Alessandro Nivola On ‘Selma’, ‘Violent Year’ And Bradley Cooper: Conversations With Jeremy Gerard
EXCLUSIVE: It's tempting to say that Alessandro Nivola lives a charmed life, and that might be true if he weren't working so hard. He's Zelig in plain sight: At this moment in time you can see him in Selma as Justice Department civil rights lawyer John Doar, who would become the lead prosecutor in the government's case against the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. And you can see him on the other side of the mirror, as a mobbed-up oil… Read
Broadway Takes Snow Day, Canceling Monday Performances
With a major snowstorm bearing down on the Northeast and New York City in a general state of freak-out, the Broadway League announced that all performances Monday night — typically a quiet night, with most shows dark anyway — have been canceled. The city has already imposed an 11 PM travel ban, which would have made it impossible for intrepid suburbanites to get home from the theater.
League executive director Charlotte St. Martin said a decision about Tuesday night’s… Read
Peter Schneider Acquires Broadway Rights For ‘Water For Elephants’
Former Disney producer Peter Schneider and producing partner Elisabetta di Mambro, in association with Broadway Across America and Mehr! Entertainment, have acquired the worldwide rights to adapt Sara Gruen's best-seller Water For Elephants as a stage musical. The novel, published by Algonquin Books, has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Here’s their description of the story:
In this Depression-era novel, young Jacob Jankowski’s life is dramatically changed when he… Read
Anne Hathaway & Julie Taymor Team Up In War Drama ‘Grounded’
Julie Taymor — who typically works on the scale of The Lion King, for which she won a Tony Award, and Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark — for which she didn’t, will direct Oscar winner Anne Hathaway in Grounded, a solo play, at New York’s Public Theater this spring. The monologue by George Brant is delivered by a cocky fighter pilot in Iraq who’s reassigned to supervise drone strikes, probably in Afghanistan or Pakistan, after she becomes pregnant. The play has had several… Read
Sherie Rene Scott, Dick Scanlan Re-Team For Prison-Set Play ‘Whorl Inside A Loop’
Sherie Rene Scott, the actress and singer who created the role of a struggling young wife in Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years (soon to be released as a feature film by Richard LaGravanese), is re-teaming with writer Dick Scanlan on Whorl Inside A Loop, set to premiere in August at off-Broadway’s Second Stage theater.
The pair previously collaborated on Everyday Rapture, which began at Second Stage and moved to Broadway, earning Tony nominations for Scott and its… Read
Rockers Rock Away But Broadway B.O. Steadies With ‘Vegas’
A pair of long-running nostalgic tuners — the ’80s-loving Rock Of Ages and the ’60s-loving Motown The Musical — shuttered last week (Motown plans a comeback next year; we’ll see). Two newcomers added to the mix, in a fairly quiet stretch on the Street: Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson made their Broadway debuts in the Read
Broadway’s Carole King Role Goes To ‘Superstar’s Mary Magdalene
Chilina Kennedy, who played Mary Magdalene in Des McAnuff’s Stratford-to-Broadway transfer of Jesus Christ Superstar, is set to take over for Tony winner Jessie Mueller in Beautiful — The Carole King Musical. Mueller, who along with the biomusical got a big thumbs up from the “You’ve Got A Friend” writer, departs after the March 6 show. Kennedy begins the next day at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, where the bio-cum-hit-parade has regularly been selling out since opening… Read
Tony Danza Channels Ol’ Blue Eyes In Retro Charmer ‘Honeymoon In Vegas': Review
You think they just don’t make ‘em like they used to? To find out how wrong you are, head to Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre for a couple of hours of finger-snapping, tap-dancing, hip-swiveling, Elvis-impersonating, night-club crooning fun. That’s what the musical adaptation of Honeymoon In Vegas promises and what it delivers, courtesy of an ingratiating performance by Tony Danza in the role created onscreen by James Caan, along with some very energetic assistance from… Read
Vanessa Hudgens Sails Into Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre As Sting Departs
Thank heaven for not-so-little girls. A revival of the Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe musical Gigi, starring Disney-minted and Spring Breakers starlet Vanessa Hudgens, has booked the Neil Simon Theatre and will begin previews on March 19, with an official opening on April 8. The theater became available when the producers of The Last Ship announced that the Sting musical would trim its sails as of January 24.
The revival of the musical by the team behind My Fair Lady and… Read
Jake Gyllenhaal & Ruth Wilson Bedazzle In Broadway’s Woozy ‘Constellations': Review
Jake Gyllenhaal, who didn’t win a Golden Globe, and Ruth Wilson, who did, were at the Beverly Hilton the other night even though they’re making their Broadway debuts in Constellations. Mere mortals would chalk it up to the miracle of jet travel but not playwright Nick Payne. He… Read
Derek Hough To Trade Kicks With Rockettes, Delay ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Return
The dancer-choreographer will delay his return to ABC’s Dancing With The Stars until the fall. He’s been cast as the male lead opposite stage and TV’s Laura Benanti (Nashville) in a limited-run extravaganza that Harvey Weinstein is producing for Radio City Music Hall. The seven-week run of New York Spring Spectacular is slated to begin March 7.
Hough won a record five seasons on the show and a 2013 Emmy. The Radio City show is being staged by Warren Carlyle (The Mystery Of… Read