- Bruce Springsteen, "Death to My Hometown"
- Peter and the Starcatcher's Celia Keenan-Bolger
The talented Celia Keenan-Bolger, who was fantastic in the recent Encores! run of Merrily We Roll Along, is back on Broadway, reprising the role of Molly, which she created in Peter and the Starcatcher's New York Theatre Workshop run in February 2011. The Broadway iteration is currently in previews and officially opens on April 15. In anticipation, Broadway.com's Paul Wontorek sat down with the starlet to talk about Starcatcher, being roomies with Gavin Creel and talent crushes! (Bonus: Christian Borle, who appears as Black Stache, talks about Starcatcher and the NBC show Smash.)
- Actors vs. Movie Stars
This week on IFC, Ron Mwangaguhunga theorizes about the difference - if there is one - between actors and movie stars. He posits, and I tend to agree, that actors are in the game for the artistic expression while movie stars are hungry for fame and money. He cites my favorite actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, as an example of both, though I would refine his argument to say that Leo is an actor who became a movie star, i.e., that his motivations were and are artistic; the fame and fortune is a byproduct. Do you buy Mwangaguhunga's argument, or do you think everyone appearing in movies is the same? What about a difference between film actors and theatre actors?
- Rock and Roll Baseball Commissioner
Rolling Stone asked some rock and rollers what they would do if they were baseball commissioner for a day. Many said they would get rid of inter-league play and that they'd put a cap on or simply lower ticket prices. (I wholeheartedly agree with the latter.) Head on over to Rolling Stone to find out what else these rocking baseball fans want to change.
In other rock and roll news, Rolling Stone reports that Axl Rose will not attend Guns 'n' Roses' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction on April 14. In a long letter, Rose explains that he declines the induction and that no one is authorized to accept the induction on his behalf. Rolling Stone has the full letter. (Remember that highlights of the induction ceremony will be broadcast on HBO on May 5.)
- Tony Update
When the Tony nominations are announced on Tuesday, May 1, Tony winner Kristen Chenoweth and Jim Parsons (The Normal Heart) will be the ones reading the list of nominees. The announcement will be presented live on TonyAwards.com, so tune in at 8:30am on May 1 to find out who is up for Tony gold! Then check in here later in the day for my reaction.
- Baker-Gold Uncle Vanya
Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Take Shelter) will join the previously announced Reed Birney (Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling, Circle Mirror Transformation) in Annie Baker 's (...Transformation, The Aliens) adaptation of Uncle Vanya. The production will be directed by Baker's frequent collaborate Sam Gold and will run at Soho Rep June 7-July 15. Playbill has details.
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- Tony winner Mark Rylance (Jerusalem) may return to the screen, alongside Emmy winner Allison Janney, in a film adaptation of The Seagull. Playbill has details.
- Tom Hanks may make his Broadway debut in a new Nora Ephron play.
- Shakespeare in the Park update: Donna Murphy will play The Witch in Into the Woods!!!
- Community lovers (that should all of you!): Check out this list guide, from Virgin Media, of Community's geekiest moments.
- The Arrested Development movie/miniseries is happening - and they'll start shooting this summer! Vulture has the details.
- Ellen Bar, the former NYC Ballet dancer who co-produced the incredible film version of Jerome Robbins's NY Export: Opus Jazz, talks to Time Out New York about the film and mixing new media with ballet.
- And now, Downton Sixbey. Happy weekend!