- Merrily We Roll Along
City Centers Encores! is presenting a Merrily We Roll Along concert this month. This cult favorite Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical tracks three "old friends" as they tumble through a rise and fall in the musical theatre world. The show was famously ill-received when it originally ran on Broadway but has since developed a fervent following among musical theatre fanatics. Playbill.com recently caught up with the company, which includes Lin-Manuel Miranda, Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher) and Colin Donnell (Anything Goes) as they rehearsed for their two-week run. Watch below as they rehearse "Old Friends" and talk about discovering Sondheim and Merrily.
- All Wheeldon at City Ballet
New York City Ballet's first ever All Wheeldon night was a rousing success! Those lucky enough to be in the audience (like me!) were treated to the world premiere of Les Carillons, Wheeldon's breakthrough work Polyphonia and the NYC Ballet premiere of DGV: Danse a Grande Vitesse. It was an incredible night of ballet, and luckily some photogs were on hand to capture the fun. The New York Times has a slideshow of Les Carillons (including the photo at right) and City Ballet's Facebook page has a collection of photos taken throughout the night. The program will be repeated this Saturday afternoon and the season continues through the end of the month. As always, visit nycballet.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
(It's not Wheeldon, but watch below as Sterling Hyltin talks about dancing in Jerome Robbins's The Concert)
- Dave Grohl, the Producer
Turns out Dave Grohl isn't just a rock star. He's also a producer. The Foo Fighters frontman will, according to Rolling Stone, executive produce a new half-hour comedy for FX. The show will star comedian Dana Gould (with whom you might be familiar from his appearances on Real Time with Bill Maher). Rolling Stone reports that the show "will be about a rock band on the verge of stardom which must go into therapy in order to keep themselves from breaking up. Unfortunately for the band, they end up with a misanthropic couples therapist on the brink of divorce." Stay tuned for details.
- Leap of Faith
It won't be long before Raul Esparza is back on the boards! As we learned a couple weeks ago, Leap of Faith is heading to Broadway. Previews begin April 3 and tickets are on sale now. This week, the cast got together for a promotional photo shoot. Follow Leap of Faith on Twitter (@LeapofFaithbway) for a sneak peek at the shots (like the one of a sexy looking Esparza, at right) and then visit leapoffaithbroadway.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
- Gavin Creel InterviewedThe talented actor and activist Gavin Creel recently sat down with Paul Wontorek of Broadway.com to talk about...well, lots of things. Creel (Hair) talks about his upcoming Lincoln Center Songbook concert, politics (Creel is a co-founder of Broadway Impact, which rallies the theatre community in support of marriage equality) and getting President Obama reelected, the secreting powers of Will Swenson and reuniting with his Thoroughly Modern Millie costar Sutton Foster! Check out the video for his song "Noise" (below), and then buy it on iTunes or Amazon - 100% of the profits go to Broadway Impact. Visit gavincreel.com for more information.
- Audience Rewards Insider
Did you know that Broadway has a loyalty program? With Audience Rewards Insider you can earn points when you purchase tickets to shows through Audience Rewards' website. Plus, you can earn points by playing trivia (so you can finally put your knowledge of the understudies for the New York Theatre Workshop run of Rent to good use), and you can use those points to purchase show tickets! Get started today and you'll receive 500 bonus points just for signing up. Visit audiencerewards.com for details. (Seriously - go now. The site's featured bonus offer is for Venus in Fur!)
- Change Did Happen - Look at all President Obama has done:
- Oscar Update
Gold Derby has a round up of Oscar records, like most Oscars for an individual (Walt Disney) and worst shut-out (The Turning Point and The Color Purple). (For those who are curious, the Tony record for worst shut-out is The Scottsboro Boys. The show had closed by the time its 12 Tony nominations were announced; alas, it didn't win any - most of them went to The Book of Mormon.)
- Dig This
- From the queue: Higher Ground; Jane Eyre
- Susan Sarandon will appear on the third season of The Big C.
- If you love Downton Abbey (like I do), then check out this awesome Tumblr: Downton Abbeyonce, on which Downton Abbey scenes are described by Beyonce and Destiny's Child lyrics.
- Playbill.com profiles three young (and busy!) directors: Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; Peter and the Starcatcher), Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation; Seminar) and Thomas Kail (In the Heights; Lombardi).
- Total Film talks to Michael Fassbender, star of Shame.
- Stay tuned to HBO (or HBOGo) for a master class with Patti LuPone.
- Happy Friday!