Media Morsels 7.9.10

  • American Idiot in the Media
    The American Idiot leading ladies (Rebecca Naomi Jones, Mary Faber and Christina Sajous), Tony Vincent, Michael Mayer and John Gallagher, Jr., were recently interviewed by NBC New York.
    Check out the online video to hear about Mary Faber and Christina Sajous’s dressing room “wall of friends” and Tony Vincent’s attraction to playing dark characters.

    Speaking of Tony Vincent’s penchant for dark characters, call it method acting: Vincent has created a gothic castle-ish vibe in his dressing room. recently caught up with the accomplished actor/musician in his dressing room at the St. James. Read on to see pictures of some of his favorite dressing room items, including Dom Perignon and a fan-made ice bucket.

    Head’s Up, Idiots! The cast of American Idiot will be performing on Good Morning America next Friday, July 16. If you’re in town (and don’t have to work!) you can stop by Central Park, beginning at 6am, to catch their performance. If, on the other hand, you’re like me and you have to work, or you’re not in New York, simply set your DVR and let it do the work. Then, on Friday come home from work, serve up an apples-and-peanut butter afternoon snack and play the performance (several times) as a lovely way to start to the weekend!

    New York Magazine recently sent John Gallagher, Jr., a questionnaire to find out everything about the talented performer. Read on to learn which New Yorker he’d like to meet, where he goes to get away and how he deals with panhandlers. Here’s my favorite exchange: Q: In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job? A: I sweat. Well done, Johnny.

    Favorite Son No More
    Joshua Henry, the American Idiot linebacker ensemble member who created the Favorite Son role in the show, will be leaving the Idiots for the Boys. Henry will star in The Scottsboro Boys, a new musical that is making its way to Broadway this season, direct from a sold out run at the Vineyard Theatre. This new Kander and Ebb musical (directed and choreographed by Tony winner Susan Stroman) will begin previews at the Lyceum theatre on October 7 (a great date!) and will officially open on October 31. Visit to learn more about the show. Tickets are on sale now; if the off-Broadway run is any indication, tickets will sell out quickly and this will definitely be the show to see this fall.

  • Glee Scoop
    Two new Glee cameos were rumored this week: Javier Bardem and Katie Holmes. Bardem worked with Glee creator on the soon to be released feature film, Eat, Pray, Love while Holmes is apparently good friends with Glee’s teen mom, Dianna Agron. Bardem’s appearance hasn’t been confirmed but late in the week it was confirmed that Holmes would not appear on the show. So, folks, take all these rumors with a big ol’ grain of salt. Also late in the week, Ryan Murphy confirmed that there would be a Britney Spears-themed episode (much like the Madonna and Lady Gaga episodes). I really don’t have anything to say about this other than, “ugh!”

    In other Glee news, dreamboat Matthew Morrison may play London’s Donmar Warehouse. posted reports that Morrison has been talking to Donmar’s artistic director, Michael Grandage, who directed the Tony winning Red, and contributing director Rob Ashford about appearing in the small space known for exceptional, limited-run shows. Morrison says he already has several projects in mind. Guess I’m making a trip across the pond…

  • Theatre Yearbook’s Top Ten
    Since 1920, Theatre Yearbook has archived each theatre season by naming its top ten works. Up for consideration was anything to open on Broadway, off-Broadway or off-off-Broadway between June 1, 2009 and May 31, 2010. This year’s list has some great works; I’ve listed my favorites below. Read the article for the full list and for more information about the Theatre Yearkbook.
    • Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
    • Circle Mirror Transformation
    • Clybourne Park
    • The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
    • Red
    • Time Stands Still
    • The Understudy

  • No Butz About It
    Last month, I mentioned that Norbert Leo Butz had been cast in an HBO pilot that is to be written by Tony winner John Logan (Red) and directed by Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker). This week, different casting was announced. It seems Butz is out and recent Tony winner, for Red, Eddie Redmayne is in. Redmayne will now be playing the composer Butz was supposed to have played; since the two are at least ten years apart, it would appear that the creative team is going in a much different direction. Joining Redmayne – for now, anyway – will be Hope Davis, American Idiot’s Stark Sands, Frank Langella and, playing against type, “[Patti] LuPone would be cast as a Broadway diva.”

  • Bloody Bloody Good(ish) News
    While is was previously reported that Ben Walker, the sexy and charismatic star of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, would become an X-Man and thereby possibly delay the Broadway run of Bloody Bloody, is now confirming that Walker is no longer attached to the project (Nicholas Hoult will take over the role). This means that Walker can help bring Bloody Bloody to Broadway! (They’ve been offered a home, the Jacobs Theatre, which they could occupy as soon as this fall.) This is good news. The “ish” part is that it means Walker won’t get the film exposure, which would have, by association, exposed more people to Bloody Bloody. But, no complaints because I had no intention of seeing the X-Men movie but much desire to see Bloody Bloody on Broadway!

  • Emmy Award Nominations
    Is it always some award season? Yes! Ain’t it grand? The primetime Emmy nominations were announced on Thursday. The best news? Glee nabbed the most nods of any network series! That’s right, with 19 Emmy nominations, Glee leads the pack. (Modern Family isn’t too far behind: The show earned 14 nominations.) And, because of my special connection to HBO, I’m happy to report that HBO, once again, garnered more nominations than any network, 101! (Last year they received only a paltry 99 nominations.) In addition, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart picked up its usual nods – for being awesome! Visit for the full list of nominees and head over to the NY Times online for coverage and some multimedia features. Then head over to for their thoughts on who got snubbed. The creative arts Emmys will be handed out on August 21. The other awards will be presented (and broadcast on NBC) a week later on August 29. The ceremony will be hosted by funnyman Jimmy Fallon.

    These are nominations I’m excited about but, to save space, am not including in the listing below: Julianna Margulies on The Good Wife; Outstanding Casting nods for Glee, Modern Family and The Good Wife; Outstanding Costumes nods for Glee (my coworker’s cousin in one of the costumers!) and The Good Wife; and Outstanding Writing nod for The Good Wife.

    Here, now, is a select list of nominees:
    • Outstanding Comedy Series
      • Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
      • Glee (Fox)
      • Modern Family (ABC)
      • Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
      • The Office (NBC)
      • 30 Rock (NBC)
    • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
      • Jim Parsons, The Big Band Theory
      • Larry David, Curb
      • Matthew Morrison, Glee (!!!)
      • Tony Shalhoub, Monk
      • Steve Carell, The Office
      • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
    • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
      • Lea Michele, Glee (!!!)
      • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
      • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
      • Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
      • Tiny Fey, 30 Rock
      • Toni Collette, United States of Tara
    • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
      • Chris Colfer, Glee (!!!)
      • Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (!)*
      • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family (!!)
      • Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family (!!)
      • Ty Burrell, Modern Family (!!! – he gets 3 ! because he once guest starred on an episode of The West Wing)
      • Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
    • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
      • Jane Lynch, Glee (!!!)*
      • Julie Bowen, Modern Family (!!)
      • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (!!)
      • Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
      • Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
      • Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men
    • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
      • Mike O’Malley, Glee (!)
      • Neil Patrick Harris, Glee (!!)*
      • Fred Willard, Modern Family (!)
      • Eli Wallach, Nurse Jackie (! – he once appeared on Studio 60)
      • Jon Hamm, 30 Rock
      • Will Arnett, 30 Rock (!)
    • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
      • Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory*
      • Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives (! – she was Mrs. Landingham on The West Wing)
      • Kristen Chenoweth, Glee
      • Tina Fey, SNL
      • Betty White, SNL (!!)
      • Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock
      • Jane Lynch, Two and a Half Men*
    • Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
      • Ryan Murphy, Glee, Pilot
      • Paris Barclay, Glee, Wheels
      • Jason Winer, Modern Family, Pilot
      • Allen Coulter, Nurse Jackie, Pilot
      • Don Scardino, 30 Rock, I Do Do
    • Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
      • Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, Glee, Pilot
      • Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, Modern Family, Pilot
      • Greg Daniels and Mindy Kaling, The Office, Niagara
      • Matt Hubbard, 30 Rock, Anna Howard Shaw Day
      • Tina Fey and Kay Cannon, 30 Rock, Lee Marvin Vs. Derek Jeter
    • Outstanding Drama Series
      • Breaking Bad (AMC)
      • Dexter (Showtime)
      • The Good Wife (CBS)
      • Lost (ABC)
      • Mad Men (AMC)
      • True Blood (HBO)
    • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
      • Sharon Gless, Burn Notice
      • Rose Byrne, Damages
      • Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
      • Christine Baranski, The Good Wife*
      • Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
      • Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (Way to go, Zoey Bartlet!)
    • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
      • Beau Bridges, The Closer
      • Ted Danson, Damages
      • John Lithgow, Dexter
      • Alan Cumming, The Good Wife (!! – In season two, he’ll be a series regular)
      • Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
      • Robert Morse, Mad Men
      • Gregory Itzin, 24

    * These nominees are multiple nominees this year.