Media Morsels 4.1.11

Best thing to happen this week: Preview the new Foo Fighters record, Wasting Light, right now. It is incredible. It's giving me chills and making my heart race. It's dirty and sexy and rocking; it's so good it hurts. I'm already in love. I cannot wait for the vinyl to arrive!!! Visit wastinglight.foofighters.com to listen.

In other news, we have lots of videos this week, dear readers. We begin:
  • This Year in Jerusalem: Watch a preview of the production that begins previews at the Music Box tomorrow (April 2)!

  • Jon Stewart Interviews Jake Gyllenhaal (too much adorableness to handle)

  • Incubus's Brandon Boyd teams with Hurley, paints a mural:

  • Catch Aaron Tveit
    Unfortunately, I can't embed the video from Broadway.com, but visit the site to hear and watch Aaron talk about Catch Me if You Can. The more I hear from Aaron, the more I like him! Plus, the real Frank Abagnale, Jr., wrote a first person account of his experience working on the film and stage adaptations of his life, and being played by two fantastic (and handsome!) actors, Leonardo DiCaprio and Aaron Tveit. (Did you know "Leonardo" means hard lion? I learned that on Jeopardy!)

  • Raul Esparza's Dressing Room
    No embedability for this either, but head over to Broadway.com to check out what five things the "scentsational" Raul Esparza needs in his dressing room, including "Esparza, for men." I can't wait to go back and see Arcadia again!
Some non-video items:
  • Shakespeare in the Park
    Most of the casting for this summer's Shakespeare in the Park was announced this week. Among the repertory cast members are Annie Parisse (who's been fantastic in Becky Shaw and Clybourne Park, both off-Broadway), John Cullum and Tonya Pinkins. Perhaps the best part, though, is that the genius also known as Tom Kitt will be scoring All's Well That Ends Well. (John Gromada will score Measure for Measure.) Visit Playbill.com for the full cast announcement and visit publictheater.org for more information about Shakespeare in the Park.

  • Comedy Awards
    Dear readers, did you know that there are now Comedy Awards? The inaugural slate was handed out recently, and the ceremony will be broadcast on Comedy Central (and other stations) on April 10. Among the winners are Broadway newcomers Trey Parker and Matt Stone; Tina Fey; and Modern Family. Visit Playbill.com for all the details.

  • Theatre Award Season
    Dear readers, it's that time of year! This week, the Lucille Lortel nominations were announced. These awards honor excellence in off-Broadway productions. Among the nominees are Peter and the Starcatcher, including choreographer Steven Hoggett, actor Christian Borle, scenic designer Donyale Werle and others; The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, including actor Desmin Borges and others; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (the off-Broadway, Public iteration), including choreographer Danny Mefford, scenic designer Donyale Werle and others; We the People: America Rocks! (for which Joe Iconis was a contributor); Andre Braugher's performance in The Whipping Man; Laura Heisler's performance in Kin; and more. Visit Playbill.com for the full list of nominees.

    In Tony news, the Tony nominating committee met again to determine eligibility of some the recently opened shows. The decisions: Frances McDormand (Good People) will be eligible in the lead actress category; Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland (That Championship Season) will all be eligible in the best supporting actor category; and Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony will not be eligible for a Tony because it didn't have a long enough run. Visit Playbill.com for a complete explanation.

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