Media Morsels 6.1.12
"Don't Owe You a Thang"
Check out the latest from Gary Clark, Jr.:
- We may find the upcoming Shakespeare in the Park production of Into the Woods transferring out of the woods and into a proscenium theatre, with Amy Adams in tow.
- Hands on a Hardbody (with music by Phish's Trey Anastasio) will tread the boards.
- Annie will be back (as we learned last week), headed by Katie Finneran as Miss Hannigan.
- We may see a revival of Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, this one (possibly) starring Tony winner (for A View from the Bridge) Scarlett Johansson as Maggie and either Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) or Chris Pine (Star Trek (the recent movie remake)) as Brick. Visit Playbill for details.
- Rob McClure will play the title role in the upcoming Broadway musical Chaplin.
- The Last Five Years is coming back to New York! This breakthrough work from Tony-winning songwriter Jason Robert Brown tells the story of Jamie and Cathy's five year relationship, from the day they meet to the day they divorce. But, here's the awesome part: Cathy's story is told from end to beginning while Jamie's story is told, in tandem, from beginning to end. This intimate, two-person musical contains some of the most beautiful and heartbreaking songs in the musical theatre canon, which is why I'm so excited that Second Stage has added it to its 2012-2013 season. According to the announcement on Playbill, The Last Five Years will go up in spring 2013 and will be directed by Brown. Visit the venerable off-Broadway theatre company's website to learn more about and subscribe to the season. (Listen to the original cast recording, starring Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Renee Scott, on Spotify.)
- Over at MTC, they have a couple of premieres lined up for their off-Broadway house. The season will feature the New York premiere of Terrence McNally's Golden Age and the world premiere of Liz Flahive's The Madrid, starring Edie Falco. Learn more on Playbill.
- Kelli O'Hara will star in Playwrights Horizons' full world premiere of Far From Heaven, the musical stage adaptation of the Julianne Moore film from the early 00s. Playbill has details.
Peter and the Starcatcher: Boy's Life
It's time for another installment of Boy's Life, star Adam Chanler-Berat's look behind-the-scenes at Starcatcher. In this episode, Chanler-Berat checks in with his dresser:
Since previews began, Tony nominee Steve Kazee has been vlogging from backstage at Once. In the latest and final installment of his vlog series, Kazee asked his Twitter followers to send in questions for him to answer in the video. Guess what. He answered my question! Watch below as the charming Kazee answers fans' questions. (Mine is at about the nine minute mark. Click here to start there.)
- New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay analyzes this year's Best Choreography nominees, making the case most ardently for a Steven Hoggett win (for Once), while also showing a little love to the dearly departed Leap of Faith. Speaking of which...
- Leap of Faith will perform on the Tonys! The producers raised the funds necessary to get this gone-too-soon show on the broadcast. Learn more on Playbill.
- The Tony Awards made the first announcement about presenters today. On hand to hand out Tony awards will be Paul Rudd, Ellen Barkin (a winner last year for The Normal Heart), stage and screen vet Christopher Plummer, last year's Tony darlings Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Jessica Chastain (who's coming to Broadway next season) and more! Visit the Tony Awards website for details, and stay tuned next week to find out who else will be presenting on Broadway's big night.
- Tony nominees gathered for a luncheon this week, and the Tony website has photo coverage.
- Check out these promos of Neil Patrick Harris, who will host the award show, getting pumped for the gig:
- The Emmy Awards will have two fewer categories this fall. Instead of nominating leading and supporting actors and actresses for their work in miniseries (four categories), there will now be only two categories, one for actresses, leading or supporting, and one for actors, leading or supporting. Vulture has details.
- The Grammy Awards will be handed out on February 10, 2013. Hit Flix has details.
- It's always Oscar time, isn't it? Even though no one's seen most of the movies and performances that will be in contention, Gold Derby reports that its users are already predicting favorites. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln is expected to take home the big prize in February 2013, as is its star, Daniel Day Lewis. Leonardo DiCaprio may be in the running for Best Supporting Actor for Django Unchained (see new production photos in Dig This). Visit Gold Derby for more predictions.
Les Miserables Trailer
"Man on Fire"
This might be my new favorite song and video. "Man on Fire" is by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, and the groovy video features NYC Ballet dancers (choreographed by company member Adam Hendrickson). Check it out:
- Hey, Los Angeles: The Producers will play the Hollywood Bowl this summer, and it will star Richard Kind as Max Bialystock and Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Leo Bloom. Susan Stroman (Double Feature) will reprise her work as director and choreographer. Visit Playbill for details.
- New photos from the set of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and more!
- Denis O'Hare will appear in the upcoming Shakespeare in the Park production of Into the Woods.
- Below, watch the final installment of Venus in Fur playwright David Ives's discussion with The New Yorker's John Lahr, and over on the Huffington Post, read actor James Franco's (127 Hours) thoughtful and, I think, right-on argument against adapting the scintillating Venus in Fur for the silver screen.