Media Morsels 11.18.11
- More Muppet Moments
Continuing the countdown they began last week, this week Broadway.com brought us more Broadway-Muppet crossover moments, including Ethel Merman. Below, Ms. Merman and the Muppets perform a Broadway medley, including some of her signature Anything Goes songs. (Did you see the Muppets perform "Mahna Mahna" on Good Morning America this week? If not, watch online.)
- Even More Muppets
Jason Segel, who (you should know by now) co-wrote and is starring in The Muppets, which hits theaters on Wednesday, November 23, recently spoke to Indie Wire about the film and its possible sequels (and a possible The Muppet Show revival); what non-Muppet excitement is next for him, like Sex Tape with Reese Witherspoon; and the possibility of his Forgetting Sarah Marshall Dracula musical being fully realized. In the meantime, the funny man will host SNL this Saturday.
- Seasons of Regis:
- On a Clear Day You Can See Michael Mayer
The visionary director (who was at the helm of American Idiot) recently spoke to Playbill.com about his currently-in-previews revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. For this revival, Mayer is retooling the story and book, assembling it into something simultaneously classic and of-the-moment. (I saw a lab production of it over the summer and thought it was absolutely lovely.) Mayer is a skilled and passionate director and I'm so excited to see the Broadway iteration. For more information about On a Clear Day, visit onacleardaybroadway.com.
- A Few Good (Looking) Men
This week, two magazines feted handsome men. GQ announced its Men of the Year. Hova, JTims and Jimmy Fallon all made the cut, as did impressive actor Michael Fassbender. Not to be outdone, People magazine announced its pick for Sexiest Man Alive. They chose Bradley Cooper. He's perfectly nice to look at, but he wouldn't top my list. Instead, I might have chosen one of the other men who appears in the issue, the very sexy and, more important, very talented Ryan Gosling, who had a great year this year with Crazy Stupid Love, Drive and The Ides of March. Oh well. At least People was clever enough to include Josh Charles on the list. (Are you loving the Alicia-Will storyline on The Good Wife this season?)
TimeOut New York got in on the action, too, presenting a list of some of the men making this fall a Mantastic Broadway season. On the list is Harry Connick, Jr., who can be seen in On a Clear Day; the Hughs, Dancy (from Venus in Fur) and Jackman (from his concert); The West Wing alumnus Dule Hill, who will soon be seen in Stick Fly; and Alan Rickman (Seminar), among others. It's a good list, but I'd like to point out that there are a lot of great men treading the boards this season who are in supporting roles and didn't make the list. Some of my picks for mantastic supporters: Thomas Sadoski (Other Desert Cities); Telly Leung (Godspell); and Hamish Linklater (Seminar). [Seminar opens this Sunday; check back Monday for my review.]
- Save Community!
The hilarious NBC show Community is in danger, dear readers. The show, now in its third laugh-out-loud funny season, has been taken out of NBC's midseason schedule. This doesn't expressly mean the show has been canceled, but it's not a good sign. Fans are up in arms, and graphic artist Jon Defreest created these three "Save Community" posters (including the one at right). Do your part, dear readers, to save one of the most creative, intelligent, scrappy and funny shows on TV. Share these posters with your friends - get the social networking sites abuzz with Save Community fever!
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- Award update: Ricky Gervais will host the Golden Globes.
- Complete casting for the American Idiot tour has been announced. Joshua Kobak, a member of the original company, will take on the role of St Jimmy. Visit Broadwayworld.com for the full cast list, and visit americanidiotthemusical.com for tour details.
- The cast of Memphis, including recent addition Adam Pascal, will perform on CBS's Thanksgiving Day parade, as will Anything Goes's Stephanie J. Block (filling in for Tony winner Sutton Foster) and Colin Donnell. And the cast of Newsies (which will be sellin' papes on Broadway for a limited run) will perform on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, airing on NBC.
- Leap of Faith, a musical stage adaptation of the Steve Martin movie, will bow on Broadway in fall 2012. Raul Esparza is likely to reprise the role he created when the show premiered in Los Angeles.
- Foo Fighters rocked Madison Square Garden last Sunday. (The concert was AMAZING!!!) This week, Joan Jett, who joined them on stage at the Garden, played with Foo Fighters on Letterman. Rock and roll, baby - ain't nothing like it!