cloud Nine’ – Review
Caryl Churchill’s early masterpiece Cloud Nine was mind-blowing when it opened in 1981 and it’s no less mind-blowing today, as revived at David Mamet’s off-Broadway Atlantic Theater Company in a delicious revival staged by James Macdonald. British playwright Churchill would go on to write more masterpieces — Mad Forest, Top Girls and Serious Money among them — but Cloud Nine exceeds our prayer that what seemed outrageous, fun, timely and, yes, game-changing 34 years ago… Read
Broadway Box Office Inches Back Up; ‘Finding Neverland’ Off 40% Since August
Tick tock, tick tock: After late September’s 6 percent tock in Week 18 of the Broadway season, sales ticked back 3.5 percent to ring in October, with most shows listing modest gains. One exception worth keeping an eye on: Finding Neverland, Harvey Weinstein’s major wager on a big musical built on a title from his company’s library. The Peter Pan story is off almost 40 percent since mid-August, having dropped in every week but one since then, after a few months of $1… Read
Will Free Tickets To ‘School Of Rock’ Spur Younger Broadway Audience?
EXCLUSIVE: A nonprofit coalition of Broadway producers and theater owners will funnel free tickets and offstage programming to shows — including fall newcomers School Of Rock, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of the Jack Black movie, and On Your Feet!, the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan — to Gotham teens in a program aimed at inspiring young artists and future theatergoers. The plan, called The Situation Project, has pledged funds to pay for five years’ worth of arts… Read
Brian Friel, Playwright Poet Of The Irish Soul, Dies At 86
A writer whose fictional town of Ballybeg gave deep, resonant voice to generations of ordinary people living through times of deprivation, occupation and transformation, Brian Friel died on Friday at home in Greencastle, County Donegal, Ireland. Typically hypnotic in their use of language, Friel’s plays were catnip to a long roster of stage and film stars. Among his best-known works, Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Dancing At Lughnasa both were adapted for films, the first… Read
Mezzanine Maniac Musses Keira Knightley’s Broadway Bow
UPDATED with comment from theater: A deranged, if lovestruck, stalker interrupted the first preview performance of Thérèse Raquin at Studio 54 on Thursday night to profess his love for star Keira Knightley, who was making her Main Stem debut. He also invoked Jesus, according to reports across social media later that evening and this morning. Before being escorted out of the theater and arrested, the young man managed to whirl around and hurl a bouquet to the stage… Read
‘Waitress’ Musical By Sara Bareilles Books Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre
After opening last month to very solid reviews at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA, the movie-based tuner — with songs by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles in her Broadway debut — will move into the Nederlander Organization-owned Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Producers Barry Weissler and Fran Weissler said this morning that previews are set to begin March 25, 2016, with opening night on April 24.
The show stars Jessie Mueller (Tony winner for Beautiful The Carole… Read
Roth & Gerard Clash On Limited Runs, Hyped Stars, Culture Gulches
Deadline's Jeremy Gerard and Jujamcyn Theatres majority owner and president Jordan Roth talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred.
GERARD: I was posting a lengthy interview with Hal Prince yesterday as he prepares to head to Tokyo for the opening of Prince Of Broadway when I received the announcement of Scott Rudin’s newest Broadway project. One of the many provocations in my talk with Hal came when he said this: “In 1974 I said… Read
Kevin Bacon Gets His Grace Kelly For Hartford ‘Rear Window’ Premiere
EXCLUSIVE: Melinda Page Hamilton, best known as the wife of the real Don Draper who befriends Jon Hamm’s identity thief in Mad Men, has been cast as the female lead opposite Kevin Bacon in Hartford Stage’s world premiere production of Rear Window. Playwright Keith Reddin’s adaptation is based on the Cornell Woolrich short story (about a man confined to his New York apartment who believes he’s witnessed a murder), which also served as the basis of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954… Read