Media Morsels 8.19.11
- Casting News
- Hugh Dancy will join the Broadway company of Venus in Fur. This Manhattan Theatre Club iteration of the off-Broadway hit will also star recent Tony nominee Nina Arianda, who created the role off-Broadway.
- When Theresa Rebeck's new play, Seminar, hits the boards this fall, star Alan Rickman will be joined by Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater (very funny in The School for Lies). This production will be directed by Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens, et al.).
- Current Peter Parker Reeve Carney will play the incomparable Jeff Buckley in an as-yet untitled film about the famed and gone-too-soon musician. (Listen to Buckley's "Hallelujah" and try not to weep. You won't be able to.)
- Michael Esper and Linda Lavin will be joined by Dick Latessa and Kate Jennings Grant in the Vineyard's upcoming premiere production of Nicky Silver's The Lyons.
- Nick Blaemire, featured on Joe Iconis's Things to Ruin original cast recording, is joining the cast of the upcoming Godspell revival.
- Good Stuff Leo, a.k.a. Harvey Fierstein (seriously - rent Safe Men) will appear as a judge in season three of The Good Wife.
- The immensely talented Reed Birney will be starring in Adam Rapp's new play, Dreams of Flying Dreams Falling. This is a match made in artistic-collaboration heaven!
- Fosse Gets Stamp of Approval
Legendary choreographer Bob Fosse will be honored in 2012 with a USPS stamp. According to the article on Broadway.com, Fosse is one of four dancers being honored in this upcoming series. Fosse will keep company with Isadora Duncan, Jose Limon and Katherine Dunham.
- Dancing in Vail
Speaking of great dancers, during NYC Ballet's last week in Vail, Colorado, principal dancer Robbie Fairchild spoke to the Vail Daily about dancing with the company, dancing in Vail and finding himself through Balanchine's choreography. Fairchild is currently working with Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins on Ocean's Kingdom, a new ballet scored by Sir Paul McCartney that will be premiere this fall. Single tickets are currently on sale. Visit nycballet.com to learn more and to purchase tickets.
- Carnage Trailer
The film adaptation of Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage is now titled, simply, Carnage. Here's the first trailer:
Over at GoldDerby.com they are offering picks for who will host the 2012 Oscars. Among the site's list of contenders is award show host veteran Neil Patrick Harris (brilliant at this year's Tony Awards), Jimmy Fallon (effective at last year's Emmy Awards) and Robert Downey, Jr. I think that GoldDerby's choice of Jimmy Kimmel is a good one. He won't be as sardonic as Ricky Gervais was (though I liked Gervais at the Golden Globes) but he'll still be funny and fun. Who do you think it will be?
- Taxing the Rich
This week, uber-wealthy Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, wrote in the New York Times that Congress should stop coddling the rich. He said, "My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It's time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice." While I agree that the rich should contribute more to our nation's dwindling revenue stream, I don't think it's entirely the fault of Congress. Yes, Congress is a mess, but its "billionaire-friendly" legislation and tax rates are entirely influenced by the lobbyists paid by Buffett's rich friends. If Buffett is serious about Congress getting serious, perhaps he should put his money where his mouth is and start lobbying for more sensible tax policy.
- Movie Theater Etiquette
The folks over at IFC.com have created (and revised) a movie theater etiquette manifesto, listing the dos and don'ts of viewing movies on the big, public screen. Enumerated on the list are obvious pledges to stay quiet and to turn off cell phones. I do not understand how this is not an absolute no-brainer for people, but we've all been there when some douche starts texting during the movie, or tells his friend what's about to happen on screen. Also on the list is an admonition against bringing in loud or "stinky" food into the theater, exemplified on IFC's list by Chinese takeout. (Do people really bring Chinese takeout to the movies?) What would you add to the list, and is there a different set of rules for movie theater versus live-action (read: Broadway and off-) theatres?
- Bachelorette on Film
Last summer at Second Stage Uptown, I had the good fortune of seeing Leslye Headland's Bachelorette, a play focusing on some mean but damaged young women who gather together on the night before a friend's wedding, a friend the women had once nicknamed "Pigface." It was a sharp, scathing play, with expert performances from Celia Keenan-Bolger and Tracee Chimo. It was announced this week that the play will be produced (by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay) on screen. The best part is that it will star funny ladies Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan, and will reunite Caplan with her Party Down co-star, Adam Scott. Stay tuned for more details as they are announced.
- Dig This
- All aboard! The Anything Goes cast album is about to be released! Digital copies will be available beginning August 23 and physical copies of the recording will be available on September 20. Visit sh-k-boom.com to pre-order your copy!
- The Green Album is streaming on npr.org! (That would be the album on which artists cover their favorite Muppets tunes, not the Weezer album. Although, Weezer does appear on the record.) It's brilliant. I love "Mahna Mahna!"
- Andrew Rannells talks about The Book of Mormon, meeting Oprah and teeth whitening strips!