- Jake Gyllenhaal to Make Off-Broadway Debut
Exciting just about everyone, Roundabout Theatre Company announced this week that Jake Gyllenhaal will make his NY stage debut late this summer in Nick Payne's If There is I haven't Found it Yet. According to the announcement on Roundabout's website, Gyllenhaal will play Terry, a "heartbroken drifter with the mouth of a sailor." This family drama will run for a strictly limited engagement, August 24-November 25, at Roundabout's off-Broadway Laura Pels Theatre. Tickets are not yet on sale to the public, but subscribers can purchase tickets now. Stay tuned for details regarding general on sale dates and additional casting.
- Peter and the Starcatcher
Star stuff is officially open on Broadway! After an acclaimed run at the New York Theatre Workshop in early 2011, the magical and imaginative show has moved uptown, where it was welcomed by theatre fans and critics alike when it opened on Sunday, April 15. (Read my review of the Broadway iteration; read NY Times critic Ben Brantley's glowing review.) The PATSC social media team was all over opening night - taking fans on the red carpet and into the party. (Head over to the show's Facebook page to browse through all the photos, like this one of co-directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers.) Of course, traditional media outlets were also on hand to capture the fun: opening night photos from Playbill; photo coverage from Broadway.com, as well as video interviews with attendees and the cast & creative team; from Broadwayworld.com: opening night arrivals (notice that everyone got stached!); curtain call; opening night party; and video of the opening night party. Plus, Broadway.com launched a new backstage series, Boy's Life, in which star Adam Chanler-Berat takes viewers behind the scenes. (Episode one is backstage on opening night!) Take a look below at opening night coverage, as well as what Gavin Creel had to say about the show while walking the red carpet:
- The Spring Standards
The folk rocking trio made up of James Cleare, Heather Robb and James Smith is getting ready to release their two-EP album yellow/gold. (Since I contributed to their Kickstarter campaigns, I have advance copies. Read my reviews: yellow and gold.) They recently spoke with and performed for Jon Chattman, founder of A Side Music. Watch below for a performance of "Crushing Pennies" and a chat with Jon.
- Clybourne Park
The Pulitzer Prize winning play, which I saw and thrilled over when it was making its world premiere in 2010, made its way to Broadway, opening at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Thursday, April 19. (I haven't seen the Broadway transfer just yet, but I'll be in the "neighborhood" this weekend.) Some coverage of opening night: from Playbill; from Broadwayworld.com: arrivals, curtain call and after party. Over at New York magazine, they take a look at how—during the play's 15-minute intermission—the house in which all the action takes place ages 50 years. And over on Playbill, writer Robert Simonson profiles Clybourne Park playwright Bruce Norris. Meanwhile, Broadway.com checks in with Christina Kirk (who was also in Safe Men!).
This upcoming film isn't the kind of fare I usually go for, but I like the creative team and the cast, and this new clip, featuring the amazing Michael Fassbender (Shame), is transfixing!
Julia Louis-Dreyfus talks to Jon Stewart about her new HBO show Veep, from the same creative force behind the wickedly good In the Loop.
- Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World
The magazine's annual list was announced this week. Among those honored are President Obama and other world leaders, extraordinary teachers and powerful business people. But some of the choices are a little... um... perplexing. For example, Jessica Chastain and Claire Danes. Both are beautiful and talented, but of all the people in the world, they're two of the 100 most influential? Don't even get me started on the inclusion of Tim Tebow. Moreover, there's no Broadway representation. Broadway drives a huge percentage of New York's economy, and New York is the greatest, most influential city in the world. (Not DC. Everyone in DC is owned by people in New York.) What, no room for uber-producer Scott Rudin? Come on Time, you can do better than this!
- Leonardo DiCaprio Update
The talented actor will once again team up with his favorite collaborator, Martin Scorsese, on the film The Wolf of Wall Street. The film is based on the eponymous memoir of Jordan Belfort, and traces Belfort's rise and fall on Wall Street. (The Wrap has details.) In addition, as was first reported in December, Leo is executive producing a series for HBO. This is based on the Josh Bazell novel Beat the Reaper. (Again, The Wrap has details.)
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- The 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama was announced this week: Water by the Spoonful, by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Playbill has details.
- Take a sneak peek at The Lyons, which is transferring to Broadway (currently in previews) after a smash run at the Vineyard Theatre.
- This year's Lucille Lortel Award nominees were feted at a reception this week. Broadway.com has photos.
- Catch Gavin Creel in the first national tour of The Book of Mormon because, according to this interview, he'll make out with you!
- Check in with Leap of Faith's leading lady Jessica Phillips.
- HBO offers a preview of what's coming up, including the series premiere of The Newsroom, a new season of Boardwalk Empire and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (held April 14, broadcast on May 5).