- The Newsroom
Dear readers, I'm so excited to present to you the first trailer for The Newsroom, the new Aaron Sorkin show set to premiere on HBO on June 24. (The season will last ten episodes.) Once again, Sorkin takes us behind the scenes, this time at a 24-hour news network. The show boasts an outstanding ensemble, including Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Jane Fonda and my dear Johnny Gallagher! I'm in love already! Enjoy the first sneak peek: (Bonus: check out this Vanity Fair online feature)
- Tony Update
Great news: Neil Patrick Harris will once again host the Tony Awards! You may remember that last year, Harris successfully hosted the Tonys, closing out the night with a snappy, spot-on rap, co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I wonder what he'll do this year! Tony nominations will be announced on Tuesday, May 1, and the Tony Awards will be handed out on Sunday, June 10. Go to TonyAwards.com for more information.
In other theatre award news, we learned that Stockard Channing and John Larroquette will host the Drama League Awards on May 18th. Find details here.
The Obie Awards, honoring excellence in off-Broadway theatre, will be presented May 21. Among others, Grace Gummer, Hugh Dancy, Michael McKean and Tracee Chimo will be on hand to present awards. Visit Playbill for details.
Broadway.com announced that its annual Audience Choice Awards will take place on May 13.
- The Spring Standards
My dear James, Heather and James, collectively known as The Spring Standards, are at it again. I received my copy of Gold last week - and I LOVE it! (Gold is the companion album to Yellow.) Visit the band's site to pre-order your copy of Yellow/Gold and to find out when their tour will hit your town. And now, please enjoy this awesome video for the first single off of Gold, my favorite: "Here We Go."
- Shakespeare in the Park: Casting News
The lovely Amy Adams and the reliably good Oliver Platt will both play in the Delacorte Theatre this summer as part of the Public's Shakespeare in the Park. Adams will appear as The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, running July 23-August 25, and Platt will play Touchstone in As You Like It, running June 5-30. Remember that tickets for Shakespeare in the Park are free, and there are multiple ways to obtain them. Visit Shakespeareinthepark.org for detailed information. I love Shakespeare in the Park - it's a New York City summer institution - and with this casting (as well as the previously announced casting, which includes Jessie Mueller and Lily Rabe), I will definitely keep you posted!
- To Rome With Love
First Barcelona, then Paris and now Rome. The trailer for Woody Allen's new film, To Rome with Love, has hit the web:
- Clybourne Park
Annie Parisse, who stars in the upcoming Broadway transfer of Clybourne Park, talks to Broadway.com about how the Broadway transfer has created a stage family. I saw an early preview performance of the show when it premiered off-Broadway two years ago and thought it was absolutely fantastic. I already have my ticket for this iteration, and strongly recommend you get yours, too! Clybourne Park is currently in previews, and officially opens April 19. Visit the show's site for details.
- Leap of Faith
Raul Esparza says it's a delicious show. Who are we to argue? (Seriously - I saw it this week - AMAZING!) Check it out, from Broadway.com.
- Broadway Lullaby Project
Remember a couple of weeks ago when we learned about Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project, and we got to see footage of Raul Esparza recording his contribution? Well, this week we learned that theatre luminaries Stephen Sondheim, Tony Kushner (who wins the prize for awesomely long play titles; to wit: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures) and Tom Kitt (a genius) will all contribute to the project. Head over to Broadwayworld.com for details.
- Venus in Fur
Venus in Fur star Nina Arianda gives advice to young women on the TDF-sponsored Play by Play. Her co-star, Hugh Dancy, talks about getting into acting. And both of them spoke to Broadwayworld.com's Richard Ridge about the show, favorite roles and getting bitten by the acting bug.
- Audience Etiquette
I saw Ghost this week. I liked the show (look for my review after opening night, April 23) but I was furious at some of my fellow audience members. So, in response, I'm starting an Audience Etiquette Treatise. It's my evolving list of audience members dos and don'ts for the duration of the show experience. There's the obvious - turn off your cell phone! - and some other, more personal peeves, like people cutting in the stage door queue. What do you think? What would you add? Leave your comments below, or check out the full treatise on my Tumblr and post your thoughts there. (You can also Tweet your responses at me (@reviewingdrama) using #AudienceEtiquette.)
- Dig This
- From the queue: Carnage (the film adaptation of the Yasmina Reza play, God of Carnage.)
- Another "actors on the rise" list, this one from Indie Wire. It includes the great Dane DeHaan, impressive on stage in The Aliens. (See March 16th's Media Morsels for IFC's and Rolling Stone's lists.)
- Sexypants POTUS, Benjamin Walker, spoke with New York magazine's Vulture feature about his comedy show and the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
- Want to feel old? The Houston Press released a list of great films from 1992 - meaning they're all 20 years old! (The list includes Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men.)
- Now. Here. This. has been extended again! The show is now playing at the Vineyard Theatre through April 28. Get your tickets while you can!