Media Morsels 5.25.12

The Great Gatsby

It's here! The trailer for Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan has been released. This. Looks. Incredible. It comes to a theater near you on December 25, 2012.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues

Peter and the Starcatcher Starstuff

Another week means another episode of Boy's Life, the Adam Chanler-Berat-hosted behind-the-scenes look at Peter and the Starcatcher. In this week's episode, Chanler-Berat reports on the scene at the Starcatcher lottery. Watch below! And then head over to to take a look at these photos of the Starcatcher cast greeting notable audience members, like Tony host Neil Patrick Harris!

Plus, Playbill gets the scoop on the pineapple motif at Starcatcher. (Hint: Playwright Rick Elice says, "pineapples were the iPads of their day.")

Austin City Limits Festival

The lineup for this year's festival includes the recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Red Hot Chili Peppers, plus Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Gary Clark, Jr., Weezer, the Roots, the Black Keys and Jack White. The festival plays Austin's Zilker Park October 12-14. Tickets are currently on sale. (Single-day passes are just $90.) Visit Rolling Stone for details and head to to purchase tickets. And below, check out guitar virtuoso Gary Clark, Jr., talk about his first gig and watch him perform "Bright Lights" (first video) and "When My Train Pulls In" (second video):

Theatre Award Season Update

  • Tony news: most of this year's musical revivals, even those that were shut out of the Tony nominations (like Godspell) will perform on the telecast. Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, Bernadette Peters and more will perform, in addition to performances from the nominated new musicals. Visit Playbill for more details.

  • On Friday, the Drama League Award winners were announced. The League honored Other Desert Cities, Death of a Salesman, Once and Follies, as well as Audra McDonald, for excellence. has details about the awards, as well as photo coverage: ladies and gentlemen. (Playbill and also have photos of the event.)

  • The Obie Awards were handed out early this week. Honoring the best of off- and off-off-Broadway, Obie winners included Milk Like Sugar, which took home honors for its playwright, Kristen Greenidge, and its star, Cherise Boothe; and Linda Lavin, for her performance in the off-Broadway, Vineyard Theatre run of The Lyons. Visit Playbill for the full list of winners. And find photos on Playbill and

  • In other off-Broadway news, the Off Broadway Alliance announced the winners of the 2nd annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards. Visit Playbill for details.

The Spring Standards - "Watch the Moon Disappear"

I Think I'm Gonna Like it Here

A revival of Annie is coming to Broadway, and the production now has a home, the Palace Theatre. Annie begins previews on October 3 and will celebrate its official opening on November 8. Visit Playbill to learn more.

Jax Rox with Ponies

Watch as My Little Pony covers Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson's "The Corrupt Bargain":

Casting News

  • Lindsay Mendez, she with the powerhouse voice who was most recently seen in the current revival of Godspell, will lead the cast of the new musical Dogfight, set to make its world premiere at Second Stage Theatre this summer. (Dogfight has music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and a book by Peter Duchan.) Mendez will be joined by Annaleigh Ashford (Hair, Heathers), Josh Segarra (Lysistrata Jones) and others, and they will all be directed by Joe Mantello, the prolific actor and director who was last seen on stage in The Normal Heart. Newsies' Christopher Gattelli will choreograph the production. To learn more about this and Second Stage's other productions, visit

  • When Detroit comes to New York, playwright Lisa D'Amour's Pulitzer Prize-finalist play will count David Schwimmer and Amy Ryan among its cast. Visit Playbill for more information.

  • Bobby Cannavale, last seen on Broadway in The Motherfucker with the Hat, will appear in Woody Allen's new film. He joins Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Bradley Cooper. has details.

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  • City Center's Encores! has announced its 20th season: Fiorello! (which is one of only eight musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama), It's a Bird...It's a Place...It's Superman and On Your Toes. Visit Playbill for more.

  • The Broadway run of Clybourne Park has been extended! As announced in Variety, the show will now run through August 12.

  • Can't wait until June 11 to watch Sutton Foster's new TV show Bunheads? No problem. Head over to for an exclusive sneak peek at the entire first episode.

  • Last week Leslie Odom, Jr., teased that a Leap of Faith cast recording will happen, and this week composer Alan Menken confirmed the news!

  • E! Online has a convenient guide to everything that happened at the recent up fronts. Head on over to get the scoop on what you can expect to see on TV next season.

  • The Abigail Pogrebin book Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish is being adapted into a stage musical, and Tom Kitt (a genius), Marvin Hamlisch and other acclaimed songwriters are contributing to the score. Learn more on Playbill.

  • Ever wonder what it's like to choose your attire for an award show? Ghost's Tony-nominated Da'Vine Joy Randolph offers a peak at her jewelry selection session.

  • Angelinos: Tickets for the Los Angeles run of The Book of Mormon will go on sale June 10. Visit Playbill for more information.

  • Here's part four of five of Venus in Fur playwright David Ives's discussion with The New Yorker's John Lahr: