- Gavin Creel's Get Out
The talented Tony nominee Gavin Creel is releasing a record! Announced first at his shows at the Allen Room (his performance was part of the Lincoln Center Songbook series) and later confirmed in a statement on Playbill.com, the Hair star will celebrate the release of his new album Get Out with two shows at Joe's Pub on Monday, March 19. The first show will be at 7pm and the second at 9:30. According to the release on Playbill, attendees of the 9:30 show "will be invited to stay for a post-show album release party." Tickets went on sale on Wednesday, but you can check in with Joe's Pub at either 212.967.7555 or joespub.com for availability.
- Why Wall Street Should Stop Whining
In a new blog post, Rolling Stone's unparalleled Matt Taibbi eviscerates a ridiculous new New York magazine piece. "The End of Wall Street as They Knew It" is a preposterous piece that argues Wall Streeters have it tough in this economy because their bonuses have shrunk. (That's bonuses - extra money in addition to their salary and stock options and more.) To quote Taibbi: "Since 2008, the rest of America has suffered a severe economic correction. ... When the crash hit, regular people could not make up the difference through bailouts or zero-interest loans from the Fed or leveraged-up synthetic derivative schemes. They just had to deal with the fact that the economy sucked - and they adjusted. This ought to have been true also on Wall Street, but...the financial services industry somehow managed to maintain its extravagant lifestyle standards in the middle of a historic global economic crash that, incidentally, they themselves caused."
- Leap of Faith
You remember that Leap of Faith is coming to Broadway, right? And you remember that stars Raul Esparza and Jessica Phillips did a photo shoot for the show last week, right? (If not, here's a refresher.) Well this week, Broadwayworld.com brought us an enticing behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot. Watch below and then get excited for the lovely Phillips and the sexy Esparza to "blow your mind"! (If the video doesn't work, click here to watch it on Broadwayworld.com.)
- Oscar Updates
The annual Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon took place this week. (Need a nominations refresher? Here you go!) The official Oscars website, oscar.go.com, and IMDB.com have a full photo gallery of the event. (I'm particularly charmed by this photo of Leading Actor nominees Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and George Clooney (The Descendants).) Plus, go behind the scenes of the luncheon with Thompson on Hollywood.
In other Oscar news, in a bid to trim from the usually overtime broadcast, Oscar producers are thinking about cutting the performances of the Original Songs nominees. I think this is a big mistake. First of all, a musical performance is usually something that will engage viewers. Second, one of the nominated songs is "Man or Muppet" from The Muppets, which means there'd be two Muppets on stage performing alongside fan favorites Jason Segel and Jim Parsons. You want viewers to tune in? Don't cut a ratings grabber like this.
Chicago Sun-Times writer Omer M. Mozaffar posits, convincingly, that there is a formula to winning an Oscar, or at the least some basic trends among winners.
- Venus in Fur is Back on Broadway
The incredible, complex and seductive power play Venus in Fur is back on Broadway. After a successful debut last season at the Classic Stage Company, Venus in Fur came to Broadway this past fall in a limited run production through Manhattan Theatre Club. Soon after it closed, it was announced that the daring and provocative play would return this spring for a commercial run. Venus in Fur is now up and running at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre with MTC cast members Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy back on the boards. Read my review of the MTC production, and visit venusinfurbroadway.com for details and to purchase tickets. (Bonus: Director Walter Bobbie talks about the genesis of the play. Bonus bonus: the play may be headed to London after its Broadway run.)
- Tony Update
Speaking of Venus in Fur, that and 12 other shows were discussed on Thursday when the Tony nominating committee met for the second time this season to discuss Tony eligibility. As might have been expected, Venus in Fur's Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy were both ruled eligible in the Leading Actor/Actress in a Play category while Judith Light and Thomas Sodoski will be eligible in the Featured Actor/Actress in a Play category for their terrific work in Other Desert Cities. Visit Playbill.com for the other decisions and more information about the eligibility rules.
- Director Joseph Gordon-Levitt?
The star of 50/50 and founder of the artists' collective HitRECord will make his feature film directing debut when shooting begins this April of a film he wrote. According to Deadline.com, the film "is a sexy comedy about a modern-day Don Juan, and his quest to become less of a 'selfish dick.'" Gordon-Levitt will play that character, and he'll be joined by Scarlett Johansson and another soon-to-be-cast leading lady. (My guess is he's trying to get his pal Zooey Deschannel on board.) Read more, including additional insight from Gordon-Levitt, on Deadline.com.
- Dig This
- John Legend may be bringing a music series to Showtime!
- NPR looks at movie titles that might have been
- The cast and creators of Now. Here. This. gathered together and posed for cameras this week. The amazing new show from the [title of show] team runs at the Vineyard Theatre this spring. (Find details here.)
- Joshua Henry (American Idiot, Porgy & Bess) invited Broadway.com to follow him around on a show day.
- Take a sneak peek at the Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Along
- Lea Michele, who originated the role of Wendla in Spring Awakening, may bring the same role to life on screen.
- The Grammys are on Sunday night and the rocking and rolling Foo Fighters - up for 6 awards (plus two others related to Wasting Light but not for the Foos themselves) - will perform twice!!! Tune in to CBS at 8pm. And now, check out the video for "These Days," an incredible song that Dave Grohl has said makes him as proud as he's ever been as a songwriter!