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‘Burn This’ Broadway Revival With Jake Gyllenhaal Postponed Until 2017-2018

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'Nocturnal Animals' photocall, 73rd Venice Film Festival, Italy - 02 Sep 2016

Burn This, the Broadway revival of the Landford Wilson play that was to be a starring vehicle for Jake Gyllenhaal and the first production in the refurbished Hudson Theatre after five decades, has been postponed. Producers Stacey Mindich and Jessica R. Jenen just made the announcement, citing “scheduling conflicts with the show's star.” Gyllenhaal is set to co-star next week with Annaleigh Ashford in a concert version of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday In The Pa… Read

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Diane Lane Flits Through A Merry `Cherry Orchard’; Mary-Louise Parker & Dennis Arndt Dazzle In ‘Heisenberg’ – Broadway Review

Harold Perrineau and Diane Lane in The Cherry Orchard on Broadway.

Diane Lane stars in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway revival of The Cherry Orchard. This beautiful film actor (Trumbo, Unfaithful) can hardly be accused of helicoptering down to the Broadway landing pad: Last year off-Broadway she and Tony Shalhoub anchored one of the best plays of the season, Bathsheba Doran’s The Mystery Of Love & Sex. As a very young thespian she appeared in the ensemble of a memorable Cherry Orchard with Irene Worth as the undone land-owner… Read

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Irving Berlin’s ‘Holiday Inn’ Sleighs ‘Em In Times Square; Judith Light’s Transparent Scandal: Reviews

'Holiday Inn -- The New Irving Berlin Musical' on Broadway.

Holiday Inn sets the Broadway musical back 75 years. I doubt anyone will be complaining. An exuberant, shamelessly old-fashioned tap-and-tuner presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company at its Studio 54 theater, this adaptation of the 1942 Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire Paramount film is an endorphin assault, inducing warm-bath pleasure like no other show since 42nd Street. The dancing is spectacular, the singing sublime, the visuals are ingenious and, almost incidentally… Read

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Horton Foote’s ‘Roads To Home’ Pays Tribute To Women of A Certain Era: Review

Harriet Harris, left, and Hallie Foote in 'The Roads To Home.'

Few male playwrights can match Horton Foote for the women he sparked to life, even in such male-centric works as his Oscar winning screenplays for To Kill A Mockingbird and Tender Mercies and none more so than in The Trip To Bountiful. Like Tennessee Williams, Foote wrote fully-formed female characters — victims and predators, sensualists and ahedonics — who typically, in the Southern tradition, could be at once barely connected romantics and durable pragmatists. The Roads… Read

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‘Mozart In The Jungle’s Hannah Dunne Will Joust With Molly Ringwald in ‘Terms Of Endearment’

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EXCLUSIVE: Hannah Dunne (Lola Kirke’s hipster pal in Mozart in the Jungle) will make her professional stage debut opposite Molly Ringwald in Terms Of Endearment. Dan Gordon’s adaptation of James L. Brooks’ screenplay based on the Larry McMurtry novel is slated to begin performances at off-Broadway’s 59E59 Theatres later this month. Dunne plays daughter Emma to Ringwald’s Aurora. Casting of the Jack Nicholson role has not been announced. The daughter of Griffin Dunne and Ca… Read

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Sex, Pianos And Politics Prominent In New Shows From Richard Nelson & Nilo Cruz – Review

Amy Warren, Jay O. Sanders, Lynn Hawley and Maryann Plunkett in 'What Did You Expect?"

Pianos, heard but unseen, play central roles in family-centered dramas by distinctive American writers getting world premieres with crystalline, luminous productions. Richard Nelson’s What Did You Expect? at the Public Theater, and Nilo Cruz’s Bathing In Moonlight, at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey couldn’t be less alike and yet both revolve, in their ways, around the instrument that comfortably symbolizes American aspiration and familyhood — much as it did… Read


CBS, NBC Plan Sunday Tributes To Playwright Edward Albee


SECOND UPDATE, Saturday night: Tributes to Edward Albee from actors, directors and writers are expected to air Sunday, Sept. 18 on both CBS’ Sunday Morning and NBC’s Today shows. UPDATED with more information throughout. Edward Albee, the Pulitzer-winning playwright behind some of the most important and groundbreaking works of American theater and whose 1962 drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was famously snubbed by the Pulitzer Board despite the recommendation of the… Read

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Judd Apatow Backs ‘Career Suicide’, Comedian Chris Gethard’s “Painfully Honest” Show

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UPDATE 9:25 AM: First preview has been moved to October 5 from October 4, per producers. EXCLUSIVE: Trainwreck and Girls triple-threat Judd Apatow is presenting the off-Broadway debut of Chris Gethard: Career Suicide, an edge-of-the-envelope pushing comedy written and performed by the stand-up comedian. The show initially was presented in New York at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and developed at other venues including, most recently, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe… Read


Revamping New York Times Kills Regional Theater, Restaurant & Arts Coverage

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The New York Times this week quietly ended its coverage of restaurants, art galleries, theaters and other commercial and nonprofit businesses in the tri-state region, laying off dozens of longtime contributors and prompting protests from many of the institutions that will be affected. They foresee an impact not only on patronage but, in the case of the nonprofits, on their ability to raise funds to survive. "For all of us in the arts, this decision is an unmitigated… Read


‘The Wiz Live!’ EPs Discuss The Upcoming ‘Hairspray Live!’ And The Return Of The Live TV Musical

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Dedicating their lives to the pursuit of every iteration of the musical—from Broadway, to film and TV—Neil Meron and Craig Zadan have successfully reinvigorated a cultural phenomenon that has laid dormant for many years, in the form of the live TV musical. With the unquestionable validation of their 2013 test run—as 22 million viewers tuned in for The Sound of Music Live!—the producers have turned a one-off event into an annual NBC franchise, watching with great… Read

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‘Harry Potter’, ‘Hamilton’ Tackle ‘Plague’ Of Scalpers As Tickets Still Sell For $8K

The London cast of  "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" at the Palace Theatre.

When price is no object, wealthy patrons and expense-account execs will always find a way to secure a pair for Broadway’s Hamilton and London’s Harry Potter And The Cursed Child while ordinary stiffs vie for affordable seats through those shows’ lotteries. The two biggest stage blockbusters of the young century have provided booming business for ticket scalpers on both sides of the Atlantic. Now, however, the producers of those shows are making unprecedented moves to… Read

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Jason Sudeikis Will Reprise Robin Williams’ Role in Off-Broadway ‘Dead Poets Society’

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The former Saturday Night Live writer and cast member will play John Keating, the dramatic role originated by the late Robin Williams, in a stage adaptation this fall of The Dead Poets Society. Prized off-Broadway nonprofit Classic Stage Company will present Academy Award winner Tom Schulman’s adaptation of his 1989 screenplay in the world premiere, to be staged by newly installed CSC artistic director John Doyle. Performances are slated to begin October 27, with an… Read