Media Morsels 7.1.11
Dear readers, are you watching Wilfred? It's a new dark comedy on FX starring Elijah Wood. His character, Ryan, befriends Wilfred, his neighbor's dog. Well, to everyone but Ryan, Wilfred appears as a dog. To Ryan, Wilfred appears as a man in a dog suit. It's crazy but also wickedly good. Check your local listings for air dates and times. And in the meantime, read through this AV Club interview with Wood.
- Muppet Madness
As we look forward to the Thanksgiving release of The Muppets, the new Muppet movie starring and co-written by Jason Segel, I'll do my best to bring you various Muppet news.
- August will see the release of The Green Album on which contemporary artists, like Weezer, cover Muppet songs, like "Rainbow Connection." Visit pitchfork.com for the track listing.
- Need to brush up your Muppet? Empire Online has a guide to the Muppet movies, beginning with The Muppet Movie (my very favorite movie, Muppet or otherwise) and continuing through to Muppets from Space.
- "Another Opening, Another Show"
We learned of more shows that will hit the board in the 2011-2012 season:
- Update: Last week we learned that the Kennedy Center production of Follies would run on Broadway. This week, we learned some specifics: Previews will begin August 7 and be followed by a September 12 opening. Bernadette Peters will appear in the Broadway transfer.
- On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, with an updated vision by director Michael Mayer, will arrive on Broadway this fall. November 12 previews will give way to a December 11 opening at the St James Theatre, which is the Summer of Love home to Hair this summer and was recently home to Mayer's American Idiot. Harry Connick, Jr., will star in the production that had originally been slated for an off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theatre.
- This winter, American Repertory Theater's production of Porgy and Bess will play Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre. The production will begin previews on December 17 and officially open on January 12. But the best news is that it will star Norm Lewis, Joshua Henry and-wait for it-Audra McDonald!!! If Audra is singing on a stage, you go see her, dear readers!
- Private Lives, the Noel Coward comedy, will begin previews at Broadway's Music Box Theatre (current home to Jerusalem) on November 6 followed by a November 17 opening. The production, which is transferring from a 2010 London run, will star Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall.
- Theresa Rebeck's new play, Seminar will arrive on Broadway sometime this fall. The play will star Alan Rickman and be directed by a recent favorite of mine, Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens and Tigers Be Still.)
- Stick Fly, written by Lydia R. Diamond, will arrive on Broadway this fall, previewing at the Lyceum Theatre November 18 in anticipation of a December 8 opening. The new play will be directed by Kenny Leon and will be produced by Alicia Keys, et al.
- Venus in Fur, which received nearly unanimous critical acclaim in its off-Broadway bow in 2010 and starred recent Tony nominee Nina Arianda, will transfer to Broadway. Manhattan Theatre Club is co-producing the Broadway transfer; as such the play will run at the Biltmore Theatre. (This theatre is actually now called the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, but it was called the Biltmore when Hair played there in the 60s so I like to continue calling it the Biltmore!) Arianda will reprise her role for the Broadway run, which begins previews on October 13 and will open in November.
- Catch Me on CD
This week, the high-flying folks at Catch Me if You Can celebrated the release of their original cast recording. (The recording had already been available digitally, and some folks who pre-ordered the CD, like me, had received it a couple of week ago. Now you can buy it wherever CDs are sold.) Part of the celebration included cast members Aaron Tveit, Norbert Leo Butz (watch him record his show-stopping number "Don't Break the Rules") and Kerry Butler performing songs from the show and signing CDs at Barnes and Noble. Check out photos of the in-store signing over at Broadway.com. And Broadwayworld.com was on hand to catch the fun on film:
- Happy Fourth of July, from Reno!
- Dig This
- Jennifer Damiano visits Broadway.com for Show People. Watch the interview to hear what the Spring Awakening, Next to Normal and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark star has to say about working on all three shows.
- Modern Family will enjoy an hour-long season premiere when its third season kicks on on September 21.
- Behind the scenes at Jerusalem