- New cast members have been announced for the upcoming world premiere production of Richard Greenberg's play The Assembled Parties. Joining the previously announced Judith Light (Other Desert Cities) and Jessica Hecht are Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park, the now-in-previews revival of Glengarry Glen Ross), Mark Blum (We Live Here) and Sam Robards. The Assembled Parties will be directed by Manhattan Theatre Club's artistic director Lynne Meadow (Wit); it runs at MTC's Friedman (nee Biltmore) Theatre beginning March 19, 2013. Opening night is April 17 and the run continues through June 2. Playbill has details.
- A revival of Pump Boys and Dinettes will bow on Broadway in spring 2013. John Doyle (Company, Wings) will direct. Playbill has more.
- The man who writes the songs is coming to Broadway. For only 17 performances, Barry Manilow will take up residence at the St James Theatre (currently home to Bring It On). Performances will run from January 18, 2013, through February 9, and tickets go on sale October 29. Playbill has details.
- Nathan Lane (The Addams Family), who can currently be seen on The Good Wife, will soon be seen on Broadway in Douglas Carter Beane's (Mr. and Mrs. Fitch, Lysistrata Jones) latest play, The Nance. Directed by Jack O'Brien (Catch Me if You Can), the Lincoln Center Theater production (that mean LincTix for young adult patrons) will play at the Lyceum Theatre beginning March 21, 2013. Opening night is set for April 15. As the announcement in Playbill states, The Nance "is set during...Mayor LaGuardia's campaign to ban burlesque in the '30s." (Fun fact about the mayor: Fiorello!, the musical based on his life, is one of only eight musicals to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.)
Gary Clark, Jr.: Blak and Blu
The virtuoso musician released his first full-length album, Blak and Blu, this week, and it's terrific. Including some updated favorites from his previous EPs and new, genre-spanning tunes, this is a must-have for rock and roll fans. Below, check out Clark performing the lead single, "Ain't Messin 'Round."
- Jason Robert Brown's cult-hit chamber musical The Last Five Years is being adapted for the screen, and it looks like Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, 50/50) may star as shiksa goddess Cathy. The Last Five Years is a beautiful and devastating look at the five year relationship of Cathy and Jamie (played off-Broadway by favorites Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz), but in an interesting way: Cathy's story is told from end to beginning (starting with Cathy and Jamie's divorce and finishing with the couple's first date) and Jamie's side is told from beginning to end (starting with the two meeting and ending with the last time they say goodbye). It's a terrific musical, and it's going to receive a New York revival - directed by Brown - this season at Second Stage Theatre. Visit 2st.com for information about that (no casting has been announced yet); head to Playbill to learn more about the film; and hit up Spotify to listen to the original cast recording.
- Michael Fassbender (Shame, Hunger), who has impressed in mostly indie films, will once again lead a big budget action flick. The actor, who played Magneto in the recent X-Men: First Class, has signed on to play the lead in Assassin's Creed, a film adaptation of the popular video game. The Hollywood Reporter has details.
Believe it or not, it's been 20 years since the visionary filmmaker Quentin Tarantino came on the scene. In honor of the occasion (and, of course, to generate more buzz leading up to the release of his latest film, Django Unchained), Reservoir Dogs, his first feature, and Pulp Fiction will be screened in movie theaters nationwide for one night only. In addition, fans will be able to get their hands on a special, eight-film, ten-disc Tarantino collection, which includes the aforementioned hits plus Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds and more. Find out more on Indie Wire and below, check out the trailer for the collection:
Though it might seem rather early for any Tony Awards news, the Tony Awards Administration Committee did meet this week and announced some eligibility rulings. Specifically, Bring It On stars Taylor Louderman and Adrienne Warren will both be eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category; for Enemy of the People, Boyd Gaines will be eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category; Jessica Hecht and Charles Kimbrough, for their work in Harvey, will be eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play categories; and for his performance in Chaplin, Rob McClure will be eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category. All other eligibility determinations are consistent with opening night credits. Playbill has more.
- Bunheads, the ABC Family show starring the amazing Sutton Foster, will be back with new episodes on January 7, 2013. Foster is already back at work and tweeting from the set.
- The SAG Award nominations will be announced on December 10.
- Backstage lists 10 female actors on the rise, including Jessie Mueller (On a Clear Day...), Lindsay Mendez (Godspell, Dogfight) and Mamie Gummer (The School for Lies, TV's Emily Owens, M.D.).
- Some changes are coming to the TKTS booth. (1) Tickets for all the day's performances—matinees and evening shows—will go on sale when the booth opens; (2) the booth will now also sell full price tickets. The New York Times has more.
- Grace star Kate Arrington spoke to Broadway.com about meeting her off-stage partner, Michael Shannon, and working beside him in this new play.
- Stage and screen veteran Bradley Cooper (Limitless) may be coming back to Broadway and it just might be because of a Cameron Crowe flick starring Emma Stone. Vulture has details.
- Indie Wire's Thompson on Hollywood lists the top ten debate scenes in cinema, inclusive of scenes from some of my favorites: The Candidate, Election and, of course, Clueless.
- If you want to get a head start on your holiday season theatre going, take a peek at Broadwayworld.com's Thanksgiving guide, which has a list of what's playing when during Thanksgiving week.